Nashville’s Music Row Welcomes First-Ever Guided Walking Tours
New tours highlight historic music-making district still threatened by demolitions
The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced today that guided walking tours of Nashville’s legendary Music Row will be offered to the public for the first time beginning June 20. The tours will be conducted in partnership with Let’s Go Travelin’ Tours and Historic Tours of America’s Old Town Trolley Tours.
The media is invited to join the public on a walking tour and speak with tour organizers on Wednesday, June 20 at 9:45 a.m. and Monday, June 25 at 5:45 p.m. Meet at Bobby’s Idle Hour at 1028 16th Ave. South. Please RSVP to Carolyn Brackett: firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-712-0829.
“Amid its unassuming former homes and small commercial buildings, visitors will discover that Music Row is truly a one-stop-shop for every aspect of the music industry, said Carolyn Brackett, senior field officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Everything from recording studios, record labels, publishing houses and even housing are all found along the streets of this district, creating a musical ecosystem unlike anything that can be found anywhere else in the country.”
Tours will trace the history of Music Row’s development, spanning from the 1950s and ‘60s when artists including Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, and Bob Dylan recorded there to today’s biggest stars such as Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell. Visitors will see the places that shaped the emergence of pop artists like Neil Young and Contemporary Christian artists like Amy Grant in the 1970s and ‘80s, as well as the explosion of Garth Brooks’ “Garthmania” in the 1990s. In addition to highlighting many of the artists who have recorded on Music Row, the tour will share behind-the-scenes stories of how music is created, from songwriting, to recording, to promotion.
“All of our guides have a passion for the music and history of Nashville, and some are even songwriters and musicians who came here to hone their craft and carve their place in the history of Music Row,” said Judy Johnson, owner of Let’s Go Travelin’. “It is a powerful place, as expressed in the song and video written about this tour by Nashville singer, songwriter, and producer, Tim Angsten.”
Tours begin at Bobby’s Idle Hour, 1028 16th Ave. South in the heart of Music Row. Visitors have the option to ride the Old Town Trolley there or to travel to the district on their own. Tour guides will lead the 90-minute walking tour to provide an in-depth orientation of the offices and recording studios that have produced such a tremendous wealth of creative material over the last 60 years, fueling Nashville’s international reputation as Music City.
“We are excited to promote this great addition to the tourism offerings in Nashville,” said Steve Burgess, general manager of the Old Town Trolley Tours of Nashville. “In the Historic Tours of America family, we promote historic preservation and with our Old Town Trolley Tours, we strive to provide the best historic tour in any city in which we operate. The opportunity for guests of our amazing city to see Music Row at such a personal level is a natural extension of our historical trolley tour in Music City.”
Walking tours will be offered on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. starting on June 20. Summer evening tours are also offered on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. starting June 25. (Old Town Trolley transportation is not provided for evening tours).
Tickets are $35.00 and may be purchased through Old Town Trolleys www.trolleytours.com/nashville or www.letsgotravelin.com. Private group tours may also be booked for other dates through Let’s Go Travelin’. A portion of each ticket sold will support a new Music Row Preservation Fund.
About the Music Row National Treasure
Nashville’s Music Row has had a profound influence on the growth and evolution of American music, shaping many genres of music and launching the careers of some of the biggest names in the business over the last 60 years. In January, 2015 the National Trust named Music Row a National Treasure—a designation made in recognition of Music Row’s importance to Nashville’s identity as Music City and to America’s cultural heritage as well as concern for its future in light of recent intense development pressure and demolition activity.
About Let’s Go Travelin’ Tours
Let’s Go Travelin’ is a full-service tour and travel company based in Nashville and offering tours throughout the world. Southern roots run deep at Let’s Go Travelin’ with tours focusing on the music and culture of the South. Visit www.letsgotravelin.com
About Historic Tours of America
Historic Tours of America finds its roots during the early 1970s in the partners’ shared passion for historic buildings starting with the restoration of buildings in the Key West, Florida historic district along now famous Duval Street. The partners started by purchasing a company called Old Town Trolley Tours which consisted of two cut down bread trucks pulling a boat trailer with a metal awning roof and a plywood floor to which garden bench seats were attached. Today, as The Nation’s Storyteller, we entertain over two million guests every year at our tours, attractions and historic ships at our locations in Boston, Key West, San Diego, Savannah, St. Augustine, Nashville and Washington, DC. www.historictours.com