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Well, for my graduation present to myself in a couple of weeks im going to take a little trip. Not quite as long of a trip as I had originally wanted, but sometimes money gets in the way. So heres my plan. Im leaving upstate NY then heading to Cleveland to go to the R&R Hall of Fame, then to Pittsburgh to the Warhol museum(yes I know he's weird but i still like the guy), then to Maryland to visit an old friend. After that Im going to take the long treck to Memphis and while I'm down there I might as well visit Nashville. I've got my schedule planned for cleveland and pittsbrugh but I don't really have any ideas of where to go in Nashville or Memphis. Im obviously going to visit Beale St. and maybe try to go to the site of the old Stax studios in Memphis, but theres got to be a ton more attractions for a guitarist in those places. Im probably going to be leaving shortly after New Year's (Jan.2nd or 3rd maybe). Are there any shows I should make an effort to see. Keep in mind that my finances will be "very budgeted". Thanks in advance for any help.
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I'm not a huge football fan, or a huge fan of sports in general(atleast not watching them on TV). I have been to the baseball hall of fame a couple of times though, since I live less than an hour from cooperstown. I might just have to take a little trip out to those Knoxville mountains you speak of. Looks like its right on my way back home, and I'm sure(unless I've been grossly misinformed) that the view is free, which is a bonus. thanks.
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I would visit Sun Studios in Memphis and get to Graceland! Sun Studios has a nice short tour and it's nice to stand where a little bit of music history was made. Don't forget the site where MLK was gunned down either. I had a lot fo fun on Beale St.!

 

Have fun! :thu:

 

 

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Originally posted by Compact Diss:

I would visit Sun Studios in Memphis and get to Graceland! Sun Studios has a nice short tour and it's nice to stand where a little bit of music history was made. Don't forget the site where MLK was gunned down either. I had a lot fo fun on Beale St.!

 

Have fun! :thu:

Yeah, Graceland would be beautiful this time of year all decked out for Christmas! :thu:

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Originally posted by Hound Dog:

While I was in Nashville, I went to the Ryman Auditorium. It seems like a "must see". We saw the Grand Ole Opry, which was very good. I also went by Gruhn Guitars. Neat store.

All excellent choices. While in Nashville, if on a Monday night you should catch the Time Jumpers at The Station Inn or check the listings for The Bluebird. Many famous and not-so-famous songwriters debut songs that later turn out to be hits at The Bluebird. The Country Music Hall of Fame is good, too. Lots of great stuff to see there.

 

Gibson has the Showcase out at Opry Mills Mall which is an impressive Gibson outlet and across the street, in front of the Grand Ole Opry is the Opry Museum, a small but interesting (and free!) museum of country music. The Ryman Auditorium is a historical treasure that has been returned to fighting form. A host of live events are there, year round, from country to gospel to rock and more.

 

You can always look up a few forumites while you're here, too. ;)

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If you do end up going to the mountains up around east TN, you gotta see DEALS GAP and the CHEROHALA SKYWAY

 

Hwy 129, running from east TN to the NC line, has 318 turns in 11 miles. The Skyway is only a short drive from 129 and brings you west back into TN.

 

This entire area has great scenery and is a haven for sportscar and motorcycle enthusiasts.

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Great suggestions for Nashville. I am no expert, but have had great pleasure touring the Ryman. It was worth it to me to take the backstage tour, you get to stand on the stage at the end, tour the small dressing rooms, etc. Take your camera in and you can take your picture right in the middle of the stage.

 

I also enjoyed going to "Lower Broadway", there is a bar there called Tootsies that has a ton of history, one of the steps to the Ryman, leads right to Tootsies backdoor. There are some great little honkeytonks down there with local musicians playing their ass off.

 

There is a little piece of history called "Printers Alley". It is a small, seedy little alley with some ancient bars. Tim Mcgraw's band played there one night (without Tim), and I got invited up in the 3rd set. It was great fun.

 

I don't remember what museum it was, I think it was in front of the Grand Old Opery Hall, but there were a TON of vintage guitars on display. I would check that out if there is time.

 

Have a wonderful trip, hope I helped.

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Great suggestions for Nashville. I am no expert, but have had great pleasure touring the Ryman. It was worth it to me to take the backstage tour, you get to stand on the stage at the end, tour the small dressing rooms, etc. Take your camera in and you can take your picture right in the middle of the stage.

 

I also enjoyed going to "Lower Broadway", there is a bar there called Tootsies that has a ton of history, one of the steps to the Ryman, leads right to Tootsies backdoor. There are some great little honkeytonks down there with local musicians playing their ass off.

 

There is a little piece of history called "Printers Alley". It is a small, seedy little alley with some ancient bars. Tim Mcgraw's band played there one night (without Tim), and I got invited up in the 3rd set. It was great fun.

 

I don't remember what museum it was, I think it was in front of the Grand Old Opery Hall, but there were a TON of vintage guitars on display. I would check that out if there is time.

 

Have a wonderful trip, hope I helped.

