Over the past few years, Backstage at the Ryman videos have showcased interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of some of the Ryman Auditorium’s most prominent headliners, including Kenny Rogers, Jason Isbell, Marty Stuart, Kip Moore, Old Crow Medicine Show and more.
In the new episode of Backstage at the Ryman, which is premiering today (March 7) on Nash Country Daily, country music icon Vince Gill is profiled during one of his recent Christmas at the Ryman shows with wife Amy Grant. During the backstage interview, Vince talks about the first time he performed on the Ryman’s hallowed stage, the venue’s magical acoustics and what the Mother Church of Country Music means to Nashville.
“Anytime I get the chance to sing in the Ryman Auditorium, I take it ’cause it’s absolutely hands down my favorite place I’ve ever gotten to play and sing music,” says Vince. “The first time I sang in here was a TV show probably close to 30 years ago with Garrison Keillor, and I just sang with an acoustic guitar—by yourself, just a guitar, in this room was one of the greatest experiences of my life. It’s only happened once or twice other than that in my lifetime and it was pretty magical.”
Watch the full Backstage at the Ryman video with Vince Gill below.