karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Knackered)
There's a horrible constant drizzle outside that won't make wandering around downtown and snapping photos fun. I might do that tomorrow and do the driving parts today.
Now a shower and then breakfast. Might just work on yeasterday's day photos for a bit and see if the weather will be better later in the day.

Oh, something I forgot to mention, on my way to the Bluebird last night, there was a biker on one of those souped up choppers and when he revved his engine, a car that was parked next to a shop next to him started beeping, so he cranked up his throttle to full and the car's alarm went off.
Mentioning bikers, most of them don't seem to care about safety at all and only wear jeans and a tshirt and some sort of helmet which could be as little as an inverted bowl.

Having updated my route on google maps, I've now covered 591 miles. Not bad.

Don't forget to check [livejournal.com profile] ozzyvox for more detail.
karohemd: by sogoth.livejournal.com (Music)
They say you should leave the best for last and I think I've just broken that rule. The Bluebird Cafe was on my high priority list to visit and as the time was just right for the first show and I wanted to eat something, anyway, I drove to Hillsboro. I think if you didn't have exact directions you'd never find it because it's a tiny store front tucked away in a retail park type street next to furniture shops, petrol stations and fast food joints. Not exactly an area where you'd expect the venue for up and coming as well as established songwriters. Many a big name in Nashville played here first, some even used to work there (like Alan Jackson as a barman). Ever since I'd heard Together at the Bluebird, the fantastic live album by Townes van Zandt, Steve Earle and Guy Clark, it had been my firm intention to go there if I ever ended up in Nashville and I managed it.di
It's really small, I'd say about 80 capacity (seated at tables, the bar or in the back on a couple of church pews) so no wonder the second shows are sold out quickly. The musicians sit in the centre, facing each other. On "In The Round" nights, it's usually four who sing a song each, going round the circle several times, from 6 to 8.

Tonight it was Teresa Wright (all her songs are sung by others on her myspace but she has a wonderful voice, too), Ben West, Todd Caudill and Dar Franz who I couldn't find online, except in reference to tonight. Each had a different style which kept interesting although it was just the artist with an acoustic guitar. Nothing else. The sound system is superb, too, especially considering the size of the place. A wonderful wonderful evening and a perfect start for my time in Nashville.

A small collection of photos which might give an idea of how great this place is:

karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (US07)
Just arrived in Nashville and have checked into my room. Will probably be cruising around a bit and then see what's on tonight.
Day was good, Jack Daniel's distillery in the morning and then a leisurely cruise with breakfast in Shelbyville, a gentle stroll around the Cedars of Lebanon State Park and then more back roads into Nashville. The SatNav guided me securely to the Days Inn. I've now checked in and am going to cruise around town for a bit after I've relaxed a bit more. Let's see what I can find.
Probably not going to stay out long tonight so I'll be fresh tomorrow. We'll see.

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