Family, Friends & Fans Gather At The Mel Tillis Memorial At The Ryman

Family, Friends & Fans Gather At Mel Tillis Memorial At The Ryman

Steve Gatlin, Pam Tillis, and Rudy Gatlin Perform “Come On and Sing”
Photo credit: Rick Diamond Photography / Getty Images

In 2017, many music greats were lost, including Mel Tillis. On January 31st of this year, friends, family, fans and music industry colleagues of the country legend gathered at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to honor Mel Tillis. [Read more…]

Ricky Skaggs Talks Hillary Scott, Chris Stapleton, Tommy Emmanuel & Mel Tillis

Ricky Skaggs Talks Hillary Scott, Chris Stapleton, Tommy Emmanuel & Mel Tillis

15 time GRAMMY winner, Ricky Skaggs, has had a huge influence on so many types of music including country, bluegrass, gospel and even Contemporary Christian, with his 15th GRAMMY win in this category, just since my last interview with him just over a year ago. As a singer, musician and producer [just to name a few of his many talents], Ricky Skaggs is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. In this interview, Ricky Skaggs talks to us about working with Hillary Scott, his thoughts on artists like Chris Stapleton and Tommy Emmanuel and the upcoming Mel Tillis Memorial where he will be performing a tribute.
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Mel Tillis Public Memorial Service Set For 1/31 At The Ryman

Mel Tillis Public Memorial Service Set For 1/31 At The Ryman

2017 brought many things and one of those was the passing of the legendary Mel Tillis. There will be a public memorial service for anyone wishing to pay their respects to the late Tillis at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on January 31st. If you would like to attend, read further to get all the details about the Mel Tillis public memorial service.

Mel Tillis Public Memorial Service Set For 1/31 At The Ryman

The Tillis family has announced details for a public memorial service for the late Mel Tillis. On Wednesday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m., family, friends, fans, and music industry colleagues, will gather at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium to honor the life and career of the Country Music Hall of Famer.

A slew of country stars will perform some of Tillis’ most memorable career songs. Those scheduled to take the stage include Ricky Skaggs, Ray Stevens, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Brenda Lee, Alison Krauss with the Street Corner Symphony, Jamey Johnson, Collin Raye, Daryle Singletary, Lorrie Morgan, Ira Dean, Pam Tillis, Sonny Tillis, and Carrie April Tillis. The Statesiders, Tillis’ band, will accompany select performances.

The event is free and open to the public.

Following a lengthy struggle to regain his health, country music legend Mel Tillis passed away on November 19, 2017, at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. Tillis battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered. He was 85.

About Mel Tillis

Lonnie Melvin Tillis was born in Tampa, Florida on August 8, 1932. Throughout his 60+ year career, the Grand Ole Opry member recorded more than 60 albums, had 35 Top Ten singles, six #1 hits (“I Ain’t Never,” “Coca-Cola Cowboy,” “Southern Rains,” “Good Woman Blues,” “Heart Healer,” and “I Believe In You”), was named CMA (Country Music Association) Entertainer of the Year in 1976, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame the same year. Tillis was elected a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He wrote over 1,000 songs, 600 of which have been recorded by major artists including Kenny Rogers (“Ruby, Don’t You Take Your Love To Town”), George Strait (“Thoughts Of A Fool”), and Ricky Skaggs (“Honey, Open That Door”). Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) named Tillis Songwriter of the Decade for two decades. In February of 2012 President Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts.