Welcome to Music City. Whether you’re a visitor, Nashville native, or fresh off the bus with a guitar in hand, Nashville has a ton to offer. From local culture, sightseeing, restaurants and entertainment this up and coming city has been growing at an exceptional pace. Nashville, or commonly referred by locals as “Nashvegas” has just over 1.6 million folks in the metro and surrounding areas. The Music City capital is home to such professional sports teams as the Tennessee Titans (Football) and the Nashville Predators (Hockey) Both of which have gained a tremendous following over the years.
Besides the nickname “Nashvegas” Nashville is also touted as the “Athens of the South” for the 35+ colleges and universities it has within about a 30 mile radius. Located in the heart of Music City is the largest and one of the most prestigious schools, Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt is a private research university, founded in 1873, which enrolls approximately 12k students a year.
If you’re interested in music, you’ve come to the right place. While most people attribute Music City as being just a country music town, this is far from true. You can find just about any genre of music that fancies you. (yes I said “fancies”) From jazz, rock, classical, pop, and rap, Nashville is truly a diverse musical city. Many don’t realize how Nashville actually earned the nickname Music City. It can be traced back to 1874 where the Fisk Jubilee Singers from Fisk University performed for England’s Queen Victoria. She was so happy with the performance that she stated “These young people must surely come from a musical city”. The name finally stuck in the 1950’s when David Cobb of the Grand Ole Opry radio station, WSM, started using the nickname regularly.
While music is one of the top economies of the Music City, surprisingly it’s not the top industry. The top industry in Nashville is actually health care. Nashville has over 350 health care companies which have operations based here. Other Nashville industries that rival the music business are the banking and financial institutions, as well as transportation/logistics. Nashville has become a center hub between such cities as New York, L.A., Atlanta, and Miami, and is quickly becoming a “meet you in the middle” city, for industries worldwide. This is the reason Nashville is close to completing the Music City Center, a 1.2 million square foot convention center in the heart of downtown, scheduled to open early 2013.
Navigating Music City is not very difficult, although you will find several roads that change names a few times before returning to their original street name. (Not sure why this is) So again,whether you are a visitor, Nashville native, or fresh off the bus with a guitar in hand, Music City Limo is here to help you navigate, sight-see/tour, or simply get to and from Nashville International Airport. Music City Limo operates 24 hours a day with a vehicle to fit every type of need.