One of the tours recommended was the Studio B tour which was built in 1957 by RCA, its so famous as so many stars made their recordings, in fact Elvis made 260 recordings there, Patsy Cline (one of my favourites) Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Chet Williams, Chet Wilson, The Everly Brothers, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Jim Reeves and so many more.
On the way to the studio the guide told us some great stories about the "stars" and the history of the buildings.
Its now a museum and a classroom for Nashville students, the guides are very good.
We sat in the room where the recordings were done and the piano Elvis played is there. There are various keyboards, drum sets and recording desks all original are still there.
|The original piano Elvis played in the dark|
|This is the gold piano Elvis played (it was in the Country Music hall of Fame)|
|Elvis liked coloured lights|
|Don has spoken about playing the guitar but I think these 2 are way to big|
The guide told us a story about when Dolly Parton first came to the studio she arrived one day in her Cadillac and hit the wall dislodging a few bricks, she never said a word about it. Then a few weeks later she was asked did she know anything about the hole in the wall, she said "it was my first big hit at this studio"
|Dolly's first big hit|
|This statue is called "Musica"|
|So many huge stars played here|
Of course how could we visit Nashville without going to see a show at the new Grand Ole Opry.
|Pretty cool dudes eh! check out the boots and hats, they were drawing in the crowds|
Click on the links, turn up the sound, hope you enjoy it!
As we had the car we took a drive out of town to Centennial park which housed "The Parthenon" which is a full size replica of the one in Greece which was built in 1897 to mark the Tennessee Centennial Exposition, no mean feat all those years ago.
|I have been to see the original in Greece its in quite a bad way|
|Athena how she was supposed to look|
|All that gold detail|
|In the palm of her hand|
|The nitty grity|
Overall we would have liked to have spent more time there and seen more but on we must go, did I mention we like Nashville? I'll bet we return another day.
So next stop a long drive to Washington DC
Don and Glenys on the USA land trip.
Agua Therapy all alone in Grenada