WSM-AM announcer David Cobb christened Nashville “Music City U.S.A.” on the air in 1950. The moniker eventually became Nashville’s ... more »"de facto trade name." In the 1950s, Nashville was home to blues, R&B, gospel and pop tunes, as well as country music. Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan recorded here. Today, Nashville's music scene includes country favorites such as Faith Hill and Tim McGraw but also a world-class symphony at the Ryman Auditorium and several professional church choirs and gospel singers. Nashville also has thriving hip-hop and pop music scenes but is best known for its old-fashioned honky tonks where local and up-and-coming country music musicians perform.
A bit of history about Nashville's music: Before World War II, all of the hotels in downtown Nashville had in-house dance orchestras, which is where celebrities such as Dinah Shore and Snooky Lanson got their starts. Jazz was also popular in Nashville. Bandleader Jimmie Lunceford and trumpeter Doc Cheatham played in Nashville’s clubs.
The Music City Walk of Fame honors the men and women who write, perform, promote and produce music. The walk is located in the Walk of Fame Park on Demonbreun Street between 4th & 5th Avenues at the base of the Music Mile in downtown Nashville. The stars lie in the Walk across the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, between the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and Bridgestone Arena. The Music City Walk of Fame welcomes new inductees in a live presentation, representing every musical genre, twice a year at ceremonies held in April and during Country Music Association Awards Week in November. Recent inductees include Steve Winwood and Peter Frampton.
Nashville has also long been known as the “Songwriting Capital of the World.” Songwriters from all over the world come to Nashville to hone their art. One spot to see and hear songwriters is the famous Bluebird Cafe where songwriters perform their original music in an intimate “in the round” setting. (Tip: The Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival in April is a week-long celebration, spotlighting Nashville as the world capital of songwriting, with more than 80 shows at venues all over Music City throughout the week. Tickets range from $6 to $20 per show.) less «