Nashville Music and More
Country Music Hall of Fame
In 2015, the world’s largest popular music museum has even more to offer Nashville visitors. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s recent expansion has opened the Taylor Swift Education Center, three new retail shopping locations, two restaurants, and the relocation of the iconic Hatch Show Print. Inside the newly expanded galleries, Discover Your Country offers an interactive journey through country music. Learn which country music legends inspired today’s hottest artist, discover which job in the music industry you might be best suited for and step inside a recording booth to record and master your own version of one of today’s chart topping hits.
2015 NEW Exhibits:
Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats.
Opening in March 2015, this major exhibition will focus on the Nashville recording scene of the late 1960s and 1970s when Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, the Byrds, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tracy Nelson, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, and other Music City outsiders affiliated with the counterculture worked closely with Johnny Cash and a group of Nashville musicians in this conservative southern city.
Kenny Rogers: Through the Years
Exhibit closes June 14, 2015
With driving artistic instinct, a trademark husky voice made for storytelling, polished showmanship, and effortless charisma, Kenny Rogers conquered radio, television and film en route to becoming a beloved American icon. Explore this fascinating exhibit that follows the career of the newest Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Kenny Rogers.
Historic RCA Studio B - Located on renowed Music Row, Studio B is one of Nashville’s oldest remaining studios. With a repertoire of over 35,000 songs recorded by artists such as Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley and, even more recently, Marty Stuart, Martina McBride and Carrie Underwood, Studio B presents an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience.
The star treatment is what Nashville does best, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum brings it all together in Star for a Day: The Ultimate Nashville Tour. Your group’s experience begins with a personally-guided tour of Historic RCA Studio B, “Home of 1,000 Hits.” Groups participate in an actual recording session standing right where Elvis himself stood to record over 200 songs. Then it’s off to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to hear rare recordings of country’s legendary performers and see costumes, instruments and personal treasures from country music stars, past and present. Next, your group heads a few blocks north to enjoy a home-style barbecue buffet and line-dancing lesson at the world famous Wildhorse Saloon. Here, everyone will be delighted one more time by listening to their “latest hit” over the restaurant’s incredible sound system.
There isn’t another experience for your group that’s more uniquely Nashville than Sharing the Art of Songwriting. Your group joins one of Music City’s most accomplished writers for an hour-long session on the craft of songwriting. By offering personal insight and direction, the writer guides your group in creating an original song, which the songwriter records with the group at the end of the session.
Stories Behind the Songs: A Private Look, a 45- minute backstage look at the craft of songwriting, this experience gives your group the undivided attention of one of Nashville’s most accomplished songwriters.
Legends, Lunch & Lyrics invites groups to enjoy a classic Southern “Meat n’ Three” lunch as they are entertained by the songs, stories and writing insight from one of Nashville’s most accomplished songwriters.
Cash on Cash is available only inside the hallowed walls of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This live musical biography reveals intimate details about one of the most legendary and influential bloodlines in country music. The only son of Johnny and June, John Carter Cash delivers his family’s story in a poignant, respectful and entertaining manner. His candid style engages audiences for a truly unique and memorable experience. Guests may enter this show knowing only a small piece of his family’s legacy; they leave understanding they have been in the presence of musical royalty.
Get Inky at Hatch Show Print! This tour starts at legendary letterpress icon Hatch Show Print’s production shop. The nearly 135-year-old business will engage your group’s senses. They’ll listen to the crank while learning about the history of Hatch. They’ll also see the colorful, centuries-old posters that put the shop on the map – as well as recent works of their favorite entertainers! The tour concludes in the Hatch Show Print Space for Design, where groups can handle some of the tools of the trade and smell the ink as they print their own keepsake piece.
