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11/05/2014

NASHVILLE, TN (November 3, 2014) – Steven Curtis Chapman hosted the opening show in the revival of beloved series “Sam’s Place – Music For The Spirit” last night before a rapt crowd at Ryman Auditorium.  Joining Chapman were Danny Gokey, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, MercyMe, Tenth Avenue North and songwriter Tom Douglas.

 
Chapman got the audience to their feet with high-energy opening number “Love Take Me Over.”  When he broke out the kazoo and ukulele to introduce his first guest, Danny Gokey, with a song he penned for the singer set to the tune of Sam & Dave’s “Soul Man,” the audience knew he was no ordinary host and they were in for a treat.
 
Early in the evening Chapman shared the story of Reverend Samuel Jones, for whom the series is named.  It was during one of Reverend Jones’ tent revivals in 1885 that river boat captain Thomas G. Ryman was inspired to construct the Union Gospel Tabernacle so that all the people of Nashville would have a gathering place for worshipping and communing.  Jones held numerous fundraisers to support the building’s construction and it was he, while delivering Ryman’s eulogy on Christmas Day 1904, who proposed the Tabernacle be renamed Ryman Auditorium in the captain’s honor.
 
One of the most moving moments of the evening involved an on-stage “singing contest” featuring three groups of audience members.  Among the participants were Mathew & Jill Haynes who had recently applied for a grant from Show Hope, the non-profit organization Chapman and his wife Mary Beth started to provide financial assistance to families working to adopt.  At the conclusion of the contest Chapman surprised the Haynes Family with a grant to assist with the adoption of their South Korean son, Dawson.  A tearful crowd rose to their feet for a standing ovation.  After the ovation, Chapman shared the story of Show Hope, which since its inception eleven years ago has assisted more than 4,500 families with adoption grants.  Chapman also shared that while doing research to prepare for Sam’s Place he discovered that Reverend Jones had done charity work benefitting orphans.  A portion of every ticket sold to Sam’s Place benefits Show Hope.
 
Among the musical highlights of the evening was the finale, a sing-along rendition of Hank Williams’ “I Saw The Light” featuring Mike Donehey of Tenth Avenue North, Douglas, Gokey, Bart Millard of MercyMe and Scott.   The crowd joined in, clapping their hands and stomping their feet with an inspired energy that certainly would have made Reverend Jones and Captain Ryman proud.
 
“Sam’s Place – Music For The Spirit” will continue one Sunday per month January-May, 2015. Confirmed guests include:  Aaron Watson, Amy Grant, Brandon Heath, Craig Morgan, Deana Carter, Francesca Battistelli, The Isaacs, Jason Crabb, Josh Turner, Kristian Bush of Sugarland, Laura Story, Lee Miller, McCrary Sisters, Michael W. Smith, Mike Farris, Point of Grace, Ray Stevens and THIRD DAY.

Portions of “Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit” will be compiled for a one hour broadcast on the national K-LOVE radio network starting in 2015. K-LOVE is the largest radio network in the Christian radio format with more than 446 stations in forty-seven states reaching eighteen million listeners. K-LOVE can be heard locally in Nashville on 97.1 FM.
 
Tickets for individual shows are $39.50, $34.50 and $27.50. Season passes are also available for $170.00 and $149.20. A portion of each ticket sale will be donated to Show Hope. Tickets go on sale September 19 at 10 am at the Ryman box office, ryman.com or by calling (615) 889-3060. Group rates are also available for groups of 15 or more by calling (615) 871-5043.
 
Show dates: January 11, February 15, March 1 and April 5 and May 3, 2015.

Popular revival to feature Steven Curtis Chapman as host
10/08/2014

NASHVILLE, TN (Sept 15, 2014) - TThis fall, multi-platinum selling recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman will host the revival of popular concert series, “Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit” at Nashville’s Mother Church, Ryman Auditorium. The initial six month run will start on November 2 and continue for one Sunday each month (dates below). “Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit” invites artists from all genres of music to share songs with an uplifting spiritual message and pay homage to the Ryman’s tabernacle roots. Portions of the Ryman concerts will be used to produce a one hour radio show that will air monthly on the K-LOVE radio network starting next year. Confirmed guests for the series include former American Idol Danny Gokey, Amy Grant, Brandon Heath, Mercy Me, Ricky Skaggs, Michael W. Smith, Ray Stevens and Tenth Avenue North. Additional artists will be announced throughout the run.

“Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit” takes its name from charismatic evangelist Samuel Porter Jones (1847-1906), who gained fame in the region for his energetic sermons filled of fire and brimstone during the mid-1880s. On May 10, 1885, he led a tent revival in downtown Nashville for more than 5,000 which was attended by riverboat captain Thomas Green Ryman (1841-1904). Ryman experienced a conversion that night and, inspired by the multitude unable to find room under the tent, made it his mission to construct of a great tabernacle “for all denominations” to join in worship. Seven years later, the Union Gospel Tabernacle opened its doors in 1892. It was Jones, while delivering Ryman’s eulogy at the Tabernacle on Christmas Day in 1904, who proposed the building’s name be changed to Ryman Auditorium to thunderous agreement.

The first incarnation of “Sam’s Place” debuted at the newly renovated and reopened Ryman in 1994 with Gary Chapman as host. Over a five year span the series welcomed the biggest names in Christian, country, gospel and bluegrass including, Amy Grant, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dobie Gray, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Marty Stuart, Michael McDonald, Michael W. Smith, Ricky Skaggs, Vestal Gooman, Wynonna and many more. Twenty years later, at the onset of a multi-million dollar expansion project, the historic building will once again pay tribute to its tabernacle roots with the revival of the series.

Host Chapman is the most awarded artist in Christian music with fifty-eight Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs®, forty-eight #1 singles and nearly eleven million albums sold. As part of the Christian music scene since the 1980s, he has eight RIAA-certified gold or platinum albums to his credit. A vocal supporter of adoption, Chapman, along with his wife Mary Beth, founded Show Hope in 2003, a nonprofit organization that helps restore the hope of a family to orphans in distress. Since its inception, Show Hope has helped provide forever homes through Adoption Aid grants for more than 4,000 orphans from 50+ countries, including the U.S. In addition, more than 1,500 orphans with special needs have received critically needed medical care through Show Hope’s Special Care Centers, giving them a hope for a family and a future. Through numerous other programs for individuals, students, families, and communities, Show Hope is mobilizing a movement to care for the world’s children who need it most. For more information, please visit showhope.org. A portion of the proceeds of Sam’s Place ticket sales will go to Show Hope and Chapman plans a moment to “show hope” in each Sam’s Place.

“As a performer there isn’t a stage more special to stand on than the Ryman’s. It's got an amazing history and I’m really excited to be a part of a series created in the spirit of taking the Ryman back to its originally intended purposes,” Chapman said. “’Sam’s Place’ allows us to tap into the Ryman’s heartbeat from the beginning. In this legendary building where "all are welcome” we will come together as children of God to enjoy the gift of music. All are welcome; artists from all genres of music, country, Christian, gospel, bluegrass, pop, rock, every form we enjoy here in music city. This show allows us to come together around the common thread of our faith woven through the songs. I love this because no matter what genre, ‘Sam’s Place’ is an event that gives artists a stage to acknowledge their faith and its importance as a part of who they are.”

Portions of “Sam’s Place – Music for the Spirit” will be compiled for a one hour broadcast on the national K-LOVE radio network starting in 2015. K-LOVE is the largest radio network in the Christian radio format with more than 446 stations in forty-seven states reaching eighteen million listeners. K-LOVE can be heard locally in Nashville on 97.1 FM.

Tickets for individual shows are $39.50, $34.50 and $27.50. Season passes are also available for $198.00 and $178.00. A portion of each ticket sale will be donated to Show Hope. Tickets go on sale September 19 at 10 am at the Ryman box office, ryman.com or by calling (615) 889-3060. Group rates are also available for groups of 15 or more by calling (615) 871-5043.

Show dates: November 2, December 7, January 11, February 15, March 1 and April 5.

For more information on Steven Curtis Chapman and his music, visit stevencurtischapman.com.

