Nashvegas, as many call it, is home to the bright lights of Broadway, the never-ending sound of music pouring out onto the streets, the promise of fame that fills the air. It is home to so many different genres of music. Walk through the Country Music Hall of Fame and see the faces of music icons, framed on the walls. Go to the Ryman Auditorium and listen to music as the light seeps in from the stained glass windows. Go to Bridgestone Arena and go nearly deaf from the sounds of a packed house at a Taylor Swift concert.
I have called Nashville home almost two years now, and I have so much pride in this little city. Before I moved here, I had never gone to a real concert. I went to a few small shows here and there, but nothing like what I’ve been to in Nashville. There’s something about this place that just makes me want to always want to be sitting at the Ryman, listening to somebody play and sing their heart out.
In the past few weeks, I’ve been to three different concerts, and they have been incredible. Three weeks ago, I saw Sigur Rós at a beautiful outdoor venue called The Woods at Fontanel. They’re an Icelandic band, and I know that sounds weird. But I promise they’re actually really cool. I can honestly say it’s one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to in my life.
Last weekend, I saw Ben Rector at the Ryman. The building looks like a church with its wooden floors, wooden benches, and stained glass windows. It actually used to be owned by Trevecca at one point, which is awesome. I saw Ben Rector last year, and he was so much better this time. He just released a new album. You should check it out.
This past week, I went to the new CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame for the Test and Tune concert. It was an invitation only concert, and its purpose was to see how different artists and genres sound in the venue. The acoustics at that place were incredible. I had the privilege of seeing people like Charlie Daniels, Richie McDonald from Lonestar, and Tracy Nelson from Mother Earth perform. Obviously Charlie Daniels had the best performance.
All this to say, Nashville is unlike any place I’ve ever been to. With music always filling the air, there’s never a dull day in Music City.