Nashville Music Row is both a representation of Nashville, Tennessee and a live music venue. Nashville is, of course, home of The Grand Ole Opry music hall and mecca for country music fans and performers world-wide.
The sim offers a guided tour carriage ride featuring Music Park, Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, The Stage, and the Bluebird Café, all rendered as closely to their RL sources as possible and accompanied by both auditory and note card information about the RL sites. Here you will find a wide menu of live performances and may even be greeted by Ms Patsy Cline (in bot form) offering you group membership and event updates.
I visited Nashville Music Row and was impressed with the build overall. Especially with how much information was available about the various sights there. Even in the middle of the night when no one was around, it was an interesting place to explore. I even found myself trying to converse with Ms Patsy Cline and ask her about the sim until I realized that she was actually a bot. :) When I brought my partner, who had been to RL Nashville several times, she said the main buildings were, in fact, very good replicas.
I had the chance to speak with Immyour Destiny, one of the builders of Nashville Music Row.
DoctorKaren: How long has Nashville Music Row been in SL and who is behind it?
Immyour Destiny: The sim turned 2 in March of 2014. Nil McCallin and I did the build, but the inspiration for the idea came from Bo Hoyes, who is both the sim owner and who used to play some of the RL Nashville clubs back in the day when he was on the road. This was his dream, and a great bunch of people came together to make it happen for him.
DoctorKaren: What was Bo's idea for Nashville Music Row?
Immyour Destiny: Bo wanted a place where musicians and songwriters could come and share their love of music and talent with others from all over the world. Nashville is one of the largest and well known places for singers and songwriters, so we decided to recreate it in SL.
DoctorKaren: Is there a focus just on country music?
Immyour Destiny: We are mainly country music, but we are not limited to that. We have many singers from pop, bluegrass and rock genres, for instance. The goal was to provide the setting for as much live performing as we could manage.
DoctorKaren: How many performances are there usually at Nashville Music Row?
Immyour Destiny: We have four active venues on the sim, Tootsies Orchid Lounge, The Stage, Bluebird Cafe, and Music Park. Together, we host over forty shows a week. We are proud that this gives us as many or more concurrent shows than anywhere else in SL.
DoctorKaren: What else is offered to visitors?
Immyour Destiny: We have the Ryman Auditorium, which can be rented for weddings and is used for fund raisers such as Relay For Life and Toys for Tots. We have carriage rides and a movie theatre. We now have, in the works, a Patsy Cline tribute show at the Ryman Auditorium. Additionally, people who may never get to see the RL Nashville can get a glimpse of it right here in SL. That's why we paid such attention to detail in the constructions, making the buildings almost exact replicas of their RL counterparts.
Nashville's Music Row