Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Nashville Rocks - Let's Move There

"Country music is the people's music. It just speaks about real life and about truth and it tells things how they really are."  Faith Hill

With Tracy at the wheel, I thought I would take a moment to share our Nashville experience with “y’all”!
Growing up to the voices of Kenny Rogers, Alabama, Barbara Mandrell and Dolly Parton, my true passion for country music didn’t actually kick in until high school when I heard the sweet sound of Trisha Yearwood.  My appreciation only deepened as I found the likes of Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Suzy Bogguss, Reba McEntire and some historical greats like Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash.  Yup, I'm proud to say that I liked country before country was "cool"!  Songs by Faith Hill, The Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain monopolized my disc-man as Taylor Swift does with the ipods of today.  And speaking of today – Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton  - I could fill this entire blog with the names of artists I adore in this amazing genre of music.  So, needless to say, when Tracy and I decided to go on our big adventure there was no doubt in my mind that we had to visit NASHVILLE!
Coming off our recent disappointment in Austin, we were a bit worried that Nashville would also fail to live up to our expectations.  A worry that was very short lived however….as it quickly earned residence on our favorite cities list!  Our only regret is that we didn’t stay longer and see more...
The biggest attraction to this city is obviously MUSIC!!  Like 2 kids on Christmas morning, we couldn’t even wait for the sun to go down before hitting the town!  Bouncing from bar to bar all over the city, we were in our glory with live music at every stop.  We also hit some great places off the beaten track during our visit, including Musician’s Corner - a weekly outdoor concert in Centennial Park.
We didn’t get nearly as many photos as we would have liked….guess we were just too captivated to pull the camera out!  But here are a handful...

Nashville is one of our top "picks"

Too funny - just sitting outside of Tootsie's on their "ride"

Mechanical Bull inside - yes, we regret not riding it!

Amy still hasn't danced on the bar despite
us going to several Coyote Ugly's
How can we entice her to do this??

Some great local talent at
The Listening Room
(cool venue, too!)

This chic was 16...crazy!  And she came with a
full entourage of people!

Music in Centennial Park on Saturdays
Safe to say, I think we would be there every Saturday
This kid was an American Idol cast off

More music in the Park - so neat to watch all the
drummers play random acoustics like wash boards
for percussion

Rockin the house at Tootsie's
Tiny little bar, packed with much fun!

Amy's hoping to come back to
town and land a job at CMT

As usual, we're a bit behind on our blogging - so next up (very soon), is our surprise visit to Maine.  We have lots of great video to share - and most likely, many of our readers will be IN those videos!

In the meantime, we've been enjoying the South and have found a new favorite in Charleston, SC which we'll also share with you soon.

Until the next exit...

Amy & Tracy

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