If you’re hankering for some good old-time bluegrass music, you are in luck. The high lonesome sound of bluegrass is said to have been born on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium, and is returning to its birthplace Thursday nights in July, in Ryman Bluegrass Nights.
In December 1945, a 21 year-old Earl Scruggs performed at the Ryman with Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. He took the stage with his five-string banjo and with a three-finger roll, began a musical movement. Thus the birth of what came to be known as bluegrass, taking the name from Bill Monroe’s band.
Celebrating the bluegrass sound, the Ryman is showcasing current performers including Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Dailey & Vincent, Ralph Stanley and Jim Lauderdale. The shows begin at 7:30pm, but you should come at 6:00 for Pickin’ on the Plaza featuring regional bluegrass bands. Its free and takes place in the Ryman parking lot!
Head to Nashville to hear the pickin’ and you’ll be grinnin’.