Tauck Nashville Country Music Event
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DAY 1 | Welcome to Nashville
Tour begins: 5:00 PM, Hilton Nashville Downtown. Transfers are included from Nashville International Airport to Hilton Nashville Downtown. Join us for a welcome presentation by Tauck’s President, Jennifer Tombaugh and a keynote speech by our Country Music Event’s co-host Dayton Duncan, the longstanding writing partner of filmmaker Ken Burns. Afterward, we’ll gather for our welcome reception, followed by dinner with your small group and Tauck Director. This evening, the Quebe Sisters perform their distinctive Progressive Western Swing with three fiddles and three-part harmony, a spirited blend of Western Swing, Jazz-influenced Swing, Country, Texas-Style Fiddling, and Western music. (Dinner)
DAY 2 | The Roots of Country and the Country Music Hall of Fame
Join the singer-songwriter Chelsea Crowell at the Country Music Hall of Fame for “Cash on Cash,” a private performance and a talk on what it was like to grow up in a family of country music legends. Chelsea shares stories about her grandparents Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, and her parents, the singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash and the influential Grammy Award winner Rodney Crowell. Have lunch at Merchants, the restaurant in the 19th-century building and former hotel where Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff, and Patsy Cline stayed when they performed in the early years of the Grand Ole Opry. As the story goes, some of the most infamous outlaws of the Wild West frequented Merchants in its own earliest days, including Wild Bill Hickok and Jesse James. At the Museum of Acoustic Instruments, the guitar maker and Nashville institution George Gruhn welcomes you for a private talk. This evening, the City Winery is the setting for dinner and a panel discussion led by Dayton Duncan with Country Music stars Jeannie “Miss Country Soul” Seely and Charlie McCoy. The Grammy Award-winning band Asleep at the Wheel performs their unique style of “Jazz with a country hat.” (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 3 | Evolution of Country and the Grand Ole Opry
Swing through historic Nashville on foot in the company of your local guide to the place that Vince Gill calls “the most amazing place I’ve ever sung in” and home to the stage that Jeff Foxworthy says is “an honor to stand on” – Ryman Auditorium. Here bluegrass was born, Johnny Cash met June Carter, souls were saved, and a slice of history was nearly lost. Here country music found an audience beyond its own back porch, and countless careers took off as deals were signed on napkins backstage. Visit the Patsy Cline Museum, a celebration of the life of the songstress who left an indelible mark on country music and whose renditions of “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “Crazy” broke hearts and records. At the George Jones Museum, enjoy lunch and a performance by John McEuen, a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, solo artist, and aficionado producer of folk and acoustic music. This afternoon, a Grand Ole Opry member “Ranger Doug” Green gives a lecture, sharing stories of his career as an arranger and songwriter, and his work with the singing cowboys group Riders in the Sky. Have dinner at the Grand Ole Opry and experience all the fun and excitement of a live radio show performance. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 4 | Music City and Our Country Music Hall of Fame Gala
Long before Nashville was dubbed Music City, it was known as the Athens of the South, renowned for the diverse cultural, academic, and artistic life of its universities, museums, and public arts institutions. Before World War II, the big hotels had dance orchestras where the likes of Dinah Shore got started. Jazz flourished here as well. Today Nashville has first-rate symphony and chamber orchestras, scores of professional-class church choirs and gospel quartets, a burgeoning hip-hop scene, and thriving rock, pop and jazz artists. This morning puts you in the center of the action at RCA Studio B for a private tour, followed by a trip to Music Row, where you’ll have the rare ability to observe a live recording session in process and meet the musicians. Enjoy lunch and a private performance by Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame members in the round at the Blue Bird Café. This evening, join us for our farewell reception and a performance by the band Lula Wiles in the architecturally inspiring Rotunda of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The conservatory is the setting for our exclusive gala dinner. Then step into the “living room” of the Hall of Fame, the intimate and acoustically spectacular Ford Theatre, for a performance by the country music legend Rodney Crowell. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 5 | Journey Home
Tour ends: Hilton Nashville Downtown. Fly home anytime; transfers are included from Hilton Nashville Downtown to Nashville International Airport. (Breakfast)
All This Included
Spend five days basking in the sounds, personalities, and the great big heart of country music during our Event based on the newest Ken Burns film, Country Music. Stay four nights in the center of the music world at the Hilton Nashville Downtown, the starting point for our daily small group sightseeing tracks – The Roots of Country, The Evolution of Country, and Music City. Writer-filmmaker Dayton Duncan hosts this exploration of the ways in which country music has changed over the decades even as it speaks to all generations today. In the heart of old Nashville, soak in the stories and melodies at Ryman Auditorium, the Patsy Cline Museum, and at a Grand Ole Opry live radio performance. On a private tour of RCA Studio B, enter a special place where Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and other musical giants recorded hits. Revel in exclusive private performances by Grammy Award-winning performers and members of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame… a gala evening at the Country Music Hall of Fame just for Tauck… and private talks with industry movers and shakers. Here in the music capital of America, artists of every kind found a home; the sounds of classical, jazz, pop, sacred music, among many genres, continue to fill the air. We invite you to listen with us.
Nashville: Hilton Nashville Downtown
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