Guest Post by Russell Hill:
Country music is very popular around the world. Ever since the 1920s, this style of music has produced many superstars who are loved not just in America, but in other countries. Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Jimmy Buffett, Lady Antebellum and Johnny Cash are all highly revered names. It is widely regarded that the best place to go and see live country music is in Nashville, Tennessee. When you have got your ten-gallon hat and checkered shirt, you may not know what the best venues are in Nashville in order to see the latest in line dancing, country rock or bluegrass. So, here are a few ideas which will help you to dance the night away.
Located behind the infamous Ryman Auditorium (more on that venue later), Tootsies Orchid Lounge has been open for over fifty years. Adorning the walls and ceilings are many signed photos of performers who have played at Tootsies. The likes of Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and Kris Kristofferson have all performed there, and many films which are about country music have been shot at Tootsies. With live music happening frequently throughout the week, you can also enjoy a pitcher of beer while seeing the best music acts which Music City has to offer.
As already mentioned, the Ryman Auditorium is situated in front of Tootsies Orchid Lounge. From 1943 to 1974, it was home to the Grand Ole Opry, which is otherwise known as the world’s longest running radio show. It was also the host venue of the annual Country Music Awards until recently, but now the Americana Awards are held there instead. Throughout the week, various gigs take place which showcase leading country music acts, such as Ricky Skaggs and Rhonda Vincent.
Unlike the previous two venues, the Bluebird Café is not situated in downtown Nashville but in its outer suburbs. With just a one hundred seat capacity, the Bluebird Café regularly hosts country bands and artists who want to get their music heard. Throughout the week, auditions are held and the acts that are selected will more than likely perform in front of a paying audience. While the band or artists play music, you can be sitting by the bar drinking a foamy beverage or a shot of whisky; cowboy style, of course!
With much to see and do in Nashville, this historic city continues to attract music fans that are from various countries who want to experience not only their favourite bands and artists, but unsigned acts too.
Russell Hill is a travel writer for Executive Apartments, a company that offers fully furnished corporate apartment rentals in the Washington, D.C. area.
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