I am probably a member of that minority who had never visited Nashville TN. I guess I’d always associated it with the Grand Ole Opry and quite honestly the Grand Ole Opry wasn’t on my list of one thousand things to see before I die. Well, I found that there’s a lot more to Nashville than paying tribute to Country Western Singers. (Incidentally I do like Country Western Music, just wasn’t interested in the place they make it).
Well, imagine my surprise when I found that two days in Nashville really didn’t allow ample time to see all it had to offer. With so much to offer I didn’t even have time to fit in American Pickers. But that was okay– since we were about to embark on the World’s Longest Yard Sale taking in the American Pickers shop would have been a little redundant.
Our itinerary included: Lane Motor Museum (an amazing display of automobiles); The Heritage (their tour is amazing); Gaylord Opryland Hotel (a must see); and we spent an evening with Pork McElhinny, singer/guitar man/songwriter at Robert’s Western World. He was very good and as with so many performers in the local bar and grills he is hoping to make it BIG. Of course we stopped off at the Grand Ole Opry for a few pictures, but it was night and while it was beautifully lit the pictures didn’t adequately reflect the beauty.
We camped while we were in Nashville at KOA. Great campground, lots of amenities and the showers were #8 on a scale of one to ten. Visited with a teacher from Ohio who spent summers in Nashville performing in the local bars and restaurants. He shared with us that the places they perform DO NOT pay them. What they make comes from tips and sales of their CDs. This is a good thing to know… If we sit in a bar and enjoy someone’s music for two, three or four hours, we at least need to sweeten the tip jar. (We bought four of Pork’s CDs)
Nashville is definitely a place to visit.