New Attractions Enhance Nashville's Southern Appeal

Miusic City will open new country music-themed attractions promising to be hits.

Like its legendary chicken, Nashville is hot. 

It's not hard to see why. The Tennessee town is near to bursting with charm from its gentle twang to its Americana music. It's fast becoming a haven for artisans looking to eschew big city life. The food scene is creative, intense and booming; anticipated openings include Maneet Chauhan's Tánsuo, featuring as executive chef, NYC's acclaimed Chris Cheung. It is the next Asheville or Austin, with Charlotte right on its heels. Travel & Leisure just named Nashville one of its "50 Best Places to Travel in 2017"—in the world

Accordingly, Nashville offers some things fresh for 2017, with three particular new attractions leading the pack, embracing Music City's history in such a way that appeals to this generation.

Broadway welcomes Nudie's Honky Tonk into the former Lawrence Records Building. Among the attractions that this three-story venue affords is Nashville's longest bar (at 100-plus feet), three live performance spaces, authentic suits worn by crooners like Hank Williams Sr. and Nudie Cohn's vintage Cadillac El Dorado suspended high up on the wall. The honky tonk's namesake is none other than the force behind rhinestone cowboy couture, while owner Bill Miller is also known as the founder of Nashville's country music-fan-must-see, the Johnny Cash Museum

Inside Nudie's Honky Tonk
Inside Nudie's Honky Tonk (©Zach Harrison Photography)

Locals and visitors alike are looking forward to the spring 2017 opening of Madame Tussauds Nashville. While the acclaimed wax attraction known for its staggering realism has world-famous locations on four continents—in cities from London to Beijing— the Nashville iteration is unique in that it is the first to focus solely on the icons who have shaped America's musical landscape. Country music stars like Minnie Pearl, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Johnny Cash figure prominently, but replicas will also represent genres including jazz, blues, rock and pop. 

A wax figure of Little Jimmy Dickens takes the stage at the Grand Ole Opry with Brad Paisley
A wax figure of Little Jimmy Dickens takes the stage at the Grand Ole Opry with Brad Paisley. (©Grand Ole Opry)

Another country music legend will be honored with a brand new museum this year in Nashville. The highly anticipated Patsy Cline Museum will put on display the largest collection in the world of artifacts, both professional and personal in nature, tied to the Nashville sound singer who died far too young. Included among the exhibits: handwritten lyrics to her hit song "I Fall to Pieces," Don Helms' "Ol Red" steel guitar which he played on Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight," and Patsy and her second husband Charlie Dick's private wedding album.