(2004) Grand Ole Opry Museum (click on pictures)

This beautiful and historical museum used to be located across from the Opry, which is now closed. This beautiful museum closed down after the great flood in Nashville, May 2010. We (Billy & Sharon) visited Nashville,Tennessee in 2004, shortly after Redd passed away, and had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful museum. There was a lot of history in the museum of how traditional Country music was born. Below are pictures we took while we were there.
Billy & Sharon Stewart (All Rights Reserved)

Grand Ole Opry Museum - Nashville, TN (2004)

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Front entrance to the Grand Ole Opry Museum.

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Inside front door of Grand Ole Opry Museum (2004)

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Redd's third grand daughter, Jennifer, at WSM microphone stand. (2004)

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Near the front of museum - WSM microphone stand (2004)

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Hanging on the wall by front of Grand Ole Opry Museum inside front door. L-R: Stringbean, Pee Wee King & Lefty Frizzell (2004)

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1950s & 1960's Music Display Grand Ole Opry Museum (2004)

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Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart (writers of 'Tennessee Waltz') Little Jimmy Dickens (left) (2004)

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Barbara Mandrell Display (Grand Ole Opry Museum - 2004)

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Hickory Records - 'Tennessee Waltz' written by Redd Stewart & Pee Wee King (Grand Ole Opry Museum Display 2004)

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Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly & Loretta Lynn Display (Grand Ole Opry Museum - 2004)

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Grand Ole Opry Member Clint Black Pickup Truck - Grand Ole Opry Museum (2004)

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Guitar & Fiddle Display - Grand Ole Opry Museum (2004)

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Little Jimmy Dickens Display - Grand Ole Opry Museum (2004)

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Marty Robbins Display - Grand Ole Opry Museum (2004)

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Marty Robbins Display - Grand Ole Opry Museum (2004)

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Marty Robbins Race Car - Grand Ole Opry Museum (2004)

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Marty Robbins Race Car Engine - Grand Ole Opry Museum (2004)

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Acuff-Rose Display - Grand Ole Opry Museum (2004)

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Mock Recording Session From Days Gone By - Grand Ole Opry Museum (2004)

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(2009) Tennessee Waltz Parkway Dedication (click on pictures)

In 1965, legislation was passed making “Tennessee Waltz,” by Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King, Tennessee’s fourth official state song. Forty years later, it is an official highway in Ashland City, where Stewart was born in 1923.

On the day before Father’s Day, government officials joined members of the large Stewart family and their friends to formally dedicate the new Tennessee Waltz Parkway connecting state Route 12 South and state Route 12 North to form a two-mile bypass around downtown Ashland City. “I can’t think of a better present for Father’s Day than a highway,” said Billy Stewart, the songwriter’s son who came from his home in Virginia for the event.

The new stretch of road has one lane in each direction plus a center turn lane and a posted speed limit of 40 mph. The $2.9 million addition spans merely 0.8 mile, but local officials say its impact on the community will be far greater than its length. “This will help alleviate traffic congestion downtown that has become a real problem,” said Cheatham County Mayor Bill Orange. “Frequently, large trucks have difficulty getting through the downtown area, which causes traffic jams. Now, they can just bypass the area.” Orange said developers are already planning major investments along the parkway, including a marina and condominiums. “This project is going to open up some of those facilities,” he said. “This road should have been built in 1990,” said Murry Hawkins,Ashland City administrator. “But good government is like molasses—it’s very sweet, but it pours slowly.”

Hawkins said the project is an example of a partnership between the city, which paid for right-of-way acquisition and engineering, and the state Department of Transportation, which did the construction. Mayor Orange agreed. “Partnership is the name of the game,” he said. State Rep. Phillip Johnson amused the crowd when he referred to a recent federal undercover investigation code named “Operation Tennessee Waltz,” in which four fellow lawmakers and three associates were arrested for allegedly accepting bribes. “It’s good to be here taking part in a Tennessee Waltz project that doesn’t have FBI agents attached to it,” Johnson quipped, adding that he was “disappointed” the FBI chose the great song title for its sting operation. But Billy Stewart said it’s not a problem. “I think it was a positive thing because it keeps the name alive,” he said.

