December 9, 2008

Destination Nashville - Our trip

luggage We had a 3am wake up to be at the airport by 6 & arrived in Nashville at 9:30 with the time change. Check in, Coffee, nap in that order lol!

In the process of getting coffee, we interrupted a Christmas play at Dunn Bros. It was both cozy & charming through we were afraid to interrupt the play to order coffee. We went back a couple days later and mid-day, the doors were locked but the owner came &unlocked the door to let us in & caffeine us up... he remembered us from the other day when we interrupted the play. Nice place. They had some really nice artwork hanging as well!

LoCash Cowboys Our first night in Nashville, we hit up the Big River Brewery on 2nd & Broadway, then walked down to the Wildhorse for some line dancing. $8 cover charge, not too crowded but the band LoCash Cowboys were fantastic! They tore it up dancing... he broke into applejacks! Towards the end of the show, they even broke out some old-school early 90's hip-hop. I loved it. They announced that they are playing Times Square aired on Fox New Years Eve. My only bone to pick was with the lack of dancing. There really wasn't much dancing at all. The instructor taught a very simple line dance I didn't get up to learn to Trace Adkin's Badonkadonk *(not Badonkadonk), no couples dances or even two-step. A bunch of drunk people got out to do the electric slide... There was one lone dancer off to the side who takes his dancing perhaps more seriously than I do. I got out with him a couple times but that is a big place for only 2 line dancers to be boppin' around.

Friday we took on the town after a full night of sleep. We went to 417 Union for breakfast. It was the only place we didn't send the coffee back for breakfast. The caramel banana pancakes were quite tasty too!

Broadway Nashville TNWe went down to Broadway and hit up the gift shops. I saw a boot store that said buy 1 get 2 free. I was so excited until I saw the soles on most of them were that plastic over rubber and I sadly left empty handed... that was until we found Trail West and our new friend, Cowboy Blue. He helped me out. I got a new pair of boots & they are lovely :D Blue was so helpful & full of quotable southern sayings that we'll be sure to use up here in Jersey. The best one was "The girl looked like a busted can of biscuits" lol! We found out that we missed Trace Adkins by minutes... it would have been very cool to run into him :(

Friday night we went to Coyote Ugly with every intention to watch the Christmas Parade after grabbing some bar food but we got distracted by a bunch of guys from Buffalo who whisked us off to another bar. The other bar was a local's place & there were all beerkinds of singers and songwriters just in there hanging out. Lee Brice, George Strait's Manager, Joe Walsh. Yeah, I was introduced to Randy Rogers and I didn't even know it until after he was talking to other people. We just hung out for a while drinking a few a lot of beers. It was a cool place with some quality live music.

Clay UnderwoodSaturday we did the breakfast thing :P yuck-o, shopped some more & hit up the honkytonks on Broadway. Yeah, I believe it was something like 1:30 in the afternoon I got my first beer @ Tootsies. Hollar & a Swallar, the bar raised their glasses. The Browns fans in town for the Titans vs. Browns chanted Ohio cheers. The music was great! I still have "You never even call me by my name" and "Fishin' in the Dark" in my head. We wad such a good time!

So we stayed in this awesome 5 star hotel with a killer bathtub so we took a drinking break to take bubble baths, lol! Talk about relaxing... sigh, not to worry... that cold weather woke us right back up though!

For dinner, we ate at this great little place called Tazza. Both the food & the service were wonderful.

wildhorse saloon will dance for food horse Later on we met up with couple of A*'s myspace friends at Buffalo Billiards & then headed over to the Wildhorse to give it another try... The so-so night was a Thursday after all. Being the line dancing fanatic I am, I had to give the Wildhorse Saloon another shot. Nada... I did 2 dances that night: Good Time and an interesting version of Country Walkin'. People did the electric slide and the Cha-cha Slide... it felt more like a wedding reception without the free booze than a Nashville line dancing destination.

Legends Nashville About midnight, we headed up to the honky-tonk, Legends. It was pretty fun. We both saw different bar fights standing outside at different times. They sure do get rowdy in Nashville!
We also met a lot of soldiers just home from the desert over the weekend. It was really cool to see those guys home for Christmas & out celebrating!

Our Music City weekend came to an end but not before one final trip back to Tootsies en route to the airport. Our favorite live singer of the weekend, Clay Underwood was there again! That guy has some serious talent.

So I got home and read John Rich married Joan Bush while we were in town and didn't even bother to invite us to the wedding... [pout]

Nashville is a really cool place. I'll definitely go back... perhaps for fan fair :)

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