Nashville

Overview

In Nashville, Tennessee: Country Music?s Capital City, students consider what made Nashville an important place for people in the rural South and Country music in the 1950s and 60s.

This lesson explores the musical legacy of Nashville, Tennessee, Country music?s capital city. As early as the 1800s, Nashville emerged as a center for music, whether because of the Fisk Jubilee Singers or the city?s growing interests in music publishing. But it was with the first broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry radio show in 1925 that Nashville began to flourish as the home of what would come to be called ?Country music.? Listeners from all over the rural South heard the music they loved over the radios in their living rooms. What they thought of as their own local culture had become something greater. The musicians among them dreamed of traveling to Nashville to perform on the Opry, which for them was the pinnacle of musical achievement. Students will explore this history through archival photos, maps, and Sonic Highways clips of Dolly Parton and Tony Joe White.

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