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171 Tour Ratings

4.99 Average Star Rating

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"Tony brings a rare combination of skills of being extremely knowledgeable about Nashville and the inner workings of the music industry. HE NEEDS NO SCRIPT! He will make you feel comfortable and can answer spontaneous questions about Nashville, the Opry and the music industry in general, both old and new because he has "been there."

Jimmy DeRamus

Silver Dollar Pawn and Jewelry, Louisiana  

Home of The History Channel's "CAJUN PAWN STARS"

"During a recent visit to Music City, a couple of friends and I scheduled a tour of Nashville with Lawman Tours. Our guide, Tony Cochran conveyed a wealth of fun and informative knowledge in the best story telling manner that I have ever encountered! Our tour was three (or more) hours long, but the time passed so quickly! From the Grand Ole Opry to the Hermitage Hotel to the home of outlaw Jessie James to a viewing of Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood's estate - the tour keeps on giving. While I'm certain there are other touring options that one could book, I am more than certain that a better tour guide doesn't exist. If you are contemplating a trip to Nashville, I highly recommend that you contact Tony for a tour of Music City and an experience you will never forget."

Kay McComas

Gilbert, AZ

     "The stories he shared were the personal stories that only an individual who had been involved would know. The stories made the stars come alive and made them appear real and human. Our group asked multiple times if he had considered writing a book with many of the stories he had because they all loved them. The information he shares makes you feel like you are the only one who gets this type of personal inside scoop about the stars and gives you what you want...a special inside view!"

Kimberly Lynn

Director of Tourism, Goodlettsville, TN

     "Tony is extremely knowledgeable about Nashville and welcoming and friendly. His knowledge and stories about the music, film, and TV industry in Nashville are fantastic. Even though it rained, this was an amazing tour, and I would highly recommend him. I can't wait until I get home to London to regale my friends and family with my now extensive range of facts. Loved it!"

Iowa Morgan

London, England

"Tony was knowledgeable and entertaining. Could not have been more considerate. Gave us exactly the tour we wanted. Expanded the time to ensure completeness - We did not have to ask. Must be the best tour in Nashville."

Jane Thomas

Poole Dorset, UK

     "I am sure there are tour guides that can provide a basic tour of Nashville, but Tony has a connection to its past, the Opry, the Ryman and numerous artists that his stories bring the venues and city to life. Tony was kind, very informative and gave us extra time. Highly recommended! Great Tour!"

Matt Kingston

Lancaster, PA

"My husband and I travel often and always take a "city tour" in new areas to understand the city. Tony's tour is by far the BEST we have ever had - well worth the fee and times from the first contact. Tony was incredibly accommodating, friendly, and professional. His tour was AMAZING, and he was very knowledgeable. My husband continues to brag to everyone he talks to about how great Tony's tour was. His brother has already said he wants to go back to Nashville just to do this tour."

Carey & Karen Ragland

Perry, MO

 

"Our tour with Tony was the most informative and fun filled 3+ hours that we've has on a city tour in several years. Tony took us on stops and told us stories that no "big name" tour bus operator could. The only reason we rated the tour "5" was that's as high as it goes - really should be a "10". THANKS!!

P.S. Great restaurant referral!"

Gary & Deb Kiszak

Wooster, OH

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      "Tony is a great source of information about Nashville, it's history and the music that makes it a destination! He is willing to direct his tour to your areas of interest. Everyone in our group is still talking about what a remarkable job he did.  We had a morning tour, got a days’ worth of information, and could have listened to him for days. We only wished we had more time to spend with him."

Russell McIntosh

Pennsylvania

 

     "Tony is the best!!! So friendly and personable! He is an incredible storyteller and so knowledgeable about the city. Loved his personal experiences with so many stars! I would recommend Tony's tour to anyone traveling to Nashville, or even if you live there."

Julie Leers

Seattle, WA  

     "Can't say enough about how everyone loved our time with you as we listened to Nashville stories that only you could share. They were all still talking two hours later over lunch about how great your tour of Nashville was and how charming you were. Thanks for another great tour!"

Carol Collier

CC Group Services, Tuscola, IL

"Great tour, can't improve on perfect!"

Gisele Anderson

Canaan, Canada N.S.

"We have been taking tours for many years around the USA and in numerous countries. This tour is no doubt one of the best tours we have ever been on. Tony is so knowledgeable of the Nashville history from the old to the new. He had personal stories of numerous events including Elvis. Tony made our trip to Nashville very special. It is a must tour. We would do it again."

Hank & Sharon Schoenbech

Scotts Valley, CA

"Awesome tour, including history of Nashville as well as the music history. Saw homes of the stars of the past and present with personal stories and tidbits about the stars only Tony would know. Other famous and infamous persons who lived in Nashville including the outlaw Jessie James. I wish I could have recorded it. So much information and insights, I cannot remember it all. It's like we took 3 tours of Nashville at the same time. Thanks you!!!"

Bob & Andrea Anderson

Ramsey, MN

"We have personally been on many small tours like Tony's. However, with Tony's background and experiences, he brought a whole new spin on each point of interest and backed with a true story or fact. Tony answered any questions we had, along with additional facts or stories. The parting gift was unique and appreciated. Cannot wait to display and share with friends. Tony, keep up the great tours. You're the best!!!  We have been passing the word with our friends."

