Ryman Bluegrass Nights
Bluegrass as we know it today began in 1945 when 21 year-old Earl Scruggs stepped up to the WSM radio microphone on the Ryman stage and played a five-string banjo with a three finger roll. Although it wasn't known as bluegrass then, Scruggs, Lester Flatt, Chubby Wise and Cedric Rainwater played at the Ryman Auditorium sending that special sound out on the airwaves through WSM-AM radio each week, laying the groundwork for all future bluegrass music. The Ryman Auditorium continues the tradition of this particular brand of music by showcasing current performers with Ryman Bluegrass Nights.
July 11: Ralph Stanley and Jim Lauderdale
July 18: Dailey & Vincent
Aug 1: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder