A day in Nashville
Trip Start Oct 14, 2013
35Trip End Apr 13, 2014
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Then we toured the Nashville Ryman auditorium, site of the Grand Ole Opry from the mid 1940s to the mid 1970s. The auditorium is actually a converted church-in-the-round and from the outside it still looks like a church. When we bought our tickets, the gentleman asked where we were from. When we replied, Nova Scotia, he started telling us stories about Hank Snow at the Opry. He said that he and Hank were good friends. Wow. We toured the backstage, the dressing rooms, and the seating area. You can just imagine the energy in the building during the performances. The Grand Ole Opry originates from the Ryman during the winter months, otherwise the Opry is in a new venue on the outskirts of Nashville
Then it was lunchtime. We decided to do the touristy thing and ate at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. The décor reminded me of Jungle Jim’s. We didn’t have margaritas (too early) and the food was good.
Then over to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. What a place. Greg and I are new to the country western music scene but I still thoroughly enjoyed the museum. We didn’t realize how much we had been exposed to country music over the years. There was quite an extensive temporary exhibit devoted to Reba McEntire, and smaller displays about singers from the early years to the present. There were costumes with sequins and intricate embroidery (and not just on the women’s clothing), and boots, and hats, and guitars, and cars…The only non-Americans presented were Hank Snow, Teri Clark, and Keith Urban. It rather made me proud to see Hank Snow and a mention of Nova Scotia. Surprisingly there was nothing about Shania Twain or Ann Murray. I don’t know why Teri Clark made the cut.
We were watching TV during supper when an advertisement aired for an insurance company whose motto is 'Rock Solid’. What was interesting was that the picture in the background was Peggy’s Cove lighthouse! No question about it.
This evening we attended the Grand Ole Opry. The performers were Mandisa, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis Jeannie Seely, Natalie Grant, Amy Grant, and LeAnn Rimes. It was a special fundraising performance for breast cancer. I am not familiar with a couple of the singers but they were all excellent, a really entertaining evening.