When you hear “Nashville,” you likely think “music.” The city is known by a few different nicknames, all music related. Nashville is often called the “Home of Country Music” and the “Music City,” not only because of its history with music, but because of its current relevance in the culture of music and entertainment. The city is home to many great performance venues, record labels, and musical events and festivals.
Because of its history with country music, the city caters to the music genre. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Nashville, attracting country-music-loving tourists all throughout the year. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened in 1967 and offers insight to the city’s country music history as well as the recognition of some of the most famous country music stars in the world. The annual CMA Music Festival also takes place in the city each June. The four-day festival is hosted by the Country Music Association and broadcasts some of the biggest names in country music. Over 400 country singers attend each year, hosting meet-and-greet sessions, as well as concerts.
Nashville is not just country music, either. The city has a large following of Christian rock and pop music, largely due to the Christian record companies located in town. The EMI Christian Music Group, Provident Label Group, and Word Records are all major Christmas music labels located in Nashville.
Music Row, an area located near downtown Nashville, is the home to hundreds of music-related businesses. Music Row is considered the heart of the music industry in Nashville because of the numerous record labels, publishing houses, music firms, recording studios, radio networks, radio stations, and various music businesses. The magazine MusicRow provides reviews, news, and coverage of the businesses and genres coming out of Music Row and the rest of Nashville.