10/01/2014

NASHVILLE, TN (October 1, 2014) – This historic Ryman Auditorium was named Venue of the Year by the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) in a special ceremony last night. The annual IEBA Honors & Awards celebrates the best of the best with their industry-voted program each year. Nominees in the category included BOK Center (Tulsa), Fox Theatre (Atlanta), INTRUST Bank Arena (Wichita), Sprint Center (Kansas City) and Staples Center (Los Angeles.) The Ryman previously won the honor in 2009 the same year General Manager Sally Williams was named Venue Executive of the Year by the prestigious organization. The Ryman is also the current reigning Pollstar Theatre of the Year and SRO Venue of the Year presented by CMA.

Nashville’s most iconic stage has played host to a diverse line-up so far this year including acts like Kris Kristofferson, Lana Del Rey, Santana and Weezer. Additional non-music offerings included A Prairie Home Companion, comedians Lewis Black, Dennis Miller and Bill Burr and award shows Academy of Country Music (ACM) Honors and Americana Music Honors & Awards.

The Ryman began a multi-million dollar expansion project today with the symbolic removal of the captain Tom Ryman statue from its Fifth Avenue Plaza. The project includes plans for a new event space , state-of-the-art daytime tour attraction, café, larger retail area, additional restroom facilities, larger lobbies and an expanded box office. Scheduled for a June 2015 completion date, the Ryman will host a full calendar of events and tours throughout construction.

Upcoming shows at the Ryman: Ian Anderson October 1, Jerry Lee Lewis October 4, Sam Smith October 7, Loretta Lynn October 10 & 11, Josh Turner October 15, Kip Moore October 17, Wilco October 21 & 22, Jason Isbell October 24, 25 & 26, First Aid Kit October 29, Drive-By Truckers October 30, Martina McBride November 1, Chrissie Hynde November 10, Straight No Chaser November 12, John Butler Trio November 13, Daughtry November 16, So You Think You Can Dance November 17, Phillip Phillips November 19, Justin Townes Earle November 20, Tokens Show November 23, Amy Grant & Vince Gill December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18, Brian Setzer Christmas Rocks Extravaganza December 8, The Head and the Heart December 14, Andrew Peterson December 15, John Mellencamp January 27 & 28, Trampled By Turtles February 7, Shovels & Rope February 14, Hozier March 14 and Brian Regan March 29. Additional programming includes Opry Country Classics each Thursday in October, Opry at the Ryman Friday and Saturdays starting November 7 through January 31 and Tuesdays November 4 through December 16, Sam’s Place November 2, December 7, January 11, February 15, March 1 and April 5. 

Expansion and Renovation Planned for 1994 Addition - Historic Auditorium to Remain Unchanged
6/26/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—June 26, 2014—Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP), owner of the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville’s iconic National Historic Landmark and world renowned performance venue, today announced an approximately $14 million planned expansion and renovation of the Ryman’s 1994 addition.  The historic auditorium, restored in 1994, will remain unchanged. 

The proposed expansion and renovation will improve the Ryman Auditorium experience for both tour guests and concert attendees and will include an event space featuring a new, state-of-the-art daytime tour attraction, which will provide a unique way to relive the Ryman Auditorium’s storied past. The space will be available in the evenings for private functions. Other amenities include a dedicated café space, enhanced food and beverage services throughout the building and an expanded retail area with interior and exterior access. Renovation plans also include a new box office, additional restroom facilities and larger lobbies.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined Colin V. Reed, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Ryman Hospitality Properties, Sally Williams, general manager of the Ryman Auditorium and Opry Entertainment vice president of business and partnership development and Steve Buchanan, president of the Opry Entertainment Group for today’s announcement at the Ryman Auditorium.

“The tourism industry adds more than a billion dollars annually to our state’s tax base, making it critical to fostering sustained economic growth in Tennessee,” Haslam said. “Continued investment from hospitality leaders like Ryman will further improve our state’s unique tourist offerings and attract even more visitors to Tennessee.”

In a statement made prior to today’s press conference, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said, “There’s no place in the world like Music City, and we owe a great deal of that unique identity to the city’s iconic landmarks, particularly the Ryman Auditorium,” Dean said. “This expansion is a welcome addition to our vibrant downtown area. I thank Ryman Hospitality and Colin for this investment and all they’ve done to help make Nashville a top destination.”

The planned renovation and expansion are part of Ryman Hospitality Properties’ ongoing investment in Nashville and its attractions business, which recently experienced record-breaking tour and concert ticket sales.

