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Tennessee Music & Venues

Sounds of Nashville, Memphis & Bristol

Discover the influence Tennessee has over country, folk, and rock music. Explore famed cities like Nashville and Memphis, or stroll the streets of Bristol – home of the famed Bristol sessions.

Hit the blues clubs of Beale Street in downtown Memphis near the Mississippi River, or walk the halls of Elvis Presley’s Graceland.

Catch the legendary Grand Ole Opry in Nashville at Ryman Auditorium, or visit the Johnny Cash Museum and Music Row.

No matter where you go in these Tennessee towns, you’ll be walking in the footsteps of legends such as B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, and Johnny Cash – the Tennessee stud.

Visit Tennessee, and see for yourself why Nashville is called Music City, Memphis hails as the birthplace of the blues, and Bristol is known as the birthplace of country music.

Sun Studio

Make your way to a piece of American music history on your next visit to Memphis. A icon of western Tennessee lore, Sun Studio is the famous recording studio owned and operated by pioneer Sam Philips.

Opened in 1950 under the name Memphis Recording Studio, Sun Studio's name grew from the combining of Sun Records.

In 2003, Sun Studio was added to both the National Register of Historic Places and the list of National Historic Landmarks.

Sun Studio famously hosted the recording of top artists like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash. When you visit Sun Studio in Memphis, enjoy any of the daily guided tours – they start at 10:30 and depart at the bottom half of each hour until 5:30.

The Grand Ole Opry

The number-one attraction in Music City, the Grand Ole Opry is set in Nashville, and honors country music's history.

"Country's most famous stage" is now a live-entertainment sensation with beginnings in 1925, from humble roots as a radio broadcast. Each week, Ryman is packed with fans enjoying the live show – in addition to the millions of people watching on TV and listening to the radio.

Western legends, as well as new country stars, step on the stage to perform a variety of country, gospel, bluegrass, and comedy. The Opry celebrates it all. While in Nashville, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the Opry House. Don't forgot your camera for a memorable photograph on stage.