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Nashville: More than Glamour and Glitz

By

Thomas R. & Deborah A. Fletcher

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum TN-7-1Glamorous and glitzy? You bet. That’s Nashville. It’s expected. What one may not expect are the culture, history, and earthy, friendly feel to this sizable city with a metropolitan area population 1.23 million. Nashville has a long history on her way from "Fort Nashborough," as she was founded on the banks of the Cumberland River in 1779 as part of the Carolina Territory, to becoming known as "Music City USA.". That history is reflected in some of the area attractions such as The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson,  Travellers Rest  and  Belle Meade Plantation, and you’ll find plenty of culture at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Music fans flock to Nashville to get closer to the stars of country music. That’s easier to do than some folks may realize. There are a number of events throughout the year that make it happen. There’s Fan Fare, the world’s largest country music festival, held every June. Fans get to meet the stars, get autographs, and hear more than forty hours of live performances. Another event is Tin Pan South, the annual celebration of songwriters and their craft. Probably most well known is the Grand Ole Opry, with live performances every Friday and Saturday night.

USA, Tennessee, Nashville, Broadway, Tootsie's TN-8-4In Nashville, you may simply bump into a star or two while seeing the city. For instance, after dancing a bit at the Wildhorse Saloon, we briefly dropped by a couple of honky-tonks along Broadway–just to see what they’re like. In one of those, at the end of the bar, was the guy who held the number one spot on country music radio. Most patrons didn’t realize who he was–just another guy having a drink. Eating out is another way to bump into the locals. Well known for its fine dining, the Sunset Grill  provided another close encounter where a well-known singer/songwriter dined a couple of tables away. Our visit took place during the annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. Nashville was overflowing with songwriters and events. The intimacy of the performing venues needs mentioning as we were taken by the stature of performers, the small venue sizes and the proximity to the performers.

There are some attractions music fans wouldn’t want to miss. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Grand Ole Opry top the list.USA, Tennessee, Nashville, Ryman Auditorium TN-7-9

The Ryman Auditorium, known as the "Mother Church of Country Music," is a National Historic Landmark. It got its start as a church in 1892. After conversion in a tent revival meeting, Nashville businessman Thomas Ryman decided the Reverend Sam Jones needed a better place to preach than a tent. He built the structure to serve that purpose. Called the Union Gospel Tabernacle, the church later became known as the Ryman Auditorium. The structure was made famous as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974. The Ryman has been called "the Carnegie Hall of the South," as result of her wonderful acoustic qualities. After the Grand Ole Opry USA, Tennessee, Nashville, Ryman Auditorium TN-7-5 moved to Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, the Ryman sat vacantly for nearly 20 years until it was restored in 1994. The Ryman is open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day, 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. as a museum and is again a performance venue, featuring a diverse schedule of performers throughout the year. Those who have recently graced the Ryman stage include: Indie Arie, Bruce Springsteen, Matchbox 20, and the more expected performers such as Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, and Dwight Yoakam. Friday and Saturday night, November-February the Ryman is once again hosting the Grand Ole Opry. Tour the museum by day, take in a show by night.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located in a new downtown $37 million, 130,000-square-foot facility with of three floors of exhibit space, theaters, store, restaurant and the 5,300-square-foot Hall of Fame Rotunda. The Driving Comfort 120x60 best of its million-item collection covering the history and culture of country music through photographs, artifacts, recordings, and video clips, is on display. Touch screens and listening stations make the museum an interactive, educational experience. Visitors can select songs from a vast catalog of country greats and burn their own cd. The 213-seat Ford Theater and the 56-seat Songwriter’s Theater are two areas where visitors may enjoy an intimate performance by Nashville talent. Live performances and demonstrations are a regular part of the museum experience. We suggest purchasing a two-day pass, as one day simply isn’t enough to soak up all the museum has to offer.

RCA’s Historic Studio B on Music Row is another must see. Built in 1957, Studio B is Nashville’s oldest surviving recording studio, having earned its right in history as home to the "Nashville Sound." The Nashville Sound revived interest in country music and stemmed the tide of young people flocking to rock and roll. Names such as Jim Reeves, Dolly Parton, Charlie Pride, and the Everly Brothers put Studio B on the map. It is ironic that Elvis Presley, the King of Rock & Roll, recorded more than 200 of his hits in Studio B, a place that at the same time was developing a sound to draw young people back into country circles. After RCA closed the studio, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum began operating the studio as an historic site in 1977. In 1996 the studio was restored to its vintage look. Partnered with Belmont University, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum operates the studio as a "learning laboratory" where students get to work with vintage and state-of-the-art recording technology (as well as offering public tours).

