Historical Marker Notes Ryman as “Birthplace of Bluegrass”

A new historical marker was placed in front of the Ryman Auditorium on Friday (Sept. 29), officially naming the music venue the “Birthplace of Bluegrass.” Guests at the ceremony included banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs and WSM-AM broadcaster Eddie Stubbs. Bill Monroe and his band played the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman in December 1945, and that night’s lineup of Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys — including Scruggs, guitarist Lester Flatt, fiddler Chubby Wise and bassist Cedric Rainwater — is widely considered the band that launched bluegrass music as its own musical genre. The marker was presented by the Tennessee Historical Commission.