For the past year I have been asking my parents to take me to Nashville, TN. I even tried to con my grandparents into to taking me when they took me to Columbus, OH this fall, I kept saying come on we’re half way there (it didn’t work). My persistence finally paid off! On Christmas morning I received an envelope with a note that said “your going to Nashville”. I was so excited, and even more so when I found out I’d be leaving in two days!
I had the best time in Nashville and got to meet several great people, play a few times and see some amazing performances!
When I got to town I couldn’t wait to meet the one and only Orville Almon, who I felt I already knew. Orville is the Senior partner at Almon & McPike, PLLC which practices entertainment law. If you need an entertainment lawyer, he’s your guy. Not only is he ranked one of the top attorneys in Nashville he’s an amazing man. I had a lot of fun with Orville and look forward to seeing him again soon!
Later that day we went down to lower Broadway. We went into several places and heard some amazing musicians. I actually got to sit in with a band at The Honky Tonk Central, we played Florida Georgia Line hit “Cruise” The stage was set outside at the end of Broadway for the big New Years Eve event already and we got to see Trace Adkins perform that evening.
The next morning (New Years Eve) we went back to lower Broadway to see Brookville native Pork McElhinny perform at Roberts Western World. Pork is an amazingly talented singer & guitar player!
I got to spend the afternoon with the very talented Rich Redmond at Fork’s Drum Closet. Rich is not only drummer to country artist Jason Aldean but a producer, songwriter, speaker & author. Rich is co-author of the book FUNdamentals of Drumming for Kids. He is full of energy and so passionate about drumming, I love watching him play and getting to hang out with him was totally awesome!
New Years Eve on Broadway, a mini version of Times Square! Soooo many people! We were very fortunate to be able to stand in front of The National Underground to watch the show. I was so thrilled to see Charles Esten, Gavin DeGraw & Lady Antebellum. I just love their music, I don’t think I stopped smiling or signing the entire time. Then they announced there was going to be a surprise appearance and I would of never guessed that is was going to be Lennon and Maisy (the little girls on the show “Nashville”). They are amazing!
On New Years Day we again went back to Broadway and checked out some places I had on my list such as BB Kings. We ended up back at The National Underground where I was asked to do a drum solo during half time!
We also visited the Grand Ole Opry Hotel to see the Christmas lights. The place is amazing, inside and out! There are so many lights that they start putting them on the trees right after the 4th of July. They take them off only for the trees to bloom in the spring.
Also on my list to see was the Country Music Hall of Fame, Grand Ole Opry House, The Exit Inn, and the Blue Bird Cafe. I can’t forget to add I had to make a trip to the Opry Mills Mall.
Among the amazing musicians I met during my trip was William King of the Commodores. He happened to be staying in the next room at our hotel. What a nice man.
We got to do and see a lot while there for a week but I’m sure there are a lot of things we missed and will have to hit next time!