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Music Cities USA: Nashville to Memphis

Program Number: 21154RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/29/2013 - 10/5/2013; 4/3/2016 - 4/9/2016; 5/1/2016 - 5/7/2016; 9/25/2016 - 10/1/2016; 10/2/2016 - 10/8/2016;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Price starting at: $1,599.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; Music Appreciation; History & Culture; Arts, Misc.
Meals: 13; 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

The blues made its home on Beale Street, while country music immortalized the Grand Ole Opry and the residence of the King remains an iconic pilgrimage for fans of Rock n Roll. Feel the rhythm of Americas music as you explore the legendary and historic landmarks of Nashville and Memphis, and attend live performances at venues including the Listening Room Caf and B.B. Kings Blues Club. Walk along Music Row and enjoy a field trip to Studio B, formerly RCA records.


Experience the heart of country music at Ryman Auditorium a National Historic Landmark the Grand Ole Opry, and Country Music Hall of Fame.
Walk in the footsteps of the King during a field trip to Graceland, Elvis Presleys home in Memphis.
Discover the origins of the Blues as you experience Beale Street and explore the Rock n Soul Museum.

Activity Particulars

Extensive walking and standing during field trips.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Nashville, Tenn., 3 nights; coach to Memphis, 3 nights; departure.

Coordinated by Center for Educational Adventure.


Visitors have long flocked to the top-notch music industry hub of Nashville for country crooning and boot-stomping energy, but the city offers much more than just music. Nashville is also a beacon of education, culture, industry and recreation in the South, boasting fine arts galleries, antebellum mansions and sculpture-filled botanical gardens.

Nashville: Sophisticated hotel in the heart of downtown Nashville ; Memphis: Hotel located in the Beale Street Entertainment District.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Carol Burton

Carol Burton attended Dalton State College, where she began her 16 years as a Road Scholar coordinator with its Center for Educational Adventure. Married to her childhood sweetheart, she grew up in Hampton, Va., and moved to Georgia in 1970. Carol said she was born with a love for animals and volunteers with her local humane society.
Ron Harman