Kathy & Jim Nova

Laporte, IN

"We were so glad that we took the tour with Tony. The man is a walking encyclopedia of country music history; he should be a Tennessee landmark. Everything about our tour was first rate, from picking us up to dropping us off at the front door tour RV. Thank you, Tony, job well done!"

Don & Ann May

Amsterdam, NY

     "We were in Nashville for a short period of time and I wanted to learn as much about the area as possible in our short time frame. Tony was excellent! He went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed our tour. He arrived on time, vehicle was extremely clean, and he exceeded our expectations. Tony is knowledgeable about the area and I feel certain we learned more during our tour than friends who have visited the area several times. Highly recommended!"

Hannah Broadwater

West Virginia

     "We had a great day seeing the sights and listening to stories from Tony who has been there and done that. Not only did he show us the many sights of Nashville, but he also had stories of the stars and the Nashville scene. Many personal stories of contacts with so many recording artists, I, for one lost track of who and where. We just flat out enjoyed our laid-back time with Tony. Should you find yourself in Nashville and want a great introduction to further places to go for further exploration, Tony is the man. We thoroughly enjoyed out "2-hour tour" which in our case took 4 hours to see. So much to see and do."

Tom & Millie Penuel

Fargo, ND

     "Thanks for a great tour! It was a pleasure to meet you and hear all of your amazing stories. We really enjoyed Nashville and felt that we were able to see so much in a short period of time, thanks to you."

Rachel Beaupre

Chicago, IL

This was the most amazing tour! Tony is fantastic - we are on a 1 month journey and this was the highlight!

Curt & Rosemary Anderson

Visalia, GA

"A+ rating! Highly recommend this tour. See the back streets and hear the history of the music in Nashville. Tony can tell you personal experiences that only he knows that will totally hold your interest."

Vickie & Don Crow

Amarillo, TX

"I found Tony to be very knowledgeable of Nashville, the music industry as well as the singers, songwriters, past and present. He is very police and his vehicle was immaculate! I would recommend Tony Cochran to anyone desiring a private tour of Nashville."

Joyce Turner & David Simmons

Canton, GA

"Tony is an amazing gentleman with a vast knowledge of the development of music in Nashville. His acquaintance with the stars, and his stories about them are wonderful. We also learned about the history of Nashville. We highly recommend the Lawman!"

Chris & Debbie Schumacher

Oberlin, LA

 

     "Tony is very knowledgeable on the history of Nashville and has lots of interesting stories. We had a great time seeing the sights with him."

Cory Beattie

Canada

     "Tony was an outstanding host and a treasure trove of knowledge about Nashville and the entertainers that have performed over the years. A three-hour tour turned into a five hour tour because he has so much information to share."

Gerald Knapp

Carmichael, CA

     "The tour was comprehensive, insightful and laced with great stories and personal experiences."

Donald Smith & Lorraine Davis

Livingston, TX

     "Your tour was great. Lynda and I felt we lived thru parts of your history of Nashville people and places."

Bruce Robinson & Lynda Fenningsdorf

Vassar, MI

     "We found Tony to be very personable and because of his past experiences, it gave us an insight to the backstage life of many celebrities, along with the history of the country music scene.

He also showed us other local interesting sites."

Chris & Greg Emmons

Canaan, CT

     "We had such a great time on the tour with Tony, we forgot about eating and drinking. Tony knows so many stories about our great country singers. Lots of information if you are interested in country music."

Helga & Theo Burger

Pleasant Mount, PA

     "We had a wonderful time! Not having been to Nashville ever before, starting our journey with this tour was the Best!"

Brian Miller

Chaska, MN

     "He exceeded all our expectations. We immediately told our fellow campers, who in turn set up tours with him. If you want to "learn" and enjoy Nashville, Tony is the man to see!!"

Ed & Terri Mansuy

Painesville Twp, OH

"The wealth of information that Tony provided us with was unmatchable. We both learned so much about the Nashville music scene and history of the city itself. It was remarkable! Would highly recommend to other travelers!"

Scott & Karen Walls

Quincy, MI

     "My 2.5-hour whirl-wind tour of Nashville was super!!!!! From the moment that I was picked up from the airport to the time I was returned, the tour covered all of the high spots and provided continuous commentary. Tony's experience in the area of law enforcement, security and the Grand Ole Opry proved to be the most helpful and insightful."

C. Nelson Fritts, Jr.

Maryland

     

     "Tony was a wonderful guide. We loved listening to his stories about the various musicians he had met in his life. I would highly recommend him to everyone. I wish we had done this tour on our first day of our trip to Nashville. The autographed poster was a wonderful gift that we are going to frame and hang on a wall in our home."

Robert Friedlander

Owings Mills, MA

     

     "We would recommend this tour to anyone who wants to learn about Nashville! It is soooo enjoyable to hear all the personal experiences!!!"

Chris & Larry McCoy

Stuart, FL

"Tony was very interesting, lots of knowledge of the Grand Ole Opry. He made it special with his stories. We will absolutely do it again and highly recommend to our friends and family."

Donna & Jerry Abele

Sidney, OH

"Highly recommended! Tony's stories, you would not hear anywhere else. The time flew by!"

Cindy Hamilton

Green Cove Springs, FL

"Tony's private and most enjoyable tour of inside stories of Nashville and the stars is a "must do"....and will worth the price. You CANNOT go wrong with this one!!! Thanks, again, Tony!"

Bruce and Linda Snipes

Aiken, SC

"We were new to Nashville and Tony was referred to us. Tony did a great job introducing us to Nashville. Enjoyed every minute. Thank you!"

Larry & Sandy Russ

DeLand, FL

 

"Excellent tour. Great commentary on historical sites and events."

Clayton & Nancy Art

Henderson, NV

 

"Tony Cochran is a Nashville treasure. He provided an incredible amount of information on the tour, based on his extensive experience working in the security field for many years and is clearly someone that the Nashville celebrity community loves and respects."

Robert S. Austin

San Diego, CA

"Tony is wonderful. The tour took you places you would never see on a normal bus tour. He is full of stories about his experience in the Nashville area. We really enjoyed every minute of our time with him."

Gayle Bolduc

Salem, NH

"This tour not only gives you the highlights of Nashville but shows you a lot of the things you would not see on your normal bus tour. Especially enjoyed the personal stories of the encounters Tony had with a number of the stars. Tony could and should write a book."

Ron & Nancy Bourgeois

Northville, MI

"Your tour was very informative and entertaining. Your knowledge of Nashville and its entertainers was very enlightening. We thoroughly enjoyed out time learning about "Music City" and would recommend you to our friends and family."

Bob & Wendy Chambers

Statesboro, GA

"We enjoyed the personal touch the tour. Tony's experiences with the stars brings everything to life. We enjoyed seeing the history as well."

Clayton & Linda Clarke

Poland, ME

"We enjoyed our tour with Tony. He was a wealth of knowledge of stars and of Nashville.

We would recommend you try this tour with Tony. You won't be disappointed."

Randall & Norma Jean DeMott

Mt. Dpora. FL

 

I would recommend this tour if you want to know about the country stars with some very informative stories. Great tour!

Vern & June Gauthier

Williamsburg, MI

"We so enjoyed out tour with Tony. Not only did we see the sights, but to hear all the stories Tony told us, made us feel we were there with him.  Feel we saw places we would not have seen with any other tour."

Deb Ferry

Deland, FL

"Wonderful tour. Very informative. Tony who was punctual and vehicle comfortable, made us see the human side of Nashville stars. Would recommend."

Yvette Gaultier

Manitoba, Canada

"I've lived in Nashville area for 30 years and never taken the time to find out all that the area offers. Thank you for your very informative and entertaining stories and tour. Thanks you also for taking us past the "Nashville Murals". It was really appreciated."

Karen Geibig

Hendersonville, TN

"Mr. Cochran gave a very interesting and knowledgeable tour of Nashville and the surrounding area. His experience in law enforcement and the country music industry are numerous and fun. Don't let some millie-nillie take you on a tour reading from a script. Let the adult in Nashville, The Lawman, take you for a tour you will not forget."

Rob & Sandy Godbee

Kathleen, GA

 

"Tony definitely knows the history of Nashville. I would recommend doing this tour to anyone who wants "the inside info". It was also educational and informative with his personal experience to complete the package."

Guy & Holly

Abilene, TX

"The tour was great! Very much liked your personal experience stories. Thanks Tony!"

Jim & Veronica Irwin

Battle Lake, MN

"Outstanding tour! Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to get an in-depth look at the history of Nashville. Tony is extremely knowledgeable, polite, considerate and makes everyone feel at ease. A true professional. I would strongly recommend this tour to anyone."

Roger Hargrove

Middleburg, FL

"Tony’s tour is unique for his knowledge of Nashville history and his personal contacts with famous performers. Enjoyed his stories. Enjoyed the tour very much and highly recommended."

A & J Marshall

Centerville, OH

"We had a great time! It was like riding around Nashville with an old friend. The knowledge of historical facts that you have are amazing, but the personal stories really make this tour special. We enjoyed out time with you and hope to see you again."

Bruce & Deb Mollenkopf

Albuquerque, NM

"Fantastic tour! Tony was such a joy to us! His knowledge of the city, not only about country music, but history of Nashville and all the areas to see. His experience as a police officer, stories of security at the Opry, etc. was fascinating. Cannot wait to come to Nashville again and tour with Tony!"

Jerry & Phyllis Miller

Yantis, TX

"Tony did an excellent job on the history and his personal experiences in Nashville. We really enjoyed hearing about his security jobs he had with Elvis and at the Grand Ole Opry. We highly recommend this personal tour with Tony in his comfortable Lincoln Town Car."

Jack & Dawn Neveau

Dewey, AZ

"We really enjoyed hearing your personal stories about the country music stars. Being able to stop at the Barber Shop, Hermitage Hotel, and park for a closer look enhanced the trip. Your flexibility to arrange the tour to meet our need was appreciated."

