Monday, May 25, 2009

Live from Nashville

This was an excellent day. We pulled into Nashville around 1 PM, and promptly found our way to the Musician's Hall of Fame and Museum, located just blocks away from the Convention Center and Country Music Hall of Fame, but in one of the most nondescript places you can imagine. If you didn't know what you wanted to find, you could probably miss it. I guess that's part of the charm.

The exhibit itself was pretty impressive. The museum is divided up into different cities like Memphis, Detroit, etc. I had no idea how many musicians have been involved on hit recordings for people as diverse as Jimi Hendrix and Frank Sinatra, or Elvis Presley and Elvis Costello. They also have a music school, which I think is a cool idea.

After checking out the MHFM, we walked a few blocks up to Broadway, got some decent BBQ (on a scale of 1-10, I'd give it 6+) at Jack's, then had a few beers at Rippy's while chatting up the bartendar who had just moved here from Greenville, SC. All in all, it was a good afternoon in Music City, USA.

We checked into the hotel, took a quick nap, then headed back into town the hard way. Instead of getting back onto the interstate and going back the way we came, we decided to head down Dickerson Lane right outside the hotel. After all, we could see downtown straight ahead, how hard could it be? :) Hmmm. Needless to say, we had some issues. It wasn't that bad, though. The funniest part was having to cross two different bridges over the Cumberland River--twice.

Now it's back to the hotel, and a good night's sleep before heading to Memphis for the Rock & Soul Museum and couple of nights to hang out on Beale Street. Nice.

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