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First-Rate Bluegrass Series Returns to Ryman
Fans of bluegrass music have a lot to grin about on Tuesday nights in Nashville this time of year.

For the seventh consecutive season the Ryman Auditorium is offering a summer series of bluegrass concerts at the historic, downtown venue. "Chevrolet Bluegrass Night at the Ryman" begins this Tuesday (June 20) and runs weekly (except July 4) through Aug. 15. Out of the Woodwork kicks off the series. The group featuresTony Rice, Larry Rice and ex-Desert Rose Band members Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen.

Both traditional and contemporary talents are featured. Artists on the summer slate include Bluegrass Hall of Honor members Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys, the Osborne Brothers and Ralph Stanley.

Adding interest to the series is the fact that it takes place at the Ryman, home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974 and the place where Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys honed their unique hybrid of string band music, later described as the "high, lonesome sound."

The weekly schedule is as follows:

June 20 Out of the Woodwork featuring Rice, Rice, Hillman and Pedersen
June 27 The Del McCoury Band, Lynn Morris Band
July 11 Doc Watson, Nashville Bluegrass Band
July 18 Jim & Jesse and the Virginia Boys, Osborne Brothers
July 25 Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jerry & Tammy Sullivan
Aug. 1 Peter Rowan, Tony Rice and Vassar Clements
Aug. 8 Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band
Aug. 15 Ralph Stanley with Jim Lauderdale, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

Tickets can be purchased by phone at (615) 889-3060 or in person at the Ryman box office and Opry Mills information desks.

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