Rob & Robin Neyer

Salem, SC

"The one-on-one personal tour is a great way to see Nashville. We would recommend it to anyone who likes to sit back and enjoy the city. Tony is very knowledgeable about the Nashville area and the music scene. Tony doesn't just drop music artist's names, but tells you stories about them that makes you feel like they are genuinely nice people."

Chris & Diane Oldham

Oldtown, ID

"I felt safe and secure, relaxed and entertained."

Terry & Paula Patton

Taylorville, IL

"Our first trip to Nashville. Your tour showed us that there's more than downtown and music. Really enjoyed the history and your personal stories. You gave us a better appreciation of Nashville in the past, present and future. Your tour gave us a base on how to really see Nashville."

Jim & Paula Pursley

Ponta Gorda, FL

"We recommend this tour to anyone visiting Nashville. Tony was extremely knowledgeable about stars, past and present. We learned things we did not know. Told funny and sad stories about country stars."

Bob & Joyce Redfern

Florence, OR

"Best tour we have ever taken. Tony showed and explained things that other tours do not. Tony's 25 years with the police department gives him a lot of information and facts to talk about."

Eugene & Marilyn Ross

Phillipsburg, KS

"The tour is excellent! Tony will go out of his way to cover items of interest not included in the tour."

Edward & Stacia Summers

London, OH

"This was a top-notch personalized tour. Tony's background and longevity in Nashville adds so much more to the whole experience. We highly recommend this tour! You won't be disappointed."

Larry & Phyllis Tennison

Bennington, NE

 

"Best tour in town! Tony has so much inside experiences from being on the job. Highly recommend this tour - You will not be disappointed!"

Bruce & Tammy Trefz

Paris, IL

"This was the best tour ever! Tony made us feel comfortable and his knowledge of Nashville was exceptional! Tony is a wealth of information and his personal experiences, told in his stories was amazing! We had the best time, our 2.5 hour tour turned into a 5 hour tour. Where did the time go? Than you Tony! It was a pleasure to meet you!"

Kenneth & Patricia Cote

Conway, SC 

"We truly enjoyed out tour with Tony Cochran, during out first visit to Nashville. So many stories about his personal adventures with so many music stars. He knows the Nashville area inside and out and all the little things that made the tour so special to us. He's an excellent driver and his car was immaculate! Thanks for the memories, Tony!"

Connie & Randy Russ

Alexandria, MN

"Tony did an excellent job. He picked us up promptly at our campground. I would recommend getting Tony's tour before anything else because he gives you such a great in-depth explanation of the city and its history. Tony is very polite, has a great speaking voice and holds your attention during his talking. We highly recommend Tony as your personal tour guide. Oh, did I mention, his car is very comfortable, and he provided bottles of water."

Rosemary & Charles Vaughn

Crestview, FL

"So enjoyed the personal touch and stories of the "stars" - it was a most enjoyable tour. He was great!"

Nancy Allen & Claudia Vining

Boyton Beach, FL

"We enjoyed out tour very much! Tony was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot of things most people do not know. We were able to see sights in areas we would have never thought about!"

Carl & Mary Yates, Kinsey Noakes

Dardanelle, AR

"Tony was amazing! We enjoyed every minute. He has great stories/facts to go along with the locations. We were able to stop and photograph wherever we wanted. We would "highly" recommend doing a tour with Lawman Tony!"

Mitch & Theresa Shindelbower

Box Elder, SD

 

"The best tour we've ever had! You do not get the personal stories anywhere else. I would highly recommend taking this tour. Very prompt, informative, friendly and accommodating."

Peggy Ingram & Ray Dykstra

Bloomington, IL

"We could have never seen as much on our own. We would not have known what a lot of the places were without this tour."

Dennis Boston

Phillipsburg, MO

 

"Tony is the best! We enjoyed the entire tour. His breadth of knowledge coupled with his vast history of working and living in Nashville was awesome!"

David and Nancy Stewart,

Ocala, FL

 

"It was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Tony is a great storyteller and very knowledgeable about Nashville history. It's fun to hear stories about the personalities who made Nashville famous."

Steve & Charlene Schiefenstein

Tallassee, AL

"Tony was very professional and knowledgeable. He shared many great stories and showed us some really great places. We really enjoyed seeing that country stars are just normal people, living with normal people in regular neighborhoods."

Richard & Pam Fortuna

Wadsworth, OH

"We were totally impressed by Tony's knowledge and professionalism. Would definitely recommend taking a tour with Tony. It was well worth every penny."

Bill & Eleanor Gorman

Mount Joy, PA

"Tony's knowledge of Nashville and its' surrounding area is top notch. All the details of the stars private lives were so very interesting. We especially enjoyed the entertainment quips that went on back stage of the Grand Ole Opry. We appreciated Tony's knowledge of the statues in the city and recommending places to eat."

Allen & Carol Knack

Clinton, OH

"Great tour, even the second time around. Perfect, just like it is! Love the personal input and vast knowledge of the area. Our niece, Julie, enjoyed her introduction to Nashville thru your tour. It was nice spending time with you again!"

Bruce & Deb Mollenkopf

Albuquerque, NM

"Tony has a wealth of personal stories and first-hand information regarding Nashville and its' history. He is also an accomplished storyteller and brings it all together to make for a fun and informative tour. Definitely recommend!"

