Feel the rhythm as you walk in the footsteps of Elvis, Bob Dylan, and Johnny Cash. This is ground zero for America’s music scene and home to legendary studios.
When Nashville was declared “Music City, USA” in the 1950s it sparked a boom in an industry that already had a legendary reputation here. Find that legend alive and singing on Music Row, the heart of the entertainment industry in this rhinestone-studded southern city. Discover your inner country-music fan as you amble along the street past studios that have recorded some of the greatest songs of all time, browse galleries bursting with pieces by inspired artists, and spend evenings in raucous honky-tonks.
Music Row is more of an experience than it is an attraction. In fact, few of the headquarters or studios offer guided tours or are even open to the public, but that doesn’t detract from the appeal. The historic RCA Studio B is one of the exceptions. Expect chills of excitement as you step foot inside the building where over 1,000 American Top 10 hits and almost 200 Elvis Presley tunes were recorded. Inspiration and creativity seem to float in the air here.
Wander past Southern Ground Nashville studio, where the Foo Fighters recorded Congregation, or the famed Quonset Hut which was the first recording studio on Music Row. Stop and imagine Patsy Cline crooning Crazy, Bobby Vinton recording Blue Velvet, or iconic artists such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and Simon and Garfunkel putting the final touches to their masterpieces.
Nashville owes its proud moniker of Country Music Capital of the World to Music Row. Imagine the scores of country singers who have come here, guitar in hand, in search of fame. Discover those very artists, young and old, as you unwind in the honky-tonks and tap your toes to classic country pop tunes in live music venues. One of the best is Bobby’s Idle Hour, a neighborhood watering hole where you can grab a guitar and give your own rendition of bluegrass country music.