NASHVILLE, Tenn (WKRN) – The Mother Church of country music in Nashville joined an elite group Thursday afternoon when it was officially designated a rock and roll landmark.
The Ryman Auditorium has joined places like Austin City Limits and Hollywood’s Whiskey A Go-Go as one of 12 notable places by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nationwide. Of the 334 groups and artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Ryman Auditorium has seen 112 of them grace its legendary stage over its 130-year history.
The induction ceremony was held inside the famous hall, where local officials, Ryman officials, and even Ryman performers shared the significance of Nashville’s Mother Church before the official historic plaque was unveiled.
“It’s the mother church of country music, but it has hosted all kinds of music over the years, and it guides the way into our future,” said Mayor John Cooper. “He showed us that with creativity, perseverance and respect, we can honor our past while [adapting] To create a transformative experience for new guests.”
Cooper said Rayman “looms large in the Nashville story,” which is why the Metro Board passed a resolution honoring the venue as “Music City’s most famous and respected concert venue.”
While it is known primarily as the “birthplace of bluegrass,” Rayman also has roots in the creation of rock and roll. Cooper shared his gratitude to Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for being named a mentor.
“The Ryman has been a haven for rockers for decades, for the performers on this stage. From Elvis Presley to Neil Diamond, and from Sheryl Crow to Bruce Springsteen, they have all graced that historic stage.” “Nashville’s most unique and best-known product is music, and Ryman’s 130-year legacy is the physical proof of that. What better way to honor that legacy than to celebrate this new status as a historic rock and roll venue? I know we all look forward to and count on the next 130 years.” “.
Greg Harris, CEO and president of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, said Ryman has been one of the most recognizable not only in the nation but around the world, describing his legacy within country music as “unparalleled”.
He also shared a message from famous blues singer Bonnie Wright, who rocked the stage later Thursday night:
“The Ryman has played an important role not only in the history of Nashville, but also in country music and rock ‘n’ roll. This stage holds a special place in my heart, as I am able to perform live with many of the great Nashville songwriters from an audience whose works have enriched my life.” and my music. I am honored to help pay tribute to one of America’s greatest rock and roll venues.”
The Old Dominion Country Band helped consecrate the painting Thursday, and is a frequent guest of the Mother Church. Lead singer Matthew Ramsey said Ryman’s onstage performance was “spiritual,” adding that that was one of the reasons the performers referred to the venue by their maternal surname.
“Like any good mother,” he said, “she respects you and makes you feel at home.” “We stand here as proud representatives of the sons and daughters of the Mother Church of Country Music – all those who have cried out their stories from that stage, adding part of their history to the wood and dust that will spread through the next performing stage.
“It’s a beacon and bucket list experience for all of us – creators and fans alike.”
In addition to his new appointment as a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame landmark, Ryman will create a new “immersive experience” that showcases the venue’s connections to rock and roll.
Mark Fiorvanti, President of Ryman Hospitality Properties, has shared how a new partnership between Ryman and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will see the creation of a new exhibit highlighting all the members of the Hall of Fame who have graced the iconic theater over the past four decades.
Fiorvanti said Ryman will convert 5The tenth Vestibule Avenue to provide “a prominent foothold for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the heart of Music City.”
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The experience will allow the venue to celebrate its rock ‘n’ roll heritage while allowing music lovers to “see the place from a new perspective,” Fiorvanti said.