Country Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Hall of Fame

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Hank Williams Martin D-28 Guitar

A Visit Down Memory Lane

My wife and I spent the weekend in Nashville for our anniversary. We live an hour and a half south and believe it or not, had never been to downtown for a visit. Aside from the great food and live music, we made time for a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame.


Johnny Cash’s Suit & Guitar

Tickets were 25 dollars each and were well worth it. As you walk through the doors, you get this sense that “wow, this is history!”. As we rode an elevator up to the 3rd floor of the 300,000 square foot facility, we were informed that while video was not permitted, we could take all the pictures we wanted ! Attached to this blog are a few of my favorites.

The tour starts with life size pictures and videos of musical performances going back to the early 1900s and large displays of early instruments including Martin guitars from the 1800s!.  By the time you make your way through the hallways of endless musical artifacts and memorabilia you’ve seen more than you can imagine. Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, to name just a few; all had extensive displays.


Earl Scruggs Gibson Grenada Banjo

If you have a favorite country star from the past or present, they are all there.  I would highly recommend that the next time you are in Nashville, you schedule some time to see the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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Kirk & Peggy Wickizer

Note:  Kirk Wickizer is a former high school classmate of mine and good friend.  He was a willing contributor of this Fretmentor Blog and submitted his review of the Country Music Hall of Fame, while on a recent trip to Nashville with his wife Peggy.  Kirk is a flat-picking guitar player and an accomplished artist.  You can visit his facebook page to see his artwork at the following link: /about/?ref=page_internal.

Below are some more photos taken by Kirk at the Country Music hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Hank Williams Boots

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Lyrics For The Song “Help Me Make It Through The Night” by Kris Kristofferson


Bill Monroe’s Gibson F-5 Mandolin


About fretmentor

Born in Detroit, Michigan, David F. Jakubiak has been involved in music since the age of 7, beginning as a clarinet player and then at 9 turning his attention to stringed instruments. He earned trophies in group talent competitions while a student at the University of Michigan. The instructor earned a BA degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Kansas. At college, he also studied classical music and music history. His passion is teaching music and in performing as a musician. In addition to on-stage performances, David has played in various venues from outdoor festivals to small nightclubs. He plays, performs and teaches various styles of music, including rock, pop, blues, jazz, classical, country and bluegrass styles. He performs and teaches acoustic and electric guitar, five-string banjo, and mandolin. His styles range from Scruggs, melodic, Reno and old-time style on banjo, to finger-style and flat-picking technique on guitar, to various styles of mandolin. For over 45 years, Mr. Jakubiak has taught all age groups, taking a personal interest in each student to ensure that they receive the attention and lesson plans that meet their needs and interests. His lessons and instructional materials place a strong emphasis on the practical use or music theory to ensure that the student understands the instrument and learns how to improvise to develop their own style. Mr Jakubiak teaches group and studio classes, webcam lessons over the internet, and individual private lessons to students of various ages. He has compiled and produced eight instructional books on CD as well as numerous instrumental arrangements. David has written for Banjo Newsletter, a monthly publication for the banjo enthusiast and has published an article in Issue #37 of the Fretboard Journal. He is the founder of To contact David Jakubiak, please feel free to e-mail him at david AT (substitute the @ sign for the word AT)
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