Day 18 - Nashville - Tennessee

Trip Start Oct 13, 2012
Trip End Nov 19, 2012

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Yi Ha! Howdy y'all.

Oh Jane-Maree you and I could have sooooo much fun here, and we could do it in full boot scooting outfits too, in fact it would be almost mandatory I think, you look a little out of place if you're not in country clobber around here. To rectify that I now have my very own cowboy hat, so I repeat, Yi Ha!

Given the right environment I think I could really be a country music fan, of course I'd remain faithful to my love of tragic 80s pop, but I could add country music to my listening repertoire quite easily, especially if I hung out in Nashville. I think I'm even starting to develop a Southern drawl as I've unintentionally said y'all a couple of times now.

Spent the morning touring Nashville and discovered it has several nicknames, most commonly it's called "Music City USA", but I quite like "the buckle on the bible belt". I especially like this one as a few years back a piece of art was commissioned for the top end of town and the community was entirely stunned at the unveiling when the sheet dropped and a sculpture of nudes was revealed. They must have gotten over it though as it's still there.

The sculpture is near Music Row where all the recording studios are. Nashville has the reputation for having the best studio musicians in the country so loads of different artists record here even if they don't live here. There's Studio B (where Elvis and Roy Orbison recorded loads of hits), Reba McIntyre's studio, (where Lionel Richie likes to record), Ocean Way Studio (where the sound track for Brother Where Art Thou was recorded), Big Loud Machine (the record company for Taylor Swift), Warner (recording studio for Faith Hill), Owen Bradley's offices (who produced Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline), and even the church that Amy Grant attends. You name it there's a country music celebrity attached to it in this part of town. Some of these studio musicians were at our show last night so I can say first hand that the reputation is fitting.

Then it was time for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to wander amongst all the fantastic albums and memorabilia of the best of the best of Country Music. Karen check out the first pic, I found Tom T Hall! I knew he'd be there someone. And of course there's loads of gold records for the man in black, so that makes me happy. But it's not just them, there's Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Ann Murray, John Denver, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Williams, I could go on and on. If you've heard of them I'm sure I saw something that related to them. Great place.

And if that wasn't enough country for one day I then went to the Grand Ole Opry, the oldest running country music radio show (has been going since November 1925). I just loved every single second of it! It was after I'd given my third standing ovation for the night that I realised I could be a country music fan, and I didn't even know who any of them were! They all had records out, some of them quite high on the country charts, but still I'm afraid I still knew none of them. Mind you this didn't make a lick of difference, it was all awesome!

So just one more time before bed ... Yi Ha!
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