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    • Day192

      Honky Tonks & Musik

      October 3, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Weiter gehts mit Nashville - einer weiteren Musik(er)-Stadt. Auch hier hielt ich mich grob 2 Tage auf, um das wesentliche der Stadt zu sehen. Allerdings ließ ich die ganzen Musik-Museen aus, die erstens relativ teuer sind im Vergleich zu manch anderem und zweitens hätte ich dadurch wertvolle Zeit "vergeudet". Da ich nur zu Fuß unterwegs war, brauchte ich für manches nämlich länger. Wer jemals in Nashville ist, zwischen River und Nissan Stadion kann man kostenlos parken und sogar über Nacht stehen. Nur an Football-Spieltagen muss man das Feld räumen. Überwiegend hielt ich mich Downtown auf, so wie alle anderen Touristen auch. Neben dem klassischen Broadway mit den ganzen Bars, wurde auch das Capitol mit angrenzendem State Park besichtigt und die Museen zumindest von außen. ^^ Ich verbrachte auch ein/zwei Stündchen in der "Tootsies Orchid Lounge", einem Honky Tonk, das schon seit 1960 existiert und sogar nachmittags um 2 schon Live-Musik gespielt wird. Dort standen auch schon Berühmtheiten wie Taylor Swift oder Willie Nelson. Am nächsten Tag hielt ich mich etwas westlich auf, auch bekannt als Musik-Business-Gegend. Hier befindet sich ein Recording Studio bzw. ganzes Haus neben dem anderen. Wer was von sich hält oder schon ein paar bekanntere Künstler hat, hängt ein Plakat vorne dran, um den Erfolg allen anderen unter die Nase zu reiben.Read more

    • Day221

      Nashville - The Crying Wolf

      August 9, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

      Nach dem großartigen Start in Nashville, ging es am darauffolgenden Mittwoch dann auf Gitarrenshoptour. Das war natürlich David's Idee. Da die Stadt nicht allzu groß ist, waren die Shops nicht so weit voneinander entfernt.

      Es ging los mit Carter's Vintage Guitars. Dieser war der beste Laden. Es gab Gitarren zwischen Anfang des 20sten Jahrhunderts und heute, zwischen 200 und 350.000 US Dollar, Nette Menschen die einen alles spielen und testen lassen und viele Schmankerl. Dazu gehörte der original Tube Screamer von Stevie Ray Vaughan für 12.000 Dollar und ein Amp von Keith Urban für 90.000 Dollar. Völlig verrückt. David's Favorit war eine Anderson Tele und Julia's eine ozeangrüne Les Paul.

      Nächste Station war Two Old Hippies. Nicht der Rede wert. Ging dann gleich weiter zu Gruhn Guitars, auch bekannt. Hier gab es auch schöne Dinge, allen voran die 54er Esquire für schlanke 25.000 Dollar spielte sich super. Nettes Gespräch mit dem Verkäufer, aber kein Flair.

      Bei Corner Music sah der Verkäufer auch gleich wie ein Rockstar aus mit grauen Haaren lang und doch halb hochgegelt, Tattoos und Leder. In die Augen gucken konnte er einem allerdings nicht. Dafür gab es einige alte Amps und gekauft wurde ein Schalter für Zuhause. Carter war also mit Abstand die beste Station.

      Danach ging es zum Mittag in den Centennial Park. Wir hatten ja vorgekocht und so saßen wir im Park bei Sonnenschein auf einer Bank und aßen. Um uns herum lauter Eichhörnchen, die pausenlos sammelten und aktiv waren. Highlight des Parks ist das Pantheneon, nicht das Original aus Griechenland, aber eine 1:1 Kopie. Es wurde im 19ten Jahrhundert für eine Ausstellung aus Holz nachgebaut und da die Nashvillians es so liebten, behielten sie es und renovierten es dann in den 1930ern mit einem widerstandsfähigerem Design.

      Der anschließende Weg zum Grand Ole Opry gestaltete sich als schwierig, da es einen mega Stau gab. Wir sind dann am Stau vorbei noch mal kurz nach Haus. Hatten eh keine Tour vorab gebucht.

      Nachdem wir Daniel in LA kennenlernen durften, leitete er uns an Joe und Alex weiter, die in Nashville wohnen. Beide haben ihre Bands und sind super nette Menschen. Wir trafen uns im Hattie B's Downtown, um das Nashville Gericht schlechthin zu essen: Hot Chicken. Eine Variation des Chicken Fried, halt schön scharf. David nahm mild und Julia mittel. Das hat auch gereicht. War sau lecker und echt viel. Bevor wir essen konnten mussten wir erstmal die Schlange vor der Tür bewältigen. War halt wirklich beliebt.

      Das Abendprogramm bestand aus Father Sun, Dylan Lancaster und Jack Thomason im "The Crying Wolf". Ein cooler Bandabend im hinteren Teil der Kneipe. Wie immer in den USA gab es ca. 25 verschiedene Biere, von denen eins besser als das andere war. Weiterhin gab es eine kleine Bühne mit intimer Atmosphäre und echt schöne Songs. Besonders Father Sun und Jack haben uns gefallen. Wir quatschen nach dem Konzert noch viel mit Alex und Joe und hatten einen top Abend. Im vorderen Teil der Kneipe lief derweil Trap auf voller Lautstärke, sehr krasser Gegensatz zum Folk bei uns.

      Was auch immer wieder auffällt, ist, dass die Leute in den USA doch sehr viel freizügiger sind, als es nach außen dargestellt wird. Von wegen prüdes Amerika. Da es ja genauso in Deutschland ist, vermuten wir, dass das Internet daran schuld ist. Aber wer weiß das schon. Vielleicht haben ja auch einfach hunderte Frauen in den letzten Jahren gleichzeitig gedacht, dass man Yogapants und Sportbh doch viel besser in den Club, als zum Sport machen anziehen kann. Genauso wie manche Alpinsportjacken zum Spazieren auf normalnull benutzen. Nur halt doch etwas anders. Diese Leute lassen dann jedoch meist die Gesichtstattoos weg.
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    • Day8

      The Grand Ole Opry

      June 14, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

      Now the Grand Ole Opry has been broadcasted as a 'one hour barn dance' to the nation since 1925. Since then it has outgrown its original home at the Ryman Theatre in downtown Nashville and now sits on a bend in the river east of Nashville amongst a huge hotel complex and mega mall. On entering we eschewed the idea of a warm glass of wine at $20 a head and instead bought water and a 'Goo Goo bar' which is a Nashville treat of nuts, nougat and chocolate. It was surprisingly delicious. There was a large crowd of mostly older clientele and mostly rather large. We squeezed onto our vaguely upholstered church pew near the front of the huge auditorium. 'Y'all got great seats!' the lady on the door promised. And they were, front and central. Trouble is we we sharing our pew with a huge couple from Georgia, the wife was continually rifling for candy in her bag and the husband had a bad case of man spreading. This meant that I was sitting sideways and Richard was pushed into the edge of the arm of the pew. I asked our Georgian friend how long the recording was. 'Oh I think about 3 hours' she worryingly replied.

      In the end through the uncomfortableness of it all we were really blown away by the talent on stage. We were taken through a potted history of country music. Performers young and old were greeted with whoops and screams and we could see that Country music is still huge in the US. One up and coming young guy certainly impressed. His sweet soulful voice and agile guitar playing made him mesmerising to watch. Good manners, a simple life and memories of the old ways seemed to be the theme. We were invited to cheer for the second amendment which we hurriedly remembered was the right to bear arms. We were the only ones not clapping. One of the performers told us that following the shooting in Washington if everyone had been armed this wouldn't have happened. The twisted logic there made me frown so hard I gave myself a headache. God was also a heavy theme and clearly everyone was a believer but we weren't made to feel like outsiders.

      We found it all very charming and had an insight into perhaps why the South feels constantly lectured to by the north, being told that their simple pleasures are unsophisticated and that their way of life is somehow backward and wrong and that their history is shameful. I think they are aware of this shame but rightly they refuse to be defined by it. Instead they celebrate the kinship, warmth and traditions of their ancestors and are proud to share them with all.

      We were picked up by a softly spoken, young, black Uber driver who clearly hinted he was liberal but admitted that he kept a gun under his bed, 'Just in case.' I tried and failed to imagine a probable situation where it would be appropriate to use the gun. Later at a throughly untraditional sushi restaurant we spent time talking to the young waiter who dreamt of travelling to Japan and trying real sushi, he was so knowledgeable and the only qualified Sake sommelier in the state of Tennessee. He said he was sick of serving fireball rolls to bachelorette parties, his yearning to escape was palpable.

      We really feel like we are getting a feel for the South and share in its Southern Pride. Many people we have spoken to sheepishly ask why we have come to their state and what we think about it and seem surprised when we say how much we love it. This pride is just under the surface and breaks through with smiles and agreement in their mutual love of the city and recommendations of other places to go.
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    • Day7

      Shopping & General Jackson

      October 28, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 4 °C

      6.50pm
      Currently sat on the General Jackson showboat waiting to set sail for this evenings ‘Nashville Nights’ cruise.

