To mark last night's annual Country Music Association Awards, Bob Harris explores the Nashville building that defines country. Built by born-again hell-raising steamboat captain Tom Ryman and opened in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle, Ryman Auditorium (as it is now called) became the home of the Grand Ole Opry in 1943. Between then and the Opry's departure in 1974, the venue played host to Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley and others. Following decades of disuse, interest in the building surged following its 1992 use by Emmylou Harris, Tony Bennett, Neil Young and Coldplay have all performed in the refurbished landmark.
New series. 1/6. Decidedly droll and not quite reverential music enthusiast David Quantick tackles jazz, with comically constructed and occasionally fabricated explanations of the American genre, starting with Duke Ellington, the saxophone and bop.
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