Back from Nashville

Had a great time in Nashville. The conference was great (met a lot of old friends there), and the city was wonderful. Overall it’s a bit humid for my taste, but the weather was warm and we missed most of the showers.

Highlights of Nashville included going to the Ryman Auditorium (truly a place to worship music). Saw Rosanne Cash with Ry Cooder doing Johnny Cash songs – what an amazing bonus. I would’ve seen anyone perform at the Ryman, but the first concert after deciding to do Johnny’s music done by them was special. They were incredible.

The Country Music Hall of Fame was pretty great, too. Spent a long time there – they’ve got great exhibits. After that, we needed to go to Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and hang out on the roof. Also went to Cheekwood, a 1930’s estate with beautiful grounds, and also went to see the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s estate. The estate was grand – spent most of the day there. 

And we ate. Boy, did we eat. Highlights included Biscuit Love, Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant, the Farmhouse, and Woolworth’s on 5th. Yes – that Woolworth’s. Oh, the store is closed – it’s just a fancy restaurant now, but the ambiance and food were well worth it. 

But it’s time to be back home and get ready for the week – can’t wait to do two weeks’ worth of work in one to catch up. To help, there’s music, which this week includes the Jimmy Castor Bunch, Bob Lind, Neil Diamond, the 1910 Fruitgum Company, Norma Tanega, Massive Attack, Rose Elinor Donahue, Sons & Daughters, Siouxsie & the Banshees, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, the Valentinos, Emanuel Lasky, the Style Council, the Smithereens, and the Pretenders.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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