We got home last night from our Nashville trip. Had good flights there and back. It is only a couple of hours gate to gate.
Our first two nights we got tickets to the Grand Ole Opry. Now I bought the Saturday tickets long ago and the Friday tickets a few days before when my husband noticed there was someone he liked in the lineup. I had joked that I should write Bobby Osborne ad see if he would play that weekend. Well I was happily surprised to see that he was scheduled for Friday night! So we saw Bobby Osborne and they played Rocky Top! Teri Clark was also playing and Old Crow Medicine Show. Saturday night was Jessie McReynolds and Patty Loveless and The Whites and a second night of Old Crow Medicine Show. So now I know where the Wagon Wheel Song got popular.
We stayed at the Opryland Hotel. What an amazing place! It is just beautiful. I would sure go back there. :)
We went to the Ryman Auditorium and did the tour. It was interesting. It sure has a great history. Also visited the Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline museums.
We went to Gruhn Guitars and asked about Earl's banjos but they were all gone. They had lots for sale though more than are usually in the stores around here. I got some new picks to try and a nice strap so I was happy.
Monday we drove on to Memphis and on the way we stopped at Hurricane Mills, home of Loretta Lynn. I have always liked her, saw her many years ago at the Canadian National Exhibition. We didn't have time for the tour but had a look around.
We had a tour of Graceland and stayed next door at the Guest House. It was pretty nice but the restaurants didn't have a lot of selections.It was interesting and I have a new respect for Elvis. My husband is more of an Elvis fan.
We went to the Gibson Guitar factory and did the tour. It was very interesting. Although I don’t own a Gibson, my banjos are Epiphone which is also their brand but made in China. :(. They hand make all their guitars there. Really interesting process. After that we visited Sun Studio and did their tour. We met some nice folks from NYC and had a great chat before the tour.
Wednesday we headed back to Nashville and visited a few cemeteries. We saw Earl and Louise Scruggs headstone and a few other country stars. I see that Earls wife was also his manager and booking agent. She really was influential in Earls career and popularity.
So it was a great trip. I enjoyed the music in Nashville. There are people playing music everywhere. I tried some new food that was tasty and had fun. I guess that is the main point of a holiday! Now I am inspired to keep playing and learning. I think a break has been good for me. I practiced last night for almost 2 hours and was happy with my practice. :)
I will post some pictures when I can find out how to get them to post straight ups and down instead of sideways.
Sunday, April 29, 2018 @10:24:26 AM
That sounds like lots of fun. I have been to teacher conventions at the Opryland Hotel. It is amazing how the plants and design offer comfortable spots for hundreds to be milling around and still it is scenic, peaceful and fun to be there. Did you see the lighted fountain show there, they even have a boat ride.
Sunday, April 29, 2018 @1:22:35 PM
Glad you enjoyed the trip. Sounds like you had an interesting time.
Monday, April 30, 2018 @8:01:27 AM
We didn't see the lighted shows but I walked all over and saw pretty much all of it. They are expanding it to include a water park.
Monday, April 30, 2018 @8:07:25 AM
Sounds like you had a great time.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 @7:14:02 AM
Looks like you got to Gibson just in time - rumors of bankruptcy!
Glad you enjoyed your trip, Judith.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 @7:26:03 PM
That sounds like you had a magnificent time!
Friday, May 4, 2018 @3:37:15 AM
Yes we did @Boadicea . It was very musically inspiring! That is sad n1wr They probably are a remnant of the past making them all by hand. The Memphis shop is the only one open for tours and they do limited ones. I am thinking of trading up to a Gibson but not one of the ones from that shop as they only make electric.
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