A list of some of the best Cheap & Free Country Music Attractions to be found in Nashville from Museums to Gardens there's something to be found for all kinds of country music fans...even for the most frugal of folks!
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Ernest Tubb Record Shop
The original Ernest Tubb Record Shop opened its doors in the late spring of 1947 and at the time was the first major all-country record store. Over the years this record shop has opened up several other stores including one in the Music Valley/Opryland area, the store in downtown Nashville, located on Lower Broadway, still remains open.
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Lower Broad Honky-Tonks
Most all of Nashville's honky-tonks are located in downtown Nashville on Lower Broadway and this is where most self-respecting Country Music Fans will go at least once in their lives. Most all of these sometimes smoke-filled bars are free most of the time but occasionally you will be charged a cover charge, but it's really a rarity. Folks will find that some of the honky-tonks are smoke-free and some are not it will depend if the bar is listed for 21 and over or not.
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Every Saturday night, immediately following the Opry, you can enjoy Ernest Tubb's Midnite Jamboree, America's 2nd longest running radio show, in person at the Texas Troubadour Theatre. It's Free.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Music Row is filled with a ton of Music Publishers as one would expect but this area is also filled with some great architecture, history, and art. This gateway into the music industry is located between 16th and 17th Avenues just off of Demonbreun Street. You will recognize that you are there when you see the Music Row Roundabout with the Musica Sculpture in its center. Some of the highlights in the area include RCA Studio, Music Labels, and of course, the cozy Owen Bradley Park that host a wonderful sculpture of Owen Bradley sitting at his piano.
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Music Valley Walk of Fame
Long before Nashville had the Music City Walk of Fame there was the Country Music Walk of Fame, it's located in front of the Music Valley Wax Museum and offers several hundred concrete plaques with the footprints, hand prints and signatures from some of the worlds hottest country music stars of all time. Time has taken its toll on this walkway but it is worth swinging by to see if you're in the area.
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Nashville Cowboy Church
While most any churches are free to enter, the Nashville Cowboy Church features everyone's favorite country music artists, as well as local songwriters performing their personal favorite gospel songs. This Church offers the ministry of Dr. Harry Yates and Dr. Joanne Cash Yates and is located in the Music Valley area. Services are held every Sunday in the Texas Troubadour Theatre.
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The Opry Museum is tucked away in the Opry Plaza and if you're not looking for it you will most likely miss it altogether. This quaint hidden treasure is full of great memorabilia from the early days of the Grand Ole Opry show and includes everything from a Patsy Cline's living room exhibit to memorabilia from such Opry greats as Minnie Pearl, Roy Acuff, Marty Robbins and more. Looking from Opry Mills you will find the Opry Museum situated just to the right of the Grand Ole Opry House and the Acuff Theatre (photos). Admission is Free as are the popular weekend Opry Plaza Parties that are normally held annually in the summer months.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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The Wildhorse Saloon (review) is one of the most popular downtown clubs. This historic warehouse was transformed into a three story, 66,000 square foot entertainment venue. The Wildhorse offer folks a place to scoot your boots seven days a week with their free line-dancing lessons. A cover is normally charged after 7 p.m. and when special events are going on, but normally their dance lesson run earlier than 7 p.m.
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Willie Nelson & Friends Museum
Willie Nelson & Friends Museum began as a simple framing shop over 30 years ago in Madison TN and has since transformed itself into a museum and general store. The current store is located in the Music Valley drive area and is an incredible tribute to Willie as well as some of his other well-known musical friends.
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One of the main things that sets Nashville apart from most other cities is that, in Nashville, it really is all about the music and that includes not only enjoying the final performance or product but also by exploring intricate makings of the music. The Songwriters in Nashville provide this vital part of the music and do so in the public forums of the many local Songwriter's Venues and Clubs. While several of these venues do require reservations and cover charges, many are free and all give a great insight into the song.
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Music City Walk of Fame
The Music City Walk of Fame (aka Music Mile), opened in 2006, and runs about a one mile along Demonbreun Street. It connects Downtown Nashville to the Music Row Area. This walk of fame essentially replaces the old Country Music Hall of Fame's original Walk of Stars that was once located in Music Row Area.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Music City Garden
We have the Nashville Rose Society to thank for this special rose garden filled with unique roses all named after Nashville artists, music industry folks, and songs that relate to Music City USA. Some of the names include; Ring of Fire, Rocky Top, and Tennessee Waltz as well Pam Tillis, Barbara Mandrell, Amy Grant, Dolly Parton, Elvis, and of course, Lynn Anderson. The Music City Garden is located at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Demonbreun in the Hall of Fame Park -just in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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Hatch Show Print
For over a century, the Hatch Show Print has designed and printed posters for some of the biggest names in the music industry. From Johnny Cash to Kid rock, this letterpress print shop has preserved, defined, and renewed the art of print and is currently one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the United States.
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DeFord Bailey Tribute Garden
Support from the LifeWorks Foundation, has helped EarthMatters Tennessee to create an entire rose garden that will house nearly a dozen different varieties of miniature and tea roses named in honor of Country Music, its songs, and its people. This tribute garden is located, off the beat and path, at the corner of Lealand and Gale Lane in the George W. Carver Food Park