The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development has unveiled a new digital passport that encourages music lovers to visit nearly two dozen sites in Tennessee that appear in Ken Burns’ acclaimed PBS documentary Country Music, to promote Tennessee Music Pathways.
Using a web-based app created by Bandwango, travelers can document their visits and redeem their “stamped” passports for prizes ranging from a limited-edition Hatch Show Print, a copy of Ken Burns Country Music: An Illustrated History, or a Tennessee Music Pathways branded guitar.
Tennessee Tourism launched a physical passport for the Ken Burns Country Music Pathway in 2019 and will add the digital passport to make the traveling experience and “stamp collecting” even easier. Passports are available online through Oct. 18, 2022.
Nearly 50 million people in the U.S. and millions more worldwide have watched Ken Burns’ Country Music, making it one of the most-watched documentary series in history. More than four million streamed the 16-part series online, and thousands more continue to watch on Amazon Prime each month, nearly two years after its premiere.
Locations that inspired the music on Ken Burns Country Music Pathway include:
- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum (Bristol)
- Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (Nashville)
- Sun Studio (Memphis)
- Beale Street (Memphis)
- Elvis Presley’s Graceland (Memphis)
- The Grand Ole Opry (Nashville)
- Ryman Auditorium (Nashville)
- Minnie Pearl Statue (Centerville)
- Loretta Lynn’s Ranch & Campground (Hurricane Mills)
- Patsy Cline Museum (Nashville) and airplane crash site marker (Camden)
- Dolly Parton Statue (Sevierville)
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