The Ryman Auditorium is hallowed ground for country music artists and their fans. Designated by the Tennessee Historical Commission as the birthplace of bluegrass, this venue is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Nashville.
Not a country music fan? That’s ok. Country isn’t the only genre of music played in the auditorium. Audiences have heard everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Kid Rock play their greatest hits. And musicians aren’t the only performers you’ll see on stage. Dancers, comedians, and spoken word artists have also taken their place in the spotlight. A marvel of modern acoustics, the Ryman has been hailed as one of the world’s best performance spaces. Roger Daltrey called it the "best bloody place for a musician to play in the whole world” and Marty Stuart proclaimed that “If country music had a Vatican, it would be the Ryman.” Even if you don’t have the chance to catch a show during your stay in Nashville, there are plenty of other things to see and do at this historic venue. Take a backstage tour where you’ll be able to step on stage for an Instagrammable moment, record your own song or play along with one of 19 classic tracks in the Air Castle Studio, or get down on one knee and profess your undying love with the Ryman’s special Proposal Package.
Hungry for more? Try a plate of Nashville Hot Chicken and wash it down with a bottle of craft beer at Cafe Lula at the Ryman, a casual eatery open until 8 p.m. on show nights.
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