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Music Row, Nashville, TN, USA

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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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"Before you stroll down Music Row in Nashville, check out the historic RCA Studio B where Elvis Presley recorded over 200 songs; it's a lesser-known gem often overshadowed by the Country Music Hall of Fame. To really soak in the vibe, visit during weekday mornings when the area is less crowded, and you might just bump into songwriters and artists heading to their next session."

What is Music Row?

Music Row is the heart and soul of Nashville's entertainment industry, particularly its country music segment. This legendary district, located southwest of Downtown Nashville, is a historical hub where you'll find an array of record label offices, radio stations, recording studios, and other music-related businesses. It's the place where the soundtracks of countless lives have been crafted—a storied area where aspiring tunesmiths and established artists alike chase their musical dreams amidst the brick and mortar of this storied enclave.

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For those with a melody in their heart or a rhythm in their step, Music Row offers a palpable sense of where much of American music history was—and continues to be—written. It's not just a street, it's a community, a vibe, a living museum of musical heritage that resonates with every guitar strum heard from its storied recording studios.

History of Music Row

Music Row's history dates back to the 1950s when the recording industry began to take root in Nashville. It's said that Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins were among the first to open recording studios on what would become Music Row, exemplifying the pioneering spirit that defined the growth of country music. The renowned RCA Studio B, which opened in 1957, solidified the district's reputation, hosting the likes of Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and the Everly Brothers.

Through the years, Music Row became a magnet for songwriters, musicians, and producers. The streets of 16th and 17th Avenues South, known respectively as Music Square East and Music Square West, are lined with buildings that have seen more hits than a jukebox. These walls have stories, having witnessed the evolution of musical genres and the changing tides of the industry.

Why is Music Row Important?

Music Row is important because it's where generations of talent have converged to create sounds that define eras, influence culture, and resonate across the globe. It's a cornerstone of Nashville's identity—as central to the city as the Opry itself. Did you know that the area is home to hundreds of businesses specializing in music production, publishing, and promotion? It's a veritable ecosystem that sustains the beat of the city's heart.

This district is not only a hub for business; it's where the creative process is nurtured and protected. Countless hit songs have been penned here, recorded in the very studios you can walk by—maybe even visit if you take the right tour. It represents the unsung work behind the stars, the artistry offstage that makes the magic happen.

Things to Do & See at Music Row

Stroll down Music Row, and you'll be walking the same paths that legends once trod. The first stop for many is the iconic RCA Studio B, part of the Country Music Hall of Fame's studio tour. I recommend soaking in the historical ambiance and maybe even playing a few chords—if they let you—on the piano that so many greats have touched.

You can also visit the Historic RCA Studio, where the 'Nashville Sound' was crafted, and the Musicians Hall of Fame at Municipal Auditorium, which showcases the unsung session musicians of popular recordings. Are you a songwriter yourself, or simply love the craft? Then, stop by the songwriters' cafes where tales of love and loss are poured out alongside the coffee.

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Boutique shops selling music memorabilia line the streets, offering unique souvenirs. And keep your eyes peeled for commemorative plaques and monuments—like the Owen Bradley Park with its life-sized statue—honoring the greats who've shaped the music scene. It's not just about the past; Music Row is still very much alive with artists crafting tomorrow's hits, so don't be surprised if you catch the sound of live music wafting through the air.

Frequently asked questions

What is Music Row?

Music Row is a historic district located in Nashville, Tennessee, known for being the heart of the city’s music industry, with numerous recording studios, radio stations, and music publishing houses.

Can tourists visit recording studios on Music Row?

Many recording studios on Music Row offer tours for visitors to experience the music-making process and see where famous musicians have recorded their songs.

Are there any music-related attractions on Music Row?

Yes, Music Row is home to attractions like the Historic RCA Studio B, where Elvis Presley and other legendary musicians recorded, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located nearby.

What type of music is Music Row famous for?

Music Row is most famous for its association with country music, but studios in the area have also produced music in a wide range of genres.

Are there any events or festivals on Music Row?

Music Row and the surrounding area host a variety of events and music festivals throughout the year, celebrating the rich musical heritage of Nashville.

Attractions Details

📌 Address

Music Row, Nashville, TN, USA

Opening Hours

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

💸 Entrance Fee

Varies

Find it on google maps