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Nashville, Tennessee

Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tennessee borders eight other American states and the Mississippi River. Nashville, its capital and second most populous city after Memphis, is known as Music City. Country music is its lifeblood and the city is home to many landmarks and is where the greats of that genre have played over the years.

If you aren't into country music, then Nashville may not be the place for you — it's everywhere! Mind you, this city also features a full-scale replica of Athens' Parthenon. It was built in 1897 as part of the Tennessee Centennial Exposition and is well worth a visit.

Those who go there for the music have such a choice of attractions, including the Grand Old Opry, the Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Author Garrison Keillor summed up the importance of the Country Music Hall of Fame. "Country music is still devoted to the lyric and to the telling of stories, which people love and people need," he wrote. "Country music artists took what they heard around them, material that was in the air and that was common currency, and they made something entirely new.

"This is a museum that preserves their memory so that they can continue to inspire creators in the future. It's also a museum that honours the people [for whom] their music was made for. Those people are all of us, people who've ever been lost or confused or sad or felt excluded. This museum helps to preserve these tributes to our condition."

Getaway's first stop was the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It has been the home of America's music since 1967. The $37 million museum opened in 2001 and showcases the crown jewels of its vast collection, illustrating country music's story through the turns of two centuries. It is a treasure trove of historic country video clips and recorded music, dynamic exhibits and state-of-the-art design, regular live performances and public programs, as well as live satellite radio broadcasts.

Inductees are introduced every year. The latest to gain recognition are Emmylou Harris, the Statler Brothers who were Johnny Cash's backup group, Tom T Hall and Ernest Stoneman, a pioneer of country music.

Next stop was the Great Escape, a Nashville tradition since 1977. It has an enormous collection of music, movies, video games, comics and toys, and it is an Aladdin's Cave for collectors. It's the biggest and best in the South!

Robert's Western World is the place to go for a drink, burger and some of the best music around. The flashing red neon guitar and signature red cowboy boot makes it easy to find, attracting everyone from the stars of country to locals and tourists — all with that one thing in common.

The list of well-knowns who have graced Robert's bar is endless. Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Mark Knopfler, Luke Perry, Dwight Yoakam, Toby Keith, Hank Williams III, Tom T Hall, Julian Lennon and Australia's best known country star, Keith Urban. There is no cover charge and you are likely to hear some fantastic music in true country surroundings.

There are plenty of street buskers in Nashville — some of those who have plugged in on the main street are Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson.


Nashville the capital of Tennessee, one of the southern states in the US.


The Country Music Hall of Fame entry is around $20 for adults and $15 for children.

Vroom Vroom Vroom has car hire in the US from around $35 a day, including fees and taxes.

Air New Zealand has flights to Los Angeles with connections to Nashville.

Air-fares from:

  • Sydney $2559
  • Melbourne $2648
  • Brisbane $2661
  • Perth $2845
  • Adelaide $2861

Available for travel between November 1 and December 9, 2008. Conditions apply.

Prices correct at July 31, 2008.

For further information

Country Music Hall of Fame
222 Fifth Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Ph: +1 615 416 2001

The Great Escape
1925 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Ph: +1 615 327 0646

Roberts Western World
416 B Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
Ph: +1 615 244 9552

Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau
One Nashville Place
150 Fourth Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37219
Ph: 1+ 800-657-6910

Ph: 1300 722 920

Air New Zealand
Ph: 1300 722 920

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