It’s always fun to take in live music while traveling, and the best known cities for this are all among my favorites, Austin, Memphis and New Orleans, but in my opinion Nashville is the very best, because it has all types of music and so many venues that are open all day, typically from about eleven in the morning until the wee hours. Instead of waiting until nighttime and going out after dinner, you can simply drop into any of dozens of Nashville Honky Tonks, have a drink and listen to tomorrow’s stars in the late morning, mid-afternoon, before or after dinner, or late night. Most Honky Tonks serve food, so you can do live music for lunch or dinner, 7 days a week. I love this accessibility and flexibility.
The Grand Ole Opry, whose weekly live broadcast is the nation’s longest running radio show, since 1925, does many live shows in the downtown Ryman Auditorium, a former church and wonderful venue, but I had never been to the main campus, on the outskirts of the city, until this visit. The huge resort complex includes a shopping and dining mall, hotel, and the Grand Ole Opry House, a vast theater from which the radio show is broadcast. I went to the broadcast show this trip, and this is an absolute must for anyone visiting the city. Read more