The heart and soul of country music, Nashville hosts a hive of activity on any given day of the week. This big-hearted city and capital of Tennessee still boasts a small town feel, despite its many claims to fame. From the tunes of Elvis that leaked out of the city’s small recording studios to the many albums of Taylor Swift that are still topping the charts today, Nashville demonstrates a dynamic music scene. Here are 5 must-see music attractions in Nashville for all music devotees.
Country Music Hall of Fame
Much more than your average museum, the Country Music Hall of Fame hosts a plethora of music memorabilia and interactive exhibits. Delve into the wonderful world of music as you tour this comprehensive and world class museum. In addition to rhinestone costumes, gold records and vintage video footage, the museum also captures the successes of modern-day artists. Choose to join a songwriter session, see an instrument demonstration or watch a film at the Ford Theater.
Historic RCA Studio B
Situated on Music Row, Historic RCA Studio B is believed to be the oldest surviving recording studio in Nashville. More than 35,000 songs have been recorded in this small space, many of which have become long-lasting hits. Join a guided tour and have the chance to share the space where artists including Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and Dolly Parton have all stepped up to the microphone. Even present day stars such as Carrie Underwood have visited the studios to record.
Johnny Cash Museum
Johnny Cash fans will be excited to learn that the music legend has earned his very own museum in the heart of Nashville. The Johnny Cash Museum documents the events of Johnny’s life and famous career with the most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts in the world. Expect to find everything, from stage costumes and instruments to handwritten songs and personal letters. If you weren’t already, you are sure to walk out in awe of this country music star.
The famous Ryman Auditorium is one of the most recognized entertainment venues in the city. Considered a national historic landmark and one of the most prestigious concert venues, many of the great music legends have graced the stage. From the tunes of Aretha Franklin to Keith Urban, many musicians consider it a great honour to play in the hallowed halls. Take a guided tour of the Ryman for behind-the-scenes access or see if you can grab tickets to a show while you are in town.
Grand Ole Opry
Dedicated to country music, the Grand Ole Opry is a world-famous venue and American icon. Tennessee’s number one attraction, the stage has welcomed a mix of country stars and contemporary chart toppers with its hit live radio show. Walk in the footsteps of your music hero with a daytime tour or go all out with a VIP tour and have the unique chance to be on stage as the red curtain goes up for the first performance of the show.
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