About Nashville

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Music is the universal language and everyone is welcome in Nashville. Nashville is also the “Home of Country Music”! Nashville is the capital and largest metropolitan area in the great state of Tennessee. The Nashville metropolitan area is currently home to more than 2 million people.

The leaves begin to change color in Nashville in late September and by mid-October, the fall colors are vibrant. Mid-October is a fantastic time for autumn adventures as Nashville’s stunning scenery is too beautiful to miss. The historical average high temperature in Nashville on October 17th is 71 degrees, and the historical average low temperature on the same date is 48 degrees. 

As the "home of country music", Nashville has become a major music recording and production center. The Big Three record labels, as well as numerous independent labels, have offices in Nashville, mostly in the Music Row area. Nashville has been the headquarters of guitar company Gibson since 1984. Since the 1960s, Nashville has been the second-largest music production center (after New York) in the United States. As of 2006, Nashville's music industry is estimated to have a total economic impact of $6.4 billion per year and to contribute 19,000 jobs to the Nashville area.

In recent times Nashville has been described as a "southern boomtown", with it having the third fastest growing economy in the United States. It has been stated by the US Census bureau that Nashville "adds an average of 100 people a day to its net population increase". Some of the more popular types of local cuisine in Nashville include hot chicken, hot fish, barbecue, and meat and three.

Nashville has a vibrant music and entertainment scene spanning a variety of genres. As the city's name itself is a metonym for the country music industry, many popular tourist attractions involve country music, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Belcourt Theatre, and Ryman Auditorium. 

Many music clubs and honky-tonk bars are in downtown Nashville, particularly the area encompassing Lower Broadway, Second Avenue, and Printer's Alley, which is often referred to as "the District".

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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.

From its very beginnings, Nashville grew from a foundation built on music. Music has been the common thread connecting the life and soul of the city and its people. And visitors have ventured here to experience the music that weaves such a fundamental pattern in its cultural, business and social fabric.

The most famous music venue in Nashville, the Ryman Auditorium, was built in 1892 when riverboat captain Tom Ryman completed what was originally named the ”Union Gospel Tabernacle”. When it opened it was the largest auditorium south of the Ohio River. It is nicknamed the “Carnegie Hall of the South” and attracts musicians and fans from all over the world. The Ryman has received Pollstar magazine’s prestigious “Theater of the Year” award seven times in the past ten years as the best auditorium in the nation to experience live music.

Nashville has also long been known as the “Songwriting Capital of the World.” Songwriters from all over the globe come to Music City to learn the art and share their passion of songwriting. The famous Bluebird Cafe showcases songwriters performing their original music in an intimate “in the round” setting that was created in Nashville and allows them to share the stories of inspiration behind their songs.

Nashville has also become a hub for pop, rock, bluegrass, Americana, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, blues, and soul music. Rolling Stone recently gave Nashville the title of “Best Music Scene.”

Live music can be seen and heard every day and night of the week in Nashville. The world-famous honky tonks, located on Broadway, offer live music 365 days a year. And with more than 180 music venues around town ranging from large arenas and concert halls to small clubs and featuring nearly every genre of music, it’s easy to see why this is the city that “music calls home.”

Nashville’s connection to music is unequaled, and its reputation as Music City has been consistently proven for over 200 years. Welcome to the city where music is written, recorded and performed every single day. Welcome to Music City!

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