The auditorium first opened as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892. It was built by Thomas Ryman, a riverboat captain and Nashville businessman. The building was home to the Grand Ole Opry radio broadcasts from 1943 until 1974. During this time, famous country music artists like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash performed here. It was reopened as an intimate performance venue and museum in 1994 and audiences still enjoy music in many of the original pews. The pews serve as a reminder of the auditoriums origins as a house of worship, giving it the nickname "The Mother Church of Country Music."
The Ryman Auditorium is still a favorite music venue thanks to its pitch perfect acoustics. Today, you can see bands such as Weezer, The Lumineers and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. While Nashville is still known as being the home of country music, many rock, folk and Americana artists are building their roots here thanks to the industry experts and many recording studios all over town.