Robert K. Oermann

What's country in America

On any national map of country hot spots, a lot of the roads will lead to Nashville: You’ve got to love a town where stars build museums complete with gift shops to honor themselves, where grave sites and grub joints are as steeped in music history as the Grand Ole Opry, where fans can mingle with singers at theme parks or in their own front yards. But while Nashville may be the center of country’s universe, the concert halls of Branson, Mo., the honky-tonks of Texas, and the other Nashville (in Indiana) are just as hospitable to down-home sounds as Music City.

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