Aspiring country musicians dream of playing at the historical Ryman Theater all their lives. The stage has so much history and just standing on it is an honor to most.
Only one person, that we know of, has made their first performance ever at the hallowed hall. We’re not just talking about their first show at the Ryman, we’re talking about first performance in front of an audience, in general. Reed Robertson made his debut performance as an aspiring musician at the Ryman and didn’t even realize it was a big deal!
One year, Duck Dynasty stars Missy and Jase Robertson were hosting the K-Love Awards and suggested their son, Reed, learn a song to play at the event.
Jase asked Reed to play Leonard Cohen’s timeless classic “Hallelujah” and Reed said, “Sure”.
“I get up at the Ryman Auditorium and play it,” he tells Music Row Magazine. “I didn’t know the significance until later on and I was just like, ‘Wow, that is just unreal’.”
On his way to the awards, his guitar fell over and snapped at the neck. Panicked, Reed tried to figure out what to do. Rhett Walker, from the Rhett Walker Band offered him his own guitar off his back for the show, which saved the day!
Listen to Reed talk about the experience below.