The Country Music Hall of Fame is hosting several events to honor Elvis. You can find the schedule of events posted below at the end of this post. This post will mostly highlight Elvis related sites you can visit, and most sites are FREE!
At The Country Music Hall of Fame you can take a look at Elvis' specially customized white Gold Cadillac, and Elvis' solid gold piano which was a Christmas gift from his former wife, Priscilla. At the end of your tour you will see Elvis' bronze Country Music Hall of Fame induction member plaque. Warning: the photo used to etched Elvis' image on to the official plaque looks almost nothing like Elvis!
Located directly across the street from The Country Music Hall of Fame is the Music City Walk of Fame Park, where Elvis has a very nice star commemorating his time in Nashville. Elvis' star was unveiled at a ceremony November 9, 2009 by Elvis Imperial backup singer, Joe Moscheo. While you are downtown, visit Broadway where there is a simple 1950's Elvis statue located near the entrance of Legends Gift-shop. The statue is not bronze or "official" in any form, but it is still cool to have your photo taken with it!
Elvis recorded most of his albums at RCA Victor Studio B located at 1611 Roy Acuff Place. The studio today is very much the same, featuring original equipment, and the beautiful piano which Elvis played on numerous songs is at the studio. Anyone can drive by Studio B, and of course photograph the building but if you would like to tour the inside there is a tour! Tours of RCA Victor Studio B are ONLY available by purchasing a separate Studio B tour ticket at The Country Music Hall of Fame. Round trip shuttle service is provided.
Elvis' manager was Col. Tom Parker and his Nashville home/office was located in Madison. The North Law Office now occupies the former structure at 1215 Gallatin Road South. They will show you around some of the inside if you ask kindly, and you can of course always photograph the outside of the structure.
If you are really adventurous and feel comfortable at cemeteries, then you can visit Woodlawn Memorial Park located on Thompson Lane to pay your respects to two of Elvis' former backup singers. Resting at Woodlawn are Stamps Quartet member, J.D Sumner and Jordanair tenor singer, Gordon Stoker. Both graves are located inside the Cross Mausoleum on the 3rd floor.
Celebrating Elvis at The Country Music Hall of Fame
*Saturday, August 11 Family Program: Make Letterpress Art with Hatch Show Print. Participants will pull a limited edition Elvis Presley postcard on a vintage letterpress, and also use block images to create their own Bakersfield Sound poster.
*Saturday, August 11 Songs Fit for a King: Top Songwriters Remember Elvis. Legendary songwriters will tell stories about their original compositions that Elvis Presley recorded.
*Sunday. August 12 Film Screening: Elvis: That’s the Way It Is – Special Edition (2001). Filmed in 1970, this concert documentary follows a number of Elvis Presley rehearsals and performances, primarily at the International Hotel in Las Vegas.
*Saturday, August 18 Interview: Chips Moman Producer, songwriter, guitarist, and studio owner. Chips produced Elvis Presley’s hits, “Suspicious Minds,” “In the Ghetto,” and “Kentucky Rain” in 1969.
*Sunday, August 19 Slap Bass Demonstration: Joe Fick. Fick portrayed the role of Elvis’s bass player, Bill Black, in the 2006 Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line.
*Sunday, August 19 Film Screening: Elvis ’56 (1987). This documentary traces the meteoric rise of Elvis Presley in 1956 with former girlfriend June Juanico, when the twenty-one-year-old Elvis went from regional acclaim in the South to full-fledged worldwide stardom. If you are into Elvis Tribute Artists', you are in for a very great show! Saturday, August 10th 7pm - world famous Elvis Tribute Artists' Shawn Klush and Cody Slaughter will perform at the Williamson County Fair, tickets are $10 and the show is located inside at the AG Expo Center. Shawn performs 1970's Elvis, while Cody performs Elvis in the 1950's. Both men have been the named grand champion's at Graceland's Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest!
The Nashville Sounds Baseball team are having an Elvis night: August 16th. The Nashville Sounds will celebrate the legacy of Elvis Presley on Elvis Night! Any fan named Elvis or Priscilla will receive free admission with a valid ID while all fans are encouraged to dress as Elvis or in Elvis attire to be eligible to win prizes throughout the evening. An Elvis Tribute Artist will kick off our special evening with a performance on the plaza stage near the first-base entrance when gates open at 6:05 p.m. Enjoy Elvis' favorite snack peanut-butter and banana sandwiches at concession stands for one night only.