James Rose

New Carlisle, OH


"Perfect introduction to Nashville. Tony has many insightful memories of celebrities and venues that bring out the character of this unique city. His personal stories reveal heart and soul of the people he connected within his life."

David & Susan Johnson

Pittsboro, NC

"Tony's tour was the highlight of our trip to Nashville. He has a great knowledge of the city, its history and of course, the music industry. Tony took his time, told great stories, and answered all our questions."

Cindi Sigshee

Trinity, TX

"You did a great job telling your experiences, it was almost overload trying to digest all of the information you were giving us."

Scott & Michelle Rains

Arkansas City, KA

"Cannot improve on perfection! Wonderful tour! Well worth the money and the time! Tony was so informative and knew what he was talking about. We saw so much and would have missed everything had we not taken the tour. Tony was so accommodating to all of our needs. Thank you again for a wonderful time!!!"

Sam & Susan Baron

Midland , TX

"Tony was awesome. He was very knowledgeable and took the time to show and explain the places of interest. He had first-hand knowledge of the people and places he took you to. He stopped many times so we could take pictures. Very thorough and very much enjoyed it."

Debra Lemire

Weare, NH

"The tour was great, we are still seeing benefits as we do things in the Nashville and Goodlettsville area."

Barbara Young

Palm Desert, CA

"Tony, a tour guide with a lot of life experience. He loves Nashville and likes to share that. We received a lot of information about the music business, people, the city and history. More than we expected! He's old school, not rush, rush.....so, book a tour with him and enjoy!"

Petra Auth-Menna & Claus Menna

Houston, TX & Ravensburg, Germany

"I was born in Nashville and was aware of a lot of the history. Tony Cochran was able to provide a lot more to the history, makeup of Nashville, and the Grand Ole Opry. Well done!"

Ronald S Hall

Colorado Springs, CO

 

"This was an outstanding tour! Tony's knowledge of the Nashville area and his personal experiences in law enforcement and as security for the country/western singers, makes this for fascinating and fun....because he was there! We only had 1 day to spend in Nashville and we are so thankful we spent it with Tony. The only thing that would have made it better would be if Garth Brooks had been sitting in the front seat. Don't miss this tour!!!"

Paula Pugh

Fredericksburg, TX

"A wonderful tour! Tony's perspective as security for the stars and venues is so great. His stories made the Nashville Music Scene real. Best value tour ever!"

Harriet & Wally Balmer

Tacoma, WA

"We took your tour on October 5, 2020. It was one of the most informative and best tours we've ever been on. Every street we were on, you had a story to tell. So much information about the places and people you have worked with and known. Your tour was highly recommended by everyone who has taken it. We thoroughly enjoyed it. You should write a book."

Pace & JoAnn Mimms

Powhatan, VA

“This tour showed us a lot things that we never would have discovered on our own. Only in depth of knowledge by Tony made this possible.”

Mark & Kathy Wabeke

Terra Ceia, FL

“Perfect introduction to Nashville. Tony Has many insightful memories of celebrities and venues that bring out the character of this unique city. His personal stories reveal the heart and soul of the people he connected with in his life.”

David & Susan Johnson

Pittsboro, NC

“Tony provided the most interesting tour of downtown & outskirts of Nashville. His door to door, 2.5-hour tour provided sites and stories that other tours would not likely provide. A true professional and gentleman. We 100% recommend Tony to family and friends visiting Nashville.”

Tom & Gail Koroluk

St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada

“Tony is a very personable and knowledgeable guide. His stories gave a nice personal touch to the information he shared freely. We would highly recommend his tour to anyone who visits Nashville.”

Barry & Susan MacDonald

Petersbourgh, Ontario

“Tony Cochran, you’re a very good tour guide. Would recommend you to everyone. All the stuff you told us and the things we saw would have not been possible without you. Thank you for a great fun filled day.”

Tom & Pat Settle

Pine, AZ

“Absolutely, we’d recommend you to anyone. So over and above!!”

Ed & Diane Kuhn

Lake Oswego, OR

“This tour is perfect if you only have a short time in Nashville and want to see more than you ever knew. And being a “windshield tour” was great for me still recovering from a broken foot so can’t do a lot of walking. The pick-up and drop-off at our RV Park was especially accommodating! I felt very comfortable to ask questions and loved all your “inside” info and stories.”

Cindy & Rick Kovalchuk

Rosharon, TX

“Tony picked us up at our park and gave us the best tour of Nashville we have ever had. He was very personable and a wealth of information about the stars and their homes. His past experience in the security business gave us a new twist on his connection with famous people. GREAT PERSONAL TOUR! I would highly recommend.”

Jean Oliver

Auburndale, FL

“He was on time, told us what to expect. Was 100% a wonderful tour, things we would have never seen on most tours. Very nice!”

Ralph & Jean Lumbard

Auburndale, FL

“Amazing tour! Tons of information, loots of history. Covered a lot of territory. Have already recommended your tour. Friends going Friday morning.”