Ron Harman has always had a penchant for country music and dancing, so it was only natural he made Nashville his home in 1998. A part-time freelance writer, Rons passion for and knowledge of Music City is reflected in his multiple nominations as Music City Hitmaker, a monthly award given to Nashville residents who do something uncommon to make out-of-towners feel welcome.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown
  Nashville, TN 3 nights
   Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street
  Memphis, TN 3 nights
 Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown
Type: Hotel
  Description: Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown is steps from Music City excitement, the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Convention Center, Bridgestone Arena, and LP Field. Watch Tennessee Titans football or a Broadway show at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, blocks from our hotel. Visit historic Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Grand Ole Opry. Explore Second Avenue, Nashville's historic entertainment and dining district overlooking the Cumberland River. Dine on a steak at The Palm or Morton's of Chicago. Listen to live music at legendary Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. Browse the boutiques and shops on Lower Broadway. Join Nashville locals for 4th of July celebrations on the riverfront. Our hotel is just over one mile from Vanderbilt University, West End Avenue, and Centennial Park where you'll find a replica of the Parthenon. Tour Belle Meade Mansion or Hermitage, the Greek Revival mansion of President Andrew Jackson. Try the famous fried chicken and biscuits at Loveless Caf, a Nashville tradition since 1951. Whether you are visiting Nashville for business, the CMA Awards, or to tour Vanderbilt, enjoy our contemporary guestrooms and suites with free high-speed internet access and 32-inch flat-screen TVs. Our rooms feature a variety of options from whirlpool tubs to balconies overlooking city attractions. If you are travelling with the family or would prefer roomier accommodations, reserve a two-room suite with a whirlpool or balcony and additional sleeper sofa. Our hotel has received the 2012 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. This honor is awarded to establishments that achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site. Our staff takes great pride in consistently offering an exceptional experience to our guests.
  Contact info: 310 4th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37201 USA
phone: 615-277-5000
  Room amenities: Curved Shower Rod; Duvet Covers; Easy to Set Alarm Clock Radio; Ergonomic Desk Chair; In-Room Movie Channel; LCD Flat Panel TVs; Night Lights in Bathroom; On-Demand Movies; Waterpik(R) Showerhead; Coffee Maker; Complimentary Hot Breakfast; Hairdryer; High Speed Internet(No Charge); Iron/Ironing Board; Lap Desk; Newspaper M-F (USA Today)
  Facility amenities: Automated Teller (ATM) Baggage Storage Beverage Area, Complimentary Breakfast Area, Complimentary Coin Laundry Elevators Laundry/Valet Service Luggage Hold Multi-Lingual Staff News Stand On-Site Convenience Store Safety Deposit Box Snack Shop Accessible Rooms Accessible business center Accessible exercise facility Accessible guest rooms with mobility features with entry or passage doors that provide 32'' of clear width Accessible hotel restaurant Accessible parking spaces for cars in the self-parking facility Accessible public entrance Accessible registration desk Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the accessible guestrooms Accessible route from the accessible public entrance to the registration area Accessible route from the hotel's accessible entrance to the meeting room/ballroom area Accessible route from the hotel's accessible public entrance to at least one restaurant Accessible route from the hotel's accessible public entrance to the business center Accessible route from the hotel's accessible public entrance to the exercise facilities Accessible route from the hotel's accessible public entrance to the spa Accessible route from the hotel's accessible public entrance to the swimming pool Accessible swimming pool Assistive listening devices for meetings upon request Closed captioning on televisions or closed captioning decoders Serv support animals welcome TTY for guest use Van-accessible parking in the self-parking facility Visual alarm for hearing impaired The Following Features Are Not Available: Accessible concierge desk Accessible transportation with advance notice Valet only parking
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel. Special Road Scholar rates are available based on availability 3 days before and 3 days after the above dates.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street
Type: Hotel
  Description: Experience an exciting Memphis vacation at Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis-Beale Street. Situated in the heart of Beale Street Entertainment District,this Memphis hotel is within close walking distance of a variety of popular attractions. Watch a show at the Orpheum, visit nearby Graceland, or explore the National Civil Rights Museum. Catch a game at AutoZone Ballpark or discover Memphisf fascinating musical history at the Rock nf Soul Museum. Located close to Memphis Business District and FedEx Forum, this hotel boasts two versatile meeting rooms. Stay connected in the business center and enjoy free high-speed internet access throughout the hotel. Unwind in a comfy Guest Room. Sip on tea and coffee 24-hours a day in the inviting lobby lounge. Plunge into the pool or refresh with an invigorating workout.
  Contact info: 175 Peabody Place
Memphis, TN 38103 USA
phone: 901-260-4000
  Room amenities: We offer free high-speed internet access in every guest room. Prop your laptop on our handy lap desk and type away while you watch TV. Or simply listen to your favorite kind of music by pressing one of the preset buttons on your room's alarm clock. When you're ready for some rest, hunker down for the night in our comfiest amenity yet, our clean and fresh Hampton bed.
  Facility amenities: Audio/Visual Equipment Rental; Business Center; Business Phone Service; Express Mail; Fax; Meeting Rooms; Modem; Notary Public; Photo Copying Service; Printer; Baggage Storage; Beverage Area, Complimentary; Breakfast Area, Complimentary; Coin Laundry; Elevators; Gift Shop; Guest Activity/Recreation Desk; Luggage Hold; Safety Deposit Box; Snack Shop .
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Call Hotel. Additional nights are available following the program. Call hotel for details.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 pm at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Nashville, TN. Road Scholar check-in and orientation begins at 5:00 pm followed by dinner at 6:30 pm. You will be staying at Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Memphis, TN. Motor coach returns to Nashville. You will be staying at Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Hotel parking in Nashville is available for a cost of $17 per day.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Nashville, TN
  Nearest highway: Interstate 40
  Nearest airport:  Nashville International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location:  Memphis, TN
  Nearest highway: Interstate 40
  Nearest airport:  Memphis International Airport
Travel Details

Nashville Public Transportation





Public Transportation
City Bus


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Local in downtown Nashville 


The local (free) bus picks up less than a block from our hotel and runs you through downtown, the Gulch, and Capitol Hill.


