Tennessee was represented at the 2018 Grammy's® with artists of the night and during smash-hit performances by some of today’s top talents. There’s no denying Tennessee is “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” You can travel to these places throughout the state that celebrate these artists and their accomplishments:
Tina Turner was honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her ground-breaking impact on the music industry. Hailed as the Queen of Rock n’ Roll, you can see Tina’s costumes and other memorabilia and learn about her childhood as she grew up in Nutbush, Tennessee all held in the one-room schoolhouse she attended as a child at the Tina Turner Museum Flagg Grove School on the property of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center. Check out the newest exhibition, “I Have a Voice: Tennessee’s African American Musical Heritage” which honors Tina as well as other African American musicians who contributed to the framework of music we enjoy today.
Two East Tennesseans, Bradley Reeves and Wayne Bledsoe were honored for compiling 30 years of information about Arthur Q. Smith, hailed as one of the greatest songwriters of country music. You can learn about Smith on the Cradle of Country Music Walking Tour, an hour-long tour that celebrates Knoxville’s contributions to country music at locations like the Andrew Johnson Hotel, Knoxville’s Old Custom House, WROL Studios and the St. James Hotel.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Matt-Ross Spang began working at Sun Studio when he was 16-years-old. A few years later, he’d find himself the album engineer for Jason Isbell’s “The Nashville Sound,” which won a 2018 Grammy for Best Americana Album. You can travel to Sun Studio, the hallowed place where rock n’ roll was made famous thanks to some guys named Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. Hear the stories, listen to the incredible music and get in touch with the Memphis studio that began a music revival.
This year, you can make Valentine’s Day weekend extra memorable with a getaway to Tennessee.