Statues of Little Jimmy Dickens and Bill Monroe unveiled at the - WSMV Channel 4

Statues of Little Jimmy Dickens and Bill Monroe unveiled at the Ryman

Posted: Updated:
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

On the eve of CMA Music Festival, the Ryman Auditorium unveiled bronze statues of two of country and bluegrass music's biggest legends.

Brad Paisley was on hand to to say a few words about one of his heroes, Little Jimmy Dickens.  

Jimmy Dickens first performed at the Ryman back in 1948.  He has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry every since.  He was inducted into the Country Hall of Fame in 1983.  Dickens died in 2015.  He was 94 years old.  His widow was on hand to unveil his statue.

Ricky Skaggs was there to speak about his hero, the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe.

Monroe joined the Opry in 1939, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970.  His son, James Monroe, was there to unveil his statue. 

Both statues are on outside of the building.  Tourists stopped by to take pictures of themselves next to the two legends.

Copyright 2017 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
WSMV
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WSMV; Nashville, TN. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.