Nashville, the capital of country music, was on our roadmap before heading North East. Glad we stopped, it’s a fun city (if you like country music that is..). We finally met a friend from a friend, Matthew, who was a great guide to the city. We were staying in East Nashville which is a very cool area, plenty of bars and breweries around. Matt took us first for some hot chicken at Bolton’s, a Nashville institution. It’s cheap fried chicken and it’s, oh god, so hot. After that we headed downtown to see some country live music performance on Broadway, at Robert’s. Good musicians but too busy. It had to be done. We ended the night in East Nashville at the 3 Crow Bar where we sat down for a good chat and tried the Bushwhacker, a sort of alcoholic coffee frozen milkshake. After that, we went to a karaoke night in a gay bar called the Lipstick Lounge. Definitely some of the best karaoke talents we’ve witnessed.
There are some places to visit in Nashville, if you’re into country music. First one would probably be the Ryman Auditorium, which is the venue where the Grand Ole Opry radio show was recorded from 1943 to 1974. They play live music pretty much every day and offer different tours inside. There was no show that we were interested in at the time, and it seemed expensive to visit so we just had a walk around it. Another place to visit is the Country Music Hall of Fame. It is packed with rare items, videos and stories. We saw Carl Perkins blue suede shoes, Elvis Presley’s cadillac, Johnny Cash guitars, Hank Williams boots and costume… The audio guide for an extra $2 wasn’t actually worth it.
For our second night, we went for a bluegrass jam at a place called the Station Inn. It’s pretty small, unpretentious and the atmosphere is great. The musicians are all very talented and fun to listen to in between songs. If you want to go, show up early as it fills up real quick.
A couple of nice places in East Nashville: Smith and Lenz brewery for great beer and 5 spots for great swing dancing on their Motown Mondays. The day after, we headed out and stopped at the Hendersonville cemetery where we paid our respect to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. Some interesting graves there too.
Nashville was fun to visit and big thanks to Matt for showing us around!