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Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation

Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation

Tennessee Department of Tourist Development

Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

$37 million facility with 40,000 square feet devoted to a story that begins with humble folk roots and evolves to celebrities in lacy dresses and sparkly suits. Here are changing exhibits, vintage posters and photos, walls of gold records, costumes grand and gaudy. Among artifacts of note: Elvis Presley’s highly customized gold Cadillac, circa 1960. Departing daily from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (tour tickets, including round-trip transportation, are sold in conjunction with museum admission) are jaunts to RCA Studio B on Music Row. One of Nashville’s oldest recording studios, it’s the birthplace of hits from Roy Orbison’s “Only the Lonely,” to Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” Some 250 of these winners (clue: one of them is titled “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”) belong to Elvis. Also elevated to museum status are the hallowed halls of the Ryman Auditorium, the “Mother Church of Country Music,” a National Historic Landmark. Porter Wagoner, Minnie Pearl, Roy Acuff, Little Jimmy Dickens, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, and many a fellow artist sang, strummed, picked, and fiddled from the old oak floors of this iconic stage.

Southern Seasons Magazine Spring 2013- Cover 3  
Southern Seasons Magazine Spring 2013- Cover 3  

Third cover of Spring 2013 issue for better newsstand coverage on sale May 2013.