NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a story Jan. 16 about free things to do in Nashville, The Associated Press erroneously reported details about concerts at the Bridgestone Arena during the CMA Festival in June. There are concerts on the plaza outside the arena, which are free and do not require tickets.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Music lovers flock to Nashville for free things
With music in the air, it's easy to learn about Nashville's musical history for free
By KRISTIN M. HALL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville's history is so intertwined with music and creative expression that tunes seem to pour from every door and window. From Music Row to the Honky Tonk Highway, the city recognizes its past, while also celebrating emerging artists who are drawn to the city just like music lovers. Learn a little about the great artists that defined the Nashville scene for decades, hear new music that may soon be hitting radio waves, and take a sniff of Tennessee sipping whiskey, all for free.
Nashville's siren song for tourists has long been the neon lights and twangy guitars pouring country and western standards from downtown honky tonks, where you can catch an up-and-coming singer or one of the town's talented musicians. If you're lucky, sometimes even country's biggest stars will make a surprise appearance for a song or two, like Keith Urban did to promote his latest album. Most of the bars on lower Broadway — sometimes called the Honky Tonk Highway — are free from cover charges so you can stop in for a two-step or just gaze at the memorabilia on the walls, although it's always good to tip the band when they pass the bucket around. Best picks are Robert's Western World and Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.
HATCH SHOW PRINT
The letterpress print shop that dates to 1879 recently moved to the newly renovated Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, but the packed shelves of thousands of wood blocks look right at home among the displays of country music artifacts that are spread throughout the building. There's no cost to watch the presses and the staff churn out the iconic handmade posters that have been used by everyone from Grand Ole Opry stars to blues and jazz greats and modern rock bands. Don't miss the Haley Gallery which showcases reprints of original posters from the Hatch collection, as well as monoprints made by master printer Jim Sherraden.