Nashville Airport





Commercial Van/Shuttle
Grayline Airport Shuttle
phone: 615-275-1180
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$16 /person one-way or $25/person round trip
Prices are subject to change.


The Grayline Airport Shuttle picks up at the hotel lobby. A one-way ticket is priced at $16/person or save with a round-trip ticket at $25/person. Please ask the front desk about scheduling your pick-up. A reservation is needed. Transportation from airport to hotel: Go to the Grayline Airport Shuttles counter and check-in. No reservation is needed.


Taxi Cab Service





Yellow Cab Nashville
phone: 615-256-0101
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$25/person plus $1 for each additional person
Prices are subject to change.


Call in advance for reservation.


Getting from Memphis back to Nashville





Commercial Van/Shuttle
Motor Coach


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Transport from the hotel in Memphis to the airport in Nashville on the final day are as follows: The motor coach will depart the Memphis hotel at 8 am on the last day of the program and will make a drop off at the Nashville airport first and then drop off any additional passengers in Nashville at the Hampton Inn & Suites that need to pick up their car or maybe staying over. Arrival time at the Nashville airport will be around noon so plan for flights at least one and a half hours after arrival.

Driving Directions
  Nashville, TN International Airport From Airport take I-40 to 24 West to Exit 49-Shelby Street. Turn left onto Korean Veterans Blvd Boulevard and continue across bridge to 4th Ave S Turn right and turn in driveway at the north end of the hotel entrance is in the back
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Hotel Check-in, Program Registration, Introductions & Orientation
(Sunday, September 29)
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff at our desk. You'll receive your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information that we'll review during our orientation session.

INTRODUCTIONS & ORIENTATION: 5:00pm.: After introductions of your fellow participants and the program staff, we will have an informative overview of the program including a review of the updated daily schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Dinner will follow orientation. Thank you for your understanding.

 Dinner: It's a short walk to dinner at a popular Nashville restaurant near the hotel. Enjoy tasty cuisine and begin getting to know your fellow music lovers. Dinner will be at 6:30 pm.
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introducing Music City, Nashville Field Trip, Country Music Hall of Fame Museum, Studio B, Listening Room Cafe
(Monday, September 30)

Note: Country Music Hall of Fame Museum is 1 block from hotel. The Listening Room Cafe is 2 blocks from hotel.

