Nashville

Nashville is, quite simply, Music City. Whether you listen to rock, country, bluegrass, jazz, hip-hop, folk or classical, Music City has more than 150 live music venues. You can find what you are looking for by downloading the Nashville Live Music app or just look for the guitar pick shaped Live Music sign located outside venues  throughout the city.

Whether you are a country music fan or not, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers visitors a comprehensive, vibrant telling of the country music story, dating back 150 years and leading up to the present day.

Sometimes called the “Smithsonian of Country Music,” the non-profit institution houses a collection of over 2.5 million artifacts and showcases items that will leave even the most casual country music fan boasting about having seen them, from Elvis Presley’s solid gold Cadillac, to Hank Williams’ famous white suit with musical notations.

No visit to Nashville would be complete without stops at the museum’s other historic properties: Historic RCA Studio B, located on Music Row, is the site of landmark recordings from musical icons such as Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton and Waylon Jennings, and hosts Nashville’s only recording studio tour. Visitors can also tour Hatch Show Print, one of the oldest working letterpress shops in America located at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Another must-do is to see the show that made country music famous, the Grand Ole Opry. Founded in 1925, the Opry is home to some of country music’s most popular stars. In addition to witnessing country music history being made on the Opry stage, visitors can now experience the excitement of going behind the curtain and visiting backstage at the Opry on Grand Ole Opry House Backstage Tours.

There is also a museum dedicated to one of the icons of country music; The Johnny Cash Museum has everything you need to know about Johnny Cash. The Musicians Hall of Fame meanwhile celebrates the backing groups behind the success stories.  Some, like Jimi Hendrix, went on to be a star in their own right.

Nashville is obviously all about the music but it is also full of impressive largely Victorian classical and neo-classical buildings such as the Belle Meade Plantation, a fascinating Greek-Revival plantation home which dates back to 1845. This is not only a beautiful house but many famous American racehorses were bred here, with their progeny still winning races today.

The city also has a good food scene with many restaurants and bars having live entertainment.

 

Frontier’s Personal Experience

“The home to music and icons present and past. The Broadway is one very long street lined with honky tonks playing live music of every genre from morning to night. I spent a most enjoyable couple of nights here. During the day the museums and history will blow you away. I actually sat and played the same piano that Elivs used at RCA Studio B and sang Blackbird (by the Beatles) accompanied by a local band in one of the bars!”

Joanne Moores, Frontier America