Amazing Moments That Transpired Inside Ryman Auditorium


Music has the ability to bring people together across all cultures, languages, and ages. According to Statistica, 68% of the population of people between the ages of 14 and 34 years old listen to music every day – with most people around this age bracket stating that they listen to music regularly.

Whether it is through your headphones, in the car, on the radio, at home, on a Youtube clip, or live at a concert performance, music is everywhere and a part of life.  For those of us who fall into this very wide bracket, some of our favorite songs have likely been written and sung by artists who have performed in the legendary Ryman Auditorium. So, if you are a lover of music and haven’t heard of the Ryman auditorium, then this article is for you.

What Is The Ryman Auditorium

The Ryman Auditorium is situated in Nashville, Tennessee, and has around 2360 seats. It is named after Thomas Ryman who championed the building of the auditorium, who became a devout Christian after witnessing a revival by prominent preacher Sam P Jones. He then pledged to build the auditorium, which opened in 1892,  so that the people of Nashville could witness large-scale revivals. This contributes to why the acoustics are so good in the auditorium since it was built to project the voices of evangelists. In the early 1900s, while the Ryman was primarily used as a place of worship, it was leased out (by Lula C Naff, who is a legend in her own right.) and was used for various performances for which it became famous. While it may be known as the home of the Grand Ole Opry, it hosts a variety of types of performances and genres, so have a look to see who’s performing next and get your tickets for the Ryman Auditorium. Famous artists from across the globe tour to perform at the Ryman due to its venerable history, next, we’ll bring you up to speed on some of its famous past performances.


Some Legendary Performers and Performances

The very first event to be sold out at the Ryman Auditorium was a lecture by Hellen Keller in 1913. Other legends who weren’t singers to perform at the Ryman around this period of time were Charlie Chaplin, Harry Houdini, and Theodor Roosevelt. In the 50s the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and trumpeter Louis Armstrong performed at the auditorium. As mentioned the Ryman become the home for the Grand Ole Opry and was known as the “Mother Church of Country Music”.

More recently, the list becomes endless and our most liked and loved singers, musicians, bands and speakers go out of their way to visit the Ryman. These folks include Michelle Obama, Taylor Swift, Kings Of Leon, Harry Styles, Aretha Franklin, Cold Play, and Brian Wilson, to name a few, the list really is endless.

Whether you are a country music fan, hip hop addict, or not even a musical lover (if those exist!) the quality of the performances at the Ryman Auditorium is such that they can amaze you no matter what your preference is.

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