The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has launched a free website that uses curated materials from the museum’s collection to explore the history of Nashville’s Music Row.
The collection includes its creative community of recording artists, songwriters, studio musicians and producers, record companies, music publishers and other music business professionals. Funded through a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s Access to Historical Records: Major Initiatives grant program, the Historic Music Row: Nashville’s Creative Crossroads highlights 15 landmark businesses and organizations as representatives of the hundreds that have contributed to Music Row’s cultural significance.
Online visitors can also follow the footsteps of six Country Music Hall of Fame members to understand how Music Row and its essential services played an important role in their music careers.
Music Row is the historic hub of Nashville’s music industry. Established in the mid-1950s, by 1979, over 600 music-centric businesses were located within a few blocks of each other in the compact former residential neighborhood. In 2015, the National Park Service’s National Trust for Historic Preservation designated Music Row as a “National Treasure.” In 2019, the neighborhood, rapidly losing music-centric businesses and buildings to new development, was placed on the organization’s annual list of “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.”
To view this resource and for additional information, visit musicrow.countrymusichalloffame.org/.