Nashville Music and More
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Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Inside the expanded galleries of the world’s largest popular music museum, Discover Your Country offers an interactive journey through country music. Learn which country music legends inspired today’s hottest artists, discover your best-suited job in the music industry, and step inside a recording booth to record and master your own version of one of today’s chart-topping hits.
Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats
This major exhibition focuses 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 worked closely with Johnny Cash and a group of Nashville musicians in this conservative Southern city.
Few bands have affected country music’s commercial success as much as Alabama. This exhibit traces the musical beginnings, the challenges, and the successes of the Country Music Hall of Fame band.
Homegrown: Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown Band did not set out to be country music stars, instead, they ignored genre restrictions and focused on creating upbeat and soulful sounds that resonated with fans. Fifteen #1 hits later, they are one of the most innovative groups in country music today. This exhibition, including stage wear, guitars, song manuscripts, photos and more traces the band’s organic path to stardom that can only be described as “homegrown.”
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Historic RCA Studio B, located on renowned Music Row, 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, 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 stood to record over 200 songs. Then it’s off to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to see costumes, instruments, and personal treasures from country music stars. Next, your group heads to the Wildhorse Saloon to enjoy a home-style barbecue buffet and line-dancing lesson. Everyone will be delighted one more time by listening to their “latest hit” over the restaurant’s incredible sound system.
During 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 your group will record at the end of the session.
Stories Behind the Songs: A Private Look, a 45-minute backstage look at the craft of songwriting, 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 a live musical biography revealing 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.
On the Hatch Show Print tour, your group will learn about the history of Hatch and 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 print their own keepsake piece.
Gaylord Opryland Resort’s Great Value Packages:
NASHVILLE’S BEST – Select dates January-October 2016 & 2017* – Come see the best attractions in Nashville with this package featuring two nights stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort, reserved seats to the Grand Ole Opry, guided tour through Nashville, admission to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, full breakfast daily, baggage handling, and more!
THE GREAT ESCAPE – Select dates January-October 2016 & 2017* – Visit Gaylord Opryland where it’s 72º no matter the temperature outside!
STARS and STRIPES – September 4-7, 2016; July 3-6, 2017; September 2-5, 2017 – Celebrate our nation’s most patriotic holidays at Gaylord Opryland with this wonderful package, which includes reserved seats to the Grand Ole Opry, General Jackson dinner cruise and show, Wildhorse Saloon experience, self-guided tours of the Ryman and George Jones Museum, and more!
A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS – November 18-December 25, 2016 & November 17-December 25, 2017* – Make it a Christmas to remember at Gaylord Opryland Resort, where more than two million lights along with acres of stunning décor create a holiday atmosphere like no other.
Grand Ole Opry Entertainment Group
Join us for an Opry House Backstage Tour! Your group will walk the same halls as Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Vince Gill, Rascal Flatts, and Loretta Lynn, just to name a few and stand on the most famous stage in country music.
“The Show That Made Country Music Famous,” the Grand Ole Opry, is certainly one of Nashville’s most endearing icons. Over ninety years in the making, you will see 8-12 artists performing during this two-hour show.
The All Things Opry Package includes your group’s daytime Backstage Tour of the Grand Ole Opry House, pre-Opry meal at an area restaurant, and a performance of the Grand Ole Opry.
WSM Radio Station Tours take you into the studio located in the Gaylord Opryland Resort where you will learn the history and legacy of this legendary station, and get a look at what it is like to work in radio broadcasting. Your group members will step up to the mic and record a one-liner that will be provided to you digitally, along with a photo.
The General Jackson Showboat offers midday lunch cruises and evening dinner cruises down the Cumberland River. While enjoying the scenic beauty of the river, be entertained with a Broadway-styled show and extensive meal.
The Mother Church of Country Music and Pollstar’s Theatre Venue of the Year, the Ryman Auditorium recently finished an expansion, which includes the Soul of Nashville multimedia pre-tour experience, Cafe Lula, and a vastly expanded gift shop. The Ryman offers both guided and self-guided tour options.
Opry Country Classics at the Ryman Auditorium brings together the legends of the Grand Ole Opry sharing the songs that made the Opry and Music City famous. Limited engagement – Thursday nights in March, April, May, and October.
The Iconic Trio Package includes daytime tours of the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, and the Johnny Cash Museum.
NEW in 2017 – Opry Play for the Day Package! - Park your coach at the Grand Ole Opry and play for the day without having to leave the area! This package includes: Backstage Tour at the Grand Ole Opry House - Guided tours offer a behind-the-scenes look at this celebrated venue and country music’s most famous show. You will see themed dressing rooms, the artist’s entrance and more! NEW Madame Tussauds Nashville! This attraction will celebrate iconic musicians and entertainers of the past and present in a new interactive tour experience. Dinner at Dave & Busters – Enjoy a buffet designed specifically for your group! Grand Ole Opry - This packages ends with the show that made country music famous! Your group will witness an array of performances by new stars, superstars and legends of country music as well as great bluegrass, comedy and more!
Opry Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in Tennessee, is home to an impressive mix of more than 200 retailers, quality dining, and entertainment. Groups are encouraged to register in advance at traveltrade.simon.com to receive complimentary Opry Mills coupon books, mall directories, and free meal vouchers for each driver and escort. oprymills.com
Nashville’s only country music mansion tour at the Fontanel Mansion gives visitors a sneak peek into the life of country music. 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 Café Fontanella or the Whites Creek Bistro, zip line with AdventureWorks Music City Zips, taste wine at the Natchez Hills Winery Tasting Room, and sample Pritchard’s Distillery handcrafted spirits. Join us this holiday season for a guided tour of Fontanel Mansion, decorated in all its holiday splendor, followed by an hour of entertainment by Barbara Mandrell’s son, Matthew, and his gospel-award winning wife, Christy Sutherland, as they share their favorite family memories and serenade you with Christmas classics. Dinner Buffet and Dessert Reception options available for groups of 10+. fontanel.com
From the Country Music Hall of Fame to the Bluebird Café, from the civil war battlefields to the hottest performances, Gray Line of Tennessee is your one-stop shop in sightseeing and luxury coach transportation. Gray Line of Tennessee will customize a group package for any group. Some of Gray Line tour offerings include: All things Chocolate, A Ghost of a Tour, Holly Jolly Trolley Tour, Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Craft Brew Tours, Taste of Tennessee Foodie Tour, Walking Tour, Scavenger Hunts and many more options to choose from or Gray Line will create a special interest tour for your group. graylinetn.com
Loveless Cafe introduces the Harpeth Room- the perfect dining option for Motorcoach groups! The Harpeth Room can seat up to 75 guests in a variety of styles. lovelesscafe.com
The Bluebird Cafe is one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms and 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 is a high energy, live-musical Elvis biography, transporting the audience through six phases of Elvis’s career and featuring John Beardsley. thenashvilleking.com
Scoreboard Bar and Grill and John A's are the perfect spot to enjoy dinner and drinks before or after a show at the Grand Ole Opry. Located on Music Valley, we will provide you with a custom package to fit your group's needs!
Don’t miss the following exciting musical experiences:
Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre - dinnertheatre.com
Miss Jeanne’s Mystery Dinner Theatre - missjeannes.com
Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre - nashvillenightlife.com
Nashville Palace – nashvillepalace.com
The Listening Room Cafe - listeningroomcafe.com