Nashville is one of the most thrilling cities in the United States; not only is it the capital of Tennessee, but it is also the unofficial capital of Country Music. If you want to learn more about this exciting city, keep reading!
Nashville gets its name from an American Revolutionary hero named Francis Nash. It was founded in the year 1779 by John Donelson, James Robertson, and a group of Overmountain Men. Its convenient location on the Cumberland River saw the city grow rather quickly. Nashville officially became a city in 1806, when it also became the county seat of Davidson County.
Music plays a big part in the culture of the city. A number of record labels call Nashville home, or at least have offices here. Southwest of downtown is Music Row, an area that literally has hundreds of businesses related to Country Music, Contemporary Christian Music, and Gospel Music. Nashville is the second-largest city when it comes to music production (after New York). Since 1984, the city has also been the home of Gibson, the guitar company.
While Nashville is most known for music, there is an industry that is even bigger here; health care.
There are more than 300 health care companies that call the city home, including the biggest private sector of hospitals in the world, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). According to the latest statistics, Nashville’s economy sees $30 billion from the health care industry. It also provides 200,000 jobs in the area!
As far as dining goes, popular foods that can be found throughout many of the hundreds of restaurants in the city include hot fish, hot chicken, and pretty much anything barbecue.
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center is the largest and most popular center of its kind in Nashville. It is home to The Nashville Opera, The Nashville Ballet, The Music Drum and Bugle Corps and the Tennessee Repertory Theatre.
Tourism is booming in the city. One of the top attractions is the longest running radio show in the world, The Grand Ole Opry. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is also located here, which has country music fans from all over the country coming in. Those interested in the Civil War also love coming here, as sites related to the Battle of Nashville, the Battle of Stones River and the Battle of Franklin can all be seen by visitors.