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by Vivian Holley

Nashville

Sounds Nashville, they say, is where music hangs its hat and puts its feet up on the furniture. It’s an appealing sentiment that resonates throughout this Tennessee waltz of a town and beckons us back often.

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his is where we come to soak up pretty much every music genre from blues to jazz, rock to classical, served up at abundant venues across the landscape. But, of course, it’s country that wears the crown with its songs of life and love, happiness and heartache – songs celebrated by scores of shows, clubs, museums, record labels and recording studios. Not to mention TV’s currently hot “Nashville” drama featuring Connie Britton as reigning redheaded diva and Hayden Panettiere as blonde upstart, and the recent “Country Strong,” a movie starring, improbably enough, Gwyneth Paltrow. Travelers tend to kick off a visit by making the nightlife rounds, starting with the always-packed Bluebird Café, where the likes of Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill and Taylor Swift launched their careers and you just might witness the next star-is-born moment. Among others to hit: Exit/In, Mercy Lounge, Station Inn and Douglas Corner. Then there are the honky-tonks – live-music bars where Hank Williams once sang plaintive songs that made patrons want to weep in their beer. Today they wear names like Legends Corner, Robert’s Western World (where you can also score the perfect pair of boots and get a fried bologna sandwich fix), and the famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, where half-century-old tales are told of the times when Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, and fellow Grand Ole Opry stalwarts crossed an alley behind the legendary Ryman Auditorium to wet their respective whistles between sets. Easy to navigate, many of the city’s well-known nightspots are in “The District,” a stretch that takes in Broadway, Second Avenue, and Printer’s Alley. Wrapping up the subject with state-of-the-art skills is downtown’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, a

Southern Seasons Magazine Spring 2013- Cover 3  
Southern Seasons Magazine Spring 2013- Cover 3  

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