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Nashville's Music Scene

Nashville's moniker, "Music City U.S.A.," was coined in 1950 and still stands true today
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5.4 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  WSM-AM announcer David Cobb christened Nashville “Music City U.S.A.” on the air in 1950. The moniker eventually became Nashville’s ... more »

Tips:  Things to bring: Camera, tripod, notepad and pen (for taking notes), umbrella, comfortable walking shoes, tote bag (if you shop) and... more »

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Points of Interest

To get a sense of Nashville's connection to country music, make your first stop on a music tour of the city the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Located in downtown Nashville on the west bank of the Cumberland River, just a few steps from the historic Ryman Auditorium and the honky-tonks of Lower Broadway, this $37 million, state-of-the-art ... More

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 ... More

Next stop is the historic Ryman Auditorium, a 2,362-seat live performance venue known as the "Mother Church of Country Music" and original home of the Grand Ole Opry. When the Opry moved to its new location in 1974, the Ryman continued to attract fans from around the world merely to step on the stage that had attracted so many greats.... More

4. Lower Broadway

Before going into Robert's Western World (the next stop on this Music Tour of Nashville), spend some time wandering the streets of Lower Broadway (roughly a four-block stretch) where you will find live country music venues (called honky tonks), restaurants and historical buildings. As you walk, listen for a performer who sounds interesting and... More

Next on your music stop is Robert’s Western World, a famous honky tonk located on Lower Broadway in the historic district of downtown Nashville. Robert's history is as interesting as visiting the venue. The buildings on Lower Broadway served as hospitals during the American Civil War. The building that is now home to Robert’s was used as a... More

Finish your music tour with a drink at The Bluebird Café. The cafe has gained worldwide recognition as a songwriter’s performance space where the “heroes behind the hits” perform their own songs; songs that have been recorded by chart-topping artists in all genres of music. Some of the U.S.'s most significant songwriters and artists have... More