Paying tribute to one of the all-time greats at the Mother Church of Country Music.
ERNEST took the stage at the historic Ryman Auditorium last night for the first of two sold-out shows, his first time headlining the iconic Ryman stage.
It was clearly an opportunity that meant a lot to him: Not only is Ernest a Nashville native who grew up around the history of the building, but it means so much to him that he even named his son Ryman.
And ahead of the shows, Ern was presented with a special guitar featuring the Ryman windows and “Ryman” on the neck, one that he said he’s going to play onstage for both of his Ryman shows and then pass down to his son.
There were a couple of special guests during the show, including appearances by Keith Urban to perform the John Mayer hit “Slow Dancing In a Burning Room” and HARDY on their hit written for Morgan Wallen, “More Than My Hometown.”
But Ernest also took time to pay tribute to the legends.
After pointing out that the show was taking place on the 98th anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry, Ern decided to perform a cover of Merle Haggard’s classic “That’s The Way Love Goes” in honor of the history of the historic stage he was on.
And I’m not gonna lie, I wouldn’t be mad to get some more classic country covers from Ernest. He’s got a steel guitar in his band, and clearly appreciates the history of the genre. Let’s see what else you’ve got up your sleeve, Ern. Because I’m really digging this one.