 Breakfast: Enjoy a deluxe hot & cold breakfast buffet. Selections include eggs, bacon or sausage, biscuits, toast, bagels or English muffins, fruit, cereals, oatmeal, juices, coffee and tea. Various muffins and pastries are also served daily.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Music has always been the common thread connecting the life and soul of Nashville and its people. The first permanent settlement began on Christmas Day 1779, celebrated with fiddle tunes and buck dancing. Davy Crockett, Nashville's first celebrity, was known far and wide for his colorful stories and fiddle playing. Nashville became a national center for music publishing. The first around-the-world tour by a musical act was by the Fisk Jubilee Singers from Nashville's Fisk University. Their efforts helped fund the school's mission of educating freed slaves after the Civil War and put Nashville on the map as a global music center. This morning we will take two field trips to Country Music Hall of Fame and Studio B. Here in the heart of Nashville's entertainment industry are the offices of numerous record labels, publishing houses, music licensing firms, recording studios, video production houses, along with other business who serve the music industry, as well as radio networks, and radio stations. The Country Music Hall of Fame is the highest honor in country music. The award recognizes persons who have made outstanding contributions to country music over the lengths of their careers. We will explore the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum with its vast collection of memorabilia illustrating the evolution of country music through the turns of two centuries. The museum has a treasure trove of historic country video clips and recorded music, dynamic exhibits, and state-of-the-art design. Studio B, originally RCA Studios, is the home of thousands of hits that helped to define the Nashville Sound. Chet Atkins was one of the originators and Elvis mastered more than 200 songs here. An expert guide will share many of the quirks and idiosyncrasies of this unique space where so much history has been created using the pianos, mics, and accessories you will see.
 Lunch: Broadway Street is an area of Downtown Nashville, Tennessee that is home to numerous restaurants. We will let you select the restaurant of your choice and then go on your own or with a group of friends or join the coordinator for lunch at one of the many popular spots. This lunch is not included in your program cost.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: This afternoon board our private motorcoach for a field trip to see some of the citys highlights including a stop at the Parthenon for a group photo.
 Dinner: This evening we will be dining and listening to singer/writers at a popular cafe called the Listening Room. When the Listening Room was founded in 2008, it was built on hopes, dreams and faith.By combining his passion for music and love of great food, the owner set out to create a venue where others could come to be entertained and inspired. It is their goal to give each person a unique Nashville experience in a state of the art sounding room where you can hear the best singer/songwriters as well as an incredible dining experience.
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Ryman Auditorium, Lunch at Opryland Hotel, Grand Ole Opry House, Grand Ole Opry Performance
(Tuesday, October 1)
 Breakfast: Enjoy a deluxe hot & cold breakfast buffet. Selections include eggs, bacon or sausage, biscuits, toast, bagels or English muffins, fruit, cereals, oatmeal, juices, coffee and tea. Various muffins and pastries are also served daily.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Ryman Auditorium. This National Historic Landmark is most famous as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974. Its history as Nashville's premiere theater began with its original incarnation as an evangelical tabernacle in 1892. It went on to become the place for important community events, political rallies as well as operas, symphonies, bands, ballets, and theatrical productions, dubbed the Carnegie Hall of the South. The incredibly popular Grand Ole Opry radio show found a home here in 1943, and Ryman Auditorium was inseparably linked to the origins and rise of the modern-day genre of country music, revered as The Mother Church of Country Music. Although the Opry moved to a new location in 1974, the Ryman has remained as a major attraction, undergoing a multi-million dollar restoration that brought back its original splendor, hosting top performers from around the world who praise its fine acoustics.
 Lunch: Lunch is at one of the fine restaurants in the Gaylord Opryland Hotel complex. Set on 40 acres complete with streams, waterfalls, bridges, and greenhouses, it is the largest non-casino hotel in the continental U.S. outside of Las Vegas, adjacent to the Opryland USA theme park and the Grand Ole Opry House.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Grand Ole Opry House. On March 15, 1974, the Opry made its last broadcast from Ryman before moving to its new custom-built home, The Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland. During the historic flood in May 2010, the Opry House was severely damaged and as a result received a major renovation. Learn the fascinating story of the Opry from a knowledgeable guide who will share stories about the Opry and country music greats past and present, take you onstage for a first-hand look at the tiered auditorium as seen through the eyes of the performers, and and go backstage for a rare glimpse of what happens behind the scenes including the artistsentrance. You can also spend some time strolling through the halls filled with Opry memorabilia.
 Dinner: DINNER ON YOUR OWN. There are numerous choices including a restaurant within walking distance of the hotel. Be sure you're done in time for this evening's performance!
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Grand Ole Opry. Enjoy a great live music show. The Grand Ole Opry celebrates country music's diversity, presenting the many generations of artists who have formed country music's legacy and continue to forge its future course. Audiences can expect the best in country, bluegrass, comedy, gospel and more by Country Music Hall of Famers, cast members who helped establish the Opry as the home of country music, revered superstars, and young artists just starting to make names for themselves.
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville-Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Transfer to Memphis, Local Flavor Lunch, Mud Island Excursion, Hotel Check-In, B. B. King's Blues Club and Restaurant with Live Music
(Wednesday, October 2)

Note: The Riverwalk is an exact scale model of the Lower Mississippi River flowing from its confluence with the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois 954 miles south to the Gulf of Meico, a one-acre enclosure that holds 1.3 million gallons of water. Walking up to one-acre.

