After more than 5 hours of driving through Indiana, Kentucky and just a bit of Tennessee, my best friend and I arrived in Music City–Nashville, Tennessee. Although I’m not passionate about country music, there is something to be said about these artists who tell stories through their songs (most of the songs anyways!).
We did a lot of walking and enjoyed some of the expected sights like Music Row, Vanderbilt University, the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge (which has the best views of the city!) and a whole host of other little shops and music venues.
Vanderbilt University Football Stadium
Country Music Hall of Fame
Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge
Me in Nashville!
The most memorable place we saw was the Grand Ole Opry show at the Ryman Auditorium. Each winter, this show is hosted at its original venue at the Ryman Auditorium. For those who don’t know, the Grand Ole Opry showcases a mix of country legends as well as us and coming stars. According to the Opry’s webpage
“The Opry’s member roster reads like a who’s–who of country music and includes Bill Anderson, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Little Jimmy Dickens, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Patty Loveless, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride, Lorrie Morgan, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Jean Shepard, Ricky Skaggs, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Trisha Yearwood, and many more”.
Needless to say, we had a great time in Nashville and even heard up-and-coming artists like Matt Marinchick. His voice was incredible.
After a short 48 hours in Nashville, I can confidently call it “the Vegas of the mid-west” and think anyone looking for a good time should spend a weekend in Nashville…especially if you like live music!