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Marketers in Nashville were smart and got there first with the “Music City” sobriquet.

Most people think of country music when they think of Nashville, and they won’t be wrong, but all genres of music can be found in this musicians’ mecca.

Keep your ears open and you’ll hear a lot of the sounds of Nashville.

The beginnings of Nashville’s fame began at a small black college – now part of the group known as HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).

All of these schools were established prior to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Many, such as Fisk (1866), were established soon after the Civil War.

By 1871, the school was struggling financially. George White, the school’s treasurer and music professor, formed the nine-member Fisk Jubilee Singers band, and took them on a tour to raise money for the school.

Their repertoire consisted mostly of spiritual songs and action songs – a genre new to white audiences. Their fame spread, and a year later, they were invited to sing at the White House.

In 1873 they toured Europe, performing before Queen Victoria, who asked to paint a floor-to-ceiling picture of the group, which can still be seen today in Jubilee Hall on the Fisk campus. Queen Victoria was so impressed that she told the group that they must be from the city of music in the United States, and the city’s emblem was born.

The next musical event that added to Nashville’s reputation was the 1925, hour-long radio program, “WSM Barn Dance,” which brought country music to a number of states. By 1939, the show had been selected by NBC to cover coast to coast, and replaced the name Grand Ole Opry Barn Dance.

The recording industry took root here at the end of World War II. This started a growing movement of artists, songwriters, and techies coming to support the burgeoning industry.

The perfect place to start a concert tour of Nashville is the Country Music Hall of Fame. There are several options on offer: Museum Entry, Museum Entry and Hatch Show Print Tour, Museum Entry and RCA Studio B Tour. My recommendation is the Museum and Studio B.

You’ll get a lot of musical history in the museum, tons of memorabilia and a number of videos and recordings. Even architecture tells a story.

The tall windows resemble the keys of a piano. The building takes the form of a bass clef, and the tail of the clef extends like the fin of a Cadillac 59.

Speaking of Cadillac, you can’t miss Elvis Presley’s Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Limo Elvis Presley with 24-karat gold-plated trim and museum-cut diamond paint.

Studio B, which is no longer used for recording, is one of those places where walls can speak. Fortunately, the guides do a great job of telling his story.

More than 1000 successful records have been recorded here by very famous artists, and you don’t even need their last names: Elvis, Willie, Dolly and many others. You will also hear a lot of music.

The Hall of Fame and Museum honors musicians of all kinds. It’s especially interesting to include the musicians and backup technicians who make the headlines shine even more.

The latest addition to the museum’s lineup is the National Museum of African American Music, which opened only last year. This is real amazing. Our press group had an hour to visit.

I usually browse the museum to get a general idea of ​​what visitors will experience. I couldn’t do that here. There is so much to see and do that I only went to a few areas.

Visits begin with a 15-minute film called Roots that begins with West and Central Africa, slavery, and the communal nature of music.

The galleries begin with early enslavement music, spirituality, and gospel music. The graphics feature important numbers and trends, and the videos highlight individuals and situations.

Each area I visited had a large table with earphones and a video presentation related to that area of ​​music. Like a modified family tree, you can call up individual musicians and see who influenced them, who their fellow musicians were and who was influenced by them. There were dozens of options.

Special bracelets allow guests to save music and videos that can be downloaded for personal enjoyment. An interactive activity allowed guests to perform and record themselves singing with the Nashville Super Choir and use the wristband to take the show home.

The museum suggests a minimum of 90 minutes to visit. I think it’s shortened by at least two hours. This is one of the most interesting museums I have ever visited.

To learn the stories of many favorite countries, there are three small museums in the city center. The Johnny Cash Museum, Patsy Cline Museum, and Glenn Campbell Museum provide personal stories about these stars. Unfortunately, the George Jones Museum is closed.

If you are looking for live music, Nashville is the place to be.

While flying, you will hear live music at the airport. There are at least 180 venues – from small theaters to huge halls where musicians perform. Two of the banks have live music theaters in their lobbies.

Roam Honky Tonk Row (Broadway), where there are never cover fees, and in some places, like Legends, the music starts at 10am and continues into the wee hours. There is also the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium.

For bluegrass music, the Station Inn is an icon. Jazz fans head to Rudy’s Rainbow Room or Skull’s Rainbow Room.

Classical music lovers are not left out either. The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, in its home at the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall, has won several Grammy Awards. Their season runs through the summer, so check it out.

Here’s another one of my favorites: Bluebird Café. Seats 99 people only; Reservations are a must. You’ll see future stars, maybe some big names go down, and songwriters singing their own music.

Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift have been spotted on Bluebird. You may hear the next Taylor, but there won’t be another Garth.

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