 Breakfast: Enjoy a deluxe hot & cold breakfast buffet. Selections include eggs, bacon or sausage, biscuits, toast, bagels or English muffins, fruit, cereals, oatmeal, juices, coffee and tea. Various muffins and pastries are also served daily.
 Morning: TRANSFER: We depart for Memphis via motorcoach (approximately a 3 1/2 hour drive). En route, we will view a wonderful PBS documentary.
 Lunch: Lunch at Paulette's Restaurant has been operating successfully in Memphis for 38 years, and as of March 1, 2011, moved its popular, award winning restaurant to the River Inn. It has been described by one reviewer as "A Memphis institution and for a very good reason".
 Afternoon: EXCURSION: Mud Island River Park. We will ride the monorail made famous in John Grishams best seller "The Firm" to Mud Island River Park Museum that preserves and promotes the natural and cultural history of the Lower Mississippi River Valley. Its interactive exhibits and galleries trace the origins of the Blues as a distinct musical form originating in the Mississippi Delta region and emphasize the importance of its effect on other types of music including Jazz, Ragtime, urban Blues, and Rock-N-Roll. Charley Patten, W.C. Handy, Scott Joplin, Pap Dee, and Elvis Presley are represented with video programs that provide biographical histories.

After the excursion, we will arrive and check in at Hampton Inn & Suites at Peabody Place, in the heart of the Memphis entertainment district, half a block from world-famous Beale Street.

 Dinner: The menu at world-renowned B.B. Kings Blues Club and Restaurant on Beale Street offers a variety of the South's most delicious comfort food influenced by flavors from New Orleans all the way to the Mississippi Delta, including authentic Memphis-style BBQ ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and other delicacies.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: B.B. King's Blues Club. The house band is B.B. Kings All Stars, and guest musicians include some of the best in the business for one of the most diverse, sophisticated lineups of modern blues and R&B in Memphis a good show every night of the week. Feel free to jump up and dance or sit back and relax. This is the real deal! Then go out and hear music up and down Beale Street on your own.
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Rock 'n' Soul Museum/Local Flavor/ Free Time/Blues and Boogie
(Thursday, October 3)
 Breakfast: Enjoy a deluxe hot & cold breakfast buffet. Selections include eggs, bacon or sausage, biscuits, toast, bagels or English muffins, fruit, cereals, oatmeal, juices, coffee and tea. Various muffins and pastries are also served daily.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Rock n Soul Museum. Enjoy a private, specially arranged session with a professional musician-historian who literally wrote the book on Beale Street and the blues an illustrated and entertaining project on the rich variety of music in Memphis through the years. A short documentary film prepares you to explore the Rock n Soul Museum where you will see exhibits created by the Smithsonian Institution about the birth of rock and soul music.

Learn the story of musical pioneers who, for the love of music, overcame racial and socio-economic barriers to create the music that shook the entire world. The museum provides a comprehensive Memphis music experience the sounds of rural field hollers, work songs, blues, country and gospel of the sharecroppers in the 1930-40s that eventually collided and fused with the urban sounds of Beale Street (urban blues and jazz), SUN Studio (rock n roll and rockabilly), STAX Recording and HI Records (rhythm and blues, soul music). This is the story of the body of music that had the most influence on the culture and lifestyles of the world during the middle 20th Century to this day. It affected the way we talked, walked, combed our hair and dressed not only in Memphis or the U.S., but around the world.

