Nashville

Thomas Wilmer

 The Ryman Auditorium, revered as the “Mother Church” of country music, has been an anchor of the Nashville music scene for more than a century.

Thomas Wilmer

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer at the Tennessee State Library & Archives in Nashville, Tennessee with State Librarian and Archivist Charles Sherrill. The new 165,000 square-foot, 3-story facility is a game changer for anyone seeking information about any nuance of Tennessee’s history via robotic access to historical documents.

The multi-story robotic retrieval system archives are so extensive that if all the historical documents were set on one linear bookshelf—it would be 26-miles long.

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Join correspondent Tom Wilmer in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee for a visit at two iconic Midtown destinations. First up is a locals’ favorite dining spot--Midtown Café has been catering to locals and luminaries since 1987. We’ll stop in for a visit with general manager Doug Stevenson who’s been there with a smile on his face since 1996.

Next up is a visit with Hugh Anderson, general manager at the four-star Loews Vanderbilt Hotel, fitting located directly adjacent to Vanderbilt University and within walking distance of Music City’s attractions, including the iconic Ryman Auditorium. 

Intro & Outro music performed by Nashville musician Gabe Dixon from his album My Favorite on the Concord Music label.

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Come along and join correspondent Tom Wilmer deep in the realm of Tennessee’s historic whiskey distilleries. Wilmer visits with Kelly Coleman, brand home manager, and tour guide Tori Perry at Cascade Hollow Distillery in Tullahoma, Tennessee situated just down the road from Jack Daniels.

Cascade Hollow Distillery dates from 1878 when George Dickel opened for business in nearby Coffee County, Tennessee. 

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Join Tennessee’s poetic maven, “Maggie” Margaret Britton Vaughn with correspondent Tom Wilmer at Vaughn's home in the village of Bell Buckle, where she waxes eloquent about her immersive, creative life in Tennessee.

The diversity of her artistic expressions include decades of writing lyrics for Nashville Country stars including Ernest Tubb, Charley Weaver and Loretta Lynn.

Vaughn's lifelong friendship with Minnie Pearl remains as one of her true creative treasures…along with a lifelong adoration for Nashville’s “Mother Church”—The Ryman Auditorium.

Ms. Vaughn is celebrating her 26th year as the state of Tennessee’s official Poet Laureate. Close to her heart is her Bicentennial poem written back in 1996 that remains today as fresh and timeless as yesterday.

Come along and join Ms. Vaughn for a riveting and hilarious hour of tales about her amazing 83-year journey chronicling a passionate love for life in the south.

Tennessee Tourism

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit with Mark Ezell, Tennessee Commissioner of Tourist Development. As an enticing inducement to stimulate travelers to experience not only the allures of Nashville but the myriad outdoor experiences around the state, 10,000 $250 airline vouchers are up for grabs as an integral part of the state’s “Tennessee on Me” tourism initiative.

Come along and join Ezell as he shares the incredible litany of things to do and see across the state, from city experiences including Memphis, Chattanooga, and of course Nashville, to an incredible array of outdoor activities.

Nashville's Big Back Yard, an economic and tourism initiative focused on a natural watershed region wending through the Natchez Trace National Parkway, features 12 rural communities. Leiper's Fork is the northern anchor, not far from Nashville. The Big Back Yard journey traverses Tennessee's southwest Quarter down to Alabama's legendary Shoals region--the mother ship of American Music.

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Join correspondent Tom Wilmer in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee where he visits with two artists, Lisa Fox and David Arms who own galleries in the heart of uptown Leiper’s Fork. The rural community is less than 40 miles from Nashville, but it’s a world apart.

The Art of Leiper’s Fork is the ninth in a series showcasing the Nashville’s Big Back Yard economic initiative—a showcase of rural destinations along the Natchez Trace National Parkway from Leiper’s Fork, down along the Parkway route to Northern Alabama’s Shoals Region.

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Amber Falls Winery and Cellars, situated close to the Natchez Trace National Parkway, is just 17 minutes away from the town of Hohenwald and an hour and a quarter to downtown Nashville. In addition to a tasting room with retail sales and outdoor live-music events scheduled throughout the year, cottages adjacent to the winery are available for overnight stays.

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Nashville’s Big Back Yard, an economic and tourism initiative focused on a natural watershed region wending through the Natchez Trace National Parkway, features 12 rural communities. Leiper’s Fork is the northern anchor, not too far from Nashville. The Big Back Yard journey traverses Tennessee’s southwest quarter down into Alabama’s legendary Shoals region—the mother ship of American music.

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Studio in the heart of Nashville’s historic Music Row. Matt Mangano, studio director and bass player in the Zac Brown Band, talks about the facility’s history and present day operations in the former church.

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One of Nashville’s coolest destinations is just nine miles from the heart of downtown. Warner Park encompasses 3,100 acres of forests and open fields, featuring nationally-recognized jogging trails, biking and equestrian trails, a legendary steeplechase and a nature center.

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer reports from musican Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Studio in the heart of Nashville’s historic Music Row. Matt Mangano, studio director and bass player in the Zac Brown Band, talks about the facility’s history and present day operations in the former church.

Underbed music: "Shoofly Pie" and "Me and the Boys in the Band" from Zac Brown Band's new album: "The Owl."

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Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with three Nashville culinary stars: Nick Bishop, owner of Hattie B’s Hot Chicken; Maneet Chauhan, owner/chef at Tánsuŏ Nashville contemporary Chinese cuisine; and Chef Bobby Hodge at Oak Steakhouse. Hattie B’s has been featured on the Food Network and since its inception seven years ago has rapidly expanded into Birmingham, Atlanta and Las Vegas. In addition to owning and operating four Nashville restaurants, Ms. Chauhan is a Food Network judge on the show "Chopped." Chef Hodge was recently featured in "Eat This Not That! 21 Southern Chef-Approved Tricks for Making the Perfect Deviled Eggs."

