NASHVILLE, Tenn. — They don’t call it Music City for nothing.
Traffic control boxes found on nearly every corner of downtown Nashville are tricked out with speakers blaring country music that muffles the sounds of cars idling for the lights.
There's a new Johnny Cash museum, and no visit is complete without a stop at the Grand Old Opry, America’s longest-running radio show, going strong for more than 85 years.
While Grand Old Opry represents traditional Nashville, the country music scene has since evolved into every genre of music including pop, rock, blues and jazz, cementing its status as the "Songwriting Capital of the World."
Duck into any one of the honky tonks on Broadway where you can hear the lyrics of original live music night and day. Just look for the guitar pick signs that indicate a live venue.
Nashville is tuning up for the summer season with eight weeks of free live music on the riverfront every Thursday night starting on June 12. The annual July 4th bash also takes place in Riverfront Park, with 100,000 fans watching country music artists perform, accompanied by the Grammy-winning Nashville symphony.