Stewart and his wife, Sharon, are working to keep the name alive through an Internet Web site established as a tribute to their famous relative. In 2004, a year after he passed away in Louisville, Ky., at the age of 80, Redd Stewart was posthumously inducted into the Country Legends Hall of Fame.   

Photos below - Billy & Sharon Stewart (All Rights Reserved)

Ashland City, Tennessee (Redd's birthplace)

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The New Tennessee Waltz Parkway (Established 2005)

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In Honor of Redd Stewart- The Tennessee Waltz King

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This was placed outside while the Mayor of Ashland City dedicated the new parkway.

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In Honor of Redd Stewart- The Tennessee Waltz King

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In Honor of Redd Stewart Dedication of the Tennessee Waltz Parkway (June 18, 2005)

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The Mayor of Ashland City, TN dedicating the new parkway (2005)

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The Ceremony - Tennessee Waltz Pkwy Dedication

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Redd's Family at the Parkway Dedication (2005)

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Family came from all over to celebrate Redd.

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Balloons being released up into the air for Redd. Glorious day!

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Stewart family music jam after the ceremony.

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Stewart family music jam after the ceremony.

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Stewart family music jam after the ceremony.

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(2006) Redd Stewart Homecoming Days (click on pictures)

Ashland City, Tennessee has hosted a week long summer music festival for years, called Summerfest. (6/12/06-6/18/06) This year there is something new about it. The week's end (6/17 & 18) are devoted to Old Time Music, and named after Redd Stewart, coauthor of the Tennessee Waltz, and native of Ashland City.

The person responsible for getting a dulcimer club started in this county, Freddie Miler, has been instrumental in getting Redd Stewart Homecoming Days off the ground and he has made a place for our club to be a part of this special event. On Sat. 6/17/06, from 1:00 PM (to whenever) the Cheatham County Dulcimer Arts Society will be occupying a tent to demonstrate, teach, answer questions, and stir up interest about the duclimer. We will also take the stage to play The Tennessee Waltz (time to be arranged, probably not announced ahead of time - we will take the stage in between some of the advertised performers.)

There are also two hammer dulcimer players from Nashville who have worked up an arrangement of The Tennessee Waltz and they will be playing on the grounds. They were too late to get on the schedule but are ready to fill in if one of the advertised acts is unable to play.

Photos below - Billy & Sharon Stewart (All Rights Reserved)

Ashland City, Tennessee (Redd's birthplace)

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Ashland City, Tennessee (Redd's birthplace)

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Redd Stewart Festival (2006)

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River Bluff Park - Redd Stewart Homecoming Days

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Painting of Patti Page by a local artist

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Painting of Redd Stewart by a local artist

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CanJoe John (left) practicing for his performance of 'Tennessee Waltz.'

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Redd's brother, Billy and nephew, Mark performing at Redd's Homecoming Days in Ashland City, TN.

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CanJoe John performed 'Tennessee Waltz'

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Patch of Quilt made for raffle - Redd's Homecoming Days

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Patch of Quilt made for raffle - Redd's Homecoming Days

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Patch of Quilt made for raffle - Redd's Homecoming Days

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Patch of Quilt made for raffle - Redd's Homecoming Days

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Patch of Quilt made for raffle - Redd's Homecoming Days

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Patch of Quilt made for raffle - Redd's Homecoming Days

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Patch of Quilt made for raffle - Redd's Homecoming Days

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Patch of Quilt made for raffle - Redd's Homecoming Days

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Patch of Quilt made for raffle - Redd's Homecoming Days

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Patch of Quilt made for raffle - Redd's Homecoming Days

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Patch of Quilt made for raffle - Redd's Homecoming Days

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(2006) Fall Homecoming - Museum of Appalachia (click on pictures)

The Tennessee Fall Homecoming is one of the nation's largest and most authentic music and folk festivals. Each day, all day, musicians perform on rustic outdoor stages; filling the air with the sounds of traditional mountain, folk, Bluegrass, Gospel, old-time and Americana music throughout the grounds.

 

The weekend includes demonstrations of pioneer skills, a large craft fair with authentic Appalachian artisans, and traditional Southern foods. The Museum offers a picturesque backdrop for this annual festival, with its dozens of historic log buildings, display halls filled with authentic artifacts, and gardens and farm animals surrounded by split-rail fences.  Museum of Appalachia Website

Redd attended the Tennessee Fall Homecoming until his health forced him from the stage. His brother Bill, who also played there every year, informed us that the very last time Redd ever sang "The Tennessee Waltz" was there at the Homecoming. 

