Landing in a new city can be challenging for students (and parents). I've focused on Vanderbilt and Belmont but the information here is useful from students at any of our other nearby universities: Lipscomb, TSU, Fisk, Meharry, Trevecca, Watkins College of Art. (Photo credit: Vanderbilt.edu) Closest for basic student items Visit family-owned Hillsboro Hardware at... Continue Reading →
Free music is everywhere in Nashville. Just drop in almost any honky tonk, bar or club. Even restaurants, hotel lobbies and the airport concourses are venues for live music. In addition to the daily offerings, here are some special summer (and fall) concerts and family-friendly events to enjoy. (Photo credit: Live on the Green) Click... Continue Reading →
Nashville has many alternatives to country--rock, pop, EDM, Americana, metal and more. They just don't get as much publicity. Most venues survive by booking a variety of acts. Organized by location, here are some of the venues that have strong cred, are high profile or offer something a bit distinctive. (Photo credit: Will Trotman Band)... Continue Reading →
I visited all the honky tonks and live music venues on Broadway to provide you profiles, tips and recommendations. For starters, there's no cover charge at honky tonks but the musicians survive on tips and most take requests. Most honky tonks are open to all ages until 6pm. Staying current is tough but I try to keep... Continue Reading →
We're blessed with an astonishing variety of songwriters who regularly perform at listening rooms, hotels, restaurants--even hair salons. Many step out of the shadows and perform their hits or try out new material. Most songwriter nights at listening rooms are a combination of old pros and newcomers. All offer the opportunity for a grand night... Continue Reading →
Some of the city's finest showcases are found at indoor live music series. Most are multi-artist events--some bringing together diverse musical styles, others keeping things more focused. Americana at the Ryman New for 2018, the season runs every Sunday night, July 15-August 19. Each show features multiple artists and the series roster includes Buddy Miller... Continue Reading →
Instead of bland, generic meals, the Nashville airport offers a dozen places offering a true taste of Nashville including hot chicken and barbecue.
Want to fit in as a newcomer or incognito tourist? Allow me to slip you some tips that'll help you along. Be friendly. Native Nashvillians tend to be nice folks but as the city grows, we may be slipping a notch or two. Still, visitors and newcomers often marvel at what a gracious, welcoming city we... Continue Reading →