The Music City Nashville in Tennessee

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Ernest Tubb Record Shop © flickr.com - Brent Moore/cc-by-2.0

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Nashville is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Tennessee. The city is the county seat of Davidson County and is located on the Cumberland River. It is the 23rd most-populous city in the United States. Named for Francis Nash, a general of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, the city was founded in 1779. The city grew quickly due to its strategic location as a port on the Cumberland River and, in the 19th century, a railroad center. Nashville seceded with Tennessee during the American Civil War; in 1862 it was the first state capital in the Confederacy to fall to Union troops. After the war, the city reclaimed its position and developed a manufacturing base. A major center for the music industry, especially country music, Nashville is commonly known as “Music City”. It is also home to numerous colleges and universities, and is sometimes referred to as “Athens of the South” due to the large number of educational institutions. Nashville is also a major center for the healthcare, publishing, private prison, banking, automotive, and transportation industries.

Nashville’s downtown area features a diverse assortment of entertainment, dining, cultural and architectural attractions. The Broadway and 2nd Avenue areas feature entertainment venues, night clubs and an assortment of restaurants. North of Broadway lie Nashville’s central business district, Legislative Plaza, Capitol Hill and the Tennessee Bicentennial Mall. Cultural and architectural attractions can be found throughout the city. Three major interstate highways (I-40, I-65 and I-24) converge near the core area of downtown, and many regional cities are within a day’s driving distance. Nashville’s first skyscraper, the Life & Casualty Tower, was completed in 1957 and launched the construction of other high rises in downtown Nashville. After the construction of the AT&T Building (commonly referred to by locals as the “Batman Building”) in 1994, the downtown area saw little construction until the mid-2000s. The Pinnacle, a high rise office building, opened in 2010, the first Nashville skyscraper completed in more than 15 years. Ten more skyscrapers have since been constructed or are under construction. Many civic and infrastructure projects are being planned, in progress, or recently completed. A new MTA bus hub was recently completed in downtown Nashville, as was the Music City Star pilot project. Several public parks have been constructed, such as the Public Square. Riverfront Park is scheduled to be extensively updated. The Music City Center opened in May 2013. It is a 1,200,000 square foot (110,000 m²) convention center with 370,000 square feet (34,000 m²) of exhibit space.

The Hermitage, Andrew Jackson's Home © flickr.com - Jim Bowen/cc-by-2.0 The Parthenon in Centennial Park is a full-scale reconstruction of the original Greek Parthenon © Ryan Kaldari Union Station © The Peep Holes The Broadway © Deirdre/cc-by-sa-3.0 Tennessee State Capitol © Ichabod/cc-by-sa-3.0 Ernest Tubb Record Shop © flickr.com - Brent Moore/cc-by-2.0 © Jacknstock/cc-by-sa-4.0 © Ryan Kaldari
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The Parthenon in Centennial Park is a full-scale reconstruction of the original Greek Parthenon © Ryan Kaldari
Much of the city’s cultural life has revolved around its large university community. Particularly significant in this respect were two groups of critics and writers who were associated with Vanderbilt University in the early 20th century: the Fugitives and the Agrarians. Popular destinations include Fort Nashborough and Fort Negley, the former being a reconstruction of the original settlement, the latter being a semi-restored Civil War battle fort; the Tennessee State Museum; and The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. The Tennessee State Capitol is one of the oldest working state capitol buildings in the nation. The Hermitage, the former home of President Andrew Jackson, is one of the largest presidential homes open to the public, and is also one of the most visited. Some of the more popular types of local cuisine include hot chicken, hot fish, barbecue, and meat and three.

Perhaps the biggest factor in drawing visitors to Nashville is its association with country music, in which the Nashville sound played a role. Many visitors to Nashville attend live performances of the Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest-running live radio show. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is another major attraction relating to the popularity of country music. The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, the Opry Mills regional shopping mall and the General Jackson showboat, are all located in what is known as Music Valley. Civil War history is important to the city’s tourism industry. Sites pertaining to the Battle of Nashville and the nearby Battle of Franklin and Battle of Stones River can be seen, along with several well-preserved antebellum plantation houses such as Belle Meade Plantation, Carnton plantation in Franklin, and Belmont Mansion. Nashville has many arts centers and museums, including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, the Tennessee State Museum, the Johnny Cash Museum, Fisk University’s Van Vechten and Aaron Douglas Galleries, Vanderbilt University’s Fine Art Gallery and Sarratt Gallery, the National Museum of African American Music, and the full-scale replica of the Parthenon. Nashville has become an increasingly popular destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties. In 2017 Nashville Scene counted 33 bachelorette parties on Lower Broadway (“from Fifth Avenue down to the Cumberland River, it’s their town”) in less than two hours on a Friday night, and stated that the actual number was likely higher. Downtown, the newspaper wrote, “offers five blocks of bars with live music and no cover”. In 2018, The New York Times called Nashville “the hottest destination for bachelorette parties in the country” because of the honky-tonk bars’ live music. City boosters welcome the bachelorette parties because temporary visitors may become permanent; BuzzFeed wrote, “These women are at precisely the point in their lives when a move to Nashville is possible”. The CMT reality television series Bachelorette Weekend follows the employees at Bach Weekend, a Nashville company that designs and throws bachelor and bachelorette parties.

Read more on Nashville, VisitMusicCity.com, VisitTheUSA.com – Nashville, Wikitravel Nashville, Wikivoyage Nashville and Wikipedia Nashville (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.








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