On Broadway – The Heart of Nashville
As I mentioned in my first post about my trip to Nashville (Nov. 2014), the lovely weather I experienced driving from South Carolina to Nashville took a turn for the worse after my arrival. Being a born Long Island girl, I’m no stranger to cold weather, whipping winds and chilling temperatures, however, having lived in the lovely South for a while, my tolerance for below-freezing temperatures has considerably waned. Most of this post will consist of my trip downtown to the famous Broadway area of Nashville. However, I must say that the majority – okay all of these photos were taken by me as I was driving. My tour guide and good friend, David, is partially-sighted so he doesn’t drive, but he was born and raised in this area and he knows more about his surroundings then most people I’ve met who are full-sighted. Personally, I was amazed at his navigational abilities as he tried to direct me down everything from highways to side-streets. Having said that, we decided to make my first visit to the Broadway area via the car, vowing to actually get out and re-photograph some of these sites when the weather was more permitting. Still, I hope you’ll enjoy the view as much as I did, especially if you’re like me and you’ve never been there before.
In case you’re wondering why I would take a photo of the Acme Farm Supply building, it’s because it’s actually no longer a farm supply but a great eating and entertainment venue, now called the Acme Feed & Seed. I’ve provided a link so you can see what it’s all about inside. I’m personally looking forward to my next trip to Nashville (February or March) so I can check out the interior for myself. My friend told me that it was owned and “saved” by some very famous people, but since I was driving, navigating heavy traffic and taking pictures, it was all a little too much to take in. I’ll update you on this after my next trip.
The National Underground, just next door, is another great place to eat and enjoy some musical entertainment. It’s owned by the songwriting and recording artists, Joey and Gavin DeGraw.
Whether by car or on foot, no trip to any city would be complete without a shot of the local Hard Rock Cafe. I distinctly remember the freezing, whipping winds, but looking at these pictures of people not even wearing coats is making me feel like a real wimp.
If you’re looking for souvenirs, records, t-shirts and the like to remember your trip to Nashville, you should probably stop at Cotton-Eyed Joe’s. There’s another Cotton-Eyed Joe’s in Knoxville, but it’s more of an entertainment venue – just wanted to avoid any confusion. I especially love the preservation of the old architecture of Nashville. Look at the house-shaped stones on the building and the weathered bricks. So cool.
I imagine that it’s not an unusual occurrence in Nashville to spot a guy on the street with a guitar strapped to his back. This “Guitar Man” was hanging outside of Cotton-Eyed Joe. I didn’t have time to see what he was up to – remember I was driving by. This is my own particular brand of photography I like to call “Drive-By Shootings.” Some come out blurry, but I still find it fun and challenging as well – you don’t always get what you expect.
While I was in Nashville, there was a lot going on – like Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge‘s 54th Birthday. They literally had the end of Broadway closed to traffic for a couple of days prior to this photo celebrating Tootsie’s birthday with live music in the street – it was a big, big deal, but like I said freezing temps … (I’m a wimp; I know – but I packed crop pants and flip flops – not exactly cold-weather wear – it hardly ever gets this cold in South Carolina, so how was I to know?)
This was especially exciting for me to see since Tootsie was my grandmother’s nickname.