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The Band Perry First To Play On New Ryman Stage

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PHOTO CREDIT: STEVE LOWRY/RYMAN ARCHIVES PHOTO CREDIT: STEVE LOWRY/RYMAN ARCHIVES
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The old stage at the Ryman before it was ripped up to be replaced with Brazilian Teak. The old stage at the Ryman before it was ripped up to be replaced with Brazilian Teak.

By Chris Cannon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Band Perry became the first group to perform on the new stage at the Ryman Auditorium Monday night. After more than 60 years, the wooden surface of the historic stage was recently replaced.

"It's the first new stage since 1951. It turned out beautifully," said Ryman general manager Sally Williams.

On February 4th crews began to rip out the old stage after decades of wear and tear.

The new stage is built with Brazilian Teak wood. The support structure under the stage was also reinforced.

"So now we will be able to accommodate pretty much any show that would want to come in here; television, big touring productions," Williams said.

Concert goers and performers at the Ryman will still get a piece of the history that came with the old stage.

"Along the front edge of the stage we've got 36 inches of wood from 1951 and the rest of the stage is Brazilian teak, which is beautiful and much, much more durable than the oak," Williams explained.

This is the third stage after original was installed in 1901 for a performance of the Metropolitan Opera. The old stage was laid down in 1951 and has lasted far longer than expected.

The stage was refinished during a 1993-1994 renovation and even then, officials knew it would be the last resurfacing. It was heavily scuffed and scarred; its age easily visible from the Ryman's balcony.

The Ryman is still the building most associated with The Grand Ole Opry, though it moved to the Opry House in 1974, and has hosted a number of significant moments in American culture.

The Band Perry, a trio of a sister and brothers, became the first headlining act to perform on the Ryman's new stage.

It was also The Band Perry's first time to headline a show at the mother church of country music and the Monday night show is the band's first sold out performance.

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