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Not too many country fans out here on TE, but I persist.

Here's another one from Nashville. This picture shows part of the Bill Monroe statue next to the famous Ryman Theatre, with modern buidlings of Nashville's business district in the background. More info on man and location below.


BILL MONROE (1911-1996) was a mandolinist, singer, and songwriter, who helped to create the style of music known as bluegrass. Because of this, he is commonly referred to as the "Father of Bluegrass". The genre takes its name from his band, the Blue Grass Boys.

Monroe’s statue is located near 5th Ave. next to the historical marker commemorating the 1945 “Birth of Bluegrass” when Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys performed on the Ryman stage.


THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM is Nashville's most famous stage. This 2,362-seat live-performance venue located in downtown Nashville is best known as the home of the former Grand Ole Opry. From 1943 to 1974 countless country greats performed here as part of that radio show.

Absolute highlights were the performances by Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in 1945 and by Hank Williams in 1949. Other famous artists to have graced the wooden planks of the Ryman stage inlude the Carter Sisters, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline.

After the Grande Ole Opry moved to Opryland (away from the old city center), the Ryman was left abandonned. Luckily, in the early 1990's Nashville's most famous stage was saved from demolition by a series of concerts by the great Emmylou Harris. These days it is still in business (not only country music).

A view of the front of the Ryman is included in the workshop.


song title reference: Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys

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