Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana proved, after almost fifty years on stage, he can still deliver as he did at the famous Ryman Auditorium, one evening this April.

Carlos Santana first made waves when he performed at Woodstock in 1969. Today, the 66-year-old performer continues to ride his wave of success which really resurfaced in the late 90’s. In 1998 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 1999 he releases his Supernatural album which included collaborations with many of the day’s biggest stars (Rob Thomas, Eric Clapton, Everlast, Cee Lo Green, Dave Matthews, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and others). The album went 15 times platinum in the United States and won 9 Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year!

In 2002, Santana revisited the successful format used on Supernatural with the release to its follow-up, Shaman. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, showing the world that Santana was still a force to be reckoned with. Rolling Stone magazine even listed him as one of their 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time!

Santana released All That I Am in 2005 using the similar format as his previous two popular albums. Although the album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, it did not sell as many as Supernatural or Shaman.

Santana went on to release another collaboration album in 2010 titled Guitar Heaven. This time he decided to switch things up a little by recording all classic rock cover songs for this one. In 2012, Santana released Shape Shifter on his newly formed label, Starfaith Records. This time there were no collaborations as used on his prior three albums.

Santana recently released his newest album, Corazon, which once again features collaborations but not as predominantly as before. Santana is out on the road in support of Corazon which made a stop at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on April 23rd, 2014.


Main Set:
Toussaint L’Overture
Everybody’s Everything
Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen
Oye como va
(Tito Puente cover)
Maria Maria
Foo Foo
Corazón espinado
(with Benny & Cindy solo)
Incident at Neshabur
Batuka / No One to Depend On
Samba pa ti
Chill Out (Sácalo)
(Vargas Blues Band cover)
Evil Ways / A Love Supreme
Smooth / Dame tu amor

Woodstock Chant
Soul Sacrifice

Our photographer, Sarah Dunbar, was on hand to catch all the action. Here are her images from that night.

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About The Author

Sarah has been involved with photography for almost ten years and shooting bands for over six. She has experience as a merch girl for bands and working as a stagehand for a production company in Nashville, TN. She now works at The Ryman Auditorium. Sarah is referred to as a Road Warrior and Rock n’ Roll Gypsy. She’s most recognizable at shows by her photography logo tattooed on her arm.

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