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Great suggestions for Nashville. I am no expert, but have had great pleasure touring the Ryman. It was worth it to me to take the backstage tour, you get to stand on the stage at the end, tour the small dressing rooms, etc. Take your camera in and you can take your picture right in the middle of the stage.

 

I also enjoyed going to "Lower Broadway", there is a bar there called Tootsies that has a ton of history, one of the steps to the Ryman, leads right to Tootsies backdoor. There are some great little honkeytonks down there with local musicians playing their ass off.

 

There is a little piece of history called "Printers Alley". It is a small, seedy little alley with some ancient bars. Tim Mcgraw's band played there one night (without Tim), and I got invited up in the 3rd set. It was great fun.

 

I don't remember what museum it was, I think it was in front of the Grand Old Opery Hall, but there were a TON of vintage guitars on display. I would check that out if there is time.

 

Have a wonderful trip, hope I helped.

Once I thought I saw you, in a crowded, hazy, bar........

 

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Originally posted by BriBaby:

...I also enjoyed going to "Lower Broadway", there is a bar there called Tootsies that has a ton of history, one of the steps to the Ryman, leads right to Tootsies backdoor. There are some great little honkeytonks down there with local musicians playing their ass off...

 

Tootsies is worth seeing because it backs up to the Ryman backstage entrances, so back in the days of the Grand Ole Opry being housed at the Ryman, famous artists would perform a set, then head to Tootsie's for liquid refreshment between shows. There's almost as much history there as the Ryman itself. ;)

 

There is a little piece of history called "Printers Alley". It is a small, seedy little alley with some ancient bars. Tim Mcgraw's band played there one night (without Tim), and I got invited up in the 3rd set. It was great fun.

 

Cool! Printer's Alley is still a great place to see bands. Most of the Muzik City Mafia (Big & Rich & Gretchen Wilson, among others) came up in the bars there, too.

 

I don't remember what museum it was, I think it was in front of the Grand Old Opery Hall, but there were a TON of vintage guitars on display. I would check that out if there is time.

 

Have a wonderful trip, hope I helped.

I fear you're talking about the Roy Acuff museum that used to be in his old house on the Opry Plaza. It closed with the Opryland USA theme park in 1998. It housed his personal collection which included many mandocellos, mandobasses and other oddities in addition to many vintage guitars. If not, you must be talking about the Opry Museum I described in my previous post which survived the demolition of the park in favor of the Opry Mills Mall. (The building for the Acuff museum still stands, but it is not open to the public and I believe it was converted to office space. :( )

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I just drove across the country last month to my new life here in CA...

 

In Memphis

1. Sun Studios. Watch out, it's in a bad area.

2. Near Sun, find a place called "Yummy's" if you're hungry then. Doesn't look like much, but best damn hamburger po'boy I've ever had. And their sign advertises chinese food.

3. Stax Museum

4. The folks at the Memphis welcome center on the interstate are nice and good people, but bored and nosey. Plus tickets are cheaper here than at the door, and the directions on Sun's site make absolutely no sense to an out-of-towner. They'll point you in the right direction.

5. Right across the river in West Memphis are some casinos.

 

In Nashville

1. Gibson factory

2. Music Row (not as exciting as it sounds, but it's nice to see)

 

In Maryland

1. Paul Reed Smith factory (Annapolis)

2. API Headquarters (Columbia/Laurel-ish)

3. If you find yourself anywhere near Middletown, DE, there's a school there called St. Andrew's. It's where Tom Verlaine met Richard Hell. Don't expect much or for locals to even know the school's significance, but it's there...

 

It might be a shorter drive to go to Memphis before Maryland. Watch out for TN east of Nashville; the interstate's pretty curvy and hilly. If you can time it right, do it during the day.

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In Nashville I like the Broken Spoke for a songwriters workshop. Not quite as 'just so' as the Bluebird. Printers Alley is good for a quick walkthrough, depending upon what clubs are actually functioning on any given week. The blues bar, the strip club, and the little country joint seem to be stable, but the others change hands a LOT.

 

I love the countryside outside of Nashville. Typical southern American country stuff, but it just feels real nice. I also enjoy the regular riverside concerts, but I doubt there will be any happening in January. (!)

 

Check with the Nashvilole chapters of NARAS and AES, they iften have soecial events going on, and with Vanderbilt, Bellmont, and MTSU all based within spitting distance, there are often recording or music related events going on with "Big Name" talent.

 

No trip to Nashville is complet without a visit to Roberts (former shoe store, now country bar) and Jacks (barbeque, right next door.) There is better barbeque in Nashville, but not right in downtown.

 

If you happen to be in Pittsburgh on a Thursday night, go to Mount Washington. The main drag there, Grandview, has some beautiful city overlooks. And if you go down Grandview away from the Point, youll come to Shiloh street just before the Monongahela Incline. The Incline is worth a ride, beautiful view. If you go a couple of blocks down Shiloh, you'll come to some bars... the 'sissy bar' Redbeards, and the funky, dirty blues bar, Sloppy Joes. The place is so small that if you put a key in the front door, you'll break the back window, it is so small that you have to go outside to change your mind. Wil E Tri should be playing the blues on any Thursday night at Sloppy Joes. Stop in and be amazed.

