A public memorial will be held for Mel Tillis at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m. CT.
Mel, one of country music’s most versatile artists, died on Nov. 19, 2017, of respiratory failure at age 85. Mel battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered.
Those scheduled to take the stage at the memorial service include Ricky Skaggs, Ray Stevens, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Brenda Lee, Alison Krauss with the Street Corner Symphony, Jamey Johnson, Collin Raye, Daryle Singletary, Lorrie Morgan, Ira Dean, Pam Tillis, Sonny Tillis, and Carrie April Tillis. The Statesiders, Mel’s band, will accompany select performances.
The event is free and open to the public.
Mel won the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1976 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
photo courtesy Mel Tillis Enterprises