“Country music is three chords and the truth” – Harlan Howard
Nashville, also known as Music City, is the heart of country music. This thriving city offers something for everyone, if you like country music that is. Along Broadway Street and the surrounding streets you will find a plentiful array of shops, cafe’s, bars, restaurants and cowboy boot stores. Any visit to this city is not completed without trying on about 50 different pairs of boots and boot-scooting around the store (did you know you can pay up to $2000USD for a pair of boots?!). And live music, there is live music everywhere in this place. So bunker down in a honky-tonk for the evening and enjoy the country music.
Make sure to plan your trip around seeing a show at the Grand Ole Opry. It is the longest running live radio program in the world. It started as a simple radio broadcast in 1925 and has expanded to the great entertainment phenomenon it is today. It showcases a mix of country music talent from old legends to contemporary chart toppers (Hunter Hayes played when I was there, cue all the squealing teenage fans). Personally I am not an avid country music listener but I had an absolute blast! It was so lovely to see how many local people were there too. They only have shows on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday so plan ahead. You will not be disappointed!
While you are in the city check out the Nashville Public Library. It is a stunning building, has a gorgeous reading room with huge windows that look out towards the State Capitol building and was a great retreat from the cold weather outside.
– Check out Oscar’s Taco Shop on Church Street for some amazing and reasonably priced food. The pulled pork tacos were delicious!
– Make sure to also eat at B.A.D (Back Alley Diner) – their food is great and they have live music too!
– If you are a keen country music fan check out the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Johnny Cash Museum