First GQ called us ‘Nowville,’ then Conde Naste Traveler listed us as a ‘must-visit city.’ Soon after, The New York Times hopped on board, dubbing Nashville the nation’s newest “It City.” Not long after those articles had been published did Nashville make Huffington Post’s list of 20 cities that are ‘must-visits’ in your 20s. These days, Nashville is no stranger to receiving glowing reviews in big time publications. No longer just ‘Music City,’ in more recent times, people are beginning to understand something we have long know about this place we call home: that it is overall just a really cool, unique and awesome place to be.
Join us in our Nashville: The ‘It’ City blog series as we give our top 10 reasons that Nashville is indeed the ‘it’ city that many have dubbed it. This week is week one of our new series! Read on for the first of our 10 reasons that we love Nashville.
How do we love Nashville? Let us count the ways…
Reason #4: Music Mecca!
Nashville, also commonly known as Music City, USA, has delighted us with all genres of music for years. While having historic music venues, being home to plenty of artists, and entertaining the community with more shows than we can count, it’s no surprise that music plays a huge part of the city’s success.
The Grammy Awards, music’s most televised night, was a great night for Nashville artists! Taylor Swift performed her song, All Too Well, and even busted a few moves during Imagine Dragons and Kendrick Lamar’s performance. Kacey Musgraves took home two Grammy awards for best country album, Same Trailer Different Park, and best country song, Merry Go ‘Round. Darius Rucker also took home a Grammy for best country solo performance, Wagon Wheel, and The Civil Wars took home a Grammy for best country duo/group performance, From This Valley. Stars such as Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride, and Zac Brown presented awards.
Nashville is home to many music venues including The Grand Ole Opry House, Exit/In, Cannery Ballroom, and more. One place seems to stand apart from the others though and that is the historic Ryman Auditorium. The auditorium first opened as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892. It was built for $100,000 by Thomas Ryman, a riverboat captain and Nashville businessman who owned several saloons. After Ryman’s death, the Tabernacle was renamed Ryman Auditorium in his honor. Rolling Stone ranked it the #4 Best Music Venue in America: Readers’ Choice. It has welcomed just about every country star you can think of over the years, from Hank Williams and Johnny Cash to Taylor Swift. Chicago promoter Andy Cirzan calls it the legendary mother church.
All genres of musical artists have toured and performed in Nashville. Coming up in the next few months of 2014 Brad Paisley, Imagine Dragons, Billy Joel, George Strait, Cher, Demi Lovato, and Miley Cyrus are all set to perform at Bridgestone Arena. This all-purpose venue features some of the hottest shows in town and is ranked #6 in the country among major event venues.
With a name like Music City, USA, it is no surprise that this town is full of music and shows. We just can’t get enough of Nashville and all the music that it brings to our ears.
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