Phillip Phillips made a stop at the historic Ryman Auditorium, in Nashville, Tennesee, as part of his extensive Behind The Light fall tour. Built in 1891, the Ryman is an U.S. National Historic Landmark and one of the homes of the Grand Ole Opry. A country and bluegrass music institution, the Ryman was the home of the Johnny Cash show and has seen innumerable country stars, and musicians from every possible genre, grace its stage.
Is no surprise then that anticipation for this show was high, not only among fans, but Phillip and the band. Though there were no new additions to the set list or new songs played that night, Phillip made sure to make his show at the Ryman an unforgettable one. He accomplished this when he invited pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, from the Robert Randolph & the Family Band, to join him on stage during “Fly” to recreate his killer solo from the album. To say it was epically delivered would be an understatement.
The lucky audience was also able to enjoy the addition of the brilliant Dave Eggar on cello, back with Phillip after missing the northwest leg of the tour, and Mark Lettieri on guitar, covering for Errol Cooney (currently on tour with Stevie Wonder). Of course the rest of Phillip’s band, Joel Behrman on trumpet and trombone, JJ Smith on bass, Bobby Sparks on keys and Jason Thomas on drums, all helped Phillip to play one of his most powerful and intense sets yet. Phillip honored the venue with his passion and skill and demonstrated that he completely belonged on that legendary stage.
Check out the set list, as well as some cool fan photos and videos from the night, below!
Get Up Get Down
Man on the Moon
Unpack Your Heart
Tell Me a Story
Gone Gone Gone
Moving Out (Billy Joel cover)
Fly (with Robert Randolph)
Fool For You
Photos by Erika H, Elvan McM and Tiffany.
Setlist by @Phillips_Tweets.