Lisa McLellan, Theresa Buck, Arnold & Valerie Parr

Red River, NM

“Tony is very knowledgeable about the area and has a very good insight to share with his guest. Very fun!!!”

Joe & Mary Randazzo

Leicester, NY

“We definitely give Tony a 5-star rating! We traveled from Vancouver, B.C. to Nashville specifically to see the country music scene. With Tony as our guide, we were privileged to get a deep insight of the performers, where they lived, personal stories of their life, and a great tour of Nashville. We never knew that Nashville was such a beautiful city. We will definitely plan on returning to Nashville and would not hesitate to use Tony again as our guide, as I am sure he still has more stories to tell us.”

Eric & Gail Sexsmith

Vancouver, B.C.

 

“Paul and I were well pleased with your tour. Well pleased with all the information that we would not have received on another tour and would highly recommend you!”

Paul & Marcia Sloan

Gassville, AR

 

“WOW! What a great tour. That’s only a few words I can use to describe and excellent tour we received from Tony. He told us so many stories and took us to so many places, we would never have seen or heard on a bus tour, or any other tour for that matter. My wife wears hearing aids and she sometimes has difficulty understanding tour guides. Tony’s voice was clear, and he enunciated so well, she had no problem. Would we recommend him to some else? YES, a thousand times YES. Thanks, Tony, you were fabulous!”  

Mark Turner

Los Angeles, CA

“Tony gave us a tour of Nashville that touched on all areas of the city and shared the history through his firsthand experience. Most amazing tour! Our kids were excited to see the places Tony had shared and pointed out for the rest of our trip. He really made Nashville so much more than just the tourist spots.”

Brenda Oberholzer

Greencastle, PA

"We really liked the tour. Both for the stories of your history in Nashville and your knowledge of the history of Nashville and its' music. Because we were in Nashville during the early stages of the covid 19 crisis, we were happy to hear so many "inside" stories about many Nashville legends when so many venues were closed. We had an intimate experience and an informative overview of the Nashville scene. We weren't your typical photo taking tourists but we really enjoyed the time we spent with you. Thanks for what you do!"

Stan & Pam Kolupailo

Vadnais Heights, MN

"Loved the tour and all the inside information. Thanks for making our last day in Nashville special!"

Dick Wilkerson 

Amarillo, TX

"We have never had the opportunity in seeing the sites in Nashville. With this being our first time in the area we can think of now other way to be given a tour other than this. We were given information throughout that only someone have been there at the time it took place could speak so well of these historic events. Thank you!"

Eileen & Greek Congo

Seneca, IL  

"Tony isn't only a great tour guide, he is also a terrific person. Looking at the old and new as well and all the stories had me interested the whole way through. What an enjoyable experience."

Neal D. Pinkowski

Ponchatoula, LA

"Great time! We went to many places we would never find on our own. Tony is very knowledgeable about the area."

Donna Schillinger

Waukee IA

"This is a great tour. From the Honky Tonk Bars on Broadway to seeing the tributes to country legends. Had a great 3+ hours. Were on backroads and side streets we would have never known about on our own. Thanks!"

Jim & Anne Bingham

Circleville, OH

There is not enough to say about this tour. More history than I could ever imagine. Tony does a wonderful job!

Sandy & Mike Yockey 

Morristown, OH

Great tour with large variety of sites. Loved all personal stories as well.

Darrell & Phyllis Pufahl

Noblesville, IN

We thoroughly enjoyed the Nashville Tour provided by Tony Cochran. He was so knowledgeable and his fir hand experiences that he shared made the stories "come Alive". He was very accommodating, showing us aspects of the Nashville areawe would never have found on our own. Highly recommend taking his tour!

Sharon & Virgil Kleinschmidt

Gleason, WI  

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"We had a wonderful 5-hour tour of Nashville on February 27, 2020. My wife and I, as well as our friends from Pittsburgh, totally enjoyed getting all the "inside scoop" and history on Nashville, as presented by Tony, while driving us around in his white Lincoln. We wound up having "meat plus 3" .... at a favorite restaurant of his. We and our friends loved his VERY SPECIAL TOUR, and my wife is still talking about the wonderful "Ultimate Chocolate Cake", that Tony suggested we try at the restaurant."

Peter Paul

"A tour unlike any other. Tony shares years of personal experiences with country legends. His personal anecdotes add color to the places you will see. Tony will pull over to allow time for pictures or restroom stops if necessary. Every minute of our 3.5 tour was packed with information. Highly recommended!"

Beal & Audry Trahan

"Super nice guy and loved the tour!"

Terry Selbh

 

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Nicklous Combs

 

 

"Tony was terrific. He was responsive, knowledgeable, and professional. I recommend him without reservation."

Marshall Cornblum

 

"Great tour. Tony has hours of history that he shares with you. Learned many facts about Nashville. I hope to return and book it again. He was fantastic."

James Heydorff

 

"Tony was a great guide. Very knowledgeable. Exactly what we were expecting. Private tour and comfortable travel."

Mary McKenna

 

"This was our first-time visiting Nashville, and we would recommend a tour with Tony to everyone. We had a wonderful day and gained more knowledge than we could have ever of hoped for. Nashville is on our list to go back again."