“The Music City brand has never been more powerful than it is today. We strongly believe that we are at the very front end of a meteoric rise in both national and international tourism thanks largely to the ever-increasing popularity of country music and the “Nashville” television show,” Reed said. “We are making this investment now so that the Ryman Auditorium is better equipped to accommodate the current and future demand we are seeing from both a tourism and concert attendance perspective.”

The project is expected to break ground in late summer 2014 with a planned opening in early June 2015.  The Ryman Auditorium is slated to host a full calendar of events and tours throughout construction.  

Williams said, “Just as Steve Buchanan and the company’s management team did in 1994 with the original Ryman Auditorium expansion and reopening, we are thoughtfully planning for the future of one of the most historic and revered places to hear and perform live music. The enhancements will dramatically improve the pre-and post-show experience and allow visitors to share in our 122-year history in ways that are not possible within our current space. With no renovations taking place in the historic auditorium, we expect little to no disruption in our operations throughout the construction phase, which we anticipate will be complete in time to welcome our guests during next year’s CMA Music Festival.”

Reed continued, “Before we decided to move forward with our plans for this expansion, we felt that it was important to have the support of the artist community who played a vital role in making the Ryman Auditorium the internationally-celebrated venue it is today. We have shared our plans with several artists who have a strong connection to the Ryman Auditorium and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Maintaining the historic integrity of the Ryman Auditorium was a high priority and we have selected two Nashville-based firms who share in that vision, Hastings Architecture Associates and R.C. Mathews Contractor, who served as the general contractor for the original 1994 Ryman Auditorium expansion. The proposed design will preserve the historic 5th Ave. entrance skyline and original Ryman Auditorium aesthetic while providing some much needed room to grow.”

Also in attendance at today’s press conference were Grand Ole Opry members and multi-Grammy Award-winning artists Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs and Marty Stuart.

“The Ryman has always been in the best hands since this company has taken over its operation,” said Vince Gill.  “This is an important renovation, but the heart this company has shown for the Ryman’s preservation is even more special.”

"To me, there is no place like The Ryman Auditorium,” said Ricky Skaggs. “Whether I'm performing, seeing a show or just walking around in the building, it's home to my heart.

That's why I'm so excited about the new expansion The Ryman is getting. It's gonna be great for the fans and the performers. The Ryman is The History Of The Future!”

“The Ryman Auditorium has seen countless changes in the Nashville landscape since its doors opened in 1892,” said Marty Stuart.  “It has somehow been a standard-bearer all the while, moving forward with the times.  The new expansion to the “Mother Church of Country Music” is a fitting reflection of the global interest in our city as well as the world of country music.  It’s exciting to watch the continuance of the legacy of one of America’s most cherished buildings.”

About Ryman Auditorium

A National Historic Landmark, the Ryman Auditorium was built as a tabernacle by Captain Thomas G. Ryman in 1892, served as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-74, and was completely renovated in 1994. The Ryman is open for tours during the day and at night offers a wide variety of entertainment performances, just as it has for over 120 years. The venue was voted the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Pollstar Theatre of the Year. Ryman Auditorium is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP), a Nashville-based REIT that also owns and operates the Grand Ole Opry, and 650 AM WSM. For more information, visit ryman.com.

About Ryman Hospitality Properties

Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP) is a REIT for federal income tax purposes, specializing in group-oriented, destination hotel assets in urban and resort markets. The Company’s owned assets include a network of four upscale, meetings-focused resorts totaling 7,795 rooms that are managed by lodging operator Marriott International, Inc. under the Gaylord Hotels brand. Other owned assets managed by Marriott International, Inc. include Gaylord Springs Golf Links, the Wildhorse Saloon, the General Jackson Showboat and The Inn at Opryland, a 303-room overflow hotel adjacent to Gaylord Opryland. The Company also owns and operates a number of media and entertainment assets, including the Grand Ole Opry (opry.com), the legendary weekly showcase of country music’s finest performers for nearly 90 years; the Ryman Auditorium, the storied former home of the Grand Ole Opry located in downtown Nashville; and 650 AM WSM, the Opry’s radio home. For additional information about Ryman Hospitality Properties, visit rymanhp.com

Nashville’s Most Iconic Landmark Recognized as Top Performing Tourist Attraction by the World’s Largest Travel Site.
5/22/2014

NASHVILLE, TN (May 21, 2014) – Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence award by leading travel website, TripAdvisor.  The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.  Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account review ratings.  Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.

