New Years concerts in Nashville, including Old Crow at the Ryman


The New Years Eve perspective may never change for Ketch Secor – and that’s fine for him.

In 2009, Secor’s group, the rowdy-rooted group Old Crow Medicine Show, began headlining Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium on New Years Eve. They didn’t spend the holidays in another. place since.

“I want to spend New Years at the Ryman until I’m dead,” he told the Tennessean.

The group returns December 30-31 for a two-night program that also serves as the first capacity for New Years Eve inside the Mother Church of Country Music since 2019 (due to COVID-19, Old Crow has performed four shows in front of a limited audience in 2020). Keb ‘Mo’ joins Secor and the company for the shows, where fans can likely expect to hear the string band and bluesman team up for a performance of the relaxed 2021 duo “Medicine Man.”

Old Crow Medicine Show performs at the Tornado Relief Benefit Concert,

Performing on the stage that was once home to country music’s greatest legends remains a dream come true for a conductor who rose from the streets to Lower Broadway to winning a Grammy Award.

“I feel lucky every time we take the stage,” Secor said. “I get the feeling that I had before any gig like the Ryman, when my dreams only stretched to cafes and street corners. The dreams I had of playing in garages. This is the same feeling I had when I was 14. Like, ‘Oh, man, am I being played to do this?’ ”

And every year at the Ryman, at least one unscripted moment sets in, Secor said.

“That’s the thing with the Ryman Auditorium, it harvests that attitude from the artists,” Secor said. “It becomes the scene of your own dreams, imaginations, meanders, wonders.”

The show comes as Old Crow wraps up a year back on a road dog touring program. Playing city-to-city this year was like a “homecoming in every city,” Secor said; the group returns to Nashville with new songs from a pair of albums slated for release next year, including the previously announced LP “Paint This Town”. Old Crow debuted the album’s title track, barnstorming, earlier this month.

Old Crow Medicine Show performs during Hinterland on Friday August 6, 2021 in St. Charles, IA.

For the album, Secor said Old Crow sings about abolitionist John Brown and black country music pioneer DeFord Bailey.

“I think we always look back and try to project something from the past into the future,” Secor said. “I find the roots to be probably the greatest force of energy and strength in a 23-year-old group.”

As for what might his return to Tennessee look like?

“There will be a lot more alcohol to pour in the parking lot,” Secor said.

Read on for eight Middle Tennessee shows to consider on your New Years Eve.

Old Crow Medicine Show at the Ryman Auditorium (December 30-31): An old-fashioned country music storm, Old Crow Medicine Show returns to the Ryman for the band’s annual break-up at the end of the year. Bluesman Keb ‘Mo’ plays the main supporting role. More information on ryman.com.

The Big Nashville Party: This year’s biggest New Year’s Eve attraction in Nashville returns to the Bicentennial Mall, where a triple-shot of country hitmakers co-headlines the city’s free fireworks concert-party. Line-up includes Sam Hunt, Dierks Bentley and Zac Brown Band, as well as an opening set from Nashville’s treasure, the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Can’t do the show? Watch segments of Big Bash this year on a prime-time CBS show highlighting New Years Eve at Music City USA More info on visitmusiccity.com.

Big Bash at Fifth + Broadway: CBS’s “Big Bash” special expands to Lower Broadway, where a handful of country stars perform from the Fifth + Assembly Food Hall skydeck on Broadway. The lineup includes country trio Lady A, Carly Pearce, Jon Pardi, Chris Janson and Riley Green. More information on Fifthandb.com.

St. Paul & The Broken Bones at Brooklyn Bowl Nashville (December 30-31): This spirited soul outfit from Alabama heads to Nashville’s favorite rock bowling club for a two-night run that wraps up 2021. More info at brooklynbowl.com.

Wooten Brothers at Rudy’s Jazz Room: Kick off 2022 with a dose of funk from Nashville favorites The Wooten Brothers (AKA brothers Regi and Joseph Wooten). Admission includes live tunes, New Orleans-themed appetizers, and a midnight champagne toast. More information on rudysjazzroom.com.

Blazing lips in the caves (December 30-31): Take a trip to Grundy County to experience New Years Eve in a cave with The Flaming Lips, a Phsycadellic staple raised in Oklahoma. More information on thecaverns.com.

Grand Olé Opry: Big Bash isn’t the only taste of country in Nashville this New Year’s Eve. Country music devotees can catch the final Grand Ole Opry performance of 2021, featuring Elizabeth Cook, The Steel Woods, and new Opry member Mandy Barnett, among others. More information on opry.com.

The Protomen at the exit / at the entrance: The 50th anniversary of the famous Nashville Rock Forum ends with a performance by The Protomen, the Megaman-inspired rock opera band from Middle Tennessee. More information on exitin.com.


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