Country Music Hall of Fame | Lower Broadway | John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge | The Parthenon | Music Row – RCA Studio B
A short drive from Columbus, Ohio – Nashville has quickly become the go-to weekend getaway. If you’ve ever been to Nashville, you know why! If not, check it out. This post only “skims the surface” of things to do in this Honky Tonk city.
Country Music Hall of Fame
As you can probably guess, the Country Music Hall of Fame is full of Country Music history! I enjoy listening to all kinds of music (I’m not just some country guru) yet I was absolutely fascinated with this one of a kind experience. If you are able to tour on a Saturday morning, you will have the opportunity to attend a songwriter session at 11:30am, pictured left. Songwriters perfom in an intimate setting (we were front row), & invite questions from the audience. This is so cool because the writer’s friends often show up to support them. The “country music family” is pretty small, so you never know who you might get the chance to meet! Sonny Throckmorton was the center of our session. He has written songs for Merle Haggard, Tonya Tucker, Dave & Sugar, & many more! Country Music Hall of Fame members Bobby Bradock, Buddy Mise, & other friends were also in the audience – contributing to memories, & supporting Sonny.
Lower Broadway consists of 4 blocks filled to the brim with live country music venues, restarants, & businesses. Hot spots include the Nashville Arena (home to the Predators Hockey Team) and Honkey Tonk Bars like Tootsies Orchid Lounge (one of Nashville’s oldest), The Stage, & Legends.
John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
If you keep walking down Lower Broadway, you will hit Riverfront Park , which hosts an outdoor venue for summer concerts, a (rumored) unbelievable 4th of July fireworks, & a docking area along the Cumberland River. Across the River Front you can spot LP Field, home to the Tennessee Titans.
If you are interested in crossing the Cumberland River, checking out East Nashville, or really just want an awesome view of the city (like the picture I took to the left), then walking across the Pedestrian Bridge is an expereince you don’t want to miss. Take the walk during the “Golden Hour” (the timeframe shortly before sunrise or sunset) & you can count on a breathtaking experience.
The Parthenon, in Nashville Tennesee, is a full scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. UNBELIEVABLE, I KNOW – especially for you Grecian dreamers who can’t quite get there. The replica was build in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition. Today. the Parthenon functions as an art museum in the middle of Centennial Park.
Music Row – RCA Studio B
In 1955, Owen Bradley and his brother opened the first recording studio on what is now known as Nashville’s Music Row. Drive down Music Row today, and you will see dozens of little studios, many of which look just like homes. In 1957, RCA Victor became the first major record label to open a Nashville Studio, the famed “Studio B.” Lucky for us, we have a friend who works at RCA Studio B who was able to give us a tour, but tours are also available for purchase. RCA’s Chet Atkins & other producers recorded hits here such as Bobby Bare’s “Detroit City” and Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now or Never.”