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.
While there, eating these biscuits are a MUST.  
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!

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