The visit to Nashville, the capital of the state of Tennessee, was one of the strangest of the trip. But if the visit to Memphis It had already been something quite geek, as we were relatively close to Nashville, we said "why not?" and we traveled a few kilometers more on the American highways in this, our little road movieparticular by the south of United States of America. Below you can read what to do, where to stay and what to see during 3 days in the unique city of Nashville, You have.
Nashville is famous for being the music capital of the United States. More specifically, of country music. It is the kind of music that most modern people love to hate, but here, in the southern states of the US, this musical genre peta and a lot. And Nashville is the eye of the hurricane of country music. All artists who want to be something have to go to Nashville to seek fame and success. A classic example is Dolly Parton, but there are many others who have passed through its streets seeking to be discovered by some music label. There you have Faith Hill, Jewel, Shania Twain, Tim McGraw and, more recently, the famous Taylor Swift. This pole of attraction of musicians has made even names like Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban or Sheryl Crow have chosen this city to live.
And that's not all, in 1949 the Nashville was created in vinyl factory largest in North America, the United Record Pressing. In its facilities, records of lots of famous bands beyond the country have been created: the Beatles, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, etc. For this reason, and many others that I forget to mention, Nashville is known by the proper nickname of «The Music City».
Where to sleep in Nashville
We arrived at the City of Music on a Monday mid-morning, after having passed 2 days in Memphis. We had booked two rooms in an Air B&B with a rather peculiar license: Dave's house, in the Fivepoint neighborhood. It is a residential neighborhood with many interesting restaurants and cafes. At the beginning it took us a bit to find the house, because from the front it faces a busy street, but the parking lot is in the alley at the back and the GPS only indicated the front. Even so, we follow the instructions of the owner and find it without major problems.
We entered the garden through the garage, which was full of curious tricks. On the entrance porch we saw some chairs and tables with old radios and a TV on. We called Dave and entered the kitchen through the garden door. It was a large kitchen, of those American with the island in the center, but what surprised us most was the amount of electric guitars that had been exposed by the walls. After a moment our host showed up, a fifty-year-old from Scottish origin, with a very relaxed attitude and with whom it was easy to talk. The interior of the house was also full of electric guitars, vinyl, CDs and posters of musical groups. As we settled in our rooms, he told us that we could use the Netflix in the living room and that he lived upstairs, where he had even more electric guitars. As we had told him that we had just spent a few days in Memphis, Dave took out a guitar and began to sing a song by Elvis Presley. Obviously, we asked him how many he had, and we were stunned to hear that his collection had about two hundred (!!!). Dave is a nice guy, with many stories to tell and who knows how to recommend many good restaurants in the area. Your puppy Leftie is very nice too.
First day in Nashville: The Bluebird Cafe and Music Street
We went to eat at a nearby pizzeria that Dave had recommended and we had good portions. Afterwards, we headed straight for our first visit to the city: the concert bar The Bluebird Cafe. This bar is famous in Nashville because famous musicians have passed through here when they tried to make themselves known. We had discovered it months before in a Sonic Highways television docuserie, created by the singer of Foo Fighters, where he is visiting several cities in the USA. UU. to tell his musical past. In The Bluebird Cafe, for example, a 14-year-old young singer-songwriter was played years ago and then nobody knew her name was Taylor Swift. That's how Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Label Group discovered it, with which he would end up recording his first album in 2005. On the other hand, if you've seen the TV series NashvilleI think this famous bar will sound like you.
We hadn't been able to book tickets for that day, so we got in line an hour earlier to try our luck. It was cold that you fought, but we stoically endured until the opening time. From outside, this bar would go totally unnoticed, because it is in a remote area of the center. When we parked, the locals told us that it was unlikely that we would get in, but we were stubborn and we got in line.
The Bluebird Café opened its doors in 1982 and has a very complete calendar of acoustic performances and concerts. Several days a week concerts of specific artists are held and other days there are sessions of what is called "open microphone" (Open mic), in which debuting singer-songwriters sing to make themselves heard. That is what we were going to see that day ... if we could get in!
After a long wait, we saw how all the people waiting in front of us were slowly entering the bar. When the session had started 5 minutes ago, we arrived just in front of the entrance door. It seemed that there was no more free space. We were already cursing our fate, when the queue manager told us that we could enter without making noise, although two of us had to sit on stools next to the wall and another had to share a table with 3 strangers. We don't doubt it for a second and accept the offer.
Sitting in the crowded space of the public, we enjoyed the songs of various singer-songwriters in acoustic format for about two hours. There were all kinds of singers, from very young and accompanied by their parents, to regular local parishioners. Talents who had come from the town next door, from California or even from far away Canada. Logically, some songs we liked more than others, but it was great and we spent time flying. On leaving, I remember congratulating one of the singers who had performed that afternoon and gave me her card.
At that time we did not know, but two weeks later there was a surprise performance at The Bluebird Cafe. Taylor Swift herself appeared there to sing a song as she had at 14 years of age. Alas if we had been there that day! (Isabel dies)
When we left the Bluebird it was already dark and we went to the city center to visit the Broadway street. Like Memphis and New OrleansIn Nashville you could not miss its great street of music, where most locals offer live music, every day. After looking, we go into the Honky Tonk Central and we ordered a good shot of nachos with cheese and everything, accompanied by some beer.
On stage he played a group that sang hit songs and transmitted a lot of energy. Pure and hard rock to all chestnut, mixed with some songs of Shania Twain or Sheryl Crow. The atmosphere progressively warmed and towards the end people bounced on the bar opposite, holding the singer's neck, giving everything. Sitting at our table, enjoying the music, we flipped it. It was only Monday night. I imagine that on Fridays and Saturdays it must be the last night. Downtown Nashville does not have much to show off, there is the basketball stadium, the various concert halls, the Cumberland River ... but Broadway Street and its endless musical offer give it a sensational life.