One week ago today was my birthday and I spent the day on my own…
Part of my problem with writing about our Nashville vacation is just deciding where to start . . . how to focus and organize my photos and memories . . . but I’ve decided to just jump right in with the thing that really makes Nashville a terrifically fun place to visit: the MUSIC.
The nickname Music City couldn’t be more appropriate as there is literally music everywhere. When you get off the plane – music. When you drive around the streets – music. Literally every bar, every restaurant, and even some street corners, are loaded with live musicians. And not just any musicians but some really fine ones who could fill in readily with some of the best people in the industry at a moment’s notice.
As I may have mentioned a time or two over the years, Dale and I love our music. We listen to music together a lot and, of course, Dale sings in his band. Our tastes in music aren’t always the same but for our trip to Nashville we were in complete agreement that we wanted to hear traditional country western music so that’s what we sought out. We saw good bands at Whiskey Row and Tin Roof, we saw terrific individual performers at The Row and The Bootleggers Inn, we saw a really good traditional country western band at Second Fiddle and a band playing current country music at the Whiskey Bent Saloon.
Our favorite place, though, of all the places we went to, was Robert’s Western World. It’s a true honky tonk with neon signs and cheap beer and (surprisingly enough) really good fried bologna sandwiches. They have live music all day long but I really think the best bands play at night. We went there Wednesday night and saw Sarah Gayle Meech and she was so good and so fun that we went back to see her again on Thursday night. The steel guitar player was awesome and so was the stand up bass player. Sarah’s vocals are strong and true and the playlist was terrific, ranging from Patsy Cline to Marty Robbins and more. We sang along, we drank beer, we danced, and we had just so.much.fun.
Until 2 am on both Wednesday and Thursday night, I might add.
Not bad for a couple of old folks, huh?