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Nashville, Tennessee’s prime attractions include the Grand Ole Opry, the fabled Ryman Auditorium, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. But beyond the limelight, there are alternative Nashville experiences. Correspondent Tom Wilmer explores Mid-Town, East, North, and West Nashville neighborhoods, and kayaking on the Cumberland River. The antebellum town of Franklin, a half-hour drive from downtown with more than 30 live-music venues, also has an array of boutiques, antique shops and eateries. Franklin’s residents include several music stars such as Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Historic Rock Castle, built in 1783, is middle Tennessee’s oldest home. The historic plantation is preserved with period furnishings and offers home tours and annual festival events.

Country Music Hall of Fame entry
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The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee is the Mother Ship where the entire history of country music from the 1800's to present is showcased and revered in the 360,000 square-foot multi-story facility.

Correspondent Tom Wilmer accompanies Robin Tierney onstage at the Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, Tennessee
Ryman Auditorium

The Ryman Auditorium, revered as the “Mother Church” of country music, has been an anchor of the Nashville music scene for more than a century. The Country Music Hall of Fame in NashvilleTennessee is the Mother Ship where the entire history of country music is showcased in the 360,000 square-foot multi-story facility.

Mention the name Nashville, Tennessee, and the first things that comes to mind are invariable music, musicians, and songwriters.   Nashville is known far and wide as Music City, but it’s also the home to a full-size exact replica of the Parthenon in Athen
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Nashville is known far and wide as Music City, but it’s also the home to a full-size exact replica of the Parthenon in Athens. How this incredible architectural gem came to be dates back to the pioneer days when Nashville was dubbed the Athens of the South due to its passion for education and the arts.

Johnny Cash Museum

The Johnny Cash Museum is situated in the heart of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Join Angela Dodson, Director of Marketing for an insider’s look at the Johnny Cash Museum and its premier collection of memorabilia. Dodson also shares insights about the soon to open (spring 2017) adjunct 4,000 square-foot venue dedicated to Patsy Cline.

Patrick Martin (left) with Tom Wilmer at his newest Nashville Bar-B-Que joint in downtown Nashville
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Patrick Martin founded Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint in Nashville, Tennessee ten years ago. His cooking is such the rave around here that there are now four Nashville locations in addition to eateries in West Virginia and Kentucky. There are ribs, chicken and catfish at Martin's, but the pride of Patrick’s culinary talents is centered around his live-fire bar-b-que’d pulled West Tennessee whole hog, slow cooked in the pit for 24 hours.

Wesley Keegan Tailgate Beer
Tailgate Beer

Wesley Keegan distributes a wide array of craft beers around the state of Tennessee, while the overseas market is clamoring for his brews to the point that they are rationed and sold only by the single can in England.

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer for a visit at Tailgate Brewery in Nashville with owner Wesley Keegan. Tailgate averages 30 beers on tap, and rolls out at least two new beers every week.

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer in Nashville, Tennessee at the Black Abbey Brewing Company for a visit with founder, Carl Meier as he share’s the brewery’s signature beers, and connection with 16th Century Martin Luther, his wife Catherine, and modern day Frothy Monkey coffee.

Austin Smith & Tom Wilmer talk hot chicken
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It’s hot chicken, big brews, and frozen craft-cocktails at Party Fowl in Nashville, Tennessee

At Party Fowl restaurant in Nashville Tennessee, hot is an understatement, as they have refined the art of serving “Nashville Hot” southern fried chicken to a fine art. 

Whiskey pot still at Corsair Distillery
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Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Darek Bell, owner and visionary at Corsair Distillery.

Corsair is the second oldest craft distillery in Tennessee, and was the very first to set up shop in Nashville.  

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Fat Bottom Brewing warehouse
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Ben Bredesen, owner and founder of Fat Bottom Brewing in East Nashville Tennessee, turned in his high-tech employment badge and decided to follow his passion for crafting beer, and he’s never looked back.

Correspondent Tom Wilmer visits with Ben Bredesen at his brewery where he talks passionately about Fat Bottom’s litany of beers. 

owners Andy and Charlie at Green Brier Distillery
Green Brier Distillery

 Charlie and Andy Nelson could easily serve as poster-children of the new generation of young Tennessee entrepreneurs who have a vision and act on it, in spite of obstacles and naysayers.

By pure happenstance the Nelson brothers stumbled upon a historical marker in the rural Tennessee village of Green Brier that transformed their lives.

Gabe Dixon at Bluebird Cafe
Thomas Wilmer

 Join NPR podcast host Tom Wilmer at the legendary Bluebird Cafe for a conversation with Nashville based musician, Gabe Dixon.

Just mention the name Bluebird Café to anyone in the world familiar with the Nashville Music Scene and you are bound to receive a fond smile of reverence in response. 

Front facade Ryman Auditorium
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Join Lisaann Dupont, PR and Digital Media Manager at the legendary Ryman Auditorium. Revered as the “Mother Church” of country music, the Ryman has been an anchor of the Nashville music scene for more than a century.

The Grand Ole Opry moved in to the Ryman in 1943 where it broadcast shows weekly across the airwaves every Saturday on WSM 650 AM radio.

Nashville is so much more than just the epicenter of the Country Music scene. The town, passionately dubbed Music City, is a Mecca of sorts for every musical idiom imaginable. It’s an extremely hip and happening destination where more than 700 people arrive every week to take up residence in Music City. And there's also a fascinating historical architectural underpinning that gives the town a certain elegance.