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New pathway follows Ken Burns' footsteps in 'Country Music'

The Tennessee pathway includes several stops in downtown Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee released its newest Music Pathway -- a road trip for fans of Ken Burns' new documentary series "Country Music."

The pathway follows Ken Burns' documentary through Tennessee, stopping at each place where country music legends were made. Spots around Knoxville made it onto the list: the Historic Tennessee Theatre, WDVX's "Blue Plate Special," and the Dolly Parton Statue in Sevierville.

Tennessee Tourism's website lists each of the sites. It also features pictures and information about how each site inspired or amplified Tennessee's musicians.

The pathway also includes historic places in Bristol, Chattanooga, Nashville, Jackson and Memphis. 

Tennessee Music Pathways draw attention to important places across Tennessee -- the state that's home to blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll. 

Credit: WBIR
Filmmaker Ken Burns stopped Monday morning at the Dolly Parton statue in Sevierville to promote the upcoming documentary about country music. He said Parton was a key contributor to the project.

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For those who want to hit the road, here's each stop on the list:

  • Memphis
    • Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Knoxville
    • Historic Tennessee Theatre
    • WDVX's "Blue Plate Special"
    • Dolly Parton Statue
  • Chattanooga
    • Songbirds Guitar Museum
  • Nashville
    • Ryman Auditorium
    • Broadway Historic District: "Honky Tonk Highway"
    • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
    • Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum
    • Patsy Cline Museum
    • The George Jones Museum
    • Johnny Cash Museum
    • Third Man Records
    • The Bluebird Cafe
    • Grand Ole Opry
    • Storytellers Hideaway Farm & Museum
    • Loretta Lynn's Ranch
  • Jackson Area
    • Carl Perkins Visitors Center
    • Ridgecrest Cemetery
    • Southern Legends of Music at the Carnegie
  • Memphis
    • Sun Studio
    • Elvis Presley's Graceland
    • Beale Street Brass Notes Walk of Fame
    • Beale Street Historic District

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