The CMT Awards graciously invited Pandora to attend this year’s ceremony and to tweet from the Purple Carpet as Country’s hottest celebs arrived at the show. While we thoroughly enjoyed being close to the stars, we also took this opportunity to learn more about Nashville, a place referred to by many as “Music City”.

CUnderwood.JPGThousands of aspiring musicians have flocked to Music City over the years with a guitar and a dream hoping to take their place alongside the many greats of American music. Everyone from Dolly Parton to Black Keys, Elvis to Taylor Swift, Waylon Jennings to Jack White have done time in Nashville. The city’s “Music Row” is home to hundreds of record labels, publishing houses and recording studios focusing on gospel, country, pop and more.

Ryman.JPGOne of the great places we visited after the CMT Awards included The Ryman Auditorium, “the mother church of country music”, which sits downtown just up the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The Ryman has played host to the Grand Ole Opry, The Johnny Cash Show and a number of other iconic country music programs that included performances by Hank Williams, Minnie Pearl and The Carter Family. Sitting in the pews of the Ryman, you can feel the rich history, which has attracted countless performers and music lovers over the years.

RCAstudioB.JPGWe also visited RCA Studio B, where hundreds of country hits have been recorded since 1957, including over 200 of Elvis’ recordings, many Roy Orbison songs and several Everly Brothers hits. The studio maintains it’s historic look and feel by operating as part of a music education program for several hours a day, where recording engineers can learn their craft.

As part of our tour we learned that Elvis’ 1960 version of “Are You Lonesome Tonight” was recorded at RCA Studio B. The session was late at night and, after a long day of work, Elvis asked to turn off all of the lights for the take. Our tour guide turned off the lights in the studio to give us the same feel and played “Are You Lonesome Tonight.” It was almost eerie hearing Elvis’ smooth and silky tenor in the darkness, a flawless take. We could even hear a musician hit the mic at the end of the song.

Country.JPGHere now, in 2012, tweeting from the Purple Carpet with Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith and Lady Antebellum winning belt buckles from the CMT Awards, we remember that Nashville is a Coat Of Many Colors and that music lives on forever.

Aaron (Community Manager)


  1. Guy Manningham
    June 20, 2012 at 1:08pm
    In 1974 the great Charlie Rich won country musician of the year award, in 1975 he had to pass that award on and do you know to who? Mr. Sunshine on my god damn shoulders, John Denver, yeah can you believe it replaced by John ****ing Denver. I'll be damned if Mr. Rich didn't take out his lighter and light that award on fire in front of everybody right there.
  2. Faith Wood
    June 20, 2012 at 5:27pm
    Very interesting post :)
  3. Kodokoala
    June 21, 2012 at 6:32pm
    Nashville: Country Music's Red Carpet wow :D thx, nice share
  4. dorothy
    June 24, 2012 at 12:52pm
    i love country music i could listen to all night and day i love this kind of music
  5. nick g
    June 25, 2012 at 12:39pm
    Cool photos! What a cool experience to hear and see all that!
  6. Android Review Portal
    July 22, 2012 at 1:34pm
    Glad to say i love this.Love the country music and i listen it on my android tablet all night long.Thanks for this share. Regards.Keep the good work.
  7. Wolf
    July 24, 2012 at 7:42am
    Ok seriously tired of Listening to American music/English songs...and getting Spanish commercials WTF!
  8. john tress
    July 24, 2012 at 3:32pm
  9. scott
    March 15, 2016 at 5:59pm
    I like country
  10. scott
    March 15, 2016 at 6:00pm
    I love country music

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