Known most famously as the Mother Church of Country Music, the Ryman Auditorium is open daily for self-guided and backstage tours.  Three new exhibits are currently open: “Grand Ole Opry 1940s-1970s,” “Ryman Stage to Screen” and “Proud to Be Here! The Legacy of Minnie Pearl.”  Visitors can see genuine artifacts from those early Opry years like the dress Dolly Parton wore the night she was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.  Part of the “Ryman Stage to Screen” exhibit features the costume Sissy Spacek wore when she played Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner’s Daughter" which was filmed at the Ryman.  Guests can also watch exclusive Minnie Pearl footage and see the National Medal of the Arts she received from president George H.W. Bush.  As part of the self-guided tour, visitors can enjoy the "Voices of the Ryman" audio tour in which Garrison Keillor and Marty Stuart share their Ryman experiences. Guests also have the opportunity to have your picture taken on the stage graced by legends from Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox to Zac Brown Band and ZZ Top.

Tours are available daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Self-guided tours are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for children ages 4-11. Backstage tours are $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for children ages 4-11. More info: ryman.com/tours

5/08/2014

NASHVILLE, TN (May 6, 2014) - Now in its 20th year, the Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman series has become a Nashville summertime tradition. The series regularly presents the biggest names in bluegrass on the very stage where the genre was born when Earl Scruggs played his then-revolutionary style of banjo with Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys for the first time in 1945. In 2006, the state of Tennessee presented Ryman Auditorium with a historical marker designating it as the official Birthplace of Bluegrass.

The line-up this year is sure to delight bluegrass fans:

June 26 Vince Gill
July 3 Yonder Mountain String Band
July 10 Steep Canyon Rangers and Jim Lauderdale
July 17 Dailey & Vincent
July 24 Earls of Leicester (Jerry Douglas, Shawn Camp, Johnny Warren, Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales and Tim O’Brien) with Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys
July 31 Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

The 2014 series kicks off on June 26 with twenty-time Grammy® award winner singer-songwriter and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill. The annual Red, White and Bluegrass show on July 3 will see progressive Bluegrass group Yonder Mountain String Band make their Ryman headlining debut. July 10, Steep Canyon Rangers, Grammy® winners for Best Bluegrass Album (“Nobody Knows You”), and two-time Grammy award winner and hit songwriter, Jim Lauderdale, will co-headline the show. Rounder Records recording artists and three-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year winners Dailey & Vincent will take the stage on July 17. On July 24, dobro master Jerry Douglas presents Earls of Leicester, a bluegrass super-group performing the music of Flatt & Scruggs from 1954-1965 comprised of Douglas, Grammy-award-winning producer Shawn Camp, Johnny Warren, son of Paul Warren, legendary fiddle player in Flatt & Scruggs Foggy Mountain Boys Band, acclaimed banjo player Charlie Cushman, Barry Bales of Alison Krauss & Union Station fame, and A-list sideman Tim O’Brien on mandolin. Perennial favorite and 14-time Grammy® award winner Ricky Skaggs and his eight-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year Kentucky Thunder close-out the series on July 31. CMA Air Personality of the Year award winner Eddie Stubbs will once again host each show of the series.

All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and are preceded by 650 AM WSM’s Pickin’ on the Plaza featuring regional bluegrass bands from 6:00 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. The free showcases take place in the Ryman parking lot. Puckett’s “Trolley Parton” will be on site during Pickin’ on the Plaza serving menu items featuring Springer Mountain Farms chicken. The 2014 Pickin' on the Plaza lineup is as follows:

June 26 Dana Romanello
July 3 Flatt Lonesome
July 10 Westbound Rangers
July 17 A Step Ahead
July 24 Freshwater Creek
July 31 Lonnie Jones & Hard Drive

Tickets are on sale now through the Ryman box office, online at http://ryman.com/bluegrass or by calling 615-458-BLUE. Tickets are $27.50 for individual shows. Series passes for all six shows are only $147.00.

