Construction crews have begun replacing the historic stage at the Ryman Auditorium.
The stage has been at the Ryman for six decades. Everyone from Johnny Cash to Bob Dylan has performed on it.
Crews are replacing most of the stage so it can hold the weight of modern sound equipment. But there will be an 18-inch strip of the original wood at the front of the stage.
The Band Perry will be the first to perform on the new stage Feb. 20. Crews will work around the clock to get the job done in time.
Country star Keith Urban was among the last to perform on the old oak boards Friday night.
It was his first live show in months following vocal chord surgery.
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