Friday, September 28, 2007

Country Music Hall of Fame

In the early 60s, the Country Music Association (CMA) inducted its first three honorees into the Country Music Hall of Fame. However, until 1967, the plaques were on display at the Tennessee State Museum awaiting the building of the Hall of Fame on Music Row. Due to growth of the museum, the original Hall of Fame closed in December, 2000 while exhibits were moved to the new building in downtown Nashville (above).

The new museum, which cost about $37 million to build, opened in May, 2001. Note that the windows and stone of the building are set in such a way that they mimic a piano keyboard. The antenna on top of the rotunda on the left is a replica of the WSM (host of the Grand Ol' Opry) radio tower. The discs under the tower represent the records and CDs, and the corner of the building on the right represent the fins of cars of the late 50s. Supposedly, from the air, the building is shaped like a bass clef. (You can get the idea from the curve of the building.)

Hanging in the museum's rotunda are the brass plaques of the inductees. There are travelling as well as permanent exhibits, and the museum strives to tell the two-century history of country music through the exhibits, video clips, recordings, and more.

Even if you aren't a fan of country music, the museum is worth the trip if you ever get to Nashville.

6 comments:

FĂ©nix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

Once I enlarged the photo I could see all those details you explained so well. A lot of thought went into the design of that building. Neat! :)

Quintarantino said...

It's more like the second way... bay zha... it's a bit hard this portuguese stuff.
Anyway, thanks for your kind comments.
Gonna blogroll you with this on. Is it ok with you?

Chris said...

Quint, yes, that would be great. Thank you!

Thanks, also, for answering my pronunciation question. I think I am going to try to find Portugese language classes.

Quintarantino said...

Guess it could be a good idea.
Then if you visited us it would be much easier and more fun.
You are blogrolled, madam!

GMG said...

Always thought to visit Nashville; never did, but now found a wonderful way to learn more about town!

Carlos Lorenzo said...

That's an impressive building. I like the curvy shape and the keyboard like windows.