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Grande Ole Opry
2804 Opryland Dr., Cabin Hill
Each week the Grand Ole Opry takes place as a showcase of the best country, bluegrass, and folk bands in the country. The night GP caught it on a visit back to the Ryman, she saw the amazing Emmylou Harris, Carrie Underwood, and Vince Gill, just to give you an idea of the kind of all-star casts the Opry always hosts. The entire show is broadcast live every Saturday on WSM-AM at 7pm and is the longest running radio show in history. People say the Opry is touristy, and this is true, but it is at the same time absolutely authentic and the quality of the concerts is truly remarkable.
Ryman Auditorium
116 Fifth Ave., Downtown
The Ryman was founded as a church in 1892, which explains the stained glass windows and church pew seating. In the mid-20th century it came to house the legendary Johnny Cash television show and the weekly Grand Ole Opry concert and radio show, which was broadcast on WSM-AM. The Opry and the radio show have since moved house, but the Ryman remains a must-experience concert venue for its spectacular acoustics. Definitely try to get tickets to a show there and skip the daytime museum tour: You can kill two birds with one stone and check out the display cases while you’re at the concert.
Station Inn
402 12th Ave. S., The Gulch
Located in the up-and-coming Gulch neighborhood, the Station Inn is a vestige of another time. Don’t be fooled by the bare-bones exterior, this is the best venue for bluegrass. Period. They don’t take reservations and it’s first come, first serve and doors open at 7pm so be sure to line up early. When it fills up, they stick a paper plate on the door that says “Sold Out.” One of the nights GP went, she saw Jim Lauderdale, one of the best and most well-respected local singer/songwriters, and his band play some rockin’ bluegrass (she was in the company of a bunch of musicians that night and they were truly blown away by the music). The Time Jumpers, who play there on most Monday nights, are also worth catching if you get a chance.
The Loveless Cafe & Barn
8400 Highway 100, Pasquo
Another institution, the Loveless has been around since the 1950’s when it began as a motel. Refurbished and expanded in 2004, it is now a restaurant and another WSM-AM radioshow venue. On Wednesday nights, the Loveless Barn lights up with a concert of country and bluegrass big-names, “Music City Roots: Live From The Loveless Cafe.” GP went there and had dinner—their food is delicious, a traditional Southern heart attack—and stayed for the show.
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