Country food meets country music

Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at 1:00am

Like the rocking chairs on the porch, the fireplace in the dining room, and the antiques on the walls, traditional music has long been a hallmark of the dining experience at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

But in the past couple of years, the music connection has grown to become a centerpiece of the marketing strategy for the 36-year-old restaurant company.

Cracker Barrel has aligned itself with two prominent keepers of the flame of traditional music: The Grand Ole Opry and top-selling bluegrass artists Alison Kraus and Union Station. The company

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