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Ryman General Manager, Sally Williams, named Facility Executive of the Year
2/26/2014
NASHVILLE, TN (February 26, 2014) - The historic Ryman Auditorium was named Theatre of the Year Friday night in Nashville at the twenty-fifth annual Pollstar Awards. The award was voted on by industry peers and is widely regarded as the most prestigious in the concert industry. The Ryman was nominated along with five other theatres: Beacon Theatre New York City (cap. 2,829), Chicago Theatre Chicago (cap. 3604), The Wiltern Los Angeles (cap. 2300), Nokia Theatre L.A. Live Los Angeles (cap. 7100) and Radio City Music Hall New York City (cap. 6013). The Ryman has a seating capacity of 2,362.
 
This win marks the fourth year in a row that Nashville's iconic venue has been named Theatre of the Year by Pollstar Magazine. Since its 1994 renovation, the venue has won the award a total of six times. The Ryman recently was ranked seventeenth domestically by Pollstar for ticket sales in the Theatre category for the year-ending 2013.
 
"The Ryman team is grateful for and humbled by this recognition," said Sally Williams, Ryman Auditorium General Manager. "We have such incredible partners in this industry: promoters, agents, managers and, of course, the artists who grace our stage. Alongside these partners we strive to create experiences that fans will remember for a lifetime." 
 
Williams also was named Facility Executive of the Year during the ceremony. Under Williams leadership, the Ryman has been awarded SRO Venue of the Year Presented by CMA in 2013 and 2012, Pollstar Magazine's 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 Venue of the Year, the Academy of Country Music's 2012, 2010 and 2008 Venue of the Year and the International Entertainment Buyers Association's 2009 Venue of the Year. Williams is the President of Leadership Music and the Chairperson for the Hospitality Committee of the Music City Music Council. She serves on the boards of directors for the Country Music Association, the International Entertainment Buyers Association, the Nashville Downtown Partnership and the Opry Trust Fund.
 
"Once again, this emphasizes that the Ryman Auditorium and its management team are second to no one in the concert industry," said Steve Buchanan President, Opry Entertainment Group. "Sally and her team are dedicated to providing a world class experience for artists, their representatives and their fans. And, we are proud that Sally's peers have appropriately acknowledged her exceptional passion and commitment. "
 
2013 highlights included sold-out triple-plays with Dave Chappelle and The Lumineers, two night stands with Alabama, Amos Lee, Andrew Peterson, Band of Horses, Black Crowes, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Dwight Yoakam, Gary Allan, Hunter Hayes, John Prine and Old Crow Medicine Show. Band of Horses recorded their performance and released "Band of Horses: Acoustic at the Ryman" on 180 gram vinyl February 11, 2014. The band will return for a special acoustic concert celebrating its release on March 5. The venue also was seen on TV screens across the country last year on ABC's hit show "Nashville," "Austin City Limits Presents Americana Music Festival," and the PBS series "Sing For Your Supper."
 
In late 2013, the Ryman also launched "Backstage at the Ryman" presented by Nissan. The monthly web series features interviews with artists appearing on Nashville's most iconic stage. Current episodes include Old Crow Medicine Show, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Kenny Rogers and Dawes. The videos can be seen on the Ryman's YouTube channel. Fans will see their favorite artists sharing stories and emotions about playing the Ryman, Nashville and anything else they want to talk about while the camera is rolling. Performing on the historic stage is a unique experience for artists, many of whom have their own memories as fans seated in the pews themselves. "It's not when you go to Nashville you have to play the Ryman, it's when you go to America you have got to play the Ryman," said Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show. "It's kind of a touchstone for all the artists that stand on that stage."
 
The historic venue has already kicked-off the New Year in a big way announcing the launch of the Year of Tickets sweepstakes with partner SunTrust Bank. A Facebook exclusive, fans of the venue can enter to win a Year of Tickets to Ryman concerts by liking the Ryman and Suntrust Bank pages and completing a simple online entry form. Fans then can share their entry with a custom code via Facebook and Twitter. For each completed referral entry, fans receive an additional entry towards the enormous prize. The sweepstakes runs through March 12, 2014 and can be accessed here.
 
