The Grand Ole Opry!

The most important “must see” attraction in Nashville is the Grand Ole Opry (translation: Grand Old Opera, a whimsical reference to a style of 19th century music known as “Grand Opera”).
The Grand Ole Opry House
The Grand Ole Opry is the world’s oldest live radio program and the heart of country music, broadcast on Nashville’s WSM radio station weekly since 1925. It’s a real radio program, with commercials and an announcer. We went to performances on two nights. Each night 8-12 people or bands perform, depending on who is in Nashville that week. You often don’t know exactly who will perform until you get there.
The Grand Ole Opry stage
These are just a few of the performers one evening. Larry Gatlin was one of the most successful stars of the 1970s and 1980s. Little Jimmy Dickens, now 91 years old, is a real legend -- a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 60 years and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Larry Gatlin performing
91-year-old Little Jimmy Dickens
The famous Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center is next to the Grand Ole Opry House, and is a tourist attraction by itself. It is the largest non-casino hotel in the U.S. outside of Las Vegas. The hotel includes a 1/4 mile (0.40 km) river inside with several kinds of fish.
The Gaylord Opryland Hotel interior river