“36 Hours In Nashville”
I enjoy the Travel section of the Sunday New York Times, where one offering stands out as always a fun read. This weekend the “36 Hours” column heads to Music City, Nashville, Tennessee. One of their suggestions is spot on.
Hundreds of country hits were recorded at Studio B (1611 Roy Acuff Place), a drab cinderblock building in the historic Music Row district, where RCA legends like Elvis, Roy Orbison and Dolly Parton sang their hearts out. The unglamorous space looks largely unchanged from when it was shuttered in 1977. Many visiting music fans haven’t even heard of the studio let alone realize that it’s one of the last vestiges of country music’s golden years. The Country Music Hall of Fame (222 Fifth Avenue South; 615-416-2001; www.countrymusichalloffame.com) offers hourlong tours. Piano players may be invited to tickle the ivories of the original Steinway grand piano.