I think most people still think that Nashville is nothing but guitars twangin’, broken – lyin’ – cheatin’ – stealin’ hearts, and rhinestones and big hair, I suppose you would still be right. Country history is still the soul of Nashville. It does help that the global notoriety of acts like Taylor Swift has turned Nashville from the vaguely uncool scene to in recent times as popular as it ever was.
Nashville’s experience of going through a full economic recover and gentrification seems to be working with hordes of young people moving there for the job opportunities and low cost of living. With booming industries there are plenty of opportunities available in Nashville these days.
I had planned this “extended” weekend getaway. 72 hours in Music City, and what/where are the things I can see, feel, and do during this time? Well you got it. Here is a quick list of my experience in Nashville.
“Music Row” which was surprising low-key during my time there, you can tour the recording studio where Dolly Parton and Elvis cut their songs. After your visit, be sure to head down to Jack White’s Third Man Records to pick up some vinyls. If it is possible for you (Wasnt for me) to get a ticket to one of the live shows, they are legendary here: The Blue Room is the only venue in the world to record direct-to-acetate during a performance. There is always the Grand Ole Opry experience, head out of downtown to catch the legendary weekly concert near the Opryland Resort. For country music, the Ryman Auditorium is known as the ‘Mother Church’ with acoustics that are down right spiritual in nature.
Hyped Up Local Stuff
Go to Jeni’s and get Brambleberry Crisp ice cream – definitely worth it. Some of the other things that are currently the craze here just do not appeal to much to me but hey, thats just me so here you go: Gourmet Mexican Ice Lollies, Hand Blended Teas, Hand Stitched Neck Ties, Leather Belts from Emil Erwin… Basically if it has “artisan” or “Gourmet” in the name it is here and it is popular.
Places to visit
The world’s only full-scale replica of the Parthenon in Athens sits in Nashville’s Centennial Park.
Classic restaurant experience
Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack – Try the Spicy Chicken Sandwhich! – Legend has it, he came home a little late one night. So his girlfriend added extra spicy peppers to his breakfast chicken and he liked it so much that he opened the store…. sweet revenge