Perhaps it’s the singular geographical breadth of Tennessee – a 500-mile span that sees the Vol- unteer State remarkably sharing a border with
eight brethren (Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Virginia, and North
Carolina) – that literally make it a crossroads, a
geographical con;uence of culture, cuisine, dialect,
and maybe most importantly, an enduring and profound crossroads for American music.
For it is in Tennessee where seven genres of music – country,
gospel, bluegrass, soul, blues, rockabilly, and rock – found a
home, were nurtured and have flourished, from Memphis and
Nashville to Chattanooga and Bristol. And, all of that enriched
musical history can be explored through a new program from
the State’s tourism folks called Tennessee Music Pathways
Tennessee Music Pathways is a state-wide driving tour program that identifies, interprets, and preserves a broad perspective of Tennessee music events, locations, and stories, some
great and well known, and some less so, yet equally intriguing.
Working with the state historian and through internal research
at the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, more
than 500 locations, including birthplaces, resting places, hometowns, high schools, churches, and locations of first-known recordings or performances of the musical pioneers and legends,
are being incorporated into the driving tour.
capita than anywhere in the world.
From Blues to
Rock n’ Roll
Tennessee’s Music Scene Attracts
Visitors of All Ages
Beale Street, Memphis, TN