NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Guided walking tours of Nashville’s Music Row will be offered to the public for the first time beginning June 20 at Bobby’s Idle Hour, 1028 16th Ave. South, conducted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Let’s Go Travelin’ Tours and Historic Tours of America’s Old Town Trolley Tours.
“Amid its unassuming former homes and small commercial buildings, visitors will discover that Music Row is truly a one-stop-shop for every aspect of the music industry, said Carolyn Brackett, senior field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Everything from recording studios, record labels, publishing houses and even housing are all found along the streets of this district, creating a musical ecosystem unlike anything that can be found anywhere else in the country.”
Tours will trace the history of Music Row’s development, spanning from the 1950s and ‘60s when artists including Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, and Bob Dylan recorded there to today’s biggest stars such as Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell. Visitors will see the places that shaped the emergence of pop artists like Neil Young and Contemporary Christian artists like Amy Grant in the 1970s and ‘80s, as well as the explosion of Garth Brooks’ “Garthmania” in the 1990s. In addition to highlighting many of the artists who have recorded on Music Row, the tour will share behind-the-scenes stories of how music is created, from songwriting, to recording, to promotion.
“All of our guides have a passion for the music and history of Nashville, and some are even songwriters and musicians who came here to hone their craft and carve their place in the history of Music Row,” said Judy Johnson, owner of Let’s Go Travelin’. “It is a powerful place, as expressed in the song and video written about this tour by Nashville singer, songwriter, and producer, Tim Angsten.”
Visitors have the option to ride the Old Town Trolley there or to travel to the district on their own. Tour guides will lead the 90-minute walking tour to provide an in-depth orientation of the offices and recording studios that have produced such a tremendous wealth of creative material over the last 60 years, fueling Nashville’s international reputation as Music City.
Walking tours will be offered 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays. Summer evening tours are also offered on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. starting June 25. (Old Town Trolley transportation is not provided for evening tours).
Tickets are $35 and may be purchased through Trusted Tours: Music Row Walking Tour or Let's Go Travelin'. Private group tours may also be booked for other dates through Let’s Go Travelin’. A portion of each ticket sold will support a new Music Row Preservation Fund.
About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places. Visit the website www.savingplaces.org.
About the Music Row National Treasure
Nashville’s Music Row has had a profound influence on the growth and evolution of American music, shaping many genres of music and launching the careers of some of the biggest names in the business over the last 60 years. In January, 2015 the National Trust named Music Row a National Treasure—a designation made in recognition of Music Row’s importance to Nashville’s identity as Music City and to America’s cultural heritage as well as concern for its future in light of recent intense development pressure and demolition activity.
About Let’s Go Travelin’ Tours
Let’s Go Travelin’ is a full-service tour and travel company based in Nashville and offering tours throughout the world. Southern roots run deep at Let’s Go Travelin’ with tours focusing on the music and culture of the South. Visit the website www.letsgotravelin.com.
About Historic Tours of America
Historic Tours of America finds its roots during the early 1970s in the partners’ shared passion for historic buildings starting with the restoration of buildings in the Key West, Florida historic district along now famous Duval Street. The partners started by purchasing a company called Old Town Trolley Tours which consisted of two cut down bread trucks pulling a boat trailer with a metal awning roof and a plywood floor to which garden bench seats were attached. Today, as The Nation’s Storyteller, we entertain over two million guests every year at our tours, attractions and historic ships at our locations in Boston, Key West, San Diego, Savannah, St. Augustine, Nashville and Washington, DC. Visit the website www.historictours.com.
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