Tag: Ryman Auditorium

Glen Campbell’s return to the Ryman

We reported here about Glen Campbell’s November 30 show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, but a return performance on Dec. 5 was postponed due to illness. Campbell made up that date this week. Here’s what Dave Paulson of the Tennessean said about the show: “Little appeared to be impeding his performance Tuesday night. Teleprompters set up at the edge of…

Concert review: Glen Campbell at the Ryman in Nashville

It was a sad and exhilarating evening at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville tonight. It’s wasn’t sad because Glen Campbell is suffering from Alzheimer’s or that his performance was part of his “Goodbye Tour.” He’s 75 and ailments strike us all. It was sad because this is the last tour of one of America’s great pop singers, interpreters and guitarists,…

The Moody Blues and Nashville

Tickets for the Moody Blues’ March 21 date at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville go on sale this Friday, Dec. 2. The band that got its start with the 1964 hit “Go Now” still has three long-time members, Graeme Edge, John Lodge and Justin Hayward, and puts on a good live show that spans more than four decades of music…

Americana Mojo: Bottle Rockets, Kenny Vaughan, Luther Dickinson

One of the least heralded Americana Music Festival events was also one of the coolest. This afternoon, SiriusXM recorded a Mojo Nixon show in Nashville, with live performances from the Bottle Rockets, Kenny Vaughan and Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All-Stars. Mojo was his usual crude self, and the performers delivered impeccable mini-sets, dialed down to a studio seating…

Will Hoge, Wilco surge on Americana Music Chart

The top five spots in this week’s Americana Music Association Chart remain unchanged, with the Jayhawks, Robert Earl Keen, John Hiatt, Gillian Welch and Guy Clark ranked one through five. Will Hoge’s “Number Seven” jumps from #26 to #13. Fresh off two triumphant nights at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Wilco enters the chart at #21 with “The Whole Love.”…

Concert review: Elvis Costello at the Ryman Auditorium

Roy Acuff wouldn’t have approved. There on the stage of the legendary Ryman Auditorium tonight was a go-go dancer moving to the music of Elvis Costello and the Imposters. The dancer’s cage – and the multi-colored “Spectacular Spinning Songbook” that drove the setlist- contributed to a carnival-like atmosphere and an entertaining and outlandish show. This was in sharp contrast to…

Americana chart: Ry Cooder, John Doe among new entries

Today the new Americana Music Association Chart showed Matraca Berg still in the Top 20 with her “The Dreaming Fields” album. Tonight she sang her “You and Tequila” (number four in this week’s Billboard country charts) on stage at the Ryman Auditorium along with Grace Potter and Kenny Chesney. That’s a pretty good Monday. The chart remained largely unchanged this…

Carolina Chocolate Drops at the Ryman Auditorium

The biggest surprise for most attending tonight’s Grace Potter show at the Ryman was opening act the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Give a mini-skirted rocker credit for counter-programming. You don’t expect to hear string tunes from the 19th century or an Ethel Waters cover at most rock shows. The audience seemed pleasantly surprised – and mesmerized. The show was outstanding. During…

Glen Campbell’s powerful “Ghost on the Canvas”

Tickets for Glen Campbell’s final show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Nov. 30 go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. It’s part of the “Goodbye Tour,” Campbell’s farewell concert series in the wake of his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. I respect Campbell and his family, and their decision to face his illness in a public and forthright…

Band Perry to headline the Ryman Auditorium

That was fast. The Band Perry, a very young band with a very popular album, has been booked to headline the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Feb. 20, 2012. Tcikets will go on sale on Aug.26. From the Ryman website: “While TBP has previously graced the Ryman stage during the Grand Ole Opry and other multi-artist events, this will be…

Aretha Franklin returns to the Ryman

Tickets are now available for Aretha Franklin’s return to the Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, October 19 at 7:30 pm. Franklin’s recent illness led many to wonder if she would ever grace this stage again; her booking is great news. As we wrote on Sun209 in November 2010, “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a crowd at the Ryman as excited…