Nashville is known as Music City for a good reason. We have the best music venues and artists in the country, all of which offer an unforgettable and unique experience. One show, however, stands far above the rest: The world-famous Grand Ole Opry.
A Rich History
The Opry is a long-standing Nashville tradition, dating back to its beginning as a humble radio program in 1925. Since then, every great country musician has graced its stage, including names like Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, and Alan Jackson.
Its impressive lineup is not what has made the Opry so central to Nashville, though. Instead, Music City loves the Opry for the warm, welcoming vibe you feel as soon as you walk through the doors. It is more than just another flashy concert, because it feels like home.
For this reason, I recommend that everyone who is new to Nashville make plans to visit the Grand Ole Opry. It is an essential part of the Music City experience, because it captures the soul of this town.
The Soul of Music City
Nashville is a rare blend of bright city lights, thriving culture, and down-home Southern family values. Nothing embodies that mix better than the Opry. Performers cycle through regularly, and they act like one big family. Opry artists are kind and friendly to fans, wholesome, and proud of their roots.
Not to mention, the Opry is a very family-centric show. As a matter of fact, it celebrates performers who get married or show off baby bumps (like Carrie Underwood). No matter how famous the artists get, they frequently take a moment during the show to honor the people who got them there- be they parents, grandparents, or mentors.
All in all, it can be very intimidating to move to a new, and potentially unfamiliar, home city. Nashville loves to show newcomers hospitality. A visit to the Opry can make your big move feel like coming home.