[TOUR DIARY] Nashville
I'm not sure if it's our luck, our personalities, or simply the way of the 'South,' but we seem to either dive right in or get thrown into the deep end whenever we enter a city. The moment we arrived in Nashville we were greeted with beers, whiskey, moonshine, a home cooked meal, beagle, and a traditional tobacco spittoon, all accompanied by our gun-holding and Darrell Scott-listening host (who writes for the music blog, No Country For New Nashville). We were then whisked off to Santa's Pub to participate in drunken karaoke, met an Aussie band whose name escapes me (blame the whiskey), and ended the evening in a diner, half falling asleep into a coffee mug and sausage biscuit. Ok, so that last bit applies only to Nicola, who seems to be struggling with the combination of alcohol consumption and staying awake lately.
The next day saw us roaming around Nashville and becoming acquainted with its charm, before heading over to have a beer and hang out with local band, Them Vibes in East Nashville. We roamed some bars and cafes in 5 points, before heading downtown to see what music city had to offer.
Our dear friends run the world renowned Ryman Auditorium, where we so graciously enjoyed Dr. Dog and The Lumineers from the FOH balcony. No trip to Nashville would be complete without honky-tonks; as a result, we ventured through music row and into some of Nashville's most traditional and well-respected honky-tonk bars.
We were off early the next day to make the mammoth drive to New York in one day, a task that seemed somewhat ridiculous but we did it anyway. Our trip to Nashville was definitely too short, mainly because we overindulged ourselves in New Orleans and left a day and a half later than we originally intended to (I'm confident this happens to everyone that visits NOLA).
I guess we'll just have to go back again some day soon for a proper visit! (Any excuse will do, right?)