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In this issue, learn about the most popular sites and sounds of the heart of Tennessee! ~ Grand Ole Opry ~ ~ Country Music Hall of Fame ~ ~ Ryman Auditorium ~
Grand Ole Opry
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“The Show that made Country Music Famous” What began as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 is now a live entertainment phenomenon. Dedicated to honoring country music’s rich history and dynamic present, the Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends and the contemporary chart-toppers who have followed in their footsteps. The Opry, which is an American icon and Nashville’s #1 attraction, is world-famous for creating one-of-a-kind entertainment experiences for audiences of all ages. It’s been called the “home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage.” Every year, hundreds of thousands of people make pilgrimages across town or around the world to the Opry Complex to see the show live. Millions more tune in to Opry broadcasts on various television, radio and internet sites. Unforgettable moments happen at the Opry every week like the night Carrie Underwood brought down the house with her rendition of the Tammy Wynette classic, “Stand By Your Man.” Or the night Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens
scaled a kitchen ladder to invite Trace Adkins to become an Opry member. These crazy “Opry Moments” are the result of country music’s new stars, superstars and legends taking the same stage to celebrate country music together. During any given Opry show, audiences can expect the best in country, bluegrass, comedy, gospel, and more performed by Country Music Hall of Famers, Opry members who helped establish the Opry as the home of country music, revered superstars, and rising rookies just start. ing to make names for themselves. , . Commy. The Opry’s member roster reads like a who’s–who of country music and includes Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Little Jimmy Dickens, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Patty Loveless, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride, Lorrie Morgan, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Trisha Yearwood, and many more. For more information about the Opry or purchasing tickets, call (615) 871 - OPRY
Country Music Hall of Fame A Journey Through Country Music” and the Hall of Fame Rotunda. The museum also has limited-time exhibits featuring influential figures in country music.
Ticket prices: Adults - $19.99 Ages 6-17 - $11.99 Ages 5 & under - Free Ages 55+, college students - $17.99 For more information, call 615-416-2001.
This is the mission of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The original building has been around since 1967. The CMHF came to include educational programs, the CMF Press and CMF Records, the Country Music Foundation Library, and the historic sites RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print. The original building was closed in 2000. On May 21, 2001, the CMF held the grand opening of the new museum which has windows that mirror the configuration of piano keys. And when viewed from above, the building is shaped like a bass clef. Inside the museum is the vast collection that illustrates country music’s story over the past two centuries. There are historic country video clips and recorded music, dynamic exhibits, a regular menu of live performances and public programs, a museum store, live satellite radio broadcasts, on-site dining and fabulous public spaces. Since 1961, there have only been 108 inductees into the Hall of Fame. Beginning with Hank Williams and most recently Barbara Mandrell. Each inductee receives a bronze plaque with a portrait and small biography. Most plaques are in the Tennessee State Museum, but some plaques are honored at the CMHF in the special Hall of Fame Rotunda, featured in the picture above. The museum features a couple of permanent, selfguided exhibits such as “Sing Me Back Home -
The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“To identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its audiences.”
Currently, the museum is showing “Kitty Wells: Queen of Country Music” and “Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy”. As an educational institution, the CMHF and Museum offers programs designed to actively engage students, teachers, families, and the general public. Programs expand on the story told in the exhibitions and include interactions with songwriters, musicians, and artists.
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The Ryman Auditorium first opened its doors in 1892 as a vision of Captain Thomas G. Ryman to be a tabernacle to serve the cityâ€™s revivals. With the coming of the Grand Ole Opry show in 1943, the Ryman found its identity as the Mother Church of Country Music. The Grand Ole Opry leaves the Ryman in 1974 for the Opry House at Opryland USA. And the Ryman was left vacant. In 1994, twenty years later, the Ryman was restored to be the national showplace that it is today. Musicians ranging from Roy Acuff to James Brown and Patsy Cline to Sheryl Crow have performed on the Ryman stage, making it a historical as well as a current-day icon for people everywhere.
Address: Ryman Auditorium 116 Fifth Avenue North Nashville, TN 37219 Box Office Phone Number: (615) 889-3060 Box Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. everyday Only some of the people that have performed at the Ryman: Dolly Parton Tori Amos Betty Grable Bob Hope Jon Bon Jovi Minnie Pearl Keith Richards James Brown Indigo Girls Eleanor Roosevelt Loretta Lynn Johnny Cash Dr. Ralph Stanley Bruce Springstein Ernest Tubb Harpo Marx Helen Keller
Nelly Furtado Booker T. Washington Vienna Boys Choir Patsy Cline Charlie Chaplin Doris Day Willie Nelson Neil Young Lenny Kravitz Tammy Wynette The Carters Tennessee Ernie Ford Death Cab for Cutie Elvis Costello Lisa Lampanelli Stonewall Jackson Ryan Adams