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Our friend Jessica Northey will be hosting a special edition of her famous #CMchat LIVE from the Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, February 27th from 4-7 PM CST. If that’s not exciting enough, “#CMchat LIVE at the Ryman” will feature a TON of guests, including Tracy Lawrence, Jerrod Niemann, JT Hodges, KIC “One to Watch,” Rose Falcon, Sunny Sweeney and recent KIC Presents performer Logan Mize! Many more are expected to join in, so this is an internet event not to miss! The artists and panel will be interviewing the artists and interacting with fans/ viewers through Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus as a kick off to “CRS” week!
If the sale to Marriott goes through as planned, Gaylord Entertainment will be using a new name for the brand and its properties. They will be highlighting their ownership of the historic Ryman Auditorium with their new name: Ryman Hospitality Properties Inc. That’s only if the $210 million USD deal is approved today by the shareholders.
With the impeding sale to Marriott, Gaylord Entertainment will give all rights of its properties, including its resort hotels, to the company – but will maintain ownership. They also recently announced plans to give the rights of General Jackson Showboat and the Wildhorse Saloon to Marriott. Gaylord Entertainment CEO Colin Reed has said repeatedly that they will still own and manage the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman, and the Opry’s radio station – WSM-AM.
According to bizjournals.com, Gaylord has been quoted as wanting to turn into a real estate investment trust if shareholders approve.
In just 20 minutes on Friday, all 2,300 tickets to The Band Perry’s first headlining show in Nashville, TN at the Ryman Auditorium on February 20, 2012 were sold out. The immediate response to the upcoming show echoes the overwhelming welcome the sibling trio has received by Country music fans nationwide since their debut album, THE BAND PERRY, was released in October 2010.
In today’s edition of The Tennessean, Kimberly Perry – lead vocalist for the trio that also includes brothers Reid and Neil – spoke emotionally about headlining the historic venue in a town that has already given them so much support. “It’s an amazing thing. So much of our creative efforts have come inside Nashville … and it’s the center of our creativity. We so much revere that (Ryman) stage. And I feel like there’s an amazing spirit about that place.”
While TBP has previously graced the Ryman stage during the Grand Ole Opry and other multi-artist events, this will be their debut as headliners on this revered stage.