There is something about the experience of live music that is refreshing. It seems the energy that performers put out while on stage, in some way or another, just finds its way into your body. Each artist, regardless of how small the venue, how unknown they may be, is giving you every bit of energy they have while waiting to be discovered. There is a vibe to the city that goes well beyond the hundreds of bachelor or bachelorette parties making their way down Broadway. The real energy is in the performers, and if you can connect to their desire to provide the best show of their life, then you have tapped the energy of Nashville. After three nights on Broadway in Nashville, I still haven’t had my fill of music.
We rambled from bar to bar, listening to the wide variety of music available. An no, it is not all country music. Even Kid Rock has a bar on Broadway and we had a chance to enjoy their soft opening. The larger music venues have an even wider variety of artists. We came to see Tash Sultana perform at the War Memorial Auditorium. Nashville would be one of the few locations on her North American Tour before she returns to her native Australia. Tash Sultana is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who performs alone by recording and looping her music into musical journeys. I’m not sure I have ever seen a single individual pour her soul into her music as she does. Her final arrangement of the night left her jumping from her platform to the main stage with guitar in hand, while she put on a twenty minute guitar solo with her guitar ending on the ground while she played from above as though it was a keyboard. After giving the audience all she had, she slowly retreated backstage with the help of one of her roadies. An encore seemed unlikely but after a long pause she came back to a stool on stage with only an acoustic guitar and proceeded to play for an extended encore set. We can’t wait to see her again.
No visit to Nashville can be complete without a chance to see The Grand Ole Opry. We saw the Grand Ole Opry once before in Bonnaroo with Old Crow Medicine Show as the lead act. The Ryman Auditorium was a perfect place to see the show and experience the true history of the Opry. A mixture of old and new artists perform and there is always a chance you may see one of your favorites just drop in for a brief performance.
Nashville will always provide a great experience, and you don’t have to look too far to find it. Step out, try something new. Start you journey with new energy!
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