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5 Country Music Things To Do In Nashville Besides Honky Tonks

There are so many fun honky tonks in Music City – but Nashville also offers so much more than Broadway bars.  If you’re a country music fan, we’ve rounded up five great music-related things to do in the 615.  Whether you’re an out of town guest or a local, you’re sure to enjoy these activities which let you explore the city in new ways!

Arrington Vineyards

Arrington Vineyards is a must-do Nashville winery because it’s owned by none other than Kix Brooks, of Brooks & Dunn. The winery is open all year round and features wine all made right here in Tennessee. From their picnic style wine tastings to live music, Arrington is a nice change of pace from Broadway.

The Escape Game

The Escape Game is perfect for any family or friend groups in Music City who need a little reboot after a long night out. They have a fun “Nashville” themed room where you and your teammates are solving clues, working against the clock as you pretend you are an up-and-coming band – you must find a hidden contract in the “recording studio” in hopes of making it big. It’s a #1 rated activity on TripAdvisor, and with their convenient location downtown, it’s a great place to experience country music in a new way.

Country Music Hall Of Fame

It’s no secret that Music City is filled with tons of history, but it can be hard to keep up with all of it. All you need for a little refresher is a visit to the Country Music Hall Of Fame. From rotating exhibits like Loretta Lynn’s Blue Kentucky Girl and ones that you can see year round like the Taylor Swift Education Center, the museum offers something for every country fan.

Grand Ole Opry

This is something every Music City tourist needs to see! A tour of this historical spot will give fans chills as they stand on a circle where thousands of musical legends have sang before them. Along with a tour, you can also buy tickets to check out a performance from various country music acts in town. There is truly nothing like the Opry!

Grimey’s Record Store

Grimey’s is a must stop for any one passing through or moving to Nashville. This independent record store has everything from CDs to LPs to DVDs. They also have in-store performances from pretty awesome artists, like Kacey Musgraves and Jason Isbell. You won’t want to miss out on the chance to take home a great record, and possibly meet your favorite artist.

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Congratulations To Chris Young For Being Invited To Join The Grand Ole Opry

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Grammy nominated vocalist Chris Young was surprised during his Grand Ole Opry performance this evening by Country Music Hall of Fame and Opry member Vince Gill with an invitation to become an official Opry member. The invite came just prior to Young’s performance of their chart-topping duet “Sober Saturday Night.” Growing up in nearby Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Young dreamt of one day taking the stage at the Opry, making his debut on June 15, 2006. Another dream came true for the 32-year-old singer with tonight’s Opry invitation. Young’s formal induction will take place Tuesday, October 17, just days before the release of his 7th album, Losing Sleep.

 

Joining Young on stage, Gill laughed that he’d never been paid for his work on the “Sober Saturday Night” session. “I’ll make you a deal,” Gill said. “I’ll forgive the session fees if you’ll be the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.”

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Accepting the invitation to a standing ovation, Young answered Gill, saying, “You’re getting triple scale at this point!” Noting his surprise, he added, “Dang, you got me good! I love you guys. I love everybody here. I love this place.”

 

“As a friend and someone that’s been out here for 30 years, you will not believe the friendships, the relationships, and the heart that you will gain from being out here for the rest of your life,” Gill added. “It’s going to be really powerful to you, so congratulations.”

 

“Since making his Opry debut more than a decade ago, Chris Young has won legions of fans around the world and has earned the honest respect of his industry peers,” said Opry General Manager Sally Williams. “Both are evident every time Chris plays the Opry, as our audiences light up and his fellow artists watch from the wings. Chris has an incredible passion and love for the Opry; he lauds its past and is excited about its future. He continues to make significant contributions to country music and to his community, and we could not be more excited to officially welcome Chris to his musical home with his Opry induction in October.”

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Earlier in the evening, BMI songwriters Young, Gill, Brad and Brett Warren, were surrounded by music industry friends and supporters inside Studio A at the Grand Ole Opry House to celebrate the chart-topping success of “Sober Saturday Night” from Young’s ACM Album of the Year nominated 5th record, I’m Comin’ Over. Written by Young with The Warren Brothers, “Sober Saturday Night” marks the ninth #1 for Young as an artist. RCA Records Nashville also presented Young with an award for R.I.A.A. Platinum certification of his acclaimed album Neon and plaques for R.I.A.A. certified singles “Think Of You” (Platinum) and “Sober Saturday Night” (Gold), bringing his total tally to 16 Gold and Platinum certifications.

 

About Chris Young: After earning multiple ACM, BBMA, CMA, CMT, Grammy and RDMA nominations and scoring three consecutive chart-topping singles – including his ninth No. 1 “Sober Saturday Night” with Vince Gill – from his “excellent” (New York Times) album I’m Comin’ Over, Chris Young continues to set the bar even higher with the release of his brand new single, “Losing Sleep,” which amassed more than 1.25 Million on-demand streams in its first week of release. With six albums to his credit, including 2016’s It Must Be Christmas and 2015’s Gold-certified studio album, I’m Comin’ Over, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, Chris continues to reach new heights with his hotly anticipated seventh album — Losing Sleep — due October 20, 2017. Named “one of his era’s finest traditionalists” by the Associated Press, the upcoming record will be the RCA Records artist’s third project in less than two years. An international ambassador for country music, Chris performs to packed houses around the world including his recent appearance at the sold-out C2C Festival in the UK. With a hit-packed set that highlights his nine chart-toppers — including “Gettin’ You Home,” “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” “I’m Comin’ Over” and “Think Of You,” — and sixteen Gold/Platinum certified projects, Chris has joined reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean as special guest on his They Don’t Know Tour through October before resuming his own headlining dates later this year. For a full list of tour dates and more information, visit chrisyoungcountry.com.

