The King in Nashville – Finding Elvis in Music City

When you think of the legendary Elvis Presley, more than likely the first things that come to mind are his music and his larger than life presence. In geographical terms, you may associate the King of Rock and Roll with Las Vegas, where he enjoyed much success late in his career, or Memphis, base of his palatial Graceland. Yet, don’t rule out Nashville if you plan a pilgrimage of Elvisian proportions. There are quite a few landmarks around Music City that either pay homage to the King or represent various points of his career. Here are just a few must-sees for fans.

1) Willie Nelson and Friends General Store and Museum: It may seem like most popular country music stars have their own attractions in the area, but when you visit the family-operated tribute to Willie Nelson you’re guaranteed to have a good time. Among the wealth of personal memorabilia on display one will find Willie’s memories of his encounters with Elvis and other music greats like Porter Wagoner and Patsy Cline. (2613A McGavock Pike Nashville, TN)

2) Country Music Hall of Fame Museum: How can you have an attraction with a name like this and not include one of the most successful entertainers of the 20th century? Granted, Elvis is known more for his rock hits, but the King’s presence is grandly felt in his gospel roots and on country recordings. Elvis is a country music inductee, and when you visit you can see his influence preserved here. (222 5th Ave South Nashville, TN)

3) Grand Ole Opry: One might think Elvis was a regular performer here, but in truth Presley only performed here once in 1954. Contrary to his stage presence, that night didn’t go well for the future King. Still, the Opryhouse is a popular venue to visit while in town and one more piece in the Elvis puzzle. (2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN)

4) RCA Studio B: This is Nashville’s Abbey Road, the recording studio to the some of the biggest names in music. Elvis recorded many a record here, and daily tours offered by the Country Music Hall of Fame delve deeper into trivia on the King’s time here. (30 Music Square W., Nashville, TN)

5) Sun Records: Aside from RCA, Elvis is often associated with this label, which released many of his early recordings. While the King mainly recorded for Sun in their Memphis studio, the main offices in Nashville offer a bit of the Elvis magic as well. (3106 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, TN)

No doubt about it, Elvis helped put the music in Music City. If you’re still shook up over the King after all these years, celebrate the man and the legend with the many tributes around town.