 Lunch: Select one of the many restaurants on Beale Street or venture one block for many more selections for lunch on your own or with newfound friends.
 Afternoon: Free Time Coordinator will work with you on planning your afternoon. You are in the heart of all the Memphis activities and museums.
 Dinner: No need to rush back for dinner but instead we have left this dinner selection for you to choose the restaurant. You may decide to join the coordinator for dinner also.
 Evening: Free evening to explore Memphis on your own or with newfound friends.
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Graceland, Lunch at Chrome Grill Restaurant
(Friday, October 4)
 Breakfast: Enjoy a deluxe hot & cold breakfast buffet. Selections include eggs, bacon or sausage, biscuits, toast, bagels or English muffins, fruit, cereals, oatmeal, juices, coffee and tea. Various muffins and pastries are also served daily.
 Morning: Learn about writing musical notes and sounds with a piano demonstration by a professional.
 Lunch: Eat at Graceland's Chrome Grill Restaurant.
 Afternoon: Field trip to the 14-acre estate that was the home of Elvis Presley, now a virtual shrine with museums, films, and exhibits for a unique glimpse into the life and times of The King. Explore Graceland Mansion, see his personal mementos and gold and platinum awards.
 Dinner: Mouth-watering food awaits you at Kings Palace Caf on Beale Street, with live music during dinner.
 Evening: After dinner, enjoy more live blues music at Kings Palace Caf. Then walk over to the nearby Rum Boogie Caf, where more music will delight your senses. If you still want more music, continue exploring Beale Street on your own. This is the heart and soul of old Memphis, home to pioneering musicians such as W.C. Handy, who wrote the first blues song here in 1909. No other landmark has held such mystique, intrigue, fame and infamy over the years. Beale Street was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, and by the early 1980's a full tilt renovation was taking place. Today, not only the Blues is heard on Beale Street, but Soul, Gospel, Jazz, Rock, Fusion, and Reggae.
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites Memphis - Beale Street
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Check-out and Departures
(Saturday, October 5)
 Breakfast: Enjoy a deluxe hot & cold breakfast buffet. Selections include eggs, bacon or sausage, biscuits, toast, bagels or English muffins, fruit, cereals, oatmeal, juices, coffee and tea. Various muffins and pastries are also served daily.
 Morning: Program concludes after breakfast. Hotel check-out time is 11:00 a.m. Depart for home -- or your next adventure! Our motor coach will return to Nashville for anyone needing a ride back to pick up their vehicle at the hotel. A special rate of $219 for Saturday evening is available with the hotel in Nashville for those who would like to stay over. You may call the Nashville Hampton Inn & Suites to make arrangements.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

Hidden History of Nashville (TN) [Paperback]

Author: George R. Zepp

Description: Perched on the banks of the Cumberland River, Nashville is best known for its role in the civil rights movement, world-class education and, of course, country music. In this unique collection of columns, longtime journalist and Tennessee native George Zepp illuminates a less familiar side of the city. Learn the secrets of Timothy Demonbreun, one of the city's first residents, who lived with his family in a cliff-top cave; Cortelia Clark, the blind bluesman who continued to perform on street corners after winning a Grammy award; and Nashville's own Cinderella story, which involved legendary radio personality Edgar Bergen and his ventriloquist protegee. Cleverly rendered, using questions from readers across the nation, these little-known tales abound with Music City mystery and charm.

How Nashville Became Music City, U.S.A.: 50 Years of Music Row [Paperback]

Author: Michael Kosser

Description: How did a medium-sized Southern river town become arguably the most important music center in America? In How Nashville Became Music City, U.S.A. , we learn how a single studio in a tiny duplex house became Music Row, a ten-block area populated by hundreds of talented people whose job is to simply make music. The book features stories from publishers, songwriters and others who help tell the evolution of this fabled center of music. It's where Elvis ushered in the commercial rock 'n' roll explosion by recording "Heartbreak Hotel," Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, and Willie Nelson taught mainstream America to love soulful ballads, and Bob Dylan recorded three of his most important albums. The full-length CD includes 12 recordings made in the early studios of Music Row, giving listeners a rare chance to hear the demos made by some of Nashville's most talented artists. Songs include "Bye, Bye, Love," "Crazy," "King of the Road," "Walkin' After Midnight" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today."

