Thursday, March 2, 2023 - 8:30am

The Inaugural Event Featured Once-in-a-Lifetime Performances
by Some of Country Music’s Biggest Names

NASHVILLE, Tenn., – Celebrating the intersection of rock & roll and country, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Nashville’s Historic Ryman Auditorium hosted the inaugural “Rock The Ryman” event.
WHO: Some of Country Music’s biggest names including Little Big Town, The Cadillac Three, Caitlyn Smith, The War and Treaty, Gavin DeGraw, Charlie Worsham and Maddie & Tae performed live for the first-ever “Rock The Ryman” concert.
WHAT: The artists took the stage at the famed Ryman Auditorium, now an official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark, delivering reimagined songs by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees that have moved or influenced them in some way. Songs performed include:

  • “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John, sung by Maddie & Tae
  • “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney, sung by Gavin DeGraw
  • “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin, sung by Caitlyn Smith
  • “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, sung by Little Big Town
  • “I Hate Myself for Loving You” by Joan Jett, sung by The War and Treaty

WHEN: Wednesday, March 1 at 7:30 p.m. CT
WHERE: Ryman Auditorium, 116 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219
WHY: This special night of music, sponsored by PNC Bank and Gibson Gives, honored the legacy and impact of the 100+ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees who have graced the Ryman stage. In November, the Ryman opened a major exhibition Rock Hall at the Ryman to celebrate the Ryman’s mark on rock & roll history. The interactive exhibit is housed in the venue’s newly transformed 5th Avenue vestibule and features Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees including James Brown, The Byrds, Eric Clapton, Foo Fighters, Joan Jett and Dolly Parton in addition to country music icons like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley and Hank Williams, who were early practitioners of what would become rock & roll music. Proceeds from the event will help preserve and celebrate the history of rock & roll at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Ryman Auditorium.
PHOTOS: More images available via 
Getty (Credit: Jason Kempin).

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Ryman Auditorium
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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame