Welcome to Music City!
As far back as the early 1800s, Nashville was a growing centre for music publishing. But ‘Music City’ really picked up the pace In 1925, when radio station WSM took to the airwaves and began broadcasting what would be called the Grand Ole Opry. The station operated a clear channel signal which meant it could be picked up almost anywhere in North America. This secured Nashville’s reputation as a musical centre. The Opry is still staged live every week and is America’s longest-running radio show. It has ignited the careers of hundreds of country stars and membership of the Opry is still one of country music’s crowning achievements.
Nashville is also considered the 'Songwriting Capital of the World' and the Nashville Songwriters Association International, which fosters the art of songwriting and artists’ rights, is headquartered here. The Bluebird Café provides a showcase for songwriters to perform their original music and hope to be scouted by a record label. Garth Brooks is one of many country stars who got their start at the Bluebird. Southwest of downtown, Nashville’s Music Row is considered the heart of the city’s entertainment industry. A collection of recording studios, record labels, radio stations, entertainment offices and other music-related businesses not only centre around country music, but also gospel and contemporary Christian.
History? Check. Music? Check. Nashville added to your next holiday wish list? Check!
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.