Home of country music. Guns n Roses gig, anyone?
Trip Start Nov 04, 2011
7Trip End Jul 04, 2012
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On our first evening we attended The Grand Ole Opry, country's longest running live radio show - didn't recognise any of the acts, or songs, but apparently they're all classics, and it did feel like we were witnessing real history in action.
Day two, and our bus driver informs us, casually, that Guns n Roses are in town for the night, and that's all we needed to hear
Earlier in the afternoon we'd visited the Country Music Hall of Fame, a museum and exhibition all about ... you guessed it. We were surprised how 'young' country was, and that it's roots were Irish, and how modest its performers were way back when - in stark contrast to the incredibly garish (amazing) outfits adorned by the stars of the 70s and 80s.
Our informative bus driver had also told us Nashville was in the 'buckle' of the Bible Belt, which made complete sense as we'd seen church after church, many of them "mega" i.e. with congregations of over 2,000. We promised ourselves we'd get to one at some point, and we did - it didn't disappoint. More on this in the Memphis post.
Evenings in this city are great fun, and we frequented many of the live music venues lining the main strip (2nd Avenue). They were all fantastic! There are young starlets everywhere, hoping to be the next Dolly, Shania or Garth, which means you're almost guaranteed one of these quality acts in any bar you go in to. And the cherry on the cake is that the locals absolutely love it, everyone sings along, dances, and just generally has a bloody good time, which makes you know you're not in some touristy trap pub, but real Nashville.
So far, our favourite US city.