Pam Matthews, executive director, IEBA Locked and Loaded When it came time to remake the Ryman, IEBA and even downtown Nashville, Pam Matthews was more than ready When Pam Matthews arrived at the Ryman Auditorium in 2000 to be its general manager, downtown Nashville was not a destination.  “There were no condos, few restaurants and no reason to come downtown,” Matthews said. “Musicwise, there were five honky-tonks, and that was it. The amphitheater wasn’t built yet, the (NFL’s Tennessee) Titans weren’t here yet. This place was dead.” After years of neglect and dormancy following the Grand Ole Opry’s departure for its new home in 1974, the Ryman had undergone a renovation and reopened in 1994. Programming consisted of kitschy country-themed fare, like the Patsy Cline bio-musical. Matthews was born a little more than 200 miles to the southwest in Memphis; her family can trace itself back to the 1700s. She’s […]
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