Nashville's only country music mansion tour, the Fontanel Mansion gives visitors a sneak peek into the life of country music by providing a truly hands-on interactive experience. The 27,000-square-foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell is open daily for guided tours. Guests are invited to explore the trails, dine at Cafe Fontanella restaurant, and sample Pritchard's Distillery hand-crafted spirits. fontanelmansion.com
Loveless Cafe introduces the Harpeth Room, which is the perfect dining option for Motorcoach groups! The Harpeth Room can seat up to 75 guests in a variety of style services. lovelesscafe.com
The Bluebird Cafe is one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms and the venue 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. bluebirdcafe.com
A Tribute to the King lets the legend live on in Nashville’s first and only continuously-running show paying tribute to Elvis in Music City where he recorded over 300 songs! This high energy, live musical biography starring John Beardsley transports the audience through six phases of Elvis’s career. John Beardsley’s world renowned performance features over 30 songs and five costume changes. thenashvilleking.com
Don’t miss the following exciting musical productions:
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre, dinnertheatre.com
General Jackson Showboat, generaljackson.com
Miss Jeanne’s Mystery Dinner Theatre, missjeannes.com
Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre, nashvillenightlife.com
Nashville Palace, nashvillepalace.com
Gaylord Opryland Summer Spectacular - May 23- 27, 2015. Kick off your summer at Gaylord Opryland where it’s 72 degrees year round. Enjoy our one of a kind “cruise ship on land” weekend experience full of fun, food and entertainment.
A Country Christmas - November 21, 2015-January 2016. With more than two million lights, acres of stunning decorations and dazzling shows and attractions, A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland Resort has become a cherished holiday destination attracting more than one million visitors annually. The 2,882-room resort with its nine acres of indoor gardens and ¼-mile long indoor river is transformed into a magical winter wonderland inside and out.
Nashville's Best! Value Package - Join us for a memorable two night experience at Gaylord Opryland Resort at an incredible price! Come see the best attractions in Nashville with this package featuring reserved seats to the Grand Ole Opry, a guided tour through Nashville, choice of either admission to the Ryman Auditorium or Backstage Tour of the Grand Ole Opry (daytime), full breakfast daily, baggage handling, and more. Dates are: Winter Weekender: January 23-25; February 20-22 / Spring Fling: April 30-May 2 / Summer Fun: June 1-7 / Fantastic Fall Getaway: September 1-9, 2015
All Things Opry Package - Back by popular demand! Enjoy a package that combines the best of the Grand Ole Opry brand. Journey backstage at the Grand Ole Opry House with a true look behind the Opry’s red curtain. Dine at the unique Opry Backstage Grill or another restaurant close to the Opry. The package is completed with the show that made country music famous, the Grand Ole Opry. opry.com/groups
Iconic Country Trio Package - The Ryman Auditorium and the new Johnny Cash Museum are both in this great trio of tours along with the Grand Ole Opry House backstage tour. If you are a country music fan, this is an amazing way to see all three venues for one value price. opry.com/groups
Gray Line of Tennessee - Let Nashville’s premier tour guide help you experience all of Music City. From the Country Music Hall of Fame to the Bluebird Cafe, from the civil war battlefields to the hottest performances, Gray Line of Tennessee can help you navigate and create the best experience of this world class destination. Gray Line of Tennessee is your one stop shop in sightseeing and luxury coach transportation. graylinetn.com
Opry Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in Tennessee, is home to an impressive mix of more than 200 retailers, including H&M, Michael Kors Factory, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, and Bass Pro Shops’ Outdoor World. In addition to unparalleled shopping, groups can satisfy their taste buds with seven full-service restaurants or enjoy family entertainment at Regal Opry Mills Stadium 20 & IMAX, the Tennessee Treasures play area and Opry Mills’ Entertainment stage, which features regular performances by professional and student musical acts. Group travelers are encouraged to register at traveltrade.simon.com in advance to receive complimentary Opry Mills Coupon Books, mall directories and free meal vouchers for drivers and tour operators. oprymills.com
Tour Options in Nashville Include:
Echoes of Nashville Walking Tours, echoesofnashville.com
Gray Line of Tennessee & Music City Trolley Hop, graylinetn.com
Green Fleet Bicycle Tours, greenfleetbikes.com
Hick Chick Tours, hickchicktours.com
Local Tastes of Nashville, localtastesofnashville.com
Music City Brew Tours, musiccitybrewtours.com
The Music City Rollin' Jamboree, musiccityrollinjamboree.com
Nashville Brew Bus, nashvillebrewbus.com
Nashville Double Decker, nashvilledoubledecker.com
Nashville Ghost Tours, nashvilleghosttours.com
Nashville Pedal Tavern, nashvillepedaltavern.com
The Original NashTrash Tour, nashtrash.com
The Redneck Comedy Tour Bus, theredneckcomedytour.com
Segway of Nashville Tours, segwayofnashvilletours.com
Signature Transportation Services, nashvillelimo.com
Sprocket Rocket Party Bike, sprocketrocketpartybike.com
Tommy’s Tours, tommysnashvilletours.com
Walk Eat Nashville, walkeatnashville.com