Jerry, Doug says to tell you he took one more for the team!!
(Fried bologna sandwich at Robert's)
The Ryman self-guided tour was great. Just the way we like tours to be. You watch a nice little 10 minute intro video and then you are on your own to wander around. It has been said that the Ryman has the second best sound quality in the world, next only to the Mormon Tabernacle. Even Carnegie Hall is, apparently, not as sound worthy. Pretty interesting, considering just how long ago it was built.
Interesting how they meld the old with the new....
It is right near the new AT&T building
dubbed Batman by residents. Can you see why??
Same old seats, same old floor.....
The upper balcony was added later. These are the support
posts that you are looking at.
I love those old back hallways, staircases. I always
wonder about all who went up and down them.
Supposedly a few ghosts remain in here - friendly, singing ones, of course!
Crazy, looking out the side window. How the city has changed....
You come up these stairs to the second level.
By the way, the stairs are made of steel!!!
Through these beautiful doors to this....
View from the top of the balcony.
All done as church pews because that's what it was before!!
There's Batman, again!!
Costume displays everywhere.....The dress is Loretta Lynn's
Minnie Pearle's iconic hat with the $1.98 price tag on it.
It was very enjoyable. So cool to see a bit of music history. There have been so many people who have played here. Interesting is that there have been many, many that played here were not even country music people. The self-guided tour costs $12 with a $3 discount coupon each.
After this, we headed down the street to the Country Music Hall of Fame. After checking their prices for admission, $25 EACH!!! We said no thanks. That is a bit expensive for us so we passed on it.
So, free of charge, here is the outside of the Country Music Hall of Fame!
Instead, we just walked around more and enjoyed ourselves. As much as there have been many stars born on Nashville's Broadway, I suspect that there have been more dreams broken here. You do see all types of buskers here......
Pretty sure this well meaning fellow isn't going to see the bright lights
but he did have heart, despite the fact that he was pretty bad.....
Tootsie's, where we were yesterday, actually has 3 floors of music.
This is the rooftop....
Oh my gosh - there is Elvis....again!!!!
Last time - promise!!!
Random honky-tonk with a full sized Cadillac on the top.....
So with that, we will bid adieu to Nashville tomorrow. We really enjoyed it. We have been in three major music centres on this tour. First was jazz in New Orleans. Then it was blues in Memphis and now country in Nashville. We both enjoyed Nashville the best. Guess that is just a bit of our country roots coming through. What I liked is all the new up and comers. Good luck to them all!!
Hope everyone as a great long weekend. Happy Easter and Happy Spring!!
Thought for the Day: Don't try to be perfect. Just try to be better than you were yesterday.