The BF is a bit partial to the golden liquor, and so there was no way we could drive through this part of the country without paying a little visit to Lynchburg, Tennessee, the dry county that brought Jack Daniels to the world. I was amazed to learn that you cannot actually consume Lynchburg’s famous export within the county borders, and at the end of the distillery tour, they offer you a nice refreshing glass of… lemonade!
Lynchburg sure knows all about merchandising though – no visitor is in any doubt as to what they produce here!
Next stop was Nashville and most notably The Country Music Hall of Fame. Now, I have never particularly been a country music fan, but I have to say that after this trip I WAS a little brain washed and have certainly started to appreciate SOME of the local musical offering! Still, if nothing else, they certainly know how to put together an exhibit here – it was a fascinating place and well worth the visit.
There were some phenomenal outfits and custom guitars on display.
The ORIGINAL Blue Suede Shoes! (which, incidentally were NOT Elvis Presley’s, but in fact, Carl Perkins who originally performed the song).
This piano is covered in 24k gold leaf inside and out (!) and was a gift by Priscilla to Elvis “for the man who has everything”.
The original lyric notes to one of my favourite all time country songs…
But enough of the Country Music Hall of Fame and time for a wander around Nashville. Gotta love a place that offers you “free smells”! Nashville really looks very different by day and by night!
A girls’ gotta eat (and drink!)
I kinda, sorta promised the BF that he wouldn’t feature in any of the blog images as he’s very camera shy, but I think this is a rare nice shot of the two of us together, so here we are:
We listened to some FABULOUS music in Nashville, from singer songwriters, to rock bands, to country bands – it was a great mix, everyone playing for tips and you could feel an AUTHENTIC music vibe all around you. Yes, it’s touristy, but you can also tell that the music scene here is alive, vibrant and full of young and original talent just waiting and hoping to be discovered.
If you are looking for the start of the journey and the introduction, it begins HERE.
If you would like to see the full gallery of all the images I took (way more than on the blog), without the commentary, please click HERE.