Country Music in Nashville

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As the home of country music, Nashville has some great museums, clubs and venues to explore. Make sure to visit:

Country Music Hall of Fame: At 222 5th Ave. S., this is a large facility with great exhibits on the top country western performers. You can explore artifacts, clothes and recordings.

Ryman Auditorium: For tours, its museum and concerts, make sure to add this to your list. It was the original home of the Grand Ole Opry. 116 5th Ave. North.

Robert’s Western World: This is a great venue downtown for traditional, honky tonk and country music with a fun atmosphere. 416 B Broadway.

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge at 422 Broadway and Layla’s Bluegrass Inn at 418 Broadway are two other great music venues.

Hatch Show Prints: Located in the lower level of the Country Music Hall of Fame, this is where you can buy posters in the store and take a tour to watch the music posters being printed. There is an upscale, Haley Gallery across the hall where you can buy original artwork, historic restrikes of original posters from the Hatch collection, as well as Master Printer Jim Sherraden’s monoprints—contemporary interpretations and celebrations of the classic wood blocks of Hatch Show Prints, all available for purchase. There are also classes for hands-on printing. 224 5th Ave. S.

Ernest Tubb Record Shop, 417 Broadway: This fun store has a huge selection of country music photos, books CDs and DVDs.

Bluebird Cafe, 4104 Hillsboro Pike: A 90 seat music venue and small cafe that opened in 1982 and is known as a songwriters’ performance space.

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