Fleck and the Flecktones, Joan Osborne,
Birthplace of Country Music
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder,
Nickel Creek and many more. The Blue
Plate Special show is an excellent way to
find new faves and meet classic artists.
In 1927, an enterprising record executive
set up shop in Bristol and recorded regional
musicians with a distinctive Appalachian
sound. Those were the first country music records,
and those legendary Bristol Sessions are remembered at the Birth-
place of Country Music Museum.
Recorded in those sessions were future stars like The Carter Family
and Jimmie Rodgers, and the sessions themselves were noted as one
of the top 50 most important recorded moments in music. High-tech,
interactive exhibits and memorabilia recall the artists and technology
of the Bristol Sessions.
There is also a functioning vintage radio station in the museum that
broadcasts American roots music, along with regularly scheduled
Radio Bristol interviews and performances in front of a live audience.
Dollywood, Pigeon Forge
In 1986, Dolly Parton came home to eastern Tennessee to build Dollywood, a theme park filled with shops, rides and, of course, music.
While country music is well-represented, the folks behind Dollywood
have brought in genres and artists from around the world, including
traditional gypsy music, Southern gospel, bluegrass, music from the
Andes, Argentina, Africa, France and even a ukulele orchestra from the
Groups can sample from this musical world platter, or stick to the
types of melodies that made Parton famous. The park also has a rich
holiday schedule filled with Christmas music. No matter how large the
group, Dollywood can accommodate it.
“There are theaters with up to 1,400 seats and an equestrian dinner
theater, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, that seats 1, 100,” says Leon
Downey, executive director of the Pigeon Forge Department of
Tourism. “Dollywood, of course, is great for group entertainment.
Planners can arrange private meal functions and then turn attendees
loose in the park to choose shows of their liking—or jump onto a
roller coaster or water ride.”
Mountain Opry, Signal Mountain
A show at the Mountain Opry is bluegrass, country and gospel at its
acoustic roots: live, simple, not a sequin or smoke machine in sight. At
Signal Mountain near Chattanooga, the Mountain Opry plays only on
Friday nights and usually runs a two- to three-hour show that’s appropriate for the whole family. There’s no admission charge, and seating is
first-come, first-serve in the small, historic building, but the experience
is pure hill music to lift anyone’s heart.
222 5th Ave. South • Nashville, TN 37203 • 615.416.2001
CountryMusicHallofFame.org • @CountryMusicHOF
STEP INSIDE This House
From the Event Hall to the CMA Theater, to an entire
building buyout, the Country Music Hall of Fame and
Museum has the capacity to accommodate events for
guests numbering from 30 to 3,000.
Treat your attendees to a midday Museum tour and
move seamlessly from your meetings to an evening
reception, all without ever leaving the building.
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