Guest House at Graceland is fit for a ‘King’

When my plane landed at Memphis airport, I called The Guest House at Graceland to request a complimentary shuttle to my accommodations. When I asked the hotel receptionist how I would recognize my ride, she just laughed. “Oh, you will know it right away,” she said. “Don’t worry about that.” How right she was! A few minutes later, a sleek blue-and-gold shuttle arrived with huge likenesses of Elvis on the sides and back. I didn’t even need …

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Visiting Nashville: Andrew Jackson said to still walk the grounds of The Hermitage

Andrew Jackson loved his home so much that he chose to be buried there with his beloved wife Rachel. Some say that the man known as “Old Hickory” keeps watch over his Tennessee plantation. “Many people don’t think that he has ever truly left,” tour guide David said. “General Jackson had such a strong personality that I think he has stayed around to watch over his home.” The Hermitage is preserved today almost as it was during …

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Visiting Nashville: Grand Ole Opry features legendary performers and newcomers

In the center stage of the Grand Ole Opry is a special piece of wood. It is from the old Ryman Auditorium. “Can you imagine what it has seen?” asks Dan Rogers, marketing manager for the Opry. “If it could talk, think about all the legends it could tell about.” Over the years, thousands of performers have stood on this circle – Hank Williams, Jim Reeve, Patsy Cline, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Garth Brooks, Johnny …

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Visiting Nashville: Known as ‘Home of 1,000 Hits,’ Studio B was a favorite of Elvis and other musicians

While most people were settling down for the night, Elvis Presley would slip into the nondescript building and sit at a well-worn piano. For the next couple hours, Elvis would warm up by harmonizing on gospel, often with the Jordanaires. Then he would get down to the serious business of recording songs. About the time the sun came up, Elvis would call it a night. “Elvis did most of his work here. He recorded 262 songs here, …

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Visiting Nashville: Johnny Cash Museum honors ‘The Man in Black’

When Bill Miller was 13 years old, he went to a Johnny Cash concert that changed the course of his life. “Johnny Cash played a harmonica and tossed it into the audience when he was done,” Miller said. “I caught it.” That was just the beginning. Over the years, Miller collected a treasure trove of Johnny Cash memorabilia and became friends with the legendary entertainer. “I honestly can’t tell you how many pieces I have. It’s in …

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Visiting Nashville: New Patsy Cline Museum showcases recently discovered personal items

Patsy Cline saved the memories of her life. That memorabilia, after being locked away for more than half a century, is now being seen at the new Patsy Cline Museum in Nashville. “Patsy Cline was very sentimental,” said museum founder Bill Miller. “I think people will be really surprised at what we have in the museum.” A 25-cent writing tablet filled with “biography” entries handwritten in red ink by Cline notes that as a youngster she “started …

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Visiting Nashville: County music legend George Jones honored at new museum

George Glenn Jones almost died before he got a chance to live. The family doctor dropped the baby shortly after delivery. The sturdy newborn survived with only a broken arm. But what a life the country music legend went on to live in that interval between the day he entered this world on Sept. 12, 1930, and the day he left on April 26, 2013. “George went to hell and back with many addictions and he beat …

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‘Come see what you’ve heard’ at Musicians Hall of Fame

When Joe Chambers discovered that Jimi Hendrix’s apartment from his seminal years in Nashville had been razed, he decided that the Tennessee city should not lose another piece of music history. “If people will make a trip to his grave in Seattle, why wouldn’t they go to see where he actually lived?” Chambers wondered. “That’s what really triggered me to having some kind of museum here.” When another of the Nashville clubs where a young Hendrix performed …

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‘Old Hickory’ and wife buried at Nashville plantation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Andrew Jackson loved his home so much that he chose to be buried there with his beloved wife Rachel. Some say that the man known as “Old Hickory” still keeps watch over his Tennessee plantation. The Hermitage is preserved today almost as it was during the days of the man who became an American icon. Built between 1819 and 1821, the home has almost all its original furnishings including the wallpaper, which dates to …

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Headed to the South for a river cruise? Be sure to visit Nashville!

If travel will be taking you to the southern states soon, be sure to visit Nashville, one of my very favorite places in the USA. This lovely small southern town is just the right size to easily maneuver as a guest, and the people there are exceptionally friendly. Here are some of the highlights of visiting Nashville, Tennessee: The downtown area: Downtown Nashville is filled with live music, clubs and bars. You can visit the Grand Ole Opry, and listen to music from both …

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