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The Southern Sounds of Music City....

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A February 2005 trip to Nashville by Red Mezz

Music City at Night Photo, Nashville, Tennessee More Photos
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The Southern Sounds of Music City....

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Music City at Night Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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I spent most of my teenage years living in a small town north of Nashville, so growing up Nashville was simply the place you went to get things you couldn't get at home. Better clothes, nicer meals, bigger cinemas. And as is often the case, when we live near something, we hardly ever enjoy it to its full potential. It wasn't truly until I had a friend come to the US for a cross country trip that we started in Nashville that I began to see the Music City for all that its worth. So many big cities are just precisely what I described above. A place to get things you can't get at home. But Nashville offers that little bit more, and to my surprise and delight turned out to be a fantastic pl...Read More

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge

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When I first walked through the door to Tootsie's in Nashville, it was a pure accident. I wasn't heading towards the place that is quickly growing as one of the best live venue spots in Music City, even with its own local tour bus, I was simply bar hopping with friends from Idaho and Scotland. I did recognize the name, though, as soon as I stumbled on to the purple painted building on Broadway. After having been in a few other bars and clubs, and listening to a lot of local music (both in the bars and on the street) we ended up at the place that rang bells and I remember hearing it was a place worth stopping. And that was absolutely the case. The atmosphere for a smoky Nashville honky to...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 23, 2006

Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
422 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 726-0463

Wildhorse Saloon

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Wildhorse Saloon Photo, Nashville, Tennessee
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If Tootsie's Orchid Lounge is the hometown bar with the intimate feel of a personal venue full of old friends, then The Wildhorse Saloon is the big time where you go when the big pay check comes in and you’re ready to spend it well. For any first timer's to Nashville, if you're not interested in country music, not really wanting to drink, and don't care much about nightlife (then you probably should have chosen another destination) but if this is the case and you just want to see a bit of Nashville, the Wildhorse is still somewhere that shouldn't be missed. Have a walk around it in the afternoon when it's still virtually empty, it's the very essence of what's great and unique about Nashville,...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 23, 2006

Wildhorse Saloon
120 2nd Ave. North
Nashville, Tennessee 37201
(615) 902-8200

Grand Ole Opry

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It's impossible to review the city of Nashville and not include the legendary Grand Ole Opry...one of the biggest tourist attractions to the city. The two seem to go hand in hand, you hardly seem to hear one name with out the other. If you are a country music fan, either from today, or from back in the good old days when the Opry first began, or even just have a soft spot for the special style of country music and its influence on the city, then The Grand Ole Opry is something you really shouldn't miss. It's not a cheap attraction, although there is free admission to the Grand Ole Opry museum next door with exhibits honoring the careers of a vast list of legendary country music stars. To s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 24, 2006

Grand Ole Opry
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
(615) 871-6779

Ernest Tubb Record Shop

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As with a lot of the other activities and destinations I've mentioned in this review, it's kind of wrong to visit the city of Nashville, the heart and soul of country music, and not visit the legendary Ernest Tubb Record Shop. Unless you are an avid record collector, or have some other reason for wanting to visit this shop, in many ways it's just a technicality. Pop in for a look around and to say that you've been. But such little moments contribute to the joy of travelling, and if you do have the time, I would suggest doing it, for exactly those reasons.There is a great selection of country music here to look through, and you can't possibly miss it when walking down Broadway in Nashville...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 28, 2006

Ernest Tubb Record Shop
417 Broadway
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 255-7503