Thursday, October 30, 2014

What Else Did We Do In Nashville?

On our last day in Nashville, we took a Trolley Tour.  We drove past the Country Music Hall of Fame.......this shows the "piano key windows" much more clearly.

We visited the Johnny Cash Museum.......very interesting life that man led.

We went into several different establishments to listen to music.

Oh that's right....Legends and my friend Lefty.....told ya about that photo from the rear............

We got to visit Antique Archaeology.....home of "American Pickers"  -  the TV show

They had it all decorated for Halloween and had live music.

Lauren is the manager of the Picker's Nashville store.  She's been on a couple episodes of the show.   Unfortunately, Frank, Mike and Danielle were not around.

We got free tickets into the Parthenon with our Trolley Tour.  Kind of glad we didn't pay for tickets....this was not that interesting.

The food was so good at Puckett's when we went there for breakfast we decided to have dinner there as well.    We figured GS Picard would love this poster in their window.

We just happened to stumble upon iconic "Printers Alley" in our ramble around town.  

It's really just another street full of restaurants, bars and live music.

We finally found Hubby just the perfect cowboy hat!  I think it looks great on him!

What?? Back to Legends AGAIN?    All the places down there were covered with memorabilia. 

After four crazy days, we left Nashville and headed off to Memphis.   On the far left of this photo, you can see the AT and T building, affectionately known in Nashville as the "Batman" building.

Next:  Graceland

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Grand Ole Opry

While we were there, the Grand Ole Opry was celebrating its 89th Birthday.   They had an all-day event with music, etc.  Unfortunately it was raining so I don't think they got the crowds they expected.  

Tag would like a couple of these for the yard.

We were able to walk there from the hotel, so we went and did our back-stage tour.

All Grand Ole Opry members get to have their own mailbox for fan mail!

Everyone gets a dressing room for the evening.  Some special people get their own private dressing room.

The Green Room

Just hanging out in the Green Room until they call me to go on stage.

They were setting up the stage for the evening's performance when we went through on our tour.

We posed in front of the giant birthday cake....too bad it wasn't real cake!

The outside was all decorated for the birthday party.

Tag and I on the "circle".   That circle of stage was cut out of the Ryman stage when it closed to make room for the new Grand Ole Opry building.  They put that circle onto the Opry stage so that the circle of performers would be unbroken.

The glitter and lights at the Opry as we made our way there to see the show that night.

The Grand Ole Opry show is a radio show.  They let us know when we were "on air".

Little Jimmy of the original Grand Ole Opry stars.  He's about 4 foot 10 and he's now 93 years old.  He still loves to wear his rhinestone cowboy outfits and shows up at the Opry to sing a song whenever he feels like it.   

We heard from several up-and-coming country stars.  Then the star of show was Trace Adkins

At the end, he led the audience in a rendition of "Happy Birthday" to the Grand Ole Opry

Next:  What else did we do in Nashville?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Country Music Hall of Fame, Studio B, Downtown

 Our first morning in Nashville, we asked the shuttle driver for his favorite breakfast place and he said, "Pucketts"   So that's where we went!

It was a great place!   We ended out having dinner there another night and that was delicious too!

My favorite band...."Lefty and the Right Hand Band" at Legends Corner.  If you ladies want to know why I liked him so much, I should have taken a photo from behind!

Music (and drinking!)  in all the bars started at 10am.

Of course, this musician is one of my favorites as well!

Country Music Hall of Fame  - we didn't really notice until later in the week when the trolley driver told us that the windows look like piano keys.

Some of the memorabilia 

Elvis' gold piano

Some of the gold records

New area that has plaques for every single person every inducted into the Hall of Fame - "May the Circle Be Unbroken"

Then we took a trolley over to Studio B

The exact room where so many famous artists created their records

Hubby sitting at (but not playing! "don't touch it!")  Elvis' piano

The control room

The blue X on the floor is the exact "sweet" spot in the studio where the artists would stand

Back to the hotel - and a walk in the botanical garden inside the hotel

And then downtown at night!

We had a nice catfish dinner at this restaurant  and listened to more music.  I had a lovely frozen lemonade with moonshine in it.

View from the roof - this is a walking bridge

Bright lights, big city

Next:  the Grand Ole Opry