A few years ago, I had the pleasure of spending some time in Kentucky. It's a beautiful state. And a stone's throw away is Tennessee. And I was lucky enough to spend some time in Nashville. Nashville is probably the most important city in America for the development of songwriters and musicians. By some sources, there are in excess of 350 studios in metro Nashville. More happens here than in New York or Los Angeles.
The music scene is non-stop. Almost every venue (read...bar) has live music from 11:00 am until closing. Non-stop. And there are a hundred venues that do this. The city is gorgeous, user friendly, and has the nicest, most accomodating folks you ever could meet. The entire area exudes music, from country, to rock, to blues, to bluegrass, to jazz, to indie, and everything in-between. You'd be surprised what's bubbling on the streets and in the studios. Nashville celebrates music and you should celebrate Nashville.
The best pleasure while there was attending the Grand Ole Opry. It is the classiest and most accoustically correct venue I have ever attended. And the music is... fun! I was lucky enough to see Allison Kraus that evening. Absolutely wonderful. And fortunate to see Little Jimmy Dickens host. Check out his history and legacy here... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Jimmy_Dickens
Best of all, you can listen to all the shows live at WSM 650 AM. Here's a link to listen live. http://wsmonline.com/listen-live/ Long haul truckers enjoyed this for years, thanks to open plains and a strong AM signal. Thankfully, we can now do the same.
Check the Grand Ole Opry schedule at http://www.opry.com/ and then listen live. It really doesn't get much better than that.