(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.
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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)

(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)

(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. 

(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)

(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)

(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)
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