Music City USA lives up to its name
THERE are several theories regarding the origin of the name “Music City USA” but, regardless of which one is true, Nashville, Tennessee, proudly lives up to the title.
The most popular story is that a DJ named David Cobb came up with the moniker during a Grand Ole Opry broadcast in 1950, but it’s doubtful even he could have predicted the all-pervasive role music plays in Nashville today.
It all happens on the Honky Tonk Highway
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And don't forget to go to 'church'
Within a minute’s walk, on Fifth Ave North, you’ll find the Ryman Theatre, the 2300-seat auditorium that was the home of the Grand Ole Opry, America’s longest-running radio broadcast, between 1943-74.
Named after Nashville businessman Thomas Ryman, who had it constructed over seven years, the Ryman is known as the “Mother Church” of country music. That’s because when it opened in 1892 it was officially the Union Gospel Tabernacle.
Entertaining, educational ... and brilliant
A minute’s walk in the other direction, on Fifth Ave South, is the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Established in the eary 1960s, it is now the big daddy of American music museums, where you can see everything from Elvis Presley’s huge Cadillac to Dolly Parton’s tiny-waisted costumes.
It is immense and comprehensive; entertaining and educational. Brilliant.