The stars of Americana music are aligning to perform at today’s (3/23) Ryman Auditorium celebration of the life of impresario Billy Block.
“This is another example of what an amazing community Nashville is,” said Block’s widow Jill Block. “Everyone I asked said ‘yes.’”
Among those scheduled to make music at the Ryman event are Rodney Crowell, Jim Lauderdale, The McCrary Sisters, Lari White & Chuck Cannon, Jason Eskridge, Pat McLaughlin, John Scott Sherrill, Jeffrey Steele, Daniel Leanse, Etta Britt, DeMarco Johnson, Buddy Miller and Alyssa Bonagura.
One song-and-video segment will feature son Rocky Block with Tommy Simms, Vince Gill, Delbert McClinton and LeRoy Parnell.
Brother Jay Block, music executive John Grady, Rev. Bob True, Rev. Mark Faulkner and Rev. Mike Wilson will be among those officiating/speaking.
Billy Block was a radio, television and concert host, as well as a record label owner, a promoter and a music journalist. In addition, the drummer was a bandleader, a session musician and a recording artist. He died on March 11 following a sustained battle with cancer.
It was among his last wishes to be celebrated at the Ryman. He reportedly had the venue’s photo at his bedside when he passed away.
The event on Monday, March 23 will begin at 7 p.m. at the Ryman. The public is welcome.
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