Clara Jane Amodei

 

"Tony was a great tour guide. He even offered to start the tour earlier than scheduled as we couldn't check in yet. He really was very knowledgeable about the Nashville area. He had so many very interesting stories and memories of various artists in the Nashville music industry. Perfect tour for country music lovers."

Judi Hosang

 

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Sharon Merrill

 

"We had the best tour by Tony, so informative about all the sights and a lot of stories about the country stars. Thanks, Tony, for an awesome day!"

David Durham

"My daughter and I took a city tour of Nashville. Tony C. was our local guide. He was prompt. His Lincoln Town Car was meticulous and comfortable. Best of all he was a part of the music scene and history. Having been a police officer in Nashville and later working behind the scene at the Grand Ole Opry, Tony had very specific stories about the musicians and pointed out notable locations. We had the opportunity to see a bit of the countryside as well. Tony exceeded our expectations for our tour." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️+

Susan Kaineg

 

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Robyn Budelli

“Tony was an excellent tour guide. He is a wealth of knowledge about the (sometimes seedy) history of Nashville.”

Spencer & Lorraine Saint

 

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Randall Ritchey

 

"Tony had fabulous knowledge about f the city and its stars! It was a wonderful tour and we really enjoyed getting to know more about Nashville and the country music scene."

Phyllis Zanghi

 

"Tony was very informative and gave us a well-rounded view of the culture and interesting facts of Nashville. Also, he knew firsthand many stories of different personalities which are closely related to the country music world, Thanks to Tony we were able to get immediately immerse on the real flavor of this interesting city."

Anabel Lucanie

 

"Nashville, Tennessee Story. where to start, past.. present.. future.. good and bad of this amazing city, our trip memories would not be same without a day spent with Tony, he is our Nashville legend, such a fabulous tour with all sites known and unknown, he is truly amazing storyteller, we started our tour as tourists, and we parted as friends."

Ivan Petriska Balov

 

"We loved our tour of Nashville with Tony. His personalized tour and amazing insight from his life experiences were fascinating. Tony knows everybody! We were all amazed. So much better than your typical mass box tour. Our group had 2 moms and our 18-year-old daughters, and we all loved it. So many stories Tony shared providing way more insight to Nashville and the many stars there than you could ever get on any other tour. Tony also brought us each a personal gift. So thoughtful! Thank you, Tony!"

Julie Pryor

 

"We are great fans of Tours by Locals and take advantage of their wonderful services whenever possible. Tony was by far one of the best tour guides we have had and we truly enjoyed our day with him. He was so knowledgeable about the city of Nashville, and especially the history and nuances of the Music industry going back many years! We were truly enthralled with all of his great stories and insights, and especially all of the out of the way and unique sites he took us to see. Highly recommended!!"

Susan Blau Ben Di Benedetto

 

"Excellent, lots of great information. Very thorough. Would use him again in a heartbeat! Incredible knowledge of Nashville."

Dixie Newman

"Whether you're a country music fan or not, you're going to LOVE ❤️ your tour with Tony! He was fun, interesting, and informative. His familiarity with Nashville's history and his personal relationships with many of Nashville celebrities ~ both past and present ~ made the afternoon a delightfully entertaining experience! (My husband, a TN native) learned more about Nashville in our afternoon with Tony than he ever had. He was easy to understand and made sure we saw all the sights. Job well done, Tony!!"

Sandi Ledbetter

 

"Tony was super knowledgeable about Nashville, famous haunts, and not so famous place of Interest. We enjoyed the tour. One of the best we've been on."

Jen Peel

 

"What an incredible guide. He is a walking Wikipedia on Nashville from the 1700's to today. He has so many stories about the country stars, both old and new. You will not be disappointed asking for Tony C. He is the best!!"

Andriette Frisbie

 

"Tony provided us with everything he promised, plus so much more, on this tour. He had so much knowledge of Country music and its musicians. He has a unique background that enabled him to know high-profile entertainers in the last half century. He provided stories that could not be told by anyone else. Truly, a one-of-a-kind- experience!"

Mary Ann Dozier

 

"Uniquely wonderful. Tony is a genuine Nashville music insider -- and he is a story machine. His close contacts with just about everyone I've heard of in country music give him real insights and unforgettable memories. I truly enjoyed the tour. This is much more than a bus tour. Tony has been there and done that and he can tell you about it all. Amazing."

Alec Jason

 

"Tony gave me a really good music tour of Nashville including many non-music highlights. He picked me up with a very comfortable car. We toured both the downtown area, and many other areas of Nashville. In addition to the usual stops, Tony was so flexible about customizing the tour to include some specific requests I had regarding Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle and Guy Clark. He has so many good memories and stories about Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Roger Miller, Burt Reynolds, and Dinah Shore."

Tim Chapman

 

"5 out of 5 stars or more accurately 10 stars! Tony C was an exceptional guide. His personal stories fit perfectly with the history of Nashville and made our introduction to the city even more special! I highly recommend for first time visitors or even returning visitors to experience Nashville with Tony C...it will be worth your time to see the history and personal stories of Nashville through the eyes and heart of Tony C!"

LuAnn Fonteno

 

"Tony is very knowledgeable about the Nashville area and gives y'all the insider view of people, places and things to see."

