Nashville: A Destination About Much More Than Just Music

"Welcome to Nashville. You can pick up your luggage and guitar cases at carousel one," announces the flight attendant upon landing in the Tennessean capital. This, like many, were the words welcoming me into Music City.

Nashville offers more than 125 settings that play blues, rock, jazz and country music. Finding these spots is just a matter of looking for a "Live Music Venue" sign. Music is everywhere. You'll even hear tunes from traffic boxes at downtown intersections while waiting for the signals to change. Nashville is the world's largest community of songwriters and it's a place where, on New Year's Eve, a musical note (the world's only) drops instead of a glittering ball.