forget about the stereotypical nashville... it is a fully grown, mature city with *many* things to do... there is a counter-culture scene in nasheville... find it...
Fondest memory: gov't mule blowing my mind... (heh. vt asked...)
Nashville is a vibrant, beautiful city! It has a great downtown area, situated on the Cumberland River, and the beautiful surrounding countryside!
It has a special quality of a marvelously balanced blend of tradition, and cutting edge. Of it's beatifully well preserved history, and modern. Of old fashioned, and cosmopolitan! And the old, and the new, have taken to each other, right well!
And, Nashville is called 'Music City USA', and rightfully so! It is the heart and soul, of country music, and the music business!
Fondest memory: When I was a young boy, a family trip to Nashville, with my parents and little brother, around 1969! A beautiful spring day in April, on Easter weekend, my dad parked the car in the lot next to the Ryman Auditorium and walked up to the box office to buy tickets for us, for that night's Grand Ole Opry Show. Well my brother and I, never went on a trip, without our baseball gloves and a baseball, to play catch at every opportunity! So we jumped out of the car, and began to throw the ball to each other in the parking lot! Two gentleman came up to me, and said, 'hi son, do you mind if we play catch with you, too?'. I said 'sure'! Oh then my dad came back, as the gentleman left! My dad looked at them, and said, 'do you know, that was George Jones, and Porter Wagoner'! And he was right, because he showed me their photos that night, in the Opry program!
Favorite thing: I attended the grand opening of the Country Music Hall of Fame on May 18, 2001. This is an absolute MUST see in Nashville. Even a non-fan of country music can appreciate the history of country music and the musicians who have contributed to it.
Nashville has become more diverse in it's appeal in the past 15yrs., but music is still its drawing feature. We have several places for people to go and hear some really good locl talent as well as well knowns in different music styles. One of the places most locals know about is the Bluebird Cafe' in the Green Hills area. There are great places to dance as well; most of them are downtown around second avenue.
Fondest memory: Nashville, as with most Southern towns has some of the friendliest people you will find. Now sure there are jerks here too, but as a whole the people here are courteous and helpful.
Fondest memory: My first band Mother Hubbard played a show at Lucy's Record Shop, Nashville's number one indie venue. That was the thrill of a lifetime, really. I mean, I've done lots of shows since then, but it's the thrill of performing live professionally for the first time in your hometown -- powerful. Here's me on acoustic guitar during the show.
Do everything. I mean it. Nashville is a city for the senses. Wander through the District and see the historic buildings; stop by the Bluebird or Exit/In and hear the great music; relax in Rotier's and taste the best burgers in the South; if you have a car, head out to the Loveless Cafe and smell the best Country ham in America; and sit on Riverfront Park and feel the pulse of the South's most vibrant city.
Fondest memory: I grew up here, so I've got countless memories. I most miss the genuine friendliness of Nashvillians. Lonely Planet calls Nashville one of the world's most genuinely honest cities in the world. That's my hometown.
Favorite thing: This Museum is filled with costumes, instruments and personal items that belonged to country music legends.
Favorite thing: Visit the Gaylord Opryland where you will find the Skywalk overlooking the gardens, the pictured Old Hickory Falls, lush gardens---even a Delta Flatboat River Tour.