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Experience Country Music History in Nashville

Nashville, Tenn., has rightly earned the nickname “Music City.” Among its many other accomplishments, Nashville has attracted some of the greatest recording artists of all time. If you visit Nashville without experiencing its musical heritage, then you aren’t visiting Nashville. Music is the lifeblood of the city, which continues to provide the world with amazing tunes year-round. When you arrive, plan on visiting these three essential music sites: Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumThere is no city in the country that deserves to be the home of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum more than Nashville. The many collections preserve the legacy of this bustling music capital. The Moving Image Collection contains over 23,000 moving images on a variety of formats. These videos chronicle the history of country music from the 1920s until the present day. The Bob Pinson Recorded Sound Collection gives you the opportunity to hear that history with great audio quality. This consummate collection features 98 percent of country music before World War II — a truly impressive feat for musicologists and country fans alike. There are also collections of informative interviews, photographs and priceless instruments, including DeFord Bailey’s harmonica and Mother Maybelle Carter’s guitar. RCA Studio BTickets to RCA Studio B are available at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s box office, and your purchase includes transportation to this legendary recording studio. Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Chet Atkins are only a few of the musical greats to have recorded here. You can even record your own music here. Call ahead for this spectacular opportunity because reservations are obligatory. At RCA Studio B you can soak in the aura of the many musicians who have created music history here. Ryman AuditoriumThis National Historic Landmark was built by the riverboat captain Thomas Ryman, from whom the auditorium gets its name. It opened its doors in 1982 and has been making cultural history ever since. You can tour the auditorium by yourself or with a guide. The breathtaking architecture, preserved and inspiring, will be enough to capture your imagination, maybe even stir aspirations of musical success in the young. As wonderful as it is to learn about music history, nothing quite compares to hearing it live. The Ryman Auditorium regularly features some of the greatest contemporary musicians. The city is simply synonymous with music, and not just for its past. Nashville still contributes amazing music to the world stage that’s not to be missed.