Music & Arts
Tennessee is a feast for both body and soul. Take a musical journey, or sink your senses into beautiful works of art and craft. Explore the tales we tell in words, sights and sounds.
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Tennessee is best known for its rich music scene, with mind-blowing music venues for every taste. But the music is only the beginning.

Lose yourself in the wonder of tales told in traditional stage shows and quirky storytelling that reaches deep into our heritage. Learn about Tennessees greats of stage and screen. Let the visual arts in our galleries, museums and festivals fill your minds eye.

Touch the handiwork of Tennessees artisans both traditional and avant-garde. Examine our astonishing literary history from scholarly research to science fiction. Top it all off with a filling taste of Tennessees culinary arts.

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West Tennessee

Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum

The Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum tells the story of the birth of rock and soul music. Located on famous Beale Street in the FedEx Forum, this Smithsonian interactive exhibition covers Memphis’ music history from the rural field hollers and sharecroppers of the 1930s through the explosion of Sun, Stax and Hi Records onto the music scene. 

Listen to legends
Middle Tennessee

The Johnny Cash Museum

The Johnny Cash Museum is heralded as a must-see by the likes of Forbes, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, Conde’ Nast Travel and more. You’ll see why when you enter. Never-before-seen Cash treasures and memorabilia along with interactive technology give you a privatedlook into the Man in Black’s life. The museum features a new exhibit, The Legends of Sun Records.

Walk the Line
East Tennessee

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum

It all started in Bristol with the “Big Bang of Country Music.” The 1927 Bristol Sessions, recorded by Ralph Peer, featured the likes of the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers. The new Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, explores the history of those 1927 sessions and their lasting impact on music around the world. 

Where it all started

Experience Music & Arts

Tennessee’s natural beauty and cultural heritage feed the creative instinct like no other place. Immerse yourself in the depth and variety of artistic expression in Tennessee.


Music & Arts Feb 28 Barefoot Nellie & Company at Sutton Ole Time Music Hour Granville, TN Sutton Ole Time Music Hour. Tennessee's Best Bluegrass and Ole Time Music Every Saturday Night 6pm warm up show 7pm Syndicated Radio Show learn more Music & Arts Feb 28 Hamilton County Ramblers @ Sutton Ole Time Music Hour Granville, TN Sutton Ole Time Music Hour. Tennessee's Best Bluegrass and Ole Time Music Every Saturday Night 6pm warm up show 7pm Syndicated Radio Show learn more Music & Arts Feb 28 Rose Glen Literary Festival Sevierville, TN Rose Glen Literary Festival learn more Music & Arts Feb 28 Black History Month Memorial Service Hermitage, TN During the national celebration of Black History Month, The Hermitage will host four weekly programs exploring the progress made in African-American history and honoring the lives of those who were enslaved at The Hermitage. These programs will open your eyes to the untold stories of the men and women who called the Hermitage home. All of our programs are free, but do not include admission into the Hermitage. learn more Music & Arts Feb 28 Songwriter Session: Jon Nite and Jimmy Robbins Nashville, TN Together, Jon Nite and Jimmy Robbins penned “Beachin’” (Jake Owen), “Whatever She’s Got” (David Nail), and “We Were Us” (Keith Urban). Nite also wrote “Glass” (Thompson Square); “Tip It on Back” (Dierks Bentley); and songs recorded by Eli Young Band, Joe Nichols, Blake Shelton, and Chris Young. Robbins, the 2014 ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year, wrote “It Goes Like This” (Thomas Rhett), “Slow Me Down” (Sara Evans), “Sure Be Cool if You Did” (Blake Shelton), and songs recorded by Eli Young Band, Miranda Lambert, and Thompson Square. Included with Museum admission. Free to Museum members. learn more