July 22nd, 2009 ~ Take a two-hour trip to Music City, U.S.A. as we hit the high-class and the low-class joints. Nashville has been a hub of playing and recording country music for over 50 years, while also generating a steady stream of regional R & B hits. Come backstage at the Grand Ole Opry and meet the people who make it work, from ushers and announcers to long-time cast members Porter Wagoner, Marty Stuart and others. Pop into the venerable Gruhn's Guitars, grab a bite at the Pancake Pantry and pay respects at country music's finest final resting place, Spring Hill Cemetery.

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  • Open Bed: Grand Ole Opry Song Jimmy Martin
    Jimmy Martin, 1954-1974 , Bear Family
  • Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy Uncle Dave Macon
    Oxford American: 2006 Southern Music CD , CMT
  • Clip: Opry employee Jo Walker and visitors
  • Clip: Ray Charles
  • It Makes No Difference Ray Charles
    The Complete Country & Western Recordings 1959 - 1986 , Rhino
  • Clip: George Jones
  • The Great Speckled Bird Roy Acuff
    The King of Country Music , Bear Family
  • Clip: Charlie Louvin
  • When I Stop Dreaming The Louvin Brothers
    Classic Country Music: A Smithsonian Collection , Smithsonian
  • SEGMENT: Eddie Stubbs
  • Honky Tonk Blues Hank Williams
    Live at the Grand Ole Opry , Mercury
  • Instrumental: Green, Green, Grass of Home Appalachian Pickers
    Old Timey Country , K-Tel
  • SEGMENT: Porter Wagoner
  • Green Green Grass of Home Porter Wagoner
    Greatest Hits , BMG
  • SEGMENT: Marty Stuart
  • Excerpt of "Girl from the North Country" Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash
    The Best of the Johnny Cash TV Show , Sony
  • Instrumental: Sunny Booker T. & The MG's
    Hip Hug-Her , Atlantic
  • Excerpt of "Fox Chase" DeFord Bailey
    From Where I Stand: The Black Experience in Country Music , Warner Bros
  • SEGMENT: Bobby Hebb
  • Night Train to Memphis Bobby Hebb
    Bobby Hebb: The "Sunny" Anthology 1960-1976 , World in Gold
  • Excerpt of "Cotton Fields" Charley Pride
    In Person , KOCH
  • I Fall to Pieces Patsy Cline
    The Patsy Cline Collection , MCA
  • Excerpt of "Three Days" k.d. lang
    Absolute Torch and Twang , Sire
  • Clip: k.d. lang
  • Clip: Tessa Swinehart portraying Minnie Pearl at the Opry
  • Excerpt of "Comedy with Minnie Pearl" Hank Williams
    Live at the Grand Ole Opry , Mercury
  • End Bed: Midnight Silence Lloyd Green
    Lloyd Green and his Steel Guitar , Americana
  • Open Bed: I'll See You In My Dreams Merle Travis
    Strictly Guitar , Sundazed
  • Nashville Cats The Lovin' Spoonful
    Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful , Buddha
  • Clip: Pancake Pantry
  • Milwaukee, Here I Come George Jones and Brenda Carter
    40 Years of Duets , Time/Life
  • Me and Paul Willie Nelson
    Nite Life: Greatest Hits & Rare Tracks 1959 - 1971 , Rhino
  • SEGMENT: Elizabeth Cook
  • Don't Come Home A Drinkin' Loretta Lynn
    The Nashville Sound... Owen Bradley , MCA/Decca
  • Instrumental: Stand By Your Man Hits of Western Swing
    Hits of Western Swing, CMH
  • Excerpt of "Tear Down the Grand Ole Opry" John Hartford
    Aereo-Plain , Rounder
  • Clip: Broadway, Downtown Nashville
  • Excerpt of "Guitar Town" Steve Earle
    Ain't Ever Satisfied: The Steve Earle Collection , Hip-O
  • SEGMENT: George Gruhn at Gruhn Guitars
  • Uncle Pen Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys
    From the Vaults: Decca Country Classics 1934 - 1973 , MCA
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky Elvis Presley
    The King of Rock 'N Roll: The Complete '50s Masters , RCA
  • Instrumental: Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia Auldridge, Brozman & Grisman
    Tone Poems III , Acoustic Disc
  • The Golden Rocket Hank Snow
    RCA Country Legends , Buddha
  • Clip: Charlie Louvin on the Grand Ole Opry
  • SEGMENT: Opry official photographer Les Leverett
  • Clip: Spring Hill Cemetery
  • Will The Circle Be Unbroken Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    Will The Circle Be Unbroken , Capitol