Nashville! Music City. Hillbilly Hollywood. When a kid has a country music dream, they will inevitably make their way to this Mecca of country music. Thankfully for us, our dream was only to hear great country music, and that was a dream which came true several times over during our stay.
Getting in in late afternoon, we made our way to the legendary Grand Ole Opry. This live radio broadcast has been on the air for almost 90 years and always attracts a wide variety of legendary singers, popular groups and up and coming young talent. Tonight was no different. While headliners Rascal Flatts and Trace Adkins were incredible, newcomer Parker Milsap and comedian Henry Cho brought the house down as well. Grand Ole Opry never fails to be an amazing introduction to Nashville.
The next day we had a free day in the city, and everyone went out to explore what Nashville had to offer. The Country Music Hall of Fame, the historic Ryman Auditorium, the Johnny Cash Museum and historic RCA Studio B (“home of 1000 hits”) were all real hits with my group. Some people even went all- in by buying cowboy boots and hats.
We got back together for dinner at the cavernous Wild Horse Saloon. Along with a wonderful meal of barbecue ribs and chicken, they also offered free line dancing music in between sets by the live band. My whole group got in on the action and after a few minutes, they were all boot-scooting along with the beat.
After learning to line dance, we headed out into the night to put it in practice. The juke joints and honkytonks up and down Broadway were filled to the brim with great music and people ready to dance. It was a fabulous area to round out our time in America’s Country Music Capital.
Our Deep South & Delta Blues tour spends two nights in Nashville and also calls into other great musical cities such as Memphis and New Orleans.