Landmarks: The Stages of Country Music

Experience the sounds, feelings, history, people and stories behind the greatest venues of Country Music, as told by journalists, artists and the people who lived the legends. 

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The Station Inn - Check out the home of Bluegrass music in Nashville. See why artists such as Dierks Bentley, Carly Pearce, Lindsay Ell, the Bros. Osborne, and Jon Randall truly love the Station Inn, and learn why Charlie Worsham calls this place “The Opry for Bluegrass.”
Gruene Hall - Known for introducing “new” acts like George Strait and Maren Morris, Gruene Hall is truly a unique place. Situated between Austin and San Antonio, tune in to hear the story of how Willie Nelson came to the rescue of this one-of-a kind dance hall and very special Texas town.
The Ryman - The history of “the Mother Church”, including the story of why Emmylou Harris gets credit for saving the Ryman from the wrecking ball, and why she is called “the Ryman Angel.” Plus, a backstage tour with Lindsay Ell, taking us on stage and behind the scenes.
Tootsie's - From Tootsie Bes to Kris Kristofferson to Chris Janson, the stories of how Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge set the stage for the rebirth of lower Broadway. Hear from artists, like Terri Clark, who got their start at Tootsie’s. Revisit the legendary nights, when Cher showed up, when Steven Tyler got on stage, and when Hank Williams Jr. dropped by.
Billy Bob's - Billy Bob’s lives up to its billing as “the World’s Largest Honky-Tonk.” Large enough to hold a concert stage and a bull riding ring all under the same roof. We’ll go backstage and to the green room with artists like Sara Evans, Charlie Worsham and Robert Earl Keen. We celebrate 40 years of stories, performances, and Monkey Shots with the people who keep the music alive and the beer ice cold.
Exit/In - The Exit/In’s remarkable story of resilience is shared. From a listening room to a rock club to a country music showcase place, The Exit/In has been making a home in Nashville for musical misfits for over fifty years. Artists recall their first time playing the Exit/In, including Sara Evans, who returns to the Exit/In for the first time in twenty-five years.
Tennessee Theatre - The Tennessee Theatre is an architectural and musical gem in Knoxville, Tennessee. Built originally as a movie palace in the 1920’s, it has seen musicians take the stage from Emmylou Harris to Sugarland. Learn why countless artists simply call it a magical venue.
Stubb's - Come with us to Austin, Texas, where a place known for its BBQ hosts some of the biggest acts in country music. Everyone from Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Stevie Ray Vaughn have plugged in and played at Stubbs. Artists such as Bros. Osborne, Lindsay Ell, Charlie Worsham, Carly Pearce, Tyler Farr, and Chris Janson all share some of their favorite memories from the best smelling music venue in the country.
Bluebird Café - The Bluebird Café has showcased and celebrated songwriters for almost 40 years. The woman who started it all, Amy Kurlander, recounts the stories of how the Bluebird launched careers of artists like Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift, and provided a place for the most accomplished songwriters in Nashville to share their stories and songs.
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Opry - The history of the Opry House, from opening night in 1974 with President Richard Nixon to the flood of 2010 is told by the artists and performers who cherish the venue, the music, and the people behind the scenes who have made Saturdays at the Opry a national treasure. We go backstage with Carly Pearce for her night at the Opry.
Wildhorse Saloon - The Wild Horse Saloon has been an important part of the downtown Nashville music scene since 1994, as a live music spot, dance club and TV show venue. From Trace Adkins to Kenny Chesney to Shania Twain, the list of artists who have performed at the Wild Horse is long and varied. The dance club started during the line dancing craze of the 90’s, and hasn’t stopped, even offering free line dancing lessons every night.
Live on Stage - Every artist remembers the first time they got up and sang in front of an audience. They all have stories about the first time they played live on stage. In this episode we explore how artists connect with their audiences and what makes those moments so special.

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