6-time National Buck Dancing Champion, Thomas Maupin

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American flag proudly displayed by the main stage

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Fireplace in the music room. So cozy, and always had jam sessions going on

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Fireplace in the music room. So cozy, and always had jam sessions going on.

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Cherry, Peach & Apple Cobblers made in cast iron skillets over coals

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Always large crowds attending the Fall Homecoming.

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Fruit Cobblers made in cast iron skillets over coals

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Back of the main stage where the musicians waited for their turn to perform.

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Main entrance to the Hall of Fame

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There are always a lot of great vendors available.

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Inside the famous 'Music Room' where only musicians were allowed. On the wall were pictures of many celebrities that have visited the museum.

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Over the years many have visited, including Roy Acuff, Grandpa Jones, The Del McCoury Band, Oprah Winfrey and many others.

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View from the back of the main stage.

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All over the Music Room you would find pockets of musicians jamming.

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View from the back of the main stage looking out at the audience.

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This event drew large crowds every year.

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Many great performers have graced this stage.

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Redd Stewart Display - First Fiddle Redd Ever Made (he was 57 yrs. old)

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Redd Stewart Display - The Tennessee Waltz & How It Came To Be

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One of Redd Stewart's Stage Suits & Shoes

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Reenactments from simpler times

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Wonderful place to host a music festival. A lot of activities going on.

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The Del McCoury Band

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The Del McCoury Band

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One of the many cloggers that perform throughout the event.

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There were various craft vendors throughout the area

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More interesting vendors

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Main stage - always packed with great music!

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Young cloggers that would break off in dance anywhere!

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A lot of wood craft vendors always around

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Young cloggers now on the main stage

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(2009) Nashville Music Garden Dedication (click on pictures)

Courtesy: Music Row
On September 29, 2009 Nashville will become the official home of the world’s first public garden to honor entertainment icons with a display of namesake flowers. The Nashville Music Garden, located at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Demonbreun in the Hall of Fame Park (across from the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum) is a one-of-a-kind “Garden of the Stars” that pays tribute to the artists, songwriters, authors, television personalities, industry leaders, venues, organizations, and icons who have made a positive impact on Nashville’s entertainment community. 

The Nashville Music Garden is home to the Nashville Music Garden Collection, an assortment of over six dozen flowering plants whose names include Barbara Mandrell, Grand Ole Opry, Minnie Pearl, Pretty Woman, Purple Haze, Elvis, Ring of Fire, Tennessee Waltz, Alabama, Chantilly Lace, Dolly Parton, Kiss an Angel Good Morning, Hank Williams, Reba McEntire and Amy Grant, just to name a few. 

The star-studded open-to-the-public dedication ceremony, which begins at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, September 29, will be emceed by long-standing country music television personality Ralph Emery. Recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Barbara Mandrell and Grammy award-winner Lynn Anderson will serve as celebrity hosts.

Other celebrities confirmed to attend are Patti Page, Donna Fargo, Steve Holy, Little Jimmy Dickens, Jeff Cook of Alabama, Irlene Mandrell, Marty Raybon, Janice Wendell, Joe Moscheo of the Imperials (Elvis Presley), Gunnar Nelson, songwriters Jeffrey Steele, Shane Minor, Bart Allmand and Buzz Cason, and the families of songwriter Ben Peters, The Big Bopper, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, DeFord Bailey, Minnie Pearl and Jimi Hendrix with more to be announced in the coming weeks. Officials from the State of Tennessee and Mayor Karl Dean will also be in attendance.

Photos below - Billy & Sharon Stewart (All Rights Reserved)

Nashville Music Garden Dedication (2009)

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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

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Sommet Center Downtown Nashville

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L-R: Lydia Morrow (Redd's daughter), Cindy Smith Moore (Minnie Pearl impersonator) & Allison Stewart (Redd's grandaughter)

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Ralph Emery - Announcer - Nashville Music Garden Dedication (2009)

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Lydia Morrow (Redd Stewart's daughter) & Steve Kilroy (Merle Kilroy's son)

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Beginning of ceremony . . . Lynn Anderson arriving, Janie Hendrix (Jimmi Hendrix stepsister to her right)

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Ralph Emery - Announcer

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Barbara Mandrell (Co-Host)

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Patti Page being escorted to her seat. Mandy Barnett, Charlie Dick (Patsy Cline's husband) & Brenda Lee to the right.

