Straight from the Catskills wedding, we stopped home to show some love to our two kitties a night, and set off for our first trip to Nashville, TN. Always eager to check out other cities but with limited time, we spent about 3 whirlwind days exploring the honky-tonkin' town.
The first day, we checked into a sweet Airbnb, just outside of Downtown Nashville - walkable by about 20 minutes or under $10 for an Uber ride. We explored Downtown Nashville - making a stop at the legendary Ryman Auditorium - sadly it was closed the days we were there. We spent most of the afternoon on Broadway, the spot for all sorts of bar hopping, honky-tonks, restaurants, live music venues, and boot shops (all over that city) - you know, some quintessential Country western at its finest.
I had heard terrific things about The Listening Room Cafe; and they happened to be doing their weekly Monday Song Suffragettes night, so we opted to get our first taste of the local music scene there. We loved the 'girl-power' theme, and the show happened to have free cover, which is always a bonus - so we got there early, for better seats, front and center. My liking for Country music stretches about as far as The Dixie Chicks, but we could not miss the local talent. The ladies performing that night were delightful, and so talented! The crowd was a mix of tourists and locals, as I suspected, and very appreciative of the entertainment.
Check out the clip (above) of one of my favorites that evening, the Nashville-based band, Maybe April. Resident Suffragette, Kalie Shorr, also had some great tunes - personal fave was her song "Fight Like a Girl". It is wonderful to see these women supporting each other within the same industry!
Photos and video by Lauren Oosterlinck and Ben Edwards