Music City Plays On

A must-stop for music history buffs is the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, which honors talented musicians from Frank Sinatra to The Beach Boys. Located in the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, the museum features exhibits of instruments used by studio musicians who contributed to the greatest recordings of all time.
 
To get a feel for the inner workings of the entertainment industry, visit Nashville’s Music Row, located one mile southwest of downtown. Considered the business hub of country, gospel, and contemporary Christian music, Music Row is filled with record labels, publishing houses, music licensing firms, recording studios, radio stations, and video production facilities. It’s also the historic site of the RCA Studio B, where Elvis recorded more than 200 songs, such as “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” Most of the studio’s equipment is still intact from its recording session heyday, including the soundboard used by Chet Atkins and Elvis’ piano. RCA Studio B is the only recording studio visitors can tour in Nashville.
 
Setting the Stage
You likely can find a place to listen to live music on any given day — or hour — in Nashville; the difficult part is choosing a venue. A good place to start is Nashville’s No. 1 attraction, the Grand Ole Opry. The member-driven Opry is the world’s longest-running, live radio program (Nashville’s 650 AM WSM) featuring country music legends as well as their contemporary counterparts, who take the stage on the same night and perform a variety of musical styles. 
 
The Opry, which typically includes more than eight acts in a show, is broadcast from the Grand Ole Opry House, from February to October. From November to January, the Opry returns to its original home, the Ryman Auditorium. The Opry’s Backstage Tour is a behind-the-scenes look at what the stars experience before show time. 
 
The Ryman Auditorium, a National Historic Landmark and home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974, is one of the best-known live-performance stages in the world due to its acoustic capabilities and intriguing back story. Artists from every genre have performed at the Ryman, from Hank Williams and Aretha Franklin to Minnie Pearl and Kid Rock. Originally built as a house of worship in 1892, the Ryman is affectionately called the Mother Church of Country Music and is considered the birthplace of bluegrass. Audiences sit in the original pews for all performances at the Ryman, which seats 2,362. On the tour, you can go behind the curtain to see where Patsy Cline and other greats got dressed for their shows. The new Ryman Recording Studio also makes it possible for visitors to record their own CD single right in the auditorium. 
The Music City Walk of Fame honors those from all music genres who have made a significant contribution to Music City
The Music City Walk of Fame honors those from all music genres who have made a significant contribution to Music City
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