Ryman Unveils Bill Monroe, Jimmy Dickens Statues

Posted at 9:08 AM, Jun 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 21:00:15-04

The Ryman Auditorium has unveiled two statues honoring two of the biggest music icons from Country and Bluegrass.

Little Jimmy Dickens and Bill Monroe were both honored Wednesday ahead of this week's CMA Fest.

Brad Paisley and Dicken’s wife, Mona, paid tribute to the beloved entertainer who died in 2015. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. 

“This was a man who could get up and make you laugh or make you cry because of the way that he embraced who he was,” Paisley said.

Bill Monroe, known as the “Father of Bluegrass” was also honored during the event. Ricky Skaggs and Monroe’s son, James, were present for the unveiling.

“I don’t know if you’ll ever get another Bill Monroe in a century,” Ricky Skaggs said.

Monroe was inducted into the Country Hall of Fame in 1970.