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Track 29, Chattanooga Tennessee is more than a magnet for music; it’s all about the pilgrimage people make to follow the refrains to their purest source. It’s a melting pot of genres that flow in perfect harmony to sing a song that resonates with every soul. Singers and songwriters tell the stories of life that are recorded in the studios and played on stages in popular music venues, honky tonks and houses of worship. COUNTRY The Soundtrack of America can be traced back to the 1927 Bristol Sessions, when future legends recorded songs later dubbed the “big bang” of country music. Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited was released in 2015. Visit The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol and hear those early recordings. The story picks up at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the heart of Nashville. Ever-changing exhibits showcase archived memorabilia and stories of up-and-coming stars. Step back in time in RCA Studio B and feel the presence of greatness, where Elvis, Roy Orbison, Fats Domino and Dolly Parton, among many others, recorded their hits. The iconic legends of Johnny Cash and George Jones shine in their own museums, where their songs mingle with the evolution of their place in music history. And a new addition to the Johnny Cash Museum will honor the life and legacy of Patsy Cline. Big names in newer country perform on stages at Brimstone Recreation in Scott County, accessed only by off-road vehicle in this “Adventure Tourism Capital of Tennessee.” Visit the hallowed halls of Ryman Auditorium, the “Mother Church of Country Music,” as she celebrates 125 years of history. Top names vie to perform there, while in its newer location, the Grand Ole Opry broadcasts live its regular lineup of country celebrities. Experience the creative energy of singer/songwriter sessions “in the round” at The Bluebird Cafe during its 35th anniversary. Fans flock to Music City annually for the CMA Awards to honor outstanding achievement in the industry: a tradition marking 45 years. ROCKABILLY Popularized by the Million Dollar Quartet of Johnny Cash, Elvis, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis, rockabilly grew out of country and R&B and comes alive at the International Rock-a-Billy Hall of Fame in Jackson. Johnny Cash Museum, Nashville BLUES Beale Street in Memphis is synonymous with blues, where live music streams from every blues club and restaurant. Listen to live bands nightly at Lafayette’s Music Room, the venue that helped launch the careers of stars like Billy Joel and Leon Russell, which reopened in the revitalized Overton Square. Visit the Blues Hall of Fame music museum for a timeless record of the blues. In Brownsville see the influences that music, cotton and the river had on Delta life at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center. Peek inside the one-room restored Flagg Grove School attended by Tina Turner and now a museum honoring the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Step into the tiny cabin once home to blues guitarist “Sleepy” John Estes. Alabama Shakes at Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville ROCK ‘N’ ROLL In Memphis, pay homage to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll at Graceland and other greats at the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. At the new Songbirds Guitar Museum in Chattanooga, learn about the origins of rock ‘n’ roll as you browse hundreds of rare, historic guitars from different time periods. In Nashville, experience top acts at Ascend Amphitheater. SOUTHERN GOSPEL Two of Elvis’ three Grammy Awards were for Southern Gospel. See what it takes to make a record when you visit the Grammy Museum Gallery at Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Southern Gospel was the music that helped shape Dolly Parton. Learn about the origins of gospel at the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. Songbirds Guitar Museum rendering, Chattanooga SOUL Stax Records once meant soul music, and it launched the careers of legends like Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and Booker T. Jones. You may hear their distant music when you visit Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis. BLUEGRASS Experience your favorite artists in a subterranean amphitheater 333 feet below ground. Bluegrass Underground is one of the world’s greatest performance venues, where bluegrass is recorded live in the McMinnville’s Cumberland Caverns. Visit the historic river town of Granville for their weekly Sutton Ole Time Music Hour of bluegrass music, performed live and recorded every Saturday night in the T.B. Sutton General Store. Press Play Whether you need a road trip playlist or a little inspiration as you’re packing your bags to Tennessee, try this: pandora.com/madeintennessee.
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