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Smokin' Hot June and July with Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman

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Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman 2012Nashville, TN -- The 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 and bluegrass music. The 2012 series features outstanding bluegrass music by Vince Gill, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, The Boxcars, The Gibson Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Roys, Rhonda Vincent, Dailey & Vincent, Ricky Skaggs and more.

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 Auditorium stage. Also important are the virtually dozens of well known bluegrass musicians who played on the Ryman stage while working through the ranks of the aforementioned bands.

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman scheduleVince Gill and Sarah Jorosz kick off the series June 21st at 7:30 PM. Vince has been a regular on the series and with his long list of achievements in many styles, this is sure to be a top act and a fine way to start off the Thursday evening concerts. He holds 18 Country Music Association Awards 20 Grammys in the new issue of People Magazine, These Days was just named one of The 10 Best Albums of the Century.

Sarah Jarosz has as rich a skill set as anybody in acoustic music. She plays, not just one instrument, but enough of them to be a one-woman string band: mandolin, octave mandolin, clawhammer banjo and guitar. She sings – in supple tones that transcend the boundaries between folk and pop – and she writes – old-timey ballads and modern singer-songwriter ruminations alike.

Chris Thile & Michael Daves and The Boxcars are the artists scheduled to light up the stage the following week on June 28th. Thile and Daves have been getting rave reviews for their unique artistic melding of mandolin and guitar.

The Boxcars join Chris Thile and Michael Daves to round out an oustanding bluegrass performance. The Boxcars are comprised of bluegrass music's finest artists instrumentally and vocally. All members are well honed in bluegrass. You won't find any better than this!

On July 5th, Bluegrass at the Ryman presents The Gibson Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers and The Roys. This triple concert presentation will most likely sell out early. The Steep Canyon Rangers spent a year touring with Steve Martin and are now proving that they can stand on their own.

The Gibson Brothers have been a top bluegrass attraction for years and years and have that traditional, yet contemporary sound that many in bluegrass find totally appealing.

Filling out the evening are the ever popular The Roys. The sibling duo has been making their mark across the spectrum of bluegrass and recently released a new video.

Then, a week later on July 12th, guests will be greeted by the Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent. Rhonda will share the stage with Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers. Rhonda is the most awarded artist in bluegrass you this night, she and her band, The Rage will let you know why.

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers are always driving traditional bluegrass. The band prides itself on their traditional approach to the music. Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers have an energetic mix of quality Bluegrass and Gospel music, a professional presentation, inventive instrumental work, a good variety of vocal arrangements including a capella quartets and tasteful, down-home humor.

Super group Dailey & Vincent close out the concert series on July 19th. This group just continues to climb the awards roster and for good reason. It seems that everybody just loves these guys. Audiences will hear why on this bluegrass Thursday night.

Once again, the Ryman will be hosting 5 outstanding nights of bluegrass. Visit Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman for tickets and other information.

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