"Chances are, your Nashville guidebook won?t mention this hidden gem..." says Forbes about The Johnny Cash Museum, which only opened in May of 2013, "but it feels like it?s been here forever, with the kind of authenticity that has to be earned." The museum represents an immense labor of love by owner Bill Miller, who considers it an honor to have been a lifelong fan and friend of one of America's most iconic singer-songwriters.
Miller's admiration for The Man in Black adds a warm touch to the museum's memorabilia, which details both the musician's life and illustrious career. Visitors can view such artifacts as Cash's handwritten lyrics to "I Walk the Line," his original 1959 Gibson J-200 guitar, and the suit that he wore when he performed "Hot Cross Buns" for former President and First Lady Nixon at the White House in 1971. More personal items, including love letters between Cash and his wives, are also on display. This rare look into the world of a cultural legend landed the museum on National Geographic's list of Pitch-Perfect Museums, and earned it an AAA Gem rating?an honor only bestowed upon six Nashville attractions.
From country to rock, the Musicians Hall Of Fame & Museum celebrates the achievements of musicians from virtually every decade since the golden era of studio recording, starting in the 1950's and from every corner of the country. Each section of the over 20,000-square-foot museum exhibit space focuses on an important city in the history of American music (including Detroit, Los Angeles, Muscle Shoals, Atlanta, Memphis, and, of course, Nashville) and explores each area's contributions.
Rare and must-see artifacts are everywhere, including one of Jimi Hendrix's guitars, the drums that session musician Hal Blaine used to record with The Beach Boys and Frank Sinatra, and the bass used on Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA." Most importantly, the Musicians Hall Of Fame & Museum is a testament to the musicians themselves, regularly inducting icons from Chet Atkins, Les Paul, Glen Campbell to Booker T. & The M.G.'s, Barbara Mandrell, and Charlie Daniels.
As a Sugar Creek Carriages horse, Flint attends so many weddings he might as well be standing on a cake. The charming percheron draft horse sports a fair complexion and snowy mane that match traditionally white wedding dresses and the wedding carriages he often tows. He is one of 10 well-groomed, mannerly horses and ponies that provide the horsepower for an array of stylish buggies. Additionally, the animals make appearances at festivals, reenactments, and kids' pony parties. Sugar Creek Carriages also networks with the entertainment industry, a connection that recently led pop singer Justin Bieber to rent a carriage while he was in Nashville and his unicorn-drawn chariot was in the shop.
Fired Up fuels the flames of creativity with hundreds of unfinished pottery pieces, including plates, platters, bowls, and mugs. Amid its orange and yellow walls, the contemporary studio lets visitors choose whatever pieces they want and equips them with paints, brushes, stencils, and other design tools. After the decorating process, the studio clear-glazes and fires finished pieces, making them safe to use with real food or fake food during imaginary tea parties. Fired Up opens its doors for studio sessions, as well as for birthdays, field trips, and special events.