ashville, Tennessee was cultivated on the foundation of music and the city’s connection to the iconic industry is unparalleled. Appropriately nicknamed “Music City”, the soul of this vibrant metropolis is deeply rooted in music culture. Explore where music has been written, recorded and performed every day for decades in our Nashville Music Scene Guide. Whether you’re passing through or staying awhile, experiencing Nashville’s music scene is definitely a bucket-list item to check off.

Hit a Tour or Two 

Walk down the roads that brought us to modern Nashville by scheduling a tour or two. Study the rich history of country music legends at the Country Music Hall of Fame or get to know the “Man in Black” at the Johnny Cash Museum. Visit the iconic Grand Ole Opry, which helped pave the road to the rise of country music. Even if you don’t attend a concert, the behind-the-scenes tour provides the opportunity to walk in the steps of country music legends and superstars.

Located a few short blocks from Loews Vanderbilt, Music Row is the heart of the city’s entertainment industry. Explore record label offices, radio stations and recording studios such as the Historic RCA Studio B, where legends like Elvis Presley and Dolly Parton recorded their hits.

Travel the Honky Tonk Highway 

Good news for those traveling on a budget. A walk down Lower Broadway’s popular strip doesn’t cost a thing! Here you will find live music pumped into the streets on any given day. Feeling picky? That’s okay. With no entry fees, you’re free to shop venues until you find the music that speaks to you. Enjoy views from the famous Tootsies Orchid Lounge, try a fried-bologna sandwich at Roberts Western World or escape to the trailer-parked themed Paradise Park. There is truly something for everyone.

Nashville is recognized annually as a top destination for bachelor and bachelorettes parties. With weekends being a popular time to visit, be sure to plan according to your party levels.

Explore Live Music Venues 

As a result of over 150 music venues, the lives of locals and visitors are inspired by music twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. This can be an intimidating number of venues for those seeking entertainment away from Lower Broadway. The Ryman Auditorium, known as the “Mother Church of Country Music” is a must for any music lover. Experts have praised the acoustics found in this venue, naming it among the best in the world. For those looking for a casual and intimate environment, the Bluebird Café, made popular by ABC’s Nashville is a popular listening room to discover new artists.

While country music may be the predominant genre in the city, artists from all backgrounds perform and have emerged from Nashville. If you’re a bluegrass lover like myself, be sure to add Station Inn to your list, but get there early! Tickets are distributed on a first-come-first serve basis and sell out quickly. Additional venues, such as Exit/Inn, Mercy Lounge and countless others are great places to discover new music.


Any time is a good time to Visit Music City. Come immerse yourself in the culture, be serenaded by the legendary sounds of Music City and leave entertained and with everlasting memories.

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