"President" Jackson greets guests at The Hermitage TN-10-14The Hermitage, plantation home of President Andrew Jackson is open to the public. The plantation, at its peak in the 1840's covered 1,000 acres and was worked by the labor of 140 slaves. The Greek Revival style mansion has been restored to its appearance during the 1837-1845 period. The Greek theme is carried on in the interior as the wallpaper displays scenes from The Odyssey. A visit to the Hermitage is a lesson in history as guides in period costume lead guests on tours through the mansion.

The Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest running live radio show, got its start in November 1925 on AM station 650 WSM. In 1974 the Opry moved from its home in the Ryman Auditorium to the Grand Ole Opry House, a 4,400-seat auditorium that is the centerpiece of Opryland Resort. With a cast of more the 70 members, the Grand Ole Opry features some of the best known names in country music with performers such as Porter Wagoner, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, and Ricky Skaggs. On Friday and Saturday nights the line-up of stars varies from week to week, but the entertainment level is always high.

Country music is the number one visitor draw to Nashville, but surprisingly, not the number one industry. That would be publishing and printing, stemming largely from the denominational publishing houses and headquarters in the city. Which, in some circles, has led to another nickname for the city: "The Protestant Vatican." Nashville is all about country music but there’s something for those seeking culture and history as well.

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If You Go:

 

 

USA, Tennessee, Nashville, from Broadway TN-8-17

Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau

211 Commerce Street, Suite 100

Nashville, TN 37201

Phone:     800-657-6910

Fax:         615-244-6278

Web:     www.nashvillecvb.com

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

919 Broadway

Nashville, TN 37203-3822

Phone:     615-244-3340

Fax:         615-244-3339

Web:        www.fristcenter.org

Frist Center for the Visual Arts TN-9-3

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The Hermitage: Home of President Andrew Jackson TN-10-18

The Hermitage: Home of President Andrew Jackson

4580 Rachel’s Lane

Nashville, TN 37076

Phone:     615-889-2941

Fax:         615-889-9909

E-mail:     info@thehermitage.com

Web:         www.thehermitage.com

Nashville Visitor Center

501 Broadway

Nashville, TN 37203

Phone:     615-259-4747

Fax:         615-770-2010

Web: www.nashvillecvb.com

USA, Tennessee, Nashville, from Broadway TN-8-16

Travellers Rest Plantation

636 Farrell Parkway

Nashville, TN 37220

Phone:     615-832-8197

Fax:         615-832-8169

Web:     www.travellersrestplantation.org

Travellers Rest Plantation TN-10-7

Millennium Maxwell House Nashville

2025 MetroCenter Boulevard

Nashville, TN 37228

Phone:     800-457-4460

                615-259-4343

Fax:         615-242-4967

Belle Meade Plantation

5025 Harding Road

Nashville, TN 37205

Phone:        800/270-3991

                    615-356-0501

Fax:            615-356-2336

E-mail:     bellemeade@home.com

Web:        www.bellemeadeplantation.com

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

222 Fifth Avenue South

Nashville, TN 37203

Phone:     800-852-6437

                615-416-2001

Fax:         615-255-2245

Web:    www.countrymusichalloffame.com

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

2800 Opryland Drive

Nashville, TN 37214

Phone:     888-777-6779

Web:     www.gaylordhotels.com

Grand Ole Opry

2802 Opryland Drive

Nashville, TN 37214

Phone:     615-889-3060  (reservations/tickets)

                   615-871-5063

Fax:            615/871-5719

Web:        http://www.opry.com/ 

NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International)

1701 West End Avenue, Third Floor

Nashville, TN 37203

Phone:     615-256-3354

Fax:         615-256-0034

Web:     www.nashvillesongwriters.com

Ryman Auditorium

116 Fifth Avenue North

Nashville, TN 37219

Phone:     615-458-8700

Fax:         615-458-8701

Web: www.ryman.com

Wildhorse Saloon

120 Second Avenue North

Nashville, TN 37201

Phone:     615-902-8200

Fax:         615-871-5055

Web:        www.wildhorsesaloon.com

 

Sunset Grill

2001-A Belcourt Avenue

Nashville, TN 37212

Phone:     615-386-3663

Fax:         615-386-0495

Web:        www.sunsetgrill.com

 

 

 

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