Thursday, January 7, 2010

More Than Just Sound And Speed

If you're in Nashville for Sound and Speed this weekend, there's more to do than meet your favorite drivers and listen to Hank Williams Jr.

Nashville is one of my favorite towns. And if you really want to appreciate all that Music City has to offer, be sure to check out at least a couple of these itinerary suggestions.

The Travis Mann Band - these guys rock the Full Moon Saloon on Broadway every Friday and Saturday night. The bar itself is bare bones and nothin' fancy, but the music is hot. Think rockabilly swing meets Montgomery Gentry. And the boys in the band can throw it down live. I stumbled into the Full Moon one weekend a couple years ago - and stayed until the show was done. Definitely worth your time.

Shawn Camp at The Station Inn - if unplugged roots music is more your style, then head on over to The Station Inn - a spot frequented by the likes of Dierks Bentley and a heap of other country stars. Saturday night's show features Shawn Camp - one heckuva songwriter who's penned lyrics for headliners like Brooks & Dunn and Garth Brooks, and played with everyone from John Prine to Alan Jackson. Camp's show begins at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

RCA Studio B - Elvis Presley's 75th birthday is Friday. And what better way to pay homage to the King of Rock 'n' Roll than by signing up for the RCA Studio B tour at the Country Music Hall of Fame? A bus will take you out near music row (away from the Hall) and you'll get an intimate look at Elvis' favorite place to record. "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" was recorded here - and it looks like the decor hasn't changed since Elvis was alive. If you heart Elvis - don't miss it.

Homes of the Stars - if you're a country music fan (and if you aren't, you darn sure should be) there are plenty of opportunities to see the way your favorite stars live. One of my favorite tours (and the one most convenient to The Ryman Auditorium) is put on by the good folks at the infamous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge on Broadway. If you've got the time, it's loads of fun.

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