Some highlights included:
The day of our anniversary was spent at Puckett's Grocery for breakfast, a tour of the Belmont Mansion, and dinner at 3rd and Lindsley. The tour was the highlight of the day. It was fun to hear about this wealthy lady and all of her misfortune. Our dinner was not as great. It was really just a restaurant that was more for shows. The guy we saw wasn't great, even though he was well-known. He was part of the Allman Brothers at one point. He was old and barely sang.
The next day Rich and Kelly arrived. We saw the Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Museum, did some shopping, went to Nudie's (dirty minds! don't you know a Nudie is a sparkly cowboy outfit?!) and Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. Basically hit Broadway Street. We heard two great bands that did cover songs. It was a lot of fun!
We also made it Andrew Jackson's Hermitage. This tour was less impressive than the Belmont Mansion. However, we learned about dueling and saw cotton plants still growing on the plantation. That night we got tickets to go to the Bluebird Café. This was probably the highlight of our trip. The Bluebird is an intimate setting with only 90 guests and is a songwriters venue. The tickets are very hard to snatch, but Kelly got them. Going into it, we were a little disappointed that we got the late show, which had a cover charge. But it was worth every penny! When they got started, all we knew was that there some older men and one girl. And then they started playing some of their songs. And we knew a lot of them! They were all Grammy winners. And the girl is an up and coming artist/songwriter. Her husband happens to be from the group The Brothers Osborne. His brother, the other half of that duo, was also there. They were asked to do some of their songs as well. It was totally on the spot and they just performed! It was a very fun night! They were all just excellent!
|Cotton from Andrew Jackson's Plantation|
After that late night, we had to visit the Grand Ole' Opry, Cooter's Museum, and we saw another late show at the Ryman. At the Ryman we heard Old Crow Medicine Band. These guys are just crazy. They were playing a cover of a Bob Dylan album. I didn't know any of the music until the end when they did a couple of recognizable songs. Their tune is a little blue grass sound, but really they are just jumping and dancing all over, playing crazy instruments and tap dancing. Another late night, but fun!
Finally, we finished the week with the outdoor NYE party on the street. It just so happened to be the coldest night ever. Colder than they usually see. We did get to see Maren Morris, Cheap Trick, and my favorite - Keith Urban all perform! It was a fun night. Just WAY too cold. At midnight they did a music note drop and fireworks. We took off right after that. We couldn't feel our toes, fingers, noses, legs...one thing crossed off my bucket list though! No need to ever visit NYC for New Year's now. I've had my fill!
And a few other fun pics of the Parthenon and a hot chicken restaurant.
Overall, it was a great trip! Super excited to be back with the kiddos, but overall a great time away to get caught up, refreshed, and a full night's sleep!