      We have had quite a leisurely day, spent most of it at the Opry Mills, shopping!! We found a fab clothes shop called ‘Maurices’ it catered for both our sizes which was perfect as we both saw lots of stuff. The assistants set us up with changing rooms with our names on. I don’t think I have ever liked every single item I have taken into a changing room before! I thought bugger it, i’m on holiday, I have the money on my travel card so lets treat myself. We must have been in there way over an hour. Mel bought a lot of stuff too.

      After our splurges we were both hungry so we decided to eat at the Aquarium restaurant. We had a lovely meal, both of us decided on fish & chips, then for desert we shared key lime pie, all washed down with cocktails!!

      From there we went over to the Grand Ole Opry shop as we didn’t have much of a chance to look properly yesterday. We both got a few items there.

      Then we just wandered around the mall again, just browsing shops. We spent a bit of time in one of the shoe stores just trying on cowboy boots, I was very tempted buy a pair & may have to go back!

      We didn’t go back to the hotel to drop stuff off, we just walked straight over to the General Jackson to board.

      10.45pm
      Been back at the hotel 30mins or so.

      So, review of General Jackson, we weren’t overly impressed, to be fair on a summer evening &/or if you were eating it might be different. We didn’t eat because surprise, surprise we weren’t overly keen on the menu, so we were up on the balcony looking down at the stage & those dining below. So for us there was a lot of waiting around as we left just after 7pm & the entertainment didn’t start until about 8.45pm. We did wander outside on the deck but was too cold to stay there too long, we also popped to the gift shop, but for the most part we were sat around drinking our huge & bloody expensive daiquiris!

      The entertainers were talented & sung a wide of songs but we struggled to make out the words to most of what they were singing, whether that was down to the audio or where we were sat I don’t know. I swear there were so many costume changes their wardrobe backstage must make Carrie Bradshaw’s look tiny!!

      So it was a good experience but i’d choose the Opry over it any night of the week.
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    • Day89

      Grand Ole Opry - Nashville TN

      October 8, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

      08:30 given our backstage passes for the tour, brilliant got to see the artists entrance, security check in, mailboxes full of fan mail, each member has one. The members board has the names of past & present artists who have been invited by the show's management to join, based on their commitment to country music, the fans & the Opry itself. We toured the 18 dressing rooms & walked onto the Opry stage from the wings. The 'Circle' has not been broken as a circle of the original Ryman stage has been placed here. History of the Opry & the artists that have performed here is overwhelming. This weekend the Opry is celebrating 91 years & we were lucky to get a package deal that included The Ryman & Opry Backstage tours plus picnic lunch, afternoon concert (Crystal Gayle) & the evening Opry Show.Read more

    • Day89

      Grand Ole Opry Show - Nashville TN

      October 8, 2016 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

      After Maine lobster tacos & a local Yazoo beer from the plaza stalls it's showtime. With a big bag of popcorn purchased (cheddar & caramel flavour ..... it really works) it's showtime !! Artists old & new performed & the announcer did his part advertising Opry goods & upcoming local events. Biggest ovation was for Brad Paisley one of the newer country stars. Great night. !!Read more

    • Day89

      Opry Birthday Concert - Nashville TN

      October 8, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Yummy picnic lunch box of smoked brisket in the Opry Plaza where there is live music all day. Crystal Gayle concert 3pm was in the Opry. Everyday's a school day, we didn't know who her sister is .... Loretta Lynn !!Read more

    • Day53

      What an awesome town

      October 11, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      So my time here in Nashville is nearly over, it's been a great couple of weeks and everything I was hoping it would be.

      The people here are really friendly here in the music city and it is truly and apt name, fantastic musicians playing music all the time throughout the city.

      Since being here I have partied with the Tennessee titans cheerleaders, I've toured the Ryman (the mother church of country music), I've spent hours listening to amazing musicians up and down Broadway, I've walked through amazing parks and seen amazing things like a full-scale replica of the Parthenon and the spectacular floating globe war memorial.

      Saturday was a highlight and a fantastic day, starting with a backstage tour of the new home of the grand ole opry, some lovely pulled pork out the front whilst watching some brilliant musicians, a full show from Crystal Gayle in the opry and then a live birthday recording of the show featuring brad paisley.

      It's with mixed emotions that I head back to Charlotte, I'm really excited to see Lauren, Clay, Grayson and my boy Connor again as I've started missing them already, but unfortunately it signifies a pause in my travels for now due to unforeseen circumstances, but hopefully I'll get going again soon enough and you'll get another blog entry before you know it.
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    • Day10

      More Tours & Exploring

      October 31, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      10am
      As I was so slack with yesterdays blog, I thought I would get started on this one nice & early!
      We are currently on the shuttle to downtown Nashville again. Considering we were not late back yesterday it was gone midnight before I got to sleep, we were reading & chilling, we had the TV on in the background & got through Pretty Woman and Hocus Pocus.

