Ryman Auditorium
The Ryman Auditorium
The "Mother Church" of country music
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Your grandparents' walking tour included the backstage tour of the Ryman.
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Thomas Green Ryman. He built the original Union Gospel Tabernacle church which was renamed the Ryman Auditorium in his honor in 1904. Today the Ryman also is called the "Mother Church of Country Music" because it originally had been a church.
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The main entrance is an addition to the original Ryman Auditorium.
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Statue of Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl, two famous Ryman performers, in the main entrance. Acuff died in 1992 and Minnie Pearl in 1996.
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The original church pews where the audience sits today.
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The original pews were all hand-made, the wood being soaked and then curved into shape.
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No shows are held at the Ryman during the summer months. The last show is in May and the Country Classics shows resume in October.
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Backdrop used in the Ryman's Country Classics shows.