"the best part of America"
- Nicole Kidman
For example, there was Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls at 3rd & Lindsley. Frank was our first date back in October 2012. Many of his songs speak of wanderlust and never settling for what you don't love; he's been our soundtrack over the past few years. We saw Frank at the 2013 TURF Festival in Toronto and we planned our 2015 Nashville visit around his show. As expected, it was worth it. The venue was pretty cool too, reminiscent of Portland's Doug Fir, only bigger and with TVs. (No pictures of the show - we were too busy enjoying it, as old folks like us tend to do, so just watch this and you'll get it.)
And then there was Peg Leg Porker BBQ. So good. So, so good.
Peg Leg features the best sign in Nashville...
... as well as delicious pulled pork, dry rub ribs, cole slaw,
baked beans, green beans, mac & cheese ...
... and the second-best sign in Nashville
We also visited The Johnny Cash Museum. Surprisingly thorough!
wow... just wow...
oh yeah, and his world-famous ATMs
(anyone remember these?)
the museum also offers highly educational displays
(anyone remember THESE?)
There was also The Rodeway Inn about 10 miles outside of town. We figured we would have a late night so we wanted something safe, easy and cheap. Despite observations of a car full of hipsters driving by, it was not "all drug deals and prostitutes," it was actually just fine.
(But that's all it was - just fine. Wifi, showers, TV, free coffee. Just fine. No pictures, and don't listen to the reviews. Just trust us.)
(all kinds of music, actually)
Of course we had to stop by the Grand Ole Opry for a mandatory photo op...
this one's for you, Dad
creepy, yet nostalgic
(but so right)
but so very, very wrong
but so very, very wrong
third-best sign in Nashville
photo by Wikipedia
(note giant hole, one of many)
(helloooooo roomy Keens)
More pictures here... For us, just under 24 hours in Nashville was just enough to pique our interest. We've heard great things and we got a generally good vibe from the city but honestly, it's probably one of those places you don't really appreciate until after you've spent a good deal of time there. (Or perhaps a good deal of money?) We hope to return someday... preferably in the fall or winter when it's not so bloody hot. And preferably when we're employed.
Speaking of music, bbq and bloody hot - to Memphis!