Overheard in Nashville

Some things you’ll only hear in LA or Northern Minnesota. Here are a few we heard in Nashville that give you a pretty good sense of place. Some were song lyrics…others part of the stage banter, and one I saw on a t-shirt. Enjoy. “This is a 5-year town. Don’t quit until then…or ever, really.”…

Tootsies and the strip

You can kill a day listening to music along Broadway in Nashville. No cover. Just walk the street until you hear a band that’s to your liking, slide inside and stay as long as you like. This is Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. Not so much a lounge as a long skinny room with a band at…

Dining with a TV guide

When I hit the road, I check with my buddy Wade for good dining tips. Wade writes for the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. They profile the sort of small mom and pop shops that I love, and I’ve never been let down. This trip, he steered us toward 55 South in Franklin,…

24 hours of music

24 hours, 8 venues, 17 songwriters and two pairs of boots. I don’t usually wear cowboy boots. But I do in Nashville. It’s sort of like hats. I think they look good when I buy them, and when I get home, it seems like someone must have swapped my purchase…and what once made me look…