Music City USA

Randy and I spent a lovely looooong weekend in Nashville, TN. A few highlights and travel advice should you be heading there anytime soon:

If you enjoy listening to live music, you must spend an evening at The Bluebird Cafe for a concert In The Round. Four song writers sit in a circle and take turns playing their songs – seeing as this is Nashville, expect a heavy dose of country. The early 6:00/6:30 show is usually comprised of songwriters without any hits and the 9:00/9:30 show is generally songwriters with well known hits. Make sure you get a reservation for a table, otherwise you will be sitting at the bar or on a bench for a couple of hours. Don’t be put off by the location (a strip mall near the Green Hills Mall) or the bar itself (a bit of a dive). It was a very cool experience and one that we plan to repeat next time we are in Nashville. Forgive the dazed look in the picture, we were looking straight into the sun.

As far as touring Nashville, there is a ton to see and do:

General Andrew Jackson’s home, The Hermitage is a nice afternoon trip.

The Ryman Auditorium is widely considered the Mother Church of Country Music. It was the home of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville from the 40s through the 70s. It is a beautiful building with a ton of history. It turns out that my Great-Grandfather Frank Curtis played fiddle in the Grand Ole Opry at one point so there is a little family history for me there.

Finally the highlight of our trip: EDWIN MCCAIN!!!!

The show was at 3rd and Lindsley for their Sunday night broadcast with WRLT. The place only holds 250 people and is general admission – we wound up with an incredible view of the stage from the tiny balcony. If you go, GO EARLY and head straight upstairs, grab the middle table and order dinner.
The view from that table and a really grainy picture of Edwin taken from my cell phone:

It was an absolutely INCREDIBLE concert. Edwin sounded great all night – the band was fantastic as always.

A little snip from my favorite song “Kentucky” – don’t adjust your speakers, the sound quality is really that bad as it was recorded on my cell phone. It sounded a lot better in person, I promise!

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Nashville is a great city with a ton to do – I highly recommend it for a weekend away!

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