 

About The Grand Ole Opry:

The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®.  Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday night shows through December 12 and Wednesday shows returning for a fall run September 13. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit opry.com. The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP).  For more information, visit opry.com.

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A Closer Look @ Smithfield | Backstage At The Opry

We go backstage at the Grand Ole Opry with emerging country duo Smithfield as they make their Opry debut.  Get to know them a little better, find out how it feels for them to be making their debut on the Opry stage, and who they would most like to meet of the Opry members.

Watch the interview and some behind-the-scenes footage from backstage of the Opry below:

Watch Smithfield as they perform their single “Hey Whiskey” on the Opry stage.

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STARS SHINE FOR THE HOLIDAYS ON “CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS”

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Some of the biggest stars in music have come together to celebrate the holidays on “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special hosted for the sixth year by Jennifer Nettles airing Thursday, Dec. 3 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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“NASHVILLE: ON THE RECORD” To Play The Grand Ole Opry House Jan. 31

imageCast members of ABC’s acclaimed primetime series “Nashville” will take the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House for “NASHVILLE: OIN THE RECORD” featuring performances from the hit show Sat., Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. The live concert event will air as an ABC Television Network special later this spring. “NASHVILLE: ON THE RECORD” is set to feature cast members providing an intimate look at their individual songwriting process, talking candidly about the stories behind the songs of the series and their individual pursuits as musical artists. Among the cast members scheduled to perform are Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Will Chase, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio, Maisy Stella, Lennon Stella and Aubrey Peeples. Also appearing on the show will be country music superstar Reba, who will perform her first single on Nash Icon Records, “Going Out Like That.” The song took the #1 spot on iTunes Country Top Songs in the US and Canada upon release.

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MULTI PLATINUM-SELLING ARTIST SARA EVANS TO APPEAR ON THE HIT ABC SHOW NASHVILLE OCTOBER 29TH

imageThe night before the show airs Evans, who is currently on tour in support of her critically acclaimed seventh studio album Slow Me Down, will be a part of the sixth annual “Opry Goes Pink” as The Grand Ole Opry joins Women Rock For The Cure™ in the fight against breast cancer October 28th where she will do a special performance of her single. Continue Reading →

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Joel Crouse Celebrates Album Release With Live Performance At The Grand Ole Opry

©2014 Grand Ole Opry Photo By: Chris Hollo

©2014 Grand Ole Opry
Photo By: Chris Hollo

Joel Crouse celebrated the release of his new album EVEN THE RIVER RUNS with a live performance at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday night (8/19). The project, which highlights Crouse’s talent for songwriting, made its debut in the Top 10 on iTunes Top Albums Chart. Continue Reading →

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Lucy Hale World Premieres “Lie A Little Better” Video On CMT / MTV

Lucy HaleFollowing her life-long dream to perform on the Grand Ole Opry, rising country star and actress, Lucy Hale, opted to shoot the video for her new single, the infectious “Lie A Little Better” at the historic Opry House.  Hale, working again with director Philip Andelman (“You Sound Good To Me,”) chose to forego a concept video and instead Hale and band spent the day performing on the legendary Opry stage, soaking in the rich legacy of the famed music venue.  The video, which world-premiered today on CMT and MTV, can be seen HERE. Continue Reading →

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Lee Brice, Randy Houser And Jerrod Niemann Live Out LifeLong Dream At The Grand Ole Opry

Pictured (L-R): Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry General Manager, Randy Houser, Lee Brice and Jerrod Niemann  Photo Credit: Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry 2014

Pictured (L-R): Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry General Manager, Randy Houser, Lee Brice and Jerrod Niemann
Photo Credit: Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry 2014

Lee Brice, Randy Houser and Jerrod Niemann took a break from their busy touring schedules last night to fulfill one of their lifelong dreams — to perform together on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry. Continue Reading →

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Lucy Hale Invites Fans To Relive Her Grand Ole Opry Debut In Exclusive “Night At The Opry” Video

Lucy Hale FOCUS on the 615With her brand new single, “Lie A Little Better,” impacting country radio today, rising country music star and Pretty Little Liars actress LUCY HALE invites viewers to join her backstage at the Grand Ole Opry during her debut performance last month. More than 1,000 fans tweeted in less than 24 hours to unlock the “Night At The Opry” video, showing Lucy living her lifelong dream as she takes her first steps on the historic stage to perform songs from her recently released album, Road Between.   The Memphis born-and-raised singer will take to the stage again this Wednesday, July 23rd at 8pm eastern/7pm central as she performs “Lie A Little Better” on FOX TV’s So You Think You Can Dance. Continue Reading →

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