It is very difficult to get into it now. In the old days, reservations were taken on Monday morning at 8am for all the shows that week, they had to change that, but I am not really sure how they do it now. It is also a different crowd that attend these shows as well as the ones on the mountain. Used to be a crowd that was very respectful of the artists, actually listened attentively, not so much anymore. Makes it less fun for the ones who really want to hear the songwriters. Once the hullabaloo dies down from the TV show, it should go back to normal. The early shows are usually free (well with a minimum tab of $8), and are every bit as good as the late shows but have people who are not yet famous. The old Ryman is a great place to see a show as well, fantastic acoustics and reasonably small venue. It is definitely a fun town!