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Nashville travel - Lonely Planet
Explore Nashville holidays and discover the best time and places to visit. | Imagine you’re an aspiring country singer arriving in Nashville after days of hitchhiking, with nothing but your battered guitar on your back. Blinded by the neon lights of Lower Broadway, you take a deep breath of smoky, beer-perfumed air, feel the boot-stompin’ rumble from deep inside the crowded honky-tonks, and think: ‘I’ve made it.’For country-music fans and wannabe songwriters all over the world, a trip to Nashville is the ultimate pilgrimage. Since the 1920s the city has been attracting musicians, who have taken the country genre from the ‘hillbilly music’ of the early 20th century to the slick ‘Nashville sound’ of the 1960s to the punk-tinged alt-country of the 1990s.Nashville's many musical attractions range from the Country Music Hall of Fame to the revered Grand Ole Opry to Jack White’s niche record label. It also has a lively university community, some excellent down-home grub and some seriously kitschy souvenirs.