Also known as the “heart of the country music-scene” with the long-running Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and a legendary stretch of honky-tonks and dance halls in Nashville. Memphis, in the far southwest, is the home of Elvis Presley’s Graceland, rock-and-roll pioneering Sun Studio and the blues clubs of Beale Street. Then, on the other side of the state, Bristol is known as the “birthplace” of country music. Appalachian mountain folk music has been popular for generations. Many of the fiddle tunes and song styles came over from the British Isles in the 1700s. Nearby, Pigeon Forge highlights several country music revues at dinner theaters like Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. It is also home of the Dollywood Theme Park, a beautiful getaway area with the Smoky Mountains as a backdrop.
The Volunteer State – is a nickname that began during the War of 1812 as thousands of volunteer soldiers from Tennessee played a prominent role in this war, especially during the Battle of New Orleans. When the state asked for 2,800 Tennessee volunteers during the Mexican War, the nickname was reinforced as there were 30,000 responding to the call.