Nashville airport promotes city's music scene

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The friendly skies over Nashville International Airport cover a terminal promoting the city's best known product: music.

The airport, celebrating its 75th anniversary, markets Music City USA everywhere.

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has its slot machines. Nashville International salutes guitars, honky-tonks and singers.

Near an escalator, a sign for Nashville's downtown honky-tonk area proclaims: "LIVE MUSIC all day & night. NEVER a cover charge."

The honky-tonks, in fact, even get a plug because of escalator repairs at the airport. A cardboard cutout of a smiling fellow in a brown cowboy hat and boots includes this assertion: "This (area) is closed, but the honky-tonks are open."

Tootsie's, Nashville's most famous nightspot, actually has a satellite site in the airport.

The terminal blares recorded greetings from country music celebrities.

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