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Randy Thomas, Barbara Orbison, Jeff Cook, Barbara Mandrell, Little Jimmy Dickens, Ralph Emery in back.

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The Red Carpet . . .

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Mandy Barnett

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L-R: Jeff Cook, Barbara Mandrell, Little Jimmy Dickens, Brenda Lee

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Rose Recipients

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Rose Recipients

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Billy Stewart (Redd Stewart's son - co-writer 'Tennessee Waltz') escorting Patti Page to the stage.

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Main stage - always packed with great music!

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Randy Thomas, Billy Stewart, Patti Page, Barbara Orbison

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Randy Thomas, Billy Stewart, Patti Page, Barbara Orbison

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DeFord Bailey family (left)

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DeFord Bailey's Family

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Group Closeup (2009) Nashville Music Garden

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Jeffery Steele holding copy of Music Row magazine he was on many years ago.

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Jeffery Steele

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Barbara Orbison, Jeff Cook, Barbara Mandrell, Little Jimmy Dickens, Brenda Lee, Irlene Mandrell

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Randy Thomas, Billy Stewart, Patti Page, Barbara Orbison, Jeff Cook, Barbara Mandrell

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Pat Bullard (center)

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Everyone getting ready to head over to the luncheon at the Hilton Hotel

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Everyone getting ready to head over to the luncheon at the Hilton Hotel

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Center: Barrbara Mandrell

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Sharon Stewart (left - Redd's daughter-in-law), with Irlene Mandrell. Discussing a new book Irlene wanted to write

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Sharon Stewart and Irlene Mandrell

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L-R: Pat Bullard and Barbara Mandrell (Founders of Nashville Music Garden)

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L-R: Billy Stewart, Jett Williams and Lydia Morrow-Stewart (Redd's son & daughter

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Barbara Mandrell and Allison Stewart-English (Redd's grandaughter)

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Setting up for the event

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Barbara Mandrell, the mayor of Tennessee & Pat Bullard cutting the red ribbon.

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Barbara Orbison, Little Jimmy Dickens, Barbara Mandrell

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The Red Carpet (after the event)

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Tennessee Waltz Rose Nashville Music Garden

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(2009) Nashville, Tennessee Visit (click on pictures)

We thought it might be fun to share our pictures of our Nashville trip with those that have not visited Nashville
before, so that they could see a little of what the downtown Nashville area looked like in 2009. We didn't know it at the time, but the Great Flood of Nashville was about to occur one year later in May 2010.

Photos below - Billy & Sharon Stewart (All Rights Reserved)

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

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Downtown Nashville, TN (2009)

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Hard Rock Cafe Downtown Nashville

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Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

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Gaylord Entertainment Downtown Nashville

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Downtown Nashville, TN (2009)

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Downtown Nashville, TN (2009)

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Charlie Daniels Museum Downtown Nashville

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Ernest Tubb Record Shop (Originial)

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Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

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Cotton Eyed Joe - Gift Shop - Downtown Nashville

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Billy Strolling Downtown Nashville

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Downtown Nashville, TN (2009)

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Fiddler's Hotel - Nashville, TN

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Trail West - Western Wear Shop - Downtown Nashville

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Country Music Hall of Fame Arena Convention Center Vanderbilt University

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Stardust Theatre - Nashville, TN

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Gaylord Entertainment - Downtown Nashville

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KOA Campground - Across from Grand Ole Opry

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Tootsie's Orchid Lounge - Nashville, TN

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Texas Troubadour Theatre - Nashville, TN

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Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, TN

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Grand Old Opry - Nashville, TN

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Grand Old Opry - Nashville, TN

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Nashville Palace - Fine Dining Dancing Lounge

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Ernest Tubb Record Shop #2

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Sign to Grand Ole Opry/Shopping (Nashville, TN)

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Inside Front of Country Music Hall of Fame Museum

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Bookstore Inside Country Music Hall of Fame Museum

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Inside CMHF Museum - Nashville, TN

