/ All United States Tennessee

The Atlas Obscura Guide To Tennessee

122 Cool, Hidden, and Unusual Things to Do in Tennessee

Updated December 5, 2022

Email

Cities

In partnership with KAYAK

Plan Your Trip

In partnership with GetYourGuide

Guided Tours of Tennessee

Atlas Obscura Itineraries

All Points South

Whatever hand the U.S. had in shaping world music, it had its feet planted firmly in the South. From New Orleans, where a confluence of West Africans laid the groundwork for the musical improvisation we call jazz; to Mississippi, where work-songs birthed the blues before the blues birthed rock ‘n’ roll; to Tennessee, where rock intersected with Appalachian folk songs to create country rock, this distinct artistic heritage was forged uphill, from the humblest of origins. Nonetheless, the musical legacy of unsung field hands, farmers, and blue collar workers coming up from the South would go on to change the world, and in no quiet way.

See Fewer Ads

Become an Atlas Obscura member and experience far fewer ads and no pop-ups.

Learn More