Nashville's historic Union Gospel Tabernacle is best known by its more recent moniker, Ryman Auditorium. The Ryman served as the home to the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. Performers who trod the stage at the Ryman read like a who's-who of the country music and entertainment industries.
The auditorium is named for its founder & benefactor, Thomas Ryman. The once wayward saloon and riverboat owner built the Union Gospel Tabernacle following a dramatic tent revival conversion. Since opening in 1891, the Ryman has served as a center of worship, a boxing venue, a lecture hall, and most famously the home fo the Grand Ole Opry. The weekly radio broadcasts drew scores of devoted country music fans to downtown Nashville, establishing the city's reputation as Music City USA and the Ryman's place as "the Mother Church of Country Music."
December 26th, 2017
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