Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church Of Country Music and the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974, is sacred to the history of country music.
Especially important to the history of the Ryman is its significant role in the history of bluegrass music. Although Bill Monroe had been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1939, it wasn't until a Saturday night in December of 1945 when bluegrass music as we know it today was born when a twenty-one year old young man by the name of Earl Scruggs stepped up to the WSM microphone on the Ryman stage playing the five-string banjo with a three-finger roll. This was the final ingredient in what we now know as bluegrass music.
Although it wasn't known as bluegrass at the time, there was something very unique and special about this edition of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys with Earl Scruggs which also included guitarist/lead singer Lester Flatt, fiddler Chubby Wise, and bass player Cedric Rainwater. Their weekly broadcasts on the Opry at the Ryman Auditorium over WSM, their Columbia recordings, and personal appearances through early 1948 provided the architectural ground work for all of bluegrass music.
Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Jim & Jesse, and the Osborne Brothers, all legendary bluegrass acts, became Grand Ole Opry members in their own right on the Ryman stage. Also important are the virtually dozens of well known bluegrass musicians who played on this stage while working through the ranks of the aforementioned bands.
The 2014 series runs Thursday nights from June 26 through July 31. Join us early each week during the season for Pickin' on the Plaza.
See below for individual show information and tickets, or click here to purchase a Bluegrass Pass for the full series!
2014 Bluegrass Pass Pricing: Season passes for Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman are $147 (plus $5.50 handling fee per pass).