Music lovers flock to Nashville for free things
This Jan. 15, 2014 photo shows Tootsie's Orchid Lounge on Lower Broadway in Nashville, Tenn. Most of the bars on lower Broadway are free from cover charges, although it’s always good to tip the band when they pass the bucket around. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville's history is so intertwined with music and creative expression that tunes seem to pour from every door and window. From Music Row to the Honky Tonk Highway, the city recognizes its past, while also celebrating emerging artists who are drawn to the city just like music lovers. Learn a little about the great artists that defined the Nashville scene for decades, hear new music that may soon be hitting radio waves, and take a sniff of Tennessee sipping whiskey, all for free.
This Jan. 15, 2014 photo shows the Shelby Street pedestrian bridge spanning the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tenn. The banks of the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville are more than a place to watch barges pass. The bridge is one of the best viewpoints for the Nashville skyline that inspired Bob Dylan to write a country album. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Nashville's siren song for tourists has long been the neon lights and twangy guitars pouring country and western standards from downtown honky tonks, where you can catch an up-and-coming singer or one of the town's talented musicians. If you're lucky, sometimes even country's biggest stars will make a surprise appearance for a song or two, like Keith Urban did to promote his latest album. Most of the bars on lower Broadway — sometimes called the Honky Tonk Highway — are free from cover charges so you can stop in for a two-step or just gaze at the memorabilia on the walls, although it's always good to tip the band when they pass the bucket around. Best picks are Robert's Western World and Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.
This Jan. 15, 2014 photo shows Lydia Witty, left, and Laura Baisden setting type at Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tenn. There’s no cost to watch the presses and the staff churn out the iconic handmade art that has been used by everyone from Grand Ole Opry stars to blues and jazz greats and modern rock bands. If you want to take some posters home, there is a large selection to choose from. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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