The world capital of country music
What Hollywood is to the film industry, Nashville is to country music. The capital of the US state of Tennessee is the crystallization point for everything to do with country music. But also blues and soul as well as light pop music can be found in all corners and ends. Furthermore, Nashville has a long and rich history, which is clearly reflected in the city.
Music, music, music. This characterizes Nashville, the metropolis of the US state of Tennessee. All year round. The Tin Pan South festival kicks off in April, when hundreds of songwriters gather here to present their latest creations. The long music season starts in June with the world’s largest country festival, the CMA Music Festival. Until autumn, free concerts will take place in the Centennial Park every Saturday. The banks of the Cumberland River are always lined with bands presenting their songs. These groups have the chance to make a breakthrough at the Americana Music Association Festival in September, where the Americana Awards for the best country bands are presented at more than 50 events. The supporting programme for a visit to Nashville is therefore worthwhile all year round.
Jonny Cash and his walk of Fame
The undisputed star of the city is Johnny Cash. He is honored by his hometown with the Johnny Cash Museum near Broadway. The costumes and instruments of the musician can be seen here as well as handwritten letters and unreleased sound documents. Other deceased stars of the music scene can be met in the historic RCA Studio B, where Elvis Presley recorded “Are you lonesome tonight? As in Hollywood, Nashville has a “Walk of Fame”, where numerous greats of the music scene are immortalized with a star. A visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame is also worthwhile, where you can not only immerse yourself in the history of country music, but also be fascinated by the breathtaking architecture of the building.
A musical city tour
An entertaining city tour starts on Broadway. The club mile goes down to the Cumbverland River. One bar follows the other – music comes out of everyone. In between, inconspicuous businesses duck, but they often have a great history, such as Gruhn Guitars. Stars have been buying their musical instruments here for decades. On Broadway you can undoubtedly spend more than one evening, because each of the bars has its own musical style and of course the culinary delights with burgers and barbecue are not missed out either. In the historic Grand Ole Opry House you can listen to America’s oldest still existing live radio show several times a week. Stars and newcomers have been performing live here since 1925.
The breath of history
Besides music, it is the history of the old South that characterizes Nashville. Besides the magnificent State Capitol, where you can learn all about the history of the state at the Tennessee State Museum, The Hermitage is especially worth a visit. This is where US President Andrew Jackson once lived. Hundreds of slaves ran his farm and served him in his luxurious country estate. As everywhere in Tennessee, the history of slavery in the southern states is advancing into the present. Horse lovers will get their money’s worth in Belle Meade, where the best thoroughbreds of the then young country were bred before the American Civil War.
Mild climate and a lot of hospitality
Nashville and the state of Tennessee are characterized by a mild climate all year round. Even in summer the temperatures do not exceed 30° C, the best time to travel is spring and the long, mild autumn. The cuisine is varied and exotic with a lot of grilled food, but also vegetable stews and fish. The real cuisine of the south can be enjoyed in many small restaurants that reflect the hospitality of the old south.