Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman:
The CMT Music Fest may be over for this year but Music City still plays on with several popular Summertime events including the Springer Mountain Farms Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman, from June 24 to July 29, 2010, on the stage where this music was first created, and featuring such notable Performers as Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Crowe and The New South, Daily and Vincent, the Del McCoury Band, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Dolly Parton’s one time Opening Act and band, and the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2006 and 2007 Entertainers of the Year, the Grascals, and highlighting this season’s Thursday night performances will be Earl Scruggs, on July 22nd, who’s historic appearance on the Ryman stage on December 8, 1945, joining Bill Monroe for the first time, and his famous three-finger roll style of playing, defined the Bluegrass sound. WSM 650 radio’s free Showcase, Pickin’ on the Plaza, features regional Bluegrass performers on the entrance to the Ryman before each show.
Uncle Dave Macon Days:
Named after the first Star of the Grand Ole Opry, David Harrison Macon, a 1920s Vaudeville Performer who recorded more than 170 songs, mostly on an open-backed Gibson banjo, and the home of the National Championships for Old-Time Clogging, Old-Time Buckdancing, and Old-Time Banjo Playing, the Thirty-Third Annual Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival will be held July 9 to 11, 2010, at the Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro. Dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Traditional Old-Time Music, and selected as one of the Top Ten Southeastern United States Tourist Events For 2010, scheduled Performers include Tommy Jackson, Nancy and Norman Blake, the Rocky Top Review Square Dance Exhibition, a Gospel Music Showcase, a motorless parade, and a whole lot more for the whole family to enjoy.
Bluebird On The Mountain:
Vanderbilt’s Dyer Observatory will host the seventh season of the Bluebird on the Mountain Concert Series, held one Saturday of each month from May to October 2010, and presented by one of the world’s leading Listening Rooms and world famous Songwriters Performance Spaces, with the July 24th show featuring Tony Arata, Fred Knobloch, Thom Schuyler, and Jelly Roll Johnson, the August 21st show featuring Gary Nicholson, Marshall Chapman, and special guests, the September 18th show featuring Tom Douglas, Natalie Hemby, and Lori McKenna, and the October 2nd show featuring Steve Seskin, Chuck Jones, and special guests. Other Bluebird Cafe happenings include Monday Open Mic Nights, Sunday Writers Nights, In the Round Birdsongs with Special Performers like Rhett Atkins, Keith Anderson, Peter Cooper, Marshall Chapman, Joey & Rory, Tommy Womack, The Wrights, Darrell Scott, Marcus Hummon, Chris Roberts, and Rickie Trudeau, and the Country Throwdown Tour featuring such well known Acts as Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Little Big Town, Jack Ingram, Eric Church, the Eli Young Band, Heidi Newfield, and more.
One of the legendary Billy Walker’s most favorite bands formed as a garage practice session in 1998, and the Western Swing Ensemble known as the Time Jumpers are regular Players at the Station Inn on 12th Avenue South in Nashville, which, according to the Frommers Travel Guidebook is “widely regarded as one of the best Bluegrass venues around,” and has hosted Ralph Stanley, Dolly Parton, Gillian Welsh, Randy Travis, Reba McEntire, and other wellknown popular Performers, and were nominated for two Grammy Awards for their 2007 live album Jumpin’ Time, one for Best Country Performance By A Group Or Duo With Vocals, for their song “Sweet Memories,” and the other for Best Country Instrumental Performance, for their song “Fidoodlin'”. Entertainers who have made up the Time Jumpers include Vince Gill, Hoot Hester, John Hughey, Dawn Sears, Michael Blaustone, Dennis Crouch, Carolyn Martin, Danny Parks, Adie Grey, Andy Reiss, Aubrey Haynie, Jeff Taylor, Kenny Sears, Johnny Cox, Rich Vanaugh, Kenny Malone, and Robert Bowlin.
Last Rodeo Tour:
Debuting in 1991 Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn, the most highly awarded Duo in Country Music history, have sold more albums than any other Duo in any genre of music, and have placed more than fifty songs on the Country Music charts including many Number One hits. On August 10, 2009 Brooks and Dunn announced, “After 20 years of making music and riding this trail together, we have agreed as a duo that it’s time to call it a day. This ride has been everything and more than we could ever have dreamed…We owe it all to you, the fans. If you hear rumors, don’t believe them, it’s just time. We will release our “#1s And Then Some” on September 8th and come see you all one more time in 2010, with the Last Rodeo Tour,” and tell me is there a better place to host Brooks and Dunn’s very last concert, on September 2, than the Music City? Ride on guys!