Written By | Therese Enberg
Walking into Ryman Auditorium I got fantastic costumer service, everyone had smiling faces despite the rain. I was personally shown to the best spots in the venue to photograph the bands, as well as personal escort to my seat when I wanted to sit in the crowd.
Mipso was the opener for I’m With Her, an Indie Americana quartet from Chapel Hill, NC. Libby Rodenbough, vocalist and fidldle was in great harmony with the male vocalists. The dim lights, was very mood setting for the night.
When Jacob Sharp on mandolin got the chance to sing, he showed that he had a powerful voice. The crowd was in general slightly older, yet still hollering like a younger crowd. The undeniably chemistry between Libby and Joseph Terrell, guitarist and vocalist made the set even better.
Before the last song, Libby Rodenbough says “It’s really special to be able to play here tonight” before going ahead without mics or any electrical instruments as a tribute to country music, absolutely incredible how fantastic the acoustics were in the venue. The roaring standing ovations gave me goosebumps.
I’m With Her, a powerful female group, are three incredible songwriters coming together. Singing mesmerizing harmonies, almost putting everyone into an ecstatic state in the crowd.
Their first speech of the night was Sara Watkins saying “We’re so beyond excited to be here at the mother church” and you could tell they were excited to be playing Ryman Auditorium as they were discussing and giggling over the first shows they had seen at The Ryman, Dan Tyminiski was the fiddles first show.
They then sang a cover of Jim Croce’s Walkin Back To Georgia, a song that stuck with them through the years, because they loved the crowds reactions to it. The Nashville crowd didn’t disappoint and sang along loudly.
The excitement in the auditorium for them never ceases, they kept hollering and clapping wildly. The flattering lights for the ladies, making them look incredible, and made the stage presence more dynamic. Being their first show at Ryman, it was memorable for both the bands as well as the audience. I can’t wait to see both bands again.