A High-Rise View of Nashville and the Grand Ole Opry

When you hear the expression "music city," in all likelihood, you will think of the city of Nashville, Tennessee. The City of Nashville has become one of the centers of the music industry. Throughout the city you can find all types of music from bluegrass to country, and all other types played in venues large and small. But primarily people think of Nashville as the country music capital, with one of the most famous institutions being the Grand Ole Opry.

Nashville was founded in 1779, and was named after Francis Nash, who was a hero for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. During the subsequent years, it has seen it's share of highs and lows, as the Civil War tore the country apart. The city became one of the best places to live after World War II, and urban development led the city to be largest in Tennessee and one of the fastest growing in the United States.

But country music is king (and queen) in Nashville, and has been a part of the fabric of the city for decades. Because the city had a love for country music, in 1925, a radio program took to the airwaves. The show on WSM radio was known as the "Grand Ole Opry", and it has become an institution ever since. Early broadcasts were from the Ryman Auditorium, and since 1974, they have called the Grand Ole Opry House their home.

Over the years, the Opry has seen the greatest performers in country music take to the stage. Country music legends such as Roy Acuff, Minnie Pearl, Ernest Tubb, and Bill Monroe became regulars on the weekly broadcasts. The music tradition continues today with contemporary country artists such as Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley and others performing on a regular basis.

The Grand Ole Opry today is one of the most iconic performing institutions in the world and is a listening and visiting destination for many people, some of whom even decide to make their home in Nashville.

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