The Ryman: Mother Church of Country Music


Nashville, Tennessee's most recognized landmark is revered by generations of both fans and the stellar list of performing artists who have graced her stage. The Ryman: Mother Church of Country Music traces the building's illustrious history, beginning with its early years as a house of worship.

From the inspiration of riverboat captain Thomas Ryman, to the most significant home of the Grand Ole Opry, from the struggle for its preservation to its eventual restoration, makes The Ryman the definitive Mother Church of Country Music and is a testament to American musical history.


Production Credits

Bridget Kling

Justin Harvey
Associate Producer

Jackson Design
Title Design & Graphic Concept

Kevin Crane
Vice President of Programing and Technology

Photo Credits

Grand Ole Opry Archives

Charmaine Gossett

Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library
University of Georgia

Metro Nashville Archives

Nashville Public Library
Lula Naff Collection

Tennessee State Library and Archives

Vanderbilt University
Francis Robinson Collection