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Nashville's legendary Ryman Auditorium & Country Music Hall of Fame

Correspondent Tom Wilmer accompanies Robin Tierney onstage at the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee
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The Ryman Auditorium, revered as the “Mother Church” of country music, has been an anchor of the Nashville music scene for more than a century. The Country Music Hall of Fame in NashvilleTennessee is the Mother Ship where the entire history of country music is showcased in the 360,000 square-foot multi-story facility.

The Grand Ole Opry moved in to the Ryman Auditorium in 1943 where it broadcast shows weekly across the air waves 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.

The legendary Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, Tennessee celebrates its 125th anniversary May 2017
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The legendary Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, Tennessee celebrates its 125th anniversary May 2017

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 National Historic Landmark Ryman, is a literal Who’s Who of the American music scene.

The heart of Music City downtown Nashville, Tennessee
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The heart of Music City downtown Nashville, Tennessee

  

Join guide and music aficionado George Daeger at The Country Music Hall of Fame. Daeger knows his stuff as he plays in John Carter Cash’s band as well as his own with his brother in, The Early Evening.    

 

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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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