Well, it's been a while since I posted my last blog post! Sorry about that. I've been busy promoting my music still and gigging mainly, however there has been one big main event: My first trip to Nashville, Tennessee.
I've been back home over a month now, which allowed enough time for me to get over jet lag and get back into the swing of things (and yet I'm still so tired!). But it has also been enough time for me to have thought about what I want to write.
I want to tell you all about what I did on my trip and what is worth seeing/doing if you're planning your own trip to music city.
I flew to Nashville on Wednesday 14th March and flew back to England on Saturday 24th March. I flew from Manchester to London Heathrow, London Heathrow to Chicago and finally Chicago to Nashville. Let me tell you, I DEFINITELY don't want to do 4 airports in one day again anytime soon! But luckily I hear that there will be direct flights from London to Nashville starting next month, so if you are considering a trip there from the UK - definitely pay a bit extra and fly direct.
By the time I arrived on the Wednesday evening, it was around 8pm CDT (around 1/2AM GMT) so I was pretty tired and basically went right to bed - so nothing to report to you on day 1!
THE GRAND OLE OPRY
You can't go to Nashville without visiting its iconic The Grand Ole Opry House. What I love about this place, is that even if you don't know the act that's on or their music, it doesn't matter. You'll go and have a great time regardless and the buzz of the place is amazing. They really do have the best atmosphere and the most loyal fans. We were lucky enough to visit on the night of an Opry induction; a big honour to musicians/artists. We went on the night of Chris Janson's induction and Garth Brooks just casually came out to do the honours! An electric atmosphere and amazing to be sitting and watching it all happen. I also enjoyed watching Carly Pearce too! (Click their names to see! some videos of them)
THE LISTENING ROOM CAFE
I have been following The Listening Room Cafe on instagram for some time now and many of the songwriters who perform there. I knew it was one of the venues that I wanted to visit and watch live music, but I really hit the jackpot with the night I chose. I visited the night that Josh Kerr, Hannah Ellis, Nick Wayne and Maddie and Tae performed a writers round. These are songwriters I've followed and admired for a long time. Josh Kerr is a songwriter/producer, who has written songs such as "Human Diary" (Danielle Bradbery), "Love Me Like You Mean It" and "Dibs" (Kelsea Ballerini). I'm a fan of Kelsea Ballerini and love those songs, so to hear one of the writers performing Love Me Like You Mean It was great. I love Hannah Ellis' song "ILYSW" too, have a listen! Nick Wayne's songs were amazing. I am eagerly awaiting for the release of some of his, particularly "How Do I Get Close To You". Just wow 😍
I did try to get tickets for The Bluebird Cafe. I was so desperate to see Charles Esten who performed there on the last Friday I was in town but I couldn't get them! The place is legendary, so of course it's extremely hard to get tickets in time (and we didn't attempt to turn up and queue incase we were turned away.)
Everywhere you go, there is a buzz of music. We caught a lot of music on Broadway, in bars. Some bands, some acoustic. All a different variety of genres too (except I walked past a few that all seemed to echo Shania Twain "Man I Feel Like A Woman" at some point, because... well, it's Nashville).
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME 🎤
Awesome! A really really cool place to come and learn about the history of Nashville, the history of Country music and a variety of artists and songwriters. What I like about the exhibition is that there is a lot of old country and a lot of new country; which is so diverse and the genre has really flowed into new directions. It's also good that they often change the exhibitions that they have open, so that there is always something new to see, even if you've visited before.
I'd definitely recommend visiting to see the Shania Twain, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill and the American Currents exhibitions, before they close!
My first official day in Nashville I took pretty casually, because nobody wants to do too much feeling jet-lagged right? So w