Nashville - Home Tours and Grand Ole Opry

Mom and I took a slight detour on our trip out to DC so that we could stop in Nashville. Mom LOVES the south and has always wanted to come to Nashville, plus the last time I was in Nashville I didn't get to see many sights so we were excited about coming down and spending a little time in this cool city. According to a free guidebook we got at AAA it is known as the belt buckle of the Bible Belt. haha. However, ironically, we also heard it referred to as Nash-Vegas.

Even the free continental breakfast had a southern flare to it - grits and biscuits and gravy.
Mom and I are not above going on celebrity home tours, even if it is a little cheesy. In fact, we search them out! We did a celebrity home tour in Los Angeles and so we kept the tradition alive by going on one here in Nashville. The neighborhoods here are just gorgeous. Here is Alan Jackson's home.
There are pretty green rolling hills everywhere you go.
I forgot whose famous person's house this is, but I like their mailbox shown in the picture after this.

I love these homes!!
As you can see, it was a chilly and gray day, but that didn't matter much since we were inside a bus. We made a stop at a gas station half way through the tour and a guy walked by mom and said, "Welcome to the sunny south." haha.
Last but not least, Taylor Swift's home! She lives in this nice, little 2 million dollar penthouse at the top of this building. I hope she invites over to see it sometime...

No trip to Nashville would be complete without going to the Grand Ole Opry! There are shows Friday, Saturday and Tuesday and we are so lucky that we were there on a Tuesday. If we had been there a few days earlier we would have seen Carrie Underwood. I didn't recognize any of the names of the people performing on the night we went, but they were all amazing. I'm so glad that we were introduced to some new artists.

If you look closely you'll see a different colored wood circle on the stage. According to the Opry website: The six-foot circle of dark, oak wood in the Opry House stage is shiny but clearly well worn. Cut from the stage of the Opry's famous former home, the Ryman Auditorium, this circle gives newcomers and veterans alike the opportunity to sing on the same spot that once supported Uncle Dave Macon, Ernest Tubb, Patsy Cline, and others. "That circle is the most magical thing when you're a performer," says Brad Paisley, "to stand there and get to sing on those same boards that probably still contain dust from Hank Williams' boots."
Easton Corbin was very good, but I think everyone was more focused on his good looks than his music. A ton of girls ran up to take pictures of him as soon as he got on stage haha.
Joey+Rory are married and were really entertaining. I purchased 3 of their songs on itunes after I saw them perform.
These four older men made up the group Riders in the Sky and were really funny. They were great performers, you could tell they've done this hundreds of times and were completely comfortable up onstage. They were very funny and gave out advice like, "Don't take a laxative and a sleeping pill at the same time." "May the horse be with you." And who knew that slapping your cheeks could be musical?
Bluegrass isn't my favorite kind of music, but Cherryholmes was amazing. It's a mom and dad and their kids all together in one band. I love it when families can come together like this and combine their talents to make something so impressive. They've been nominated for a Grammy multiple times and even tap-danced on stage!
Can you tell mom was super happy to have come to the Grand Ole Opry? Me too, we had such a fun time!

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