DeMain, a longtime resident who possesses a wealth of music knowledge, is the ideal guide for showing folks the sunny and the seedy of the Nashville Sound.
Bottom line: Bill lives and breathes music, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of country, pop and rock history. Which is why his latest venture, Walkin’ Nashville, has us so excited. This is a no-brainer for music tourists, but also the perfect stay-cation treat for locals.
Olly Smith, BBC 1 Television
Bill DeMain is a musician, a journalist, and on his brilliant tours, a walking encyclopedia of all things Nashville.
Bill DeMain peels back the current facades and helps you see the true reason for Nashville’s reputation and vitality. When knowledge and experience is as deep as Bill’s, the delivery is fresh and honest; you sense he’s in discovery mode every day.
Whether you live here or are visiting here, you’ll learn something new about Nashville’s music history. Walk, learn and listen.
A rich retelling of Nashville’s musical history. Throughout the tour, Bill DeMain drew on his own journalistic research along with the sort of nuanced knowledge you can really only absorb by sticking around long enough to collect the stories, see successive waves of change and develop a sense of how to interpret it all.
For All The Likes
You haven’t seen Nashville until you’ve taken the Walkin’ Nashville tour!
Hank, Johnny, Chet, Patsy, George, Tammy, Conway, Loretta, Dolly, Merle, Willie … there was a time when country music was on a first name basis with its fans. A time when the streets of downtown Nashville were alive with the sound of backroom guitar pulls, midnight jamborees and the Grand Ole Opry.
Now you can recapture the magic of this golden era on the Walkin’ Nashville Music City Legends Tour. Packed with history, fun trivia and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about your favorite country legends, this two-hour walking tour is designed for music lovers who want to know the real story of how Nashville came to be called Music City.
Woolworth on 5th / The Arcade / Printers Alley / Ryman Auditorium / Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge / Hatch Show Print / Country Music Hall of Fame
As well as the former sites of long-lost treasures like:
Captain’s Table / George Jones’ Possum Holler / The Maxwell House Hotel / Ernie’s Record Mart / Sho-Bud Steel Guitar Company