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Willie and Wildhorse

April 26, 2014

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The Willie Nelson & Friends Museum & General Store has been a Nashville tradition for over thirty years and is now the oldest continuously operated country music artist Museum and souvenir shop in Nashville. It features Nashville’s largest souvenir shop and a showcase museum dedicated to traditional country music legends, and one of the world’s largest collections of personal items from Willie Nelson and his many friends including Patsy Cline, Porter Wagoner, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Mel Tillis, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Barbara Mandrell, Conway Twitty, Norma Jean, Ronnie Milsap, and many others.

I’ve never been a big Willie Nelson fan, but I wouldn’t mind seeing this museum. It is “dedicated to honoring the pioneers that made Country Music what it is today.” It not only has an extensive collection of memorabilia for a variety of country music stars, but also has a 5,000-square-foot gift shop and even sells cowboy hats.

The world-famous Wildhorse Saloon is on historic 2nd Avenue in downtown Nashville. The family friendly, 66,000-square-foot venue is filled with three floors of action-packed fun including live entertainment, Southern cuisine, line dancing and much more.

It just so happens that the Wildhorse is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this summer, too. Since they opened in the same year Tim and I got married, I think we should definitely go there on our anniversary trip. On June 19th the Wildhorse Saloon’s 20th Anniversary Event will include a concert featuring three country music groups that got their start on the Wildhorse stage: Lonestar, Trick Pony, and Ricochet.

Even when there are no events scheduled, there is always a house band playing live music. They even offer line-dance lessons. The Wildhorse Saloon’s restaurant is the winner of multiple awards from both regional and national competitions. They are known for their Southern barbecue, juicy steaks, and famous fried pickles.

If I have to choose between Willie and Wildhorse . . . well . . . Sorry, Willie.

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4 Comments
  1. I think I’m with you on this one; the Wildhorse sounds like the place to be.

  2. Kensi Kempf permalink

    They both sound like fun. There are so many things to do that you are gonna need more than a week there.

    • I know! We are really going to have to plan well to fit in as much as we can.

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