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Roof of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge (seen from Ryman)

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Front Window - Tootsie's Orchid Lounge

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Gibson Showcase - Nashville

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Charlie Daniels Museum - Downtown Nashville

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Inside Charlie Daniels Museum - Downtown Nashville

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Gaylord Entertainment - Downtown Nashville

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Inside Charlie Daniels Museum - Downtown Nashville

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Downtown Nashville, TN (2009)

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Inside Charlie Daniels Museum - Downtown Nashville

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Inside Charlie Daniels Museum - Downtown Nashville

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Inside CMHF Museum - Nashville, TN

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Inside Charlie Daniels Museum - Downtown Nashville

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Downtown Nashville, TN (2009)

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Downtown Nashville, TN (2009)

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Dierks Bentley - Photo Shoot (outside Ryman Auditorium)

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Downtown Nashville, TN (2009)

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Dierks Bentley - Photo Shoot (outside Ryman Auditorium)

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Downtown Nashville, TN (2009)

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Nashville Night Life - Nashville, TN

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Inside Downstairs of Country Music Hall of Fame Museum

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Inside Charlie Daniels Museum - Downtown Nashville (2009)

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(2015) Fall Homecoming - Museum of Appalachia 

The Tennessee Fall Homecoming is one of the nation's largest and most authentic music and folk festivals. Each day, all day, musicians perform on rustic outdoor stages; filling the air with the sounds of traditional mountain, folk, Bluegrass, Gospel, old-time and Americana music throughout the grounds.

 

The weekend includes demonstrations of pioneer skills, a large craft fair with authentic Appalachian artisans, and traditional Southern foods. The Museum offers a picturesque backdrop for this annual festival, with its dozens of historic log buildings, display halls filled with authentic artifacts, and gardens and farm animals surrounded by split-rail fences.   Museum of Appalachia Website

Redd attended the Tennessee Fall Homecoming until his health forced him from the stage. His brother Bill, who also played there every year, informed us that the very last time Redd ever sang "The Tennessee Waltz" was there at the Homecoming.
 

Redd Stewart's last performance of the 'Tennessee Waltz'  and 'Slow Poke' at Fall Homecoming  (1993)
(2015) Fall Homecoming - Museum of Appalachia (click on pictures)

Billy (Redd's son) & Leroy Troy inside the 'Music Room.'

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Crowd just started dancing to the music.

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Clogger that ran up on stage.

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Fruit Cobblers made in cast iron skillets over coals.

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Inside the famous 'Music Room' where only performers, family members and celebrities are allowed - Wall of Fame.

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The Grand Ole Opry Cast (At The Ryman Auditorium in 1946.)

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The Grand Ole Opry Cast (At The Ryman Auditorium in 1946.)

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Inside the famous 'Music Room' where many famous people have visited - Oprah Winfrey, Roy Acuff, Grandpa Jones, Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Jr. and many others.

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Inside the famous 'Music Room' where many famous people have visited - Oprah Winfrey, Roy Acuff, Grandpa Jones, Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Jr. and many others.

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Inside the famous 'Music Room' where many famous people have visited - Oprah Winfrey, Roy Acuff, Grandpa Jones, Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Jr. and many others.

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Inside the famous 'Music Room' where many famous people have visited - Oprah Winfrey, Roy Acuff, Grandpa Jones, Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Jr. and many others.

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Inside the famous 'Music Room' where many famous people have visited - Oprah Winfrey, Roy Acuff, Grandpa Jones, Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Jr. and many others.

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Inside the famous 'Music Room' where many famous people have visited - Oprah Winfrey, Roy Acuff, Grandpa Jones, Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Jr. and many others.

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Leroy Troy performing. He has performed on the Marty Stuart Show many times.

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Redd's nephew, Mark (left) on bass, Redd's youngest brother, Billy (right) on fiddle, friend Tony (on mandolin).

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Kent (Redd's nephew) & singer performing 'Tennessee Waltz.'

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Redd's beloved younger brother, Billy, who passed away two years later in 2017 at the age of 86.

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6-time National Buck Dancing Champion, Thomas Maupin.

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Redd Stewart Display - in Hall of Fame Building.

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Redd Stewart Display - in Hall of Fame Building. One of Redd's Stage Outfits and Shoes.

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