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A visit to the Ryman--Nashville’s “Mother Church” and the Johnny Cash Museum

Front facade Ryman Auditorium
Thomas Wilmer

Join Lisaann Dupont, PR and Digital Media Manager at the legendary Ryman Auditorium. Revered as the “Mother Church” of country music, the Ryman has been an anchor of the Nashville music scene for more than a century.

The Grand Ole Opry moved in to the Ryman in 1943 where it broadcast shows weekly across the airwaves every Saturday on WSM 650 AM radio.

The Opry outgrew the Ryman in the 1970s, but the legendary show returns for winter broadcasts every November through January.

From Hank Williams and Flatt & Scruggs, Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, to Patsy Cline and Bob Hope, the list of luminaries who have performed at the Ryman, a National Historic Landmark, is a literal Who’s Who of the American music scene.

A couple blocks away in downtown Nashville is the Johnny Cash Museum, with an adjunct Patsy Cline Museum scheduled to join the limelight in late fall 2016. Join Angela Dodson, Director of Marketing for an insider’s look at the Johnny Cash Museum and its premier collection of memorabilia.   

Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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