Nashville’s Country Music: An In-Depth View
Celebrate the traditions of country music in Nashville, where you’ll enjoy lectures by a local expert, see a show at the storied Grand Ole Opry and make your own professional recording!
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Program No. 15158RJ
4 days
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At a Glance

Make a pilgrimage to the home of country music, Nashville, and soak up this city’s unique sights and guitar-pickin’ sounds. Industry insider Dr. Don Cusic leads an exploration of Nashville’s music history from the 1950s “Nashville Sound” of Chet Atkins and Patsy Cline to later stars like Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton and on to current hit-makers Kenny Chesney, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band. Trace the path of a song from writing to becoming a platinum record. From the Grand Ole Opry to Ryman Auditorium and Nashville’s famous live Honky Tonks, experience country music as you only can here.
Activity Level
Walking 3-5 miles per day, up to 1 mile at a time. Longer walks optional.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy a performance of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Learn about the all-time greats at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and visit famous venues like the Wildhorse Saloon.
  • Feel like a Nashville star as you and your fellow Road Scholar participants make a recording in a professional studio.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. Please note that the sound level in the live venues (Opry, Honky Tonks, etc.) is loud. Participants who are particularly sensitive to this should be prepared.
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Mark Brown
Mark is the Executive Director of Belmont Mansion and former director at the Blount Mansion. Mark received a BS in History from Belmont and a Master’s in Historic Preservation from Middle Tennessee State University. He has studied at various institutions including the West Dean School Studies in Architectural Conservation. Mark serves on the Knoxville Museum of Art advisory committee, the Tennessee Association of Museums board and as treasurer for the Tennessee Antebellum Trail Association. He has taught at O’More School of Design and Watkins Institute.
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