You can't visit Nashville and not go through the Country Music Hall of Fame and see a show at the Grand Ole Opry! Explore the best of country music's past and present with this Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Known as the "Smithsonian of Country Music", this beautifully modern facility is located in the hear of downtown Nashville.
Being at the Grand Ole Opry where so many great musicians, singers and songwriters have played and entertained for so many years will truly be one of the highlights of your stay. The historic home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, is one of the must see sites that makes Music City famous. Today, the Ryman is a popular live performance venue as well as a National Historic Landmark. Taking a tour of the Ryman allows travelers to walk in the same steps of music royalty, seeing the backstage area and dressing rooms that hosted many stars.
Music Row is an area just to the southwest of downtown Nashville that is home to hundreds of businesses related to the country music, gospel music, and Contemporary Christian music industries. It is widely considered the heart of Nashville's entertainment industry. In this area, one will find the offices of numerous record labels, publishing houses, music licensing firms, recording studios, video production houses along with other businesses who serve the music industry, as well as radio networks, and radio stations.
The Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark, is a historical plantation and museum located 10 miles east of downtown Nashville. The plantation was owned by Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, from 1804 until his death at the Hermitage in 1845. Jackson only lived at the property occasionally until he retired from public life in 1837.
The Bluebird Cafe is a dynamic 90 seat music club that opened in 1982. The club is famous for intimate, acoustic music performed by its composers. Some performers are established singer/songwriters, and others perform hit songs written by other artists. The restaurant has been featured as a location on ABC's drama Nashville, and has hosted musicians such as Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.
Tootsie's Orchid Lounge is a honky-tonk bar located behind the Ryman Auditorium. Tootsie's has three stages that host live local talent each night; covering modern day country music artists such as Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, and other popular country music artists as well as original work. Some of its early famous first customers were Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Mel Tillis, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller and numerous other country musicians.
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