Another stop during our time in Twang Town was The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The large, glass fronted building's lobby was light and airy. A fountain splashed cheerfully against warm stonework. Our tickets all bore different country stars both past and present.
Displays of outfits from famous stars lined the walls with booths where you could step in and hear music from different points in time.
I spent a long time examining the display of guitars and other instruments from musicians of the past. You could see the scuffs where they were used during performances. My favorite part of the building was a spiral staircase in a large, three-story room. The wall of the room was covered with certified gold/platinum records. Lined up in rows, it was an incredible sight to see all these metallic records and know that each one represents an artist, the band, producers, and countless hours of work to make that song a hit. It is like seeing the blood, sweat, tears, and dreams distilled into a single metal disk.
I spent most of my time in an exhibit on California country. The music scene in California has produced some of the best music in the land. This is a distinctive style of country music that I've loved all my life. Honest and real songs with a beautiful sound. I lingered in the exhibit to try to see everything they've put together at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. If you are ever in Nashville, the museum is definitely worth a visit.
For more information on the Country Music Hall of Fame visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org.