In May 2017 I was in Nashville, Tennessee, city of country music, to attend the Four Voices Concert.
I stayed downtown to be able to walk to the Ryman Auditorium for the concert at night. During the day I looked forward to sauntering into some nearby musical instrument stores.
But I was in for a surprise. Downtown Nashville had changed. No musical instrument stores were within a mile of downtown. That’s when I went online and noted the old news — Nashville was one of the US fastest growing cities in 2014.
The only musical instrument store I saw downtown was one formerly near the Ryman that was being gutted to be turned into a country music bar. Made me glad I had stopped in Crossville,TN to get my Kentucky mandolin.
And we just happened to be there during the Predators vs Penguins Stanley Cup final games. Alan Jackson was to hold a free concert on Broadway street.
The streets were filled with hockey and country music fans. From the bars lining the downtown streets a cacophony of loud guitars and drums competing for customers.
The streets were lined with Nashville’s unique visual cacophony. See for yourself below.