1. New GM Sally Williams Considers The Grand Ole Opry's Synergistic Future

    March 16, 2017 2:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Opry's realignment creates a mini-circuit around a landmark country radio show. When bluegrass act Dailey & Vincent was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry on Dec. 30 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, Opry vice president/GM Pete Fisher ov ...

  2. Grand Ole Opry Realigns, Names New Head of Programming

    March 07, 2017 11:46 AM EST Opry Entertainment Group appointed a new Grand Ole Opry GM from within the company's ranks and used the moment to restructure, creating a programming and artist relations division. Sally Williams becomes Opry GM/senior vp of the new division, ...

  3. The Ryman Auditorium -- Country's Hallowed Home -- Kicks Off a $14 Million Facelift

    October 27, 2014 3:45 PM EDT Country music’s hallowed home kicks off a $14 million renovation. Catching a concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium is considered to be an ­unparalleled, even religious experience -- but that’s not stopping the Mother Church of Country Music, own ...

  4. Backbeat: Grammy Nominations Pre-Concert Reception With Scott Borchetta, LL Cool J, Taylor Swift

    December 06, 2012 4:23 PM EST From left: Crissy Haslam, Governor of Tennessee Bill Haslam, Recording Academy President Neil Portnow, Big Machine Records' Scott Borchetta and Sandy Borchetta at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live pre-show reception at Nashville's Brid ...

  5. Backbeat: Nokia Music, Eli Young Band, Musicians on Call, Billboard Join Forces for Nashville Event

    October 22, 2012 4:50 PM EDT (L-R): Chris Thompson, Mike Eli, Elizabeth Mitchell (Nokia), Jon Jones, Anthony Montenegro (Nokia), James Young, Scott Welch (Musicians On Call), Theo Gupta (Nokia), Henrik Bowadt (Nokia). Nokia Music , together with Billboard Magazine and Musicia ...

  6. John McBride, Clarence Spalding, Ryman And Paradigm Execs, More Honored At IEBA/CMA Touring Awards

    October 10, 2012 12:14 PM EDT Martina McBride accepted the CMA's SRO Award for Front of House Engineer for her husband, John McBride, who was in the studio and unable to attend the awards. At left are awards presenters Kix Brooks, left, and CMA CEO Steve Moore. (Photo: Ri ...

  7. Backbeat: Gloriana Rocks Billboard-Pepsi Summer Beats Concert With John Huie, Matt Serletic, Scott McGhee, Many More in the House

    July 31, 2012 12:53 PM EDT (L-R): Tom Gossin and Rachel Reinert of Gloriana; Warner Music Nashville SVP brand management and sales Peter Strickland; and Gloriana's Mike Gossin with their plaques celebrating the success of "(Kissed You) Good Night." (Photo: Fr ...

  8. Shooter Jennings, AEG and Paradigm Execs to Talk Touring at Billboard Country Music Summit Panels

    May 16, 2012 7:00 AM EDT A pair of sessions will examine the role of touring in the country music business at the 3rd Annual Billboard Country Music Summit, June 4-5 at the newly-renovated Cannery Ballroom in Nashville. The Summit is presented in association with the Coun ...

  9. Flood Update: A Check On Nashville's Venues

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sally Williams, GM of the Ryman, says that famed venue is unscathed, and a sold out Goo Goo Dolls show was moved from Sunday to last night. “We didn't have a full house, but the enthusiasm of the folks that were there was inspiring,” Williams ...

  10. Williams To Manage Ryman

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music business veteran Sally Williams has been named GM of Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. She succeeds G. Scott Walden, who is leaving to pursue other ventures. Walden will stay on as consultant through the end of the year and William ...