NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It's Tuesday night at the Bluebird Cafe, and the Mike Henderson Band is playing “Give Bo Diddley Back His Money.” The crowd in the cozy bar responds to the beat. They are drinking cold beer and hot coffee and having a good time.
It's a small bar, made famous by the popular show “Nashville.”
Chairs are close together; go ahead and share your space with a stranger. It's all about the music.
This is Music City, home to at least a million guitars. Neon guitars, tattoo guitars, guitars in pawnshops, one-of-a-kind, at the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, The Nashville Visitors Center, and Barbara Mandrell's Mansion.
Gaudy and gorgeous, famous and rare, guitars are shaped into flower beds, swimming pools and gravestones.
Music is the heartbeat of this beautiful Tennessee city. There is no offseason for visitors, and an entire vacation can be centered on the sounds of Nashville, whether they come from the crowded little Bluebird or the vast stage of the Grand Ole Opry.
Cline, Cash and Mandrell
Unpack at the elegant Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center or one of the hundreds of lodging choices in Nashville and the surrounding area, and set out on a memorable vacation.
After an evening at the Bluebird, start at the Ryman Auditorium, a national historic landmark and former home of the Grand Ole Opry.
As the Grand Ole Opry's residence from 1943-1974, the building became known as the “Carnegie Hall of the South,” for the appearances by Rudolph Valentino, Mae West, Bob Hope, Patsy Cline and a host of other famous personalities.
The acoustics are considered the world's finest. Roger Daltrey, founder and lead singer of The Who, said the Ryman is “the best bloody place for a musician to play in the whole world!”
The original pews and stained-glass windows are reminders that the Ryman Theater opened in 1892 as the Union Gospel Tabernacle.
You might be humming Cline's “Faded Love” as you head to Jack's Bar B Q, 416 Broadway. You'll smell the hickory smoke before you arrive.
One of many new attractions is the Johnny Cash Museum in downtown Nashville. Bill Miller, a friend and fan of Cash, turned his collection into a tribute to Cash and a treat for devoted fans.
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