Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Birth of Bluegrass

Marker ID: THC 3A 209
Location: at the Ryman Auditorium on 5th Ave, Nashville, TN
County: Davidson
Coordinates: N 36° 9.679    W 086° 46.731
  36.16131666    -86.77885
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM9W9X


In December 1945, Grand Ole Opry star Bill Monroe and his mandolin brought to the Ryman Auditorium stage a band that created a new American musical form. With the banjo style of Earl Scruggs and the guitar of Lester Flatt, the new musical genre became known at "Bluegrass." Augmented by the fiddle of Chubby Wise and the bass of Howard Watts (also known as Cedric Rainwater), this ensemble became known as "The Original Bluegrass Band," which became the prototype for groups that followed.

Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission.