12 hours in Clarksdale

This is how travel should happen. I arrived in the Mississippi Delta with only the loosest of plans. I had to interview a woman sometime in the next day or so. Or at least I hoped to. “Call me when you get into town, and we’ll see what we can do,” she said. I wasn’t…

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,…

Her first Guitar

What better place to buy your first guitar than Nashville? We started at a place on 8th Street called Gruhn Guitar. It’s where the stars get their vintage instruments. Amazing guitars and prices to match…so as we described what we were looking for…and our budget…our sales man pointed us down the road to Corner Music….

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…