Visiting Nashville is all about getting wrapped up in country music and a key point in that is of course The Grand Ole Opry. It is here that thousands of music stars throughout history have performed carving out their name in Nashville’s title of ‘Music City’. It is considered one of the crowning achievements as a musician to be asked to perform at The Grand Ole Opry.
But The Grand Ole Opry wasn’t always a place. Originally started in November of 1925 it was the name of a weekly segment on the radio that offered a “one hour barn dance” that brought in the best music artists of country, folk, bluegrass, and gospel. Then in the 1930’s it expanded to a four hour block on the radio and then moved to being on a national radio broadcasting system. And then in 1943, with their ever growing popularity, they moved into their own place at the Ryman Auditorium. Later in 1974 they expanded again into the building that is now known as the Grand Ole Opry, but they still hold concerts at the Ryman Auditorium for several months in the year.
We decided to spend a morning walking around this iconic Nashville place. The building itself is a great mix of wood and glass, with the music of the stars playing over the grounds. They do offer backstage tours of the Opry House, however we decided against it because we felt the tickets were too expensive for such a short tour. Tours are 15 minutes long and will take you on right up to the stage of the Opry. If you want to take a tour, I would suggest to book your ticket in advance because they go very quickly. But even without the backstage experience, just walking around the outside of the Opry is an experience in itself and being there is a paramount part of visiting this city.