A Guide to Historic Nashville, Tennessee [Paperback]

Author: James A. Hoobler

Description: Written by accomplished historian James Hoobler, senior curator of art and architecture at the Tennessee State Museum and former executive director of the Tennessee Historical Society, this book offers extraordinary insight into Nashville's heritage. Carefully researched and exceptionally written, it is a wonderful companion, both for visitors and for Nashville residents who want to see their hometown in a new light.

Elvis by the Presleys

Author: David Ritz

Description: For the first time, the inside story of legendary entertainer Elvis Presleys life as a husband, father, son, cousin, friend, spiritual seeker Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley, and other family members, come together to memorialize our greatest star in this stunningly illustrated companion to a major television special and longer-form documentary. Elvis by the Presleys is a uniquely fascinating treasure and serves as the essential companion to a major television special on CBS and, from Sony BMG, a longer-form documentary DVD and its related CD. Culled from hours of new family interviews conducted for the television special and DVD (much of it appearing exclusively in this book), enhanced with Elvis quotes, and illustrated with private family photographs and images of personal memorabilia from the archives of Graceland/Elvis Presley Enterprises, Elvis by the Presleys is an extraordinary document about an extraordinary figure.

Elvis: The Biography

Author: Jerry Hopkins

Description: Jerry Hopkinss Elvis: A Biography was the first book on popular music to top the U.S. bestseller list, and its sequel was equally popular. Long out of print, both books, along with a wealth of exciting new interviews, are brought together in Elvis to form the most exhaustive account available of the Kings life. Telling the complete story of Presleys rise and fall, from his poverty-stricken childhood in Tupelo through his musical development and emergence as pops first superstar to his decline and death, the book explores Presleys singular appeal, his far-reaching influence, and his extraordinary legacy. Featuring newly published firsthand interviews with people close to Elvis including high school teachers, girlfriends, directors, agents, recording engineers, bodyguards, sidemen, karate instructors, medical professionals, and even his personal jeweler Elvis presents a comprehensive and amazingly intimate look at this cultural icon.

Memphis (TN) (Then & Now) [Paperback]

Author: Robert W. Dye

Description: Memphis rests on the east bank of the Mississippi, a river that has altered its course many times. Memphis has also changed over the years, expanding and maturing with each new decade. From the days when cotton was king, through the yellow fever epidemics of the late 19th century, to the building boom of the 1920s, Memphis has adapted to its changing cultural environment. Through historic photographs, Then and Now: Memphis illustrates how the city has changed over the years. This pictorial retrospective revisits historic Memphis sites and offers comparative photographs of the locations in both past and present times.

Memphis Beat : The Lives and Times of America's Musical Crossroads

Author: Larry Nager

Description: This book fills in what isn't so familiar: Memphis, it reveals, is our great cultural mixing board, where all the black and white folk have met and done musical business for two centuries or more. Larry Nager, former music editor of the "Memphis Commercial Appeal," offers more than a casual history. His chronicle reaches back into the nineteenth century, when Memphis was a wild frontier town full of whiskey, fiddle players, and minstrelsy. It hits cruising speed at the turn of the century, as W. C. Handy discovered the blues, women like Lil Armstrong and Memphis Minnie kept up with the men, and a Memphis deejay dreamed up the Grand Ole Opry. It chronicles the strange alchemy by which local rhythm 'n' blues, hard country, and black and white gospel got remade into powerful rock and roll in Sam Phillips's Sun Records studio on Union Avenue. The beat goes on into the '60s and the era of Stax and Hi Records - when the first integrated generations, raised on Sun 45s, started waxing their own sounds. And it follows Memphis even into contemporary times, through Big Star's adventures at Ardent Records, the difficult revival of Beale Street, and the birth of the House of Blues. There is triumph and tragedy here, and much in between - from the stalwart presence of lifelong musicians like Gus Cannon and Furry Lewis, through the horrific accident that killed Otis Redding, the Bar-Kays, and years and years of musical dreams.

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