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It's a Twang Thang

• Grand Ole Opry, 2802 Opryland Dr., 615-889-3060, www.opry.com. Shows are held Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Admission starts at $25.50.

• Slow Bar, 1024 Woodland St., 615-262-4701, www.slowbar.com. This laid-back east Nashville bar is a magnet for hip country fans, with a pool table and great live music. But check the schedule first – it's not always country.

A plaque commemorates the late Waylon Jennings at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. (Mark Humphrey - AP Photo)


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• Gray Line "Homes of the Stars" tour. See the homes of Alan Jackson, Dolly Parton, Suzy Bogguss, Ronnie Milsap and others on a three-hour bus tour. Cost is $21; pickups at major hotels and Ryman Auditorium. Details: 615-883-5555, www.graylinenashville.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

• Fan Fair, June 13-16. Billed as the "World's Biggest Country Music Festival," Fan Fair is so named because the stars meet and greet their fans, obliging them with autographs and photographs in addition to performances. This year's schedule is not yet complete, but among those scheduled are Billy Ray Cyrus, Lee Ann Womack, Jo Dee Messina and Tammy Cochran. Four-day tickets are $145, $125 or $100; daily tickets are $17. Hotels book up early, so reserve well ahead. Details: 866-FAN-FAIR, www.fanfair.com/2002.

• Uncle Dave Macon Days, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (about a 30-minute drive southeast of Nashville), July 12-14. Honoring the mountain music of Uncle Dave Macon, this free festival includes a renowned banjo competition and old-time clogging events. Details: 800-716-7560.

SHOPPING: For fans looking for country music souvenirs, it's hard to beat Broadway. The street has a chain store or two, but there's also the Ernest Tubb record shop (417 Broadway) and the fabulous Hatch Show Print (316 Broadway), country music postermakers for generations and a Nashville institution now owned by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Or pick up a burger and a pair of boots at Robert's Western World (416 Broadway), a bootery and bar with pictures of country stars – and not quite stars – lining the walls.

INFORMATION: Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, 800-657-6910 or 615-743-3000, www.nashvillecvb.com.


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