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Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Ricky Skaggs, and More Headline the 30th Annual Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Concert Series

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman,” Springer Mountain Farms’ yearly tribute to everything bluegrass at the renowned Mother Church, is back for its 30th edition. Some of the genre’s most prominent figures will grace the legendary Ryman Auditorium stage on Thursday nights.

The series is set to run every Thursday from June 13 to July 25, with the exception of July 4. Featured performers include the Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Country Music Hall of Famer Ricky Skaggs, among other notable acts.

The main acts will grace the Ryman stage at 7:30 p.m., but the Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman celebration kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with Pickin’ on the Plaza. Pre-show festivities will unfold at the outdoor stage in the Ryman’s PNC Plaza, showcasing local bluegrass artists and bands curated by WSM Radio.

Individual show tickets will be available for purchase starting in February. For additional details and season pass information, please visit the Ryman Auditorium website.

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Lineup and Schedule

  • The Del McCoury Band—June 13
  • Steep Canyon Rangers with Lindsay Lou—June 20
  • The Earls of Leicester—June 27
  • Della Mae with Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley—July 11
  • Dailey & Vincent—July 18
  • Ricky Skaggs & Country Thunder—July 25

The Birthplace of Bluegrass

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman is more than just a lineup of outstanding bluegrass performances; it’s a commemoration of the Mother Church’s historical significance as the birthplace of the genre.

The roots of bluegrass can be traced back to the folk traditions of Ireland, Scotland, and Africa. In the early 20th century, the hills and hollers of Appalachia became a melting pot for various musical influences. Today, this amalgamation is recognized as old-time or folk music. Back in the 1920s, it was simply referred to as “hillbilly music.”

The genre, often considered a blend of various cultural influences, has inspired numerous artists throughout the years. Among the most influential figures is Bill Monroe, hailed as the Father of Bluegrass.

The true birth of bluegrass occurred when Bill Monroe enlisted Earl Scruggs into his band. Their inaugural performance unfolded on the Ryman stage in December 1945, marking a pivotal moment in musical history. Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys solidified the distinctive sound of a genre that endures and flourishes to this day.

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