 

I live on the same street as the Warhol, across the 9th street bridge in the city proper. The Warhol is on the North Side (what is now being gentrified as The North Shore).

 

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Damn. I gotta get out more. You guys from out of town know more what's going on around here than I do and I've been here for 30 years. http://www.websmileys.com/sm/crazy/193.gif

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hmm, surprisingly, or maybe not so, no one's mentioned the Memphis Gibson factory, which is right next to Beale St. If it were spring or summer you'd love all of the blues bands that play outside ( for free) in Handy Park, but there's still a lot of clubs on Beale that feature live bands ( unfortunately there's usually a cover charge when the bands are playing, but most of the clubs can be entered with a $10 wrist band- good for all of the participating clubs- ). Have fun and be safe- stay in lighted areas with other people around.
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Originally posted by tiger85:

hmm, surprisingly, or maybe not so, no one's mentioned the Memphis Gibson factory, which is right next to Beale St. If it were spring or summer you'd love all of the blues bands that play outside ( for free) in Handy Park, but there's still a lot of clubs on Beale that feature live bands ( unfortunately there's usually a cover charge when the bands are playing, but most of the clubs can be entered with a $10 wrist band- good for all of the participating clubs- ). Have fun and be safe- stay in lighted areas with other people around.

Yeah, It is a downer that I'll be making the trip in the winter, but you have to work with the time you've got sometimes(I suppose). The Gibson factory sounds great, even though Im a Fender guy. They can probably smell a Fender player from a mile away, lets keep our fingers crossed that i don't get mugged on the tour. Im going to make an effort to see some blues acts on Beale Street, and yes I will stay In well lit areas, especially since I'll be traveling alone. I lived in NYC for a while so I'm pretty privvy to staying safe in urban environments.
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Lots of good sites are already listed for Nashville. I don't think anyone has mentioned the Musicians Hall of Fame. I haven't been to the MHF yet but I'm sure it's an interesting place. It features exhibits on a lot of studio players and folks who backed up the "stars." I believe they have some stuff on exhibit from Steve Cropper, James Burton and Billy Cox (Band of Gypsys) among others. It includes exhibits on a wide variety of music styles.

 

You should also drive by and see the Parthenon in Centennial Park (it's much nicer than the run down pile of rocks by the same name in Athens, Greece :D ). While you're there you can get some great barbecue at Hog Heaven. It's right next to the park, behind McDonalds.

 

Another Monday night music option is Mike Henderson at the Bluebird. He's is a great blues slide player.

 

Enjoy your trip!

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Great adds, Mudcat! :thu:

 

Mike Henderson is a monster. :thu: I haven't been to the Musician's HoF either, yet. Gotta get there soon! (For everyone else, the MHof has only been open a few months.

 

I don't know if they have tours, but another place that should be amazing to visit, as a musician, is the new Schermerhorn Center. It's a state of the art performance hall built as a permanent home for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

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Originally posted by fantasticsound:

...I don't know if they have tours, but another place that should be amazing to visit, as a musician, is the new Schermerhorn Center. It's a state of the art performance hall built as a permanent home for the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.

I am eagerly awaiting my first opportunity to attend a performance there. From what I saw on the "grand Opening" pubilc TV show it looks like an amazing venue.

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Oh yeah, I almost forgot. "The Black Diamond" on Beale Street holds a few awesome memories for me. If Preston Shannon is still playing there or elsewhere on Beale he's an awesome blues musician. There's also a fifties diner type club on Beale, can't remember the name, that was great. Brian Setzer type stuff...
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Yeah, if they have the wrist bands available on the night you visit, be sure and grab one. That way you can get into a bunch of places with one $10 wristband. Yeah, Preston Shannon is great, and he's usually playing somewhere on Beale. And if you feel like waiting in line there's always Coyote Ugly ( for a different type of ... er entertainment :D )
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If you have time while you're in Memphis, go to Clarksdale, MS (about an hour south on Hwy. 61) and go to the Delta Blues Museum. It's been about 12 years since I've been, but it was a very cool place. Also, the house Muddy Waters was born in is outside of town (if it hasn't fallen down completely). The people at the museum should be able to tell you how to get there. It's nothing exciting to look at, just a run down shack, but definitely a slice of blues history.
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Originally posted by Wolfgangsta:

If you have time while you're in Memphis, go to Clarksdale, MS (about an hour south on Hwy. 61) and go to the Delta Blues Museum. It's been about 12 years since I've been, but it was a very cool place. Also, the house Muddy Waters was born in is outside of town (if it hasn't fallen down completely). The people at the museum should be able to tell you how to get there. It's nothing exciting to look at, just a run down shack, but definitely a slice of blues history.

wow. I think I just might have to make that trip. I'd love to see the house that Muddy Waters was born in. I can't wait to leave, but first my finals. :rolleyes:
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