Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium announced the lineup for the Summer 2015 edition of its Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman series today, Feb. 27. The series, which runs every Thursday night from June 25 to July 30, will feature a mix of Music City’s local favorites and other bluegrass and Americana acts from around the country.
Kicking things off on June 25 will be Nashville’s own favorite son Vince Gill. The Platinum selling country superstar is certainly no stranger to the Ryman stage. He and wife Amy Grant take up residence in the venue each December for a series of Christmas concerts.
July 2 brings another titan of bluegrass music to the Ryman stage as The Del McCoury Band will headline a show. Multi-time Grammy nominees for Best Bluegrass Album, Del McCoury and his band are some of the most prolific collaborators in the business and there’s no telling who might show up to return the favor. Rising star Sierra Hull will open the show.
On July 9, bluegrass supergroup Hot Rize will take the Ryman stage for a headlining performance. Featuring mandolin master Tim O’Brien, guitarist Bryan Sutton, banjo picker Pete Wernick, and bassist Charles Sawtelle, Hot Rize has some of the most impressive musical chops in the business today. Multi-time IBMA award winners The Gibson Brothers will open.
On July 16, Dailey & Vincent will headline. With five of the band’s six albums hitting the Top Ten of the Billboard Bluegrass charts, three of which hit #1, the duo of Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent is sure to be a hot draw for Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman.
For those looking for a little rock in their bluegrass music, July 23 brings Texas songwriting legend Robert Earl Keen to the stage. While best known for his acerbic wit and outlaw country lyrics, Keen has been exploring his bluegrass roots of late, releasing “Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions” just this month. Local favorites The Steeldrivers will open the show.
Closing out this Summer’s edition of Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman is Nashville’s foremost modern bluegrass practitioner, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. After tearing up the country charts in the ’80s, Skaggs became a standard bearer in Nashville’s neotraditionalist movement in the ’90s and hasn’t looked back since.
Tickets for each of the Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman series are only $28.50 and available at the Ryman Box Office. Or you can get a season pass to all six shows for $145.50 here.