      It looks like it is going to be a nice day, like yesterday the sun is out & we have a bright blue sky. Can still be chilly in the shade but still nicer than the weather we were having in the UK.

      2.50pm
      Sat in the sunshine waiting for the Trolley.
      After getting off the shuttle downtown we decided to do the ‘Old Town Trolley Tour’, the trolleys go around 12 miles of Nashville in a continuous loop stopping at 15 stops along the way. Our first stop was the ‘Parthenon’ as we had free admission tickets, although we stopped here 2years ago we never went in. I’m glad we went in this time. The history of the building & what it was initially there for was fascinating. Inside hosts loads of photos from this time period & how the building was constructed. There are also art collections, I wish I could paint! Up the stairs inside is the huge golden gilded figure of Athena - which wow, is impressive!

      After leaving the Parthenon we jumped back on the Trolley & our next stop was the ‘Belmont Mansion’. This was an interesting tour & much of the original decor & furnishings still exists or has been replicated to look as near as it did at the time. I suppose I hate to admit where I take after Dad as I do find it interesting looking round old houses & museums! One fascinating fact from the tour is that the carpets in the house are made by Axminster carpets! To which me & Mel pipe up ‘ooh that is just down the round from where we live’. Small world! I knew Axminster carpets had a good reputation but I didn’t realise their reputation was THAT good to furnish an historic mansion!

      Ooh trolley is here....more later!

      6.20pm
      Sat back on the shuttle to return to the hotel.
      We completed the full route of the Old Trolley Tour, with our couple hop off & ons as indicated above! Was a really nice route & the 3 drivers/guides we had over the course of the tour were really informative. After getting off at the final stop we were starving so we headed over to the ‘Sun Diner’ next to the Johnny Cash museum for food. We both have omelettes & had a bop along to the music. I thought it was a quaint typical American style diner.

      We ended up just wandering & popping in shops along Broadway killing time before the shuttle. One thing I have noticed more this time than the last time we were here is the number of homeless people & beggars. I always feel really guilty walking past them but I would hate to give to one & not another. I would rather give some money to a homelessness charity or shelter.

      10.50pm
      Ready for bed! Just watched the film ‘Over Her Dead Body’ - a Paul Rudd film I haven’t seen.
      When we got back to the hotel we finally used the swimming pool, was actually really nice & relaxing. At one point we were the only 2 in the pool, must be quiet season as hardly anyone has been using the pool. After our swim, we went to the whirlpool spa, oh my god it was lush! The worse thing was getting out & going back to the pool as that seemed freezing in comparison.

      Last full day in Nashville tomorrow 😢 better make the most of it!
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    • Day9

      Museums & Music

      October 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

      11.30pm
      Bit late writing today’s blog!

      We purchased the 3 day shuttle ticket from reception & caught the first bus at 9.55am into Downtown Nashville. We got off at the Wildhorse Saloon & then walked along Broadway just taking in the atmosphere. Our first stop was the Visitors Centre where we purchased City Passes. These entitle you to free admission into 4 attractions, free entry to the Parthenon, free entry to Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame & 25% off a Gray Line Tour.
      Monday appears to be a quiet day in Nashville so a few attractions are closed.

      The first place we decided to go was ‘Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum’ - it was really interesting to learn more about the musicians that have played on some of the biggest records of all time. Part of the museum is home to the ‘Grammy Museum Gallery’, this part had lots of area where you could test out being a musician & try different instruments. One thing I learnt today is that i’m a crap drummer!! There was another stage where we had a sing along as Ray Charles’ backing singers.
      Again we were lucky that museum was fairly quiet so we got to really take our time & interact with the exhibits. We must have been there for about 3hrs!!

      Leaving the museum we called back into the Ryman auditorium shop as we didn’t get chance to look around yesterday. By now we were hungry so we called into ‘Tootsies Orchid Bar’ for lunch. It is so nice to be able to relax with food & drink listening to good live music. We were probably there a good hour or more.

      Our next stop was, yes you guessed it the ‘Johnny Cash Museum’ - come on it had to be done! Actually there were several new exhibits since the last time we visited 2 years ago. We must have been there 2.5hrs! I never learn, as once again I watched the video for ‘Hurt’ knowing full well it makes me tear up every time I see it!! I love this museum, he was so talented.

      By the time we left the museum it was 6.20pm, when we checked the bus schedule we realised we had just missed a bus back to our hotel & would have 90mins to wait for the next one so we called into the Wildhorse Saloon for a drink. Only cokes mind! No cocktails or alcohol today.

      Tomorrow we plan on heading back Downtown & doing a Trolley hop on, hop off tour.

      Night y’all 😴
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