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Country music singer Josh Turner performing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee

Tennessee

The Music Culture of Tennessee

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In the rolling hills of Tennessee, you can hear the delightful echoes of Country, Soul and Rock.

Let your body sway to the timeless music in the birthplace of some of the most iconic music stars in U.S. history. Explore the grounds where Elvis Presley once lived, learn about the history of Country music and see a how, and visit the legendary studios where magic happened. You can find all of this in Tennessee.

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville is considered the “Smithsonian of Country music,” with a collection that is unrivaled by any other in the USA. The museum contains interactive exhibits, artifacts, photographs, recorded sound, vintage video and text panels. There also is a 776-seat CMA Theater, a 213-seat Ford Theater and the Taylor Swift Education Center. Learn about the roots of Country music in the immersive “Sing Me Back Home” exhibit, where you’ll see amazing artifacts like Jimmie Rodgers’ Weymann guitar, Ray Price’s stage jacket and a replica tour bus. The museum also hosts traveling exhibits highlighting the cultural importance of Country music to our lives today.

The exterior of the Country Music Hall of Fame

The exterior of the Country Music Hall of Fame
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Graceland

Every year, tens of thousands of people visit Graceland, the former home of Elvis Presley, in Memphis. Pay tribute to the Rock ’n’ Roll king when you tour the mansion and see the living room, dining room, kitchen and foyer where the legend spent his days. Explore the famous Jungle Room, Elvis’ man cave, with green shag carpets, Polynesian accents and exotically carved wood. Learn about the personal side of The King when you tour the Trophy Building and see his family tree, wedding tuxedo and various other artifacts. The Racquetball Building is also notable with its luxurious lobby and racquetball court. Finish your tour by giving your respects at the Meditation Garden, the place where Elvis and several of his family members have been laid to rest. If you happen to visit in August, check out Elvis Week, a yearly celebration of his contributions to the music and film industries.

Elvis Presley's mansion at Graceland

Elvis Presley's mansion at Graceland
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Grand Ole Opry

Visit the Grand Ole Opry and watch spectacular live shows at the famous Country music venue in Nashville. Tens of thousands of people gather here every year to see a mix of Country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers following in their footsteps. Audiences of all ages will enjoy amazing shows at The Opry, which has hosted legends such as Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and Carrie Underwood. Take an exclusive backstage tour to walk in the footsteps of Country music stars and see what happens behind the scenes. Check the website to see who’s playing and to reserve tickets before you go.

The entrance to the Grand Ole Opry House

The entrance to the Grand Ole Opry House
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Stax Museum of American Soul Music

Visit the Stax Museum in Memphis to learn about the birth of Soul and its effects on the world. Explore the glorious history of all the well-known superstars of Stax Records – Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Rufus and Carla Thomas, The Mar-Keys, William Bell, and Booker T. & The MGs. A trip through Studio A is a must to check out the recording equipment and see an exact replica of where the legends recorded their tracks. You can also view Isaac Hayes’ custom Cadillac Eldorado, named “Super Fly,” with a unique minibar, television and white carpeting. There are more than 2,000 artifacts, films, galleries and interactive exhibits to see at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

The exterior marquee of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music

The exterior marquee of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music
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