Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights 2020 at the Ryman is back this summer, the historic venue will celebrate the Thursday night music series with a lineup that includes Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, The SteelDrivers, Dailey & Vincent, and more. Presented by Springer Mountain Farms, the popular series will kick off on June 18, 2020, featuring a performance by the Del McCoury Band with The Lil Smokies.
In 1945 during a Grand Ole Opry performance, a young banjo player named Earl Scruggs joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys on stage for the first time. As they combined harmonies, upbeat tempos and a new sound referred to as “high lonesome,” the result was a new, energetic sound of country music that lifted crowds from the Ryman’s historic church pews to their feet. “Bluegrass” was born, and Ryman Auditorium is now forever known as the “Birthplace of Bluegrass.” The venue honors Monroe’s legacy with a life-size statue on site, unveiled in 2017.
After sitting dark and vacant for nearly two decades after the Grand Ole Opry relocated to its new home, the Ryman underwent renovation and reopened its doors on June 3, 1994. That same year, the venue introduced the first of what would become annual, “Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman,” which featured Bill Monroe and Alison Krauss. Now more than two decades later, the Ryman continues to celebrate bluegrass music’s contribution to music history with artists and fans alike.
Weather depending, all performances will follow a pre-show “Pickin’ on the Plaza” event presented by Farm Bureau Health Plans on the Ryman’s 4th Avenue plaza, featuring live music from local bluegrass artists and bands presented by 650 AM WSM, food and drink specials from Cafe Lula, as well as giveaways and raffles including fan-favorite “Chicken Rich” presented by Springer Mountain Farms, a “Bluegrass Nights” sponsor since 2011.
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