Upcoming shows at the Ryman include: Band of Horses March 5, Emblem3 March 7, Young The Giant March 11, The Sing-Off March 12, Widespread Panic March 13 & 14, Bob Weir & RatDog March 15, The Moody Blues March 20, Crosby, Stills & Nash March 21, Pentatonix March 22, Gavin DeGraw March 26, Gabriel Iglesias March 28, Amy Schumer March 30, Jammin' to Beat the Blues featuring Vince Gill & Friends April 1, Weezer April 5 & 6, Mandisa & Brandon Heath April 13, Nickel Creek April 18 & 19, Rob Thomas April 22, Santana April 23, Foster the People April 25, Joe Bonamassa April 26, Local Natives April 30, A Prairie Home Companion May 10, Neon Trees May 12, Ingrid Michaelson May 21, Eddie Izzard May 24, Morrissey May 28, Stars for Second Harvest June 3, Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam June 4, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros June 5, Conor Oberst with special guests Dawes June 6, Frankie Valli June 15, Lindsey Stirling June 28, Tori Amos August 18. Opry Country Classics returns to the Ryman stage with shows on Thursdays March 27 through May 22. The annual Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman kicks off June 26 with Vince Gill and will also feature: Dailey & Vincent July 17, Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester July 24 and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder July 31.
1/09/2014

Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium and entertainment banking leader, SunTrust Bank, have launched A Year of Tickets sweepstakes. The huge sweepstakes offering is the first of its kind for the legendary venue which entered a multi-year partnership with SunTrust late last year.

A Year of Tickets sweepstakes gives music lovers the chance to enter-to-win a year of tickets to Ryman concerts via the Ryman's Facebook page. Entry couldn't be easier: first "like" both the Ryman and SunTrust Facebook pages and then fill out a simple entry form. For additional entries, fans can share the contest within the social network platform. For every referral entry, fans gain an additional chance at winning the grand prize. The sweepstakes runs now through March 12, 2014 with the lucky winner eligible for concert tickets of their choice between April 1, 2014 and April 1, 2015.

"This promotion is a fun and exciting way to introduce our partnership with SunTrust to the community," said Sally Williams, Ryman Auditorium general manager. "Hosting the contest on Facebook makes it easy for fans to participate and share the opportunity to win this incredible prize with their music loving friends."

"This is an incredible opportunity for any music lover to hear some outstanding artists in an outstanding facility," said Rob McNeilly, SunTrust Regional President. "We can't think of a better way to kick-off our partnership with the Ryman as we combine our years of experience in serving the entertainment industry."

SunTrust provides support to the music industry through many organizations including: Academy of Country Music (ACM), Americana Music Association, Country Music Association (CMA), Country Music Hall of Fame, Gospel Music Association, SOLID, SOURCE, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, The Recording Academy (NARAS), Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB), Nashville Music Association, W.O. Smith School, Songs for Sound, SXSW, Hip Hop for Humanity, International Bluegrass Association, Leadership Music, Nashville Songwriters Conference, Nashville Songwriters Association International and others.

Ryman Auditorium continues to garner award and accolades as one of the premier music venues in North America. The venerable venue holds the current titles of Pollstar Theatre of the Year, SRO Venue of the Year Presented by CMA and ACM Venue of the Year. Known for its outstanding acoustics and intimate setting, musicians and fans alike agree that a concert at the Ryman is like no other.

Upcoming shows at the Ryman include: Texaco Country Showdown January 16, Jake Bugg February 1, Pixies February 2, Neutral Milk Hotel February 4, Citizen Twain February 6 & 7, Lewis Black February 8, Ira Glass February 15, Pat Metheny Unity Group February 16, Scotty McCreery February 18, Jennifer Nettles February 20, Steven Curtis Chapman February 22, Band of Horses March 5, Emblem3 March 7, Young The Giant March 11, The Sing-Off March 12, Bob Weir & RatDog March 15, The Moody Blues March 20, Crosby, Stills & Nash March 21, Pentatonix March 22, Gavin DeGraw March 26, Gabriel Iglesias March 28, Amy Schumer March 30, Santana April 23, Joe Bonamassa April 26, Local Natives April 30, A Prairie Home Companion May 10, Frankie Valli June 15, Lindsey Stirling June 28. The Grand Ole Opry is back at the Ryman for its annual winter residency every Friday and Saturday through January 25, 2014.