If you haven’t been there already, what image is conjured up in your mind when you think of Nashville? Yes Linda and me too. Well we’re all wrong. Its a modern metropolis that in this increasingly homogenised world in which we live i.e Starbucks on every corner (we only previously came across one Starbucks and that was at our hotel in New Orleans). The old city does exist but its buried and surrounded by the ubiquitous skyscraper. Some admittedly, such as the AT&T building, which looks rather like Batmans helmet, are attractive and impressive. You won’t however find any wooden board homey structures depicted in the old movies of Nashville. Our Uber driver last night said that the city had been transformed in past 5 years and it shows. Most disappointingly we haven’t spotted anyone wearing cowboy hats, let alone boots and spurs. On the the plus side however its a country and western music city which is right up Linda’s ally but does very little for me – it all sounds the same to me. Mind you I know that is also a criticism levelled at Delta blues music so I won’t labour the point. We have just completed three days here and its been good to let the car and ourselves rest. We drove 1200 miles in seven days getting here, but its was worth it. Nice to know the zigzag driving pressure is now off though. Today we move onto Louisville just for one night to visit the birth place of Muhammad Ali and the Kentucky Derby Museum. Its only about 2.5 hours away and en route to Chicago.
The mighty Nissan stadium. Home of the Tennessee Titans. The stadium is massive and seats 79,000 fans. Those up in the gods are a long way from the action.
In the foreground Hard Rock Cafe. In the background the AT&T building.
Sanity in a town of Country & Western music. John Lee Hookers hat & sunglasses in Hard Rock Cafe
Great bar in town
Below we visited the Country Music Hall of Fame. To demonstrate my interest in Country music I thought i would show you Elvis’ Cadillac displayed inside the exhibition.
Some of you, like me, will remember the Grand ‘Ole Opry being broadcast on black and white TV in the 50’s. This is the place it came from. At the time I bought it was coming from and old barn somewhere in the countryside!! Great venue to visit.
Once again apologies for any typos. No time for proof reading…..