Ava and Bianca Take Tennessee: Honky-tonk Fun in Nashville
After some fun in Memphis, Bianca and I headed to Nashville to wrap up our trip with some hot chicken and Opry fun!
Before we hit the city, we took a detour to the Loveless Cafe. After spending 11 years in the south, I have turned into a biscuit snob. The biscuits and preserves at the Loveless are the BEST I have sampled hands down. If you ever visit, be sure to try some of the house made jams.
|Located 4 mi off I-40, the Loveless Cafe features delectable southern food.|
After white knuckling our way back to the city (Nashville traffic is insane) and a quick disco nap, I was introduced to Bianca’s friend Dr. Emerson Biggins. (Again names have been change to protect the identities of the innocent.) Dr. Emerson Biggins took us on a whirlwind tour of Broadway’s honky-tonk joints.
|Bianca and Dr. Emerson Biggins were long time work friends. He did a colorful job showing us downtown Nashville.|
|I was spoiled with all the live music.|
|We spent many hours listening to live, local bands.|
|Bianca also got her fortune read at the downtown psychic.|
|After taking a picture with the big boot, I was ready to head back to the hotel.|
The next day, I woke up hungry for hot chicken and some Opry fun! Fortunately, I was able to catch up with one of my friends from high school, Ciara, over lunch at Hattie B’s hot chicken.
|Ciara and I have been friends since high school in St. Louis.|
|Hattie B's is a Nashville institution.|
|Hot Chicken, fried chicken dipped in hot sauce, is a Nashville delicacy. Paired with pimento cheese mac and cheese, the chicken was a tasty lunch!|
|Hattie B's is extremely popular with tourists and locals, so be prepared to wait in long lines for food.|
|The food is definitely worth the wait.|
Later that afternoon, Bianca and I headed to the Opry for a little country music history lesson.
|Outside, the Opry looked like any other theater with a gift shop.|
|The inside theater felt very church-like. Hundreds of stars have performed on the radio show.|
|The Opry is also home to the TV shows Nashville and Hee Haw.|
|Each member of the Opry has their own post office box backstage.|
|Membership in the Opry is a HUGE honor. There are many Country stars who are still not members.|
|We also got a tour of the differently themed dressing rooms.|
|I am not a huge fan of Country music, I did have a newfound respect for the genre after our tour.|
After our tour and a bite of dinner, we headed back to the Opry for two hours of country music fun.
|We were really lucky to catch a star filled show after our tour.|
|Carrie Underwood was phenomenal. I was impressed at her ability to bounce back from pregnancy.|
|Charles Esten, who plays Deacon Claybourne on Nashville, brought his biological daughter on stage for a duet. At this point in time, Nashville hadn't been picked up by CMT yet so he pleaded that everyone sign the "Bring Nashville Back" petition.|
|It was fun to see older acts, like Riders in The Sky, play country classics. They entertained us with their rendition of "Honky Tonk Tennessee".|
|Toby Keith was the headliner for the evening. As usual, he put on an incredible show. I am shocked he hasn't been offered membership to the Opry.|
The next morning, our week long adventure came to an end in Knoxville TN. I am so incredibly grateful for my time with Bi, and look forward to future cowless adventures!!
|I am looking forward to future road trips with Bianca!|