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Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman 2012Nashville, TN -- Springer Mountain Farms has June and July at the world famous Ryman Auditorium packed with Thursday night bluegrass as they once again present Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman. This annual fare of bluegrass music is just the thing to make summers hotter than ever. This year, the lineup if fully loaded with some of the finest in the genre. Every Thursday night at 7:30 pm from June 20 through July 25, the best of bluegrass music hits the stage where it all began.

The legendary award winning Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver kick off the annual Nights with Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice on June 27. Doyle Lawson is one of the most awarded bluegrass and gospel artists in the genre. With almost 40 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations, and are seven-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year Award. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are the reigning Inspirational Country Music Association Vocal Group of the Year, crowned in October at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, on the heels of Lawson’s induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at the Ryman Auditorium on September 27, 2012.

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice have received SPBGMA’s Album of the Year Award for “The Heart of A Song“. Junior also received the Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year Honor for 2013. “A Far Cry from Lester and Earl“ was named SPBGMA’s 2013 Song of the Year.

Independence Day, The Fourth of July, finds The Gibson Brothers sharing the stage with Balsam Range. The Gibson Brothers took home the 2012 Entertainer of the Year Award at the 23rd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The same night they won the “Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year” award for “Singing As We Rise.” Help My Brother, their tenth album, won the prestigious 2011 IBMA Album of the Year Award. They were named the 2011 IBMA Vocal Group of the Year, the first time a brother duet has won this award.

From deep in the Appalachians where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge comes the Balsam Range band, creatively blending Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel and Jazz into a new American acoustic music experience.

Mountain and Bluegrass music legend Ralph Stanley will headline the July 11 show with Jim Lauderdale. When legends come to mind there is one star that shines above them all that is none other than the legendary icon Dr. Ralph Stanley. For over 6 decades he has become one of the most influential artists of all time. Born in 1927 in Big Spraddle VA, Ralph Stanley was the second child of Lucy Jane and Lee Stanley. In 1946 along with his older brother Carter Stanley they formed the legendary Stanley Brothers duo. The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys became one of the most popular brother acts in Country Music history.

Jim Lauderdale is a Grammy® Award winning musician and one of the most respected artists working in the Bluegrass, Country and Americana music communities today. He is considered one of Nashville’s “A” list of songwriters with songs recorded by artists such as Patty Loveless, Shelby Lynne, Solomon Burke, The Dixie Chicks and George Strait, who has had numerous hits with Jim’s songs.

July 18 the Ryman Stage will host some of bluegrass music's finest -- Dailey & Vincent This will be a night to remember. Dailey & Vincent is one of the top Bluegrass bands in America. From the very beginning of their partnership in late 2007, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent quickly established themselves as fresh voices in their genre. The concoction of their fantastically powerful vocal blends, 4 award-winning studio albums, and heavy touring schedules has gained them well-deserved attention from bluegrass, country, and gospel critics and fans alike.

Keeping the roots alive, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder will be performing July 25th. "This group of guys meets my approval every night," Ricky says. "Each and every one of the pickers in Kentucky Thunder totally amazes me in every show...and that, to me, outweighs any award we could ever win." The all-star lineup of Kentucky Thunder includes Andy Leftwich (fiddle), Cody Kilby (lead guitar), Paul Brewster (tenor vocals, rhythm guitar), Eddie Faris (baritone vocals, guitar), Justin Moses (banjo, background vocals) and Scott Mulvahill (bass, bass vocals).

If you're anywhere around Nashville and you love bluegrass, Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman is a must see. 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 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.

For tickets and more information visit http://www.ryman.com/bluegrass

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