Nashville Music and More
New in 2014! In March 2014, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will more than double in size, making Nashville’s cultural treasure an even greater destination for groups. Expanded gallery spaces will highlight more contemporary country artists and will include an interactive gallery with new, technology-enhanced exhibits. The new Taylor Swift Education Center will greatly increase the Museum’s capacity to host numerous student and leisure group programs. In addition, the 210,000 square-foot expansion will include the brand new 800-seat CMA Theater, a 10,000 square-foot event hall, new shopping and dining opportunities, and the relocation of the iconic Hatch Show Print. This 134-year-old American letterpress shop will offer a new way to experience art, music, and history through public artifact talks, printing demonstrations, and hands-on activities.
The Museum’s permanent exhibits, Sing Me Back Home and Dreaming My Dreams, are full of everchanging artifacts that examine country music’s humble origins and folk roots and follow its evolution into the 21st century. Artists represented include Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Jimmy Rogers, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, and many others.
Exhibit Open May – November 2014
Reba: All the Women I Am
Exhibit Closes June 8, 2014
With more than 50 Top Ten singles and more #1 country albums than any other female artist, Reba ranks as the most successful female country performer of her generation – cited as a role model by nearly ever successful woman to follow in her wake. Explore all of the different facets of this dynamic woman.
Kenny Rogers: Through the Years
Exhibit Opens August 2014
The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country
Exhibit Closes December 31, 2014
Two of country music’s most respected, influential, and successful artists, Merle Haggard and Buck Owens, emerged in the 1960s from the thriving Bakersfield, California music scene. Haggard and Owens became the best-known exponents of the distinctive “Bakersfield Sound,” the name given to their sharp-edged, commercially-viable alternative to the smooth Nashville Sound.
Historic RCA Studio B Located on renowned 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.
Star for a Day: The Ultimate Nashville Tour – Your group’s experience begins with a personally guided tour of Historic RCA Studio B. Once inside the studio, your group will gather around the legendary microphone for a recording session with a professional sound engineer. Then it’s off to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the world’s largest popular music museum, to complete your group’s tour experience. The itinerary concludes at the world famous Wildhorse Saloon for a delicious lunch. Your group will kick up their heels with a line dancing lesson and enjoy listening to their newly recorded hit on the Wildhorse Saloon’s state-of-the-art sound system.
Sharing the Art of Songwriting - Join one of Music City’s most accomplished writers for an hour-long session on the craft of songwriting. The writer offers personal insight and direction while guiding your group through the creation of an original song. The session concludes with a group recording and a personal meet and greet with the writer.
Stories Behind the Songs: A Private Look - This 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, and lyrics – Nashville is home to country music, delicious Southern cooking, and great hospitality. These three Nashville traditions come together in this package. Groups enjoy classic Southern “Meat n’ Three” lunch as they are entertained by the songs, stories, and writing insight from one of Nashville’s most accomplished song-writers.
Cash on Cash - Enjoy a private performance and discussion with Johnny and June’s son, John Carter Cash, as he sings and shares the story of growing up in one of the most influential families in music history.
Hatch Show Print has moved to 224 5th Avenue South. The new facility features a larger, custom designed print shop where visitors can watch posters roll off the presses; a retail store with wall space to display the 100-plus posters created by the print shop and available for purchase; Hatch Show Print Gallery, featuring Master Printer Jim Sherraden's monoprints, which are contemporary interpretations and celebrations of the historic blocks of the Hatch Show Print collection; and Hatch Show Print Space for Design, a classroom and workshop space that will offer visitors opportunities to learn more through demonstrations, hands on printing and more in-depth programs.
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 in at Café Fontanella restaurant and shop in the Farm House Store & Coffee Shop. Fontanel also features Music City Soul Series Monday Night Blues with Keb Mo and friends on the first Monday of every month. fontanelmansion.com
Loveless Café 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 Café is one of the world’s prominent 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 that have been recorded by chart topping artists in all genres of music. bluebirdcafe.com
A Tribute to the King - The legend lives 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 performances features over 30 songs and 5 costume changes. thenashvilleking.com
Don’t miss the following exciting musical productions: Chaffin’s Band Dinner Theatre, dinnertheatre.com; General Jackson Showboat, generaljackson.com; Miss Jeanne’s Mystery Dinner Theatre, missjeannes.com; Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre, nashvillenightlife.com; Melodrama Theater, melodramtheater.org