Well it is, and Belfast celebrated this 200th birthday year for Nashville with a concert on June 29, reported July 4 on The Bluegrass Ireland Blog. A number of bands and artists from Northern Ireland performed, including Eilidh Patterson and the Bluegrass Broken String Band.
Irish News TV was on the scene, and filed a report from the concert, which was held just prior to the Belfast Maritime Festival. Nashville mayor Bill Purcell was in attendance, and he speaks to INTV about the important part that Irish music and culture played in the development of American country and bluegrass music.
You can view the new report on the Irish News TV site.