100 Things About Nashville-Part IV

My first post for Metroblogging was so heavy, the site couldn’t even handle the words. Niiiice first impression. Let’s give ‘er another try, shall we?

Ten things that I think make Nashville so Nashalicious:

The Grand Ole Opry-Yes, it’s a dated format. Yes, it’s full of people most who were born after 1958 have never heard of. Even so, it’s a grand tradition that’s been going on for 80 years, making it the longest running radio show ever. There have been many other formats like the Opry, but, they have not survived. The REAL show is backstage. If you ever have the chance to go do that, do it.

The Nashville Striders has been serving Nashville area runners since forever. Any race that is either sponsored or organized by the Striders is a well put together event. Strider members are big on their running and they’re all a well rounded, diverse and neat group of people. (kinda like us bloggers) You spend a little time in a Strider’s presence, whether you are a seasoned marathon runner or a beginner, they are so encouraging, you feel like you’re ready for an ultra marathon. Not that I’ve had my running shoes on lately, but, last summer, I participated in three Striders related 5K’s and all three were great experiences. Makes me want to get out there again and hit the pavement. Doubt I will, but, it’s the thought that counts, eh?

If you’re a Death Hag, like I am, and like to walk through cemeteries looking at headstones, there are a plethora of famous grave occupants in Nashville cemeteries. I think Nashville has more famous people buried in its many cemeteries than just about anywhere, except Hollywood. Woodlawn on Thompson Lane, Spring Hill on Gallatin Rd., Forest Lawn on Dickerson Rd., Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Mt. Olivet on Lebanon Rd. all boast some big residents. Nice way to waste some time.

The Ernest Tubb Record Shop- Both of the locations (Music Valley Dr. and Broadway) are just cool places. You can find hard to locate recordings there and if they don’t have it, they can track it down somewhere. The original “E.T.” himself started this company way back in the 40’s when hillbilly records couldn’t be found all over the country and it’s still going on. Both of the locations also have mini museums with some neat artifacts (You can talk a walk through ET’s bus at Music Valley Dr.) and you don’t even have to buy anything to look.

The only good bluegrass festival I know of in Nashville is held every October at Smiley Hollow. The Nashville Music Classic is first class, put on every year in October by the Armistead’s. You can see large names in Bluegrass and this year, my girl, Patty Loveless is going to be there. Put it on your calendar. Smiley Hollow is one of Nashville’s best kept secrets…I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

The World Famous Station Inn-isn’t called “World Famous” for nothing. Not much has changed about the place since I first started going there in 1987 except the Gulch around it and they did make some new bathrooms a few years ago. The best in Bluegrass and Acoustic music (plus Western Swing on Monday nights with the Time Jumpers), you might end up sitting next to somebody like a William Shatner, Sheryl Crow, Mel Gibson or see Vince Gill jump onstage to pick.

One of the more memorable moments in my life was the day I was getting my nails done and saw Porter Wagoner sitting up in the pedicure chair getting his feet worked on. Picture it, if you will….Porter with no rhinestones and sequins, pants rolled up to his knees, the same feet that introduced the world to a girl named Dolly, being pumiced. . You are likely to see precious moments such as this, with all kinds of celebrity types, on any given day in Nashville and that is quite fun.

Reese Witherspoon was not the first Nashville native to take an Oscar home to her mantel. Claude Jarman, Jr. received a special Oscar for his role as Jody in the 1946 classic, “The Yearling.” That movie will make you cry a good, ugly cry.

Remember when the Nashville skyline consisted of the L & C Tower When Shoney’s brought you your food to your car, ala Sonic? Bunny Land? Were you ever on the Bozo Show?

Dan Miller-he’s kinda like everybody’s uncle. And he blogs, too.

2 Comments so far

  1. Kate O' (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 8:33 am

    Great first (re)post! Welcome aboard!

    So are you going to namedrop any of the famous celebrities in those cemeteries? Other than music people, I don’t know what to expect. Clue?

    A “good, ugly cry” is a great phrase. Must remember it.

    And they had a Bozo show in Chicago, too, FWIW. Different Bozo, though. Did you guys have the Grand Prize Game? I played it. I didn’t win. I suck.

  2. SistaSmiff (unregistered) on July 13th, 2006 @ 11:11 am

    A ha…a future post, ma dee-uh.

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