It was a full day of music. We waited until 9am to drive into Nashville to avoid the morning commute traffic. Parking was another matter. We planned on taking the Grayline On and Off Trolley/Bus, but weren't sure where to catch it. So we parked at the first parking lot we saw. We ended up walking about 10 blocks to Grayline Ticket Depot, which wasn't bad. In fact, the Hard Rock Cafe was kitty corner to the Ticket Depot. Score!
We boarded the On and Off Bus and never got off until it returned to the Depot. The guide was very informative and we wanted to hear his whole presentation. We had planned to jump on it again, but never did. Downtown Nashville was made for walking, especially down Broadway. Music was everywhere.... in the clubs, on the streets, and eventually you found yourself singing, too.
We walked to the Johnny Cash Museum and checked it out, but decided to spend our limited time at the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum instead. Before heading to the Museum, we were curious about the store across from the Johnny Cash Museum called, Goo Goo Shop. People were going into it in droves. It was a candy store. We should have known. Goo Goo Clusters are a decadent combination of caramel, peanuts, and marshmallow nougat dipped in milk chocolate..A Nashville tradition since 1912. We are bringing some of that tradition home with us..unless we eat it all before we make it home.
It was nearing lunchtime and we were getting hungry. Bob had asked the sales clerk at the Hard Rock Cafe where the best was to eat...Hard Rock, of course, but she said the second best place was Jack's Barb-B-Que on Broadway. Very funky place with a line almost out the door. The pulled pork was mouth watering even more so when you added the special sauce.
Now that our tummies were full, we wanted to see about going to see a show at the Ryman Auditorium that evening. One thing we have learned if you are visiting Nashville and want to get good seats, don't wait until the day of the show to get tickets. The best tickets were for "limited view" for the evening show. So what if we couldn't see everyone on stage. It is all about the music.
We finally made it the Country Music Hall of Fame Museum. It was three floors of fantastic displays of guitars, costumes, life stories, and music videos old and new. Don't miss this venue if you ever go to Nashville.
We drove back into Nashville around 6:15pm for the "Grand Ole Opry" show scheduled for 7pm to look for parking close to the Ryman Auditorium. Walt spied a parking garage for $10 for event parking. Clearance was 6"6". The Beast was close to that. We all recalled a similar situation in Philadelphia where Walt drove the Beast into a parking garage with only 2 inches of height clearance. This was going to be close. With each sound of the antenna hitting the overhead beams, we cringed. People stood watching us and probably thought we were crazy. The Beast made it in, we will see if he makes out. In the meantime, we were going to enjoy the show.
The line up for the evening performance were: The Gatlin Brothers, with Larry as the emcee, Catie Cofferman, Charlie Worsham, Charlie McCoy, and Crystal Gayle. Fantastic Show. Charlie McCoy on the harmonica stole the show. Crystal Gayle still sounded and looked great even after 30 years in the business. This was the perfect way to end our stay in Nashville.
Tomorrow, we head for Memphis TN and the Graceland RV Park.