If you want to dive into music history in the USA, there’s one city that always tops the list. Nashville is not just the home of country music, but a melting pot of sounds and influences, with a fascinating story to tell.
You can immerse yourself in the roots of spirituals, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B and hip hop at the National Museum of African American Music, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Hailed as ‘the only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the many music genres created, influenced, and inspired by African Americans’, this is a treat for the senses and an important walk through the musical history of the United States.
Then a walk past the honky tonks on Broadway won’t fail to get you dancing and joining in with the locals. These bars gained widespread appeal in the 1950s, and because their pianos were often beat-up and out of tune, it was all about rhythm – harmony and melody weren’t as important to the overall sound. Don’t expect to hear just country music. Classic rock is also very popular down there along with some excellent blues and occasional jazz.
With so many music venues to choose from in Nashville, The Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Studio B where Dolly Parton, Elvis, The Everly Brothers recorded, you’ll be spoiled for choice.