Friday, September 16, 2016

9/15 and 9/16 in Nashville, TN

What a fun time we have had in Nashville!   On 9/15, we took a bus tour around the city.  Nashville has a replica of the Parthenon. 
We saw Vanderbilt and Music Row.  This sculpture is called Musica and was installed in 2005.
Another sculpture depicts the twists and turns of the Cumberland River.
We passed the Tennessee State Capitol.
 After the tour, we headed to the Johnny Cash Museum.  I am still singing, "I walk the line".   Right across the street is the Goo Goo Cluster store.  Of course, I had to stop and buy some.  Yum!!
 On the way back to the boat, we met Mike Riley on the pedestrian bridge  He is a singer and is practicing his craft in the bars on Broadway.   He sang a song for some European tourists.  I got talking with him and he told me he would send me where he was playing on Friday.  On many days, they don't learn where they are singing until that morning.

After resting, we headed to the Ryman Theater, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.  The building is historic with Roy Scruggs and Minnie Pearl in the lobby. 
We heard two bands.  The lead singer for Rubblebucket went to the University of Vermont and had so much energy.  The headliner band was Lake Street Dive.  All the band members went to the New England Conservatory.  It was a great night of new music.

When we woke up this morning, the Queen of the Mississippi cruise ship had docked across the river.  It will cruise up to St. Louis from here.
We took Uber across to downtown.  Our Uber driver had been an aspiring singer.  He grew up in Carolina Beach!!  What a small world.

We headed to the George Jones Museum.  With the admission, we received a George Jones CD.  In addition to No Show Jones, the Rocking Chair song is on the CD too.  John and I got to sit in the huge rocking chair and found some nice folks to take our picture. 

After lunch overlooking the river, we went to Wanna B's to see Mike perform.  He sang Sweet Caroline for us.  What fun to have met and listened to an aspiring star.

Our last big event was to take the Redneck Comedy Tour of Nashville.  There were lots of good laughs.  The comedian did a great job of including everyone in the good fun while highlighting the history and back stories of Nashville.

About 6 looper boats arrived in Nashville this afternoon.  I hope they have a great time here like we did.  Tomorrow, we head back down the Cumberland River to Clarksville for the night, then on to Green Turtle Bay.

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