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Birth of Bluegrass


Summer Tunes

The Ryman Auditorium bills itself as the birthplace of bluegrass music. Outside the venue, you’ll find a Tennessee Historical Commission marker commemorating the genre’s legendary origins: in 1945, musician Bill Monroe and his band brought a new sound to Nashville with the banjo style of Earl Scruggs, the guitar of Lester Flatt, Chubby Wise on fiddle, and Howard Watts on bass. The rest is history.

Through July 27th, Bluegrass Nights at Ryman Auditorium offer opportunities to hear today’s biggest names. The Soggy Bottom Boys play on July 6th, Dailey & Vincent on the 13th, the Infamous Stringdusters on the 20th, and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder on the 27th. Skaggs is a 15-time Grammy Award winner: don’t miss what’s sure to be a virtuosic performance.

All shows begin at 7:30PM. Beforehand, regional bands play from 6:00PM to 6:45PM on the Ryman Plaza.