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Those Darlins

Nashville-based rock ‘n’ rollers Jessi Zazu, Nikki Kvarnes and Linwood Regensburg have shared the stage with everyone from The Black Keys to Jon Spencer and Wanda Jackson. SPIN called the band’s latest album, Blur The Line, “tough and seductive.”

Beale Street

This famous strip played host to the birth of blues, the civil rights movement, rock ‘n’ roll, and some of the best BBQ in the country. Legendary greats such as B.B. King, Issac Hayes and others showcased their talents on Beale. The three-block span is lined with nightclubs, specialty shops, galleries and restaurants.

Rum Boogie Cafe’s Blues Hall

Known by most as just “Blues Hall,” this tiny Memphis club is considered the last real juke joint on Beale Street. It features some of the best live blues seven days a week.

Sun Studio

Where Elvis recorded his first single, and Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins became legends. Considered by many to be the most famous recording studio in the world, Sun Studio is where rock ‘n’ roll was born and made. Take the guided tour and then grab the shuttle to Graceland to continue your pilgrimage.

The Grand Ole Opry

An American icon that needs no introduction. Often called the “Home of American Music” and “Country’s Most Famous Stage,” the Grand Ole Opry attracts hundreds of thousands of music lovers each year. Get tickets to the live show, take the backstage tour or just stand in the famous Opry circle and soak up the history.

BlueBird Cafe

Arguably the most famous songwriter club in the country, the Bluebird Café helped launch the careers of superstars such as Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon and countless others. Stop in for the nightly songwriter show to see some of the best up and coming artists, or, if you’re lucky, a few famous ones, too.

The Apache Relay

Nashville-based roots-rockers, The Apache Relay, came onto the scene in 2009. After two albums and subsequent praise from Paste Magazine, they landed opening slots for Mumford & Sons and gigs at Bonnaroo and SXSW. The band’s latest self-titled album earned them attention from Rolling Stone and NPR.

The Historic Tennessee Theatre

Hailed as “the South’s most beautiful theatre” when its doors first opened in 1928, The Historic Tennessee Theatre was considered Knoxville’s movie palace. Renovated in 2005, the theatre is now a world-class performing arts center, hosting everything from vintage films to concerts by today’s biggest artists.

Third Man Records

This famous Nashville record store founded by rocker Jack White also serves as a record label, live venue, photo studio and dark room. Its “Blue Room” is the only place in the world that records live shows direct-to-acetate, producing a vinyl master in real time.

Broadway Historic District

Appropriately nicknamed “the Honky Tonk Highway,” this historical stretch of Broadway is home to Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Robert’s Western World and other famous haunts featuring live music 24/7. Many of country music’s biggest names got their start playing here, and are known to show up for surprise performances.