2017 will be a Tennessee tourism trifecta:
1) Nashville celebrates the 125th anniversary of Ryman Auditorium, the Grand Ole Opry’s first home, while the nearby Country Music Hall of Fame turns 50.
2) Memphis takes center stage in August, with a candlelight vigil and concerts marking the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death. (The new Guest House at Graceland “celebrates Elvis and his legacy.”)
3) Bristol, Tenn., and its sister city, Bristol, Va., (on either side of a shared main street) honor their rich musical heritage (Jimmie Rogers, the Carter Family) and the 90th anniversary of some historic recording sessions. The Birthplace of Country Music Museum — a Smithsonian affiliate — invites visitors to mix music and sing karaoke.