Gil Menegus

 

"Absolutely amazing. So much fun to learn about the behind the scenes of the country music world. Actually, took the tour twice and enjoyed both days. Highly recommend Tony!!!!"

Mary DiRaimondo

 

"Great historical perspective from someone who has lived it! Very engaging and very pleasant. Lots of fun. Highly recommend this tour with Tony."

Mary DiRaimondo

 

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Barry Menna

 

"Tony is very knowledgeable of not only the local area but also all of the local lore! We enjoyed the tour and would highly recommend to anyone interested in getting an overview of the city - particularly if you have a love of country music. He has many entertaining stories about famous performers from many decades."

Elizabeth Smith

 

"We have made a new lifelong friend in Nashville! Tony was awesome and the tour was perfect! He had so many stories to tell us that others would never know having worked so closely with so many people in the music industry. Thank you so much again Tony and we can't wait to come back and visit!"

Tabatha Gilyard

 

"Tony is an amazing tour guide!!! Behind the scenes stories of all of Nashville's big names from 40 years was so interesting. I'll recommend him to anyone!"

Terry Urban

 

"Great tour by Tony! Truly experienced & knowledgeable on all the who's, where's & what's of Music City. He's been there, done that, and will share info with stories! We loved his trip flexibility and he is great on how to get around the city, where to go eat and what to discover on your own! Do this tour first so you'll have a greater understanding of this terrific place and then explore it. We nominate him for a CMA award (for Country Music Advisor)!"

Chris and Skip Horton

 

"Tony is full of knowledge about Nashville and the music industry. How the stars we know today became stars and the stories that went with it was both enlightening and funny. As a police officer or offering security behind the scenes he is the guy that witnessed it all from Elvis to George Strait and so many others. Read his bio on this website because he is truly part of the Nashville music history. He is a class-act guy!! I HIGHLY recommend this tour!"

Jennifer Burns

 

"Tony must be the most knowledgeable and personable tour guide we have ever had. If you want the inside Nashville music insider’s info, Tony is your man."

Don Baker

"Tony did a great job. He has great stories and amazing knowledge of his city."

Brian Stacey

 

"Tony is a great storyteller! He is all about what we wanted to see. He has a lot of pop culture experience. We had a great afternoon. Tony makes the tour!"

Betsey Natale

 

"Tony was an amazing tour guide. The amount of information and personal experiences that he shared made it a very special tour. I would highly recommend Tours by Locals and Tony as the guide!"

Ruth Taylor

 

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Kathryn Whalen

"Tony was a superb guide. He was quite knowledgeable and most entertaining. Highly recommend booking a tour with Tony when in Nashville."

David Gibson

 

"Tony was majorly value added. He knows the Nashville scene and has great stories, is a great raconteur, and keeps you mesmerized by the local historical color that is otherwise completely unavailable. He could write a book with his historical knowledge and private encounters. We were very grateful for his insights. He is a very nice person and we thoroughly enjoyed our interaction with him. We would recommend him to anyone interested in the unpublished Nashville scene."

Jeffery Richter

 

"Tony was a fantastic guide. Took extra time to make sure we got every photo we wanted. Helped with advice on things to do after the tour. Tony is absolutely full of interesting information on many topics, but especially on local celebrities. It was a pleasure spending part of our time in Nashville with him!"

Dale Aikens

 

"This was one of the best tours I have ever taken. Tony is a precious gem, and I am so very happy to have met him let alone had a tour with him. Tony has a lifetime of history with Nashville and its institutions, neighborhoods, music, and people. During our private tour, Tony shared so many stories, showed so many historical sites, and gave both historical and personal color to every stop. Amazing and so worthwhile. Thank you, Tony!"

Allson Smaluk

 

"Tony's tour isn’t just a tour, it is a very personal experience. He has great stories to tell with each site visited and I enjoyed his knowledge about what he showed me. He goes the extra mile and i would recommend him anytime!"

Rasmus Celliers

 

"Tony's tour was actually 4 hours long and rich with stories of the Nashville scene and country stars...old and new! This is a driving tour with a few stops, which worked out perfectly because it was a rainy day. My husband and I would highly recommend this tour!!!"

Jody Turner

 

"Tony was great! He has many many stories of Nashville and the stars. I highly recommend this tour. I have done the bus tour in the past and the private tour with Tony is outstanding! Thanks Tony, hope to do it again sometime."

Chris Johnson

 

"Tony gave us a wonderful tour of the Nashville area. He shared his knowledge from his years on the Nashville police force as well as experiences with celebrities while running his personal security company. The tour was comprehensive and covered interesting stories and sites around Nashville. Note: If you like fried food, Tony's your man! He is a gifted storyteller!"

Clara Robertson

"Tony was terrific - personable, incredibly knowledgeable, and very considerate of our interests. We

would highly recommend him as a tour guide if you want an insider's perspective and history of Nashville."

Roberta aka Bobbie Carefoote

 

"Knowledgeable, caring, and fun relevant Nashville experiences."

Richard Hochhauser

 

"Tony was kind, very informative and gave us extra time! Highly recommend!"

Matt Kingston

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