Forget all those unnecessary social media holidays, today is official! Mayor Megan Barry has declared May 10 to be Ryman Auditorium Day.
Media and music executives gathered at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday morning to hear the big news. The announcement came on the stage of The Mother Church of Country Music, a Nashville staple since 1885. To commemorate its 125 years, Mayor Megan Barry gave the Ryman its very own day.
“From its beginnings as a church to its years as the home of the Grand Ole Opry to its revival as the coolest concert venue in the world, the Ryman has a story like no other building — anywhere,” Mayor Barry said. “I’m grateful for everything the Ryman means to Nashville, and I’m excited to celebrate its first 125 years while looking forward to many more.”
The news came on a fitting day. It’s also the 132nd anniversary of the meeting between Captain Thomas Ryman and Reverend Sam Jones. That was the meeting that inspired Ryman to construct the tabernacle in Nashville. Now, all these years later, the Ryman is still bringing beautiful music to our city.
“If you think about it, music has had a great history here, but the real purpose of this building was to save people… and 125 years later it’s still saving people,” Vince Gill said. He joined Mayor Barry and Colin Reed, chairman and chief executive officer of Ryman Hospitality Properties, for the announcement.
“This place just has spirit that you can’t even put into words. It really is a magical place. The very first time I ever sang in this building it was just me and a guitar, and it was one of the most majestic experiences I’ve ever had in my life. I really felt that spirit move through me. This place more than any place I’ve been… I really felt that spirit. Whether I play here with a seven-piece band or a bluegrass band… no matter what you throw at this place it takes it and elevates it.”