Got back from Nashville and had a great time. We were only there for two days so we didn’t get to see a lot. We stayed at this mega hotel complex The Gaylord Opryland Hotel or something. It has 2880 hotel rooms and a huge enclosed space with a botanical gardens, an ice-skating rink, about 6-7 restaurants, shopping, a theater for shows, sledding, and more. It was fun to walk around in.
The real treat was going downtown to Broadway. It was amazing. For my money it rivals Bourbon Street in New Orleans if you like live music. It is so packed with bars, all with live music, many with three floors with three bars and three bands all playing at once. We had a great time.
It’s not really country. It’s cover bands with a country flavor, but they play all kinds of music. I heard Orange Blossom Special from three different bands and Purple Rain from two different bands. If you don’t mind good cover bands, it’s hard to beat. In the space of three blocks there are probably 30 bands playing. And the music on the weekends starts at 10 am and goes to 3 am. It’s like nothing I’ve seen.
There’s also Printer’s Alley a few blocks away with blues and maybe a bit of jazz. We had a fantastic dinner there at a place called Skulls. Very well executed prime rib and potatoes, and one of the best slices of bourbon pecan pie we’ve had. That was the culinary highlight.
The music highlight was Robert’s Western World bar. The owner is in his own band and they are great. They play a more traditional sound, but still mixed in some Chuck Berry. We lucked into a nice table and stay for nearly four hours. We were next to a family with a woman celebrating her 100th birthday, and she rocked it. She was alert, clapping, eating french fries by the handful, and even got up and danced when the band played The Tennessee Waltz. We left at 1:30 am and she was still going. Her son told us she sometimes keeps him out until 6 am. She was really amazing.
We had a great time and will certainly go back for the music scene again. I’d recommend staying in a hotel near Broadway so you can walk. From our hotel we had to Uber it and it was $20 each way, so not bad, but it would have been nice to just walk out and go hear music and walk back for a nap, etc. Anyway, cool time in Nashville.