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Tour 2017 - players discover Nashville’s musical heritage

Posted on 28 July 2017  - 02:15

Nashville is the home of country music - so where better for our players to immerse themselves in the city’s local culture than at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Dele, Ben, Kieran and Eric tune in at the Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumThe lads find Elvis Presley's plaque on the wallDele, Ben, Kieran and Eric in amongst the Golden DiscsDele and Ben check out the plaques on the wall

Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier visited the iconic venue, that seeks to collect, preserve and interpret the evolving history and traditions of country music.

It is the home of this popular American art form, safeguarding over 2.5 million artefacts, with two expansive floors of gallery space featuring permanent- and limited - engagement exhibits.

It is one of Nashville’s most popular tourist destinations, celebrating the history of the scene and some of its most notable artists, including Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift.

Below: Kieran, Dele, Ben and Eric at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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During their visit, the lads were taken on a guided tour of the museum, having their picture taken with Elvis’ car and experiencing the Taylor Swift Educational Centre.

Eric said: “I admit I didn’t know too much about country music before visiting today but it’s something that you have to do if you come to Nashville.

“The museum is huge and there are so many interesting exhibits, so it was great to visit and find out a little bit more about the culture.

“It’s also good to get out of the hotel and see what Nashville has to offer. It’s clear that there is a big interest in football here so we’re expecting a big crowd on Saturday and a huge amount of support."

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Country music is a musical genre that originated in the Southern United States in the 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as folk music and blues.

In 2009 country music was the most listened to rush hour radio genre during the evening commute, and second most popular in the morning commute in the United States.