Country Music's Most Famous Stages!

When you think Nashville, you probably think country music. You are not wrong. Nashville is full of country music. Nashville is home to The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, The CMT Awards, The CMA Awards, plus the Mother Church of Country Music - the Ryman Auditorium, and the Grand Ole Opry (the famous country music stage) and the annual CMA Music Festival.

Hey guys! It’s Jamie again! Two weeks ago I attended a show at the Ryman Auditorium and the very next day attended a show at the Grand Ole Opry! So today we are talking about the two famous country music stages. 

 I've attended two concerts at the Mother Church of country music, the Ryman Auditorium, and each was just as magical. Touring the Ryman is just as amazing. When you first walk into the Ryman you are surrounded by walls full of years of country music history. The Ryman was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry radio show. Artists such as Elvis Presley, Minnie Pearl, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, and Hank Williams have all helped make this stage famous. While touring the Ryman you walk backstage and through the halls that country music royalty have walked through. I highly recommend touring the Ryman if you ever get the chance!

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Most recently, I attended the sold-out Pistol Annies concert at the Ryman Auditorium. The Pistol Annies were great and I had a blast, but it was even more fun because it was at the historic Ryman Auditorium.  Attending concerts at the Ryman is a unique experience and one like no other. The Ryman does not have seats, instead it has church pews — it really is just like a church! Another fun thing about the Ryman is that if you are on the floor security will let you walk up towards the front of the stage to take pictures and then return to your seat. It is amazing because you get to be extremely close to your favorite artists! Not only does the Ryman host concerts throughout the year, but every winter, November-January, the Grand Ole Opry brings its show back to its original stomping grounds. I've never attended a Grand Ole Opry show at the Ryman, but hope to one day as I am sure it can't be anything less than magical. 

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The Grand Ole Opry House is located in “Opryland” between Opry Mills mall and the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. Country music's most famous radio show moved to its current home after the Nashville flood. The Grand Ole Opry House just recently underwent changes, making it even more extravagant! Touring the Grand Ole Opry House has to be one of the most amazing experiences. You start off by watching a video of the history of the Grand Ole Opry and are then taken backstage.`

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I've gone to three Grand Ole Opry shows throughout my time in Nashville, each just as magical as the other. How can a show at the most famous country music stage not be? Most recently, I attended a show with Opry member Carrie Underwood as the Opry turned pink in honor of breast cancer awareness, which is something the Opry has done for ten years now.

The Opry is unique in the fact that it has mailboxes for artists that fans can send mail to. While walking some of the most famous halls you can see into all the dressing rooms that artists use when they perform on this famous stage. You also get to walk backstage and onto the famous Opry stage! It’s amazing to stand on the Opry stage and look out into the audience. Just like the Ryman, the Opry is also all church pews! In the center of the Opry stage is “the famous circle” which is a different shade than the rest of the stage. This circle is actually from the original stage of the Grand Ole Opry and was moved to the new Opry stage after the flood.

Grand Ole Opry shows are extremely unique and different than any other concerts. Each show has about six to eight artists performing. Artists range from country newbies to country legends, Grand Ole Opry members to Grand Ole Opry guests. The Opry does a show each week on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Just like at the Ryman, during the Opry show you can walk up to the stage for a song from your favorite artist. Back when the Opry had stairs at the front of the stage, I was even able to sit on the stairs for a few songs from sibling-country band, The Band Perry. The Grand Ole Opry gives you a chance to see your favorite artists in a way you normally would not get to. If you ever get the chance to attend an Opry show, you should go. You won’t regret it!

Whether you live in Nashville or are just passing by, I highly recommend touring the Ryman and The Grand Ole Opry House and attending shows at both. It’s the most Nashville thing to do in Nashville, The Music City!

~Jamie