Thursday, 17 April 2014

Nashville TN (Day 5)

We headed back downtown today. Specifically we wanted to see the Ryman Auditorium (the birthplace of the Grand Ole Opry) and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Oh, and another fried bologna sandwich at Robert's......sheesh!!

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??
It started off as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892. In 1901 they constructed a stage for the Metropolitan Opera for a cost of $730. It really morphed from there. By the mid 1940's , it was the home of the Grand Ole Opry until March of 1974 when the new Opry building was finished. When they refinished the stage of the Ryman, they cut an 8 foot circle out of the famous floor on the stage and retrofitted it onto the new stage in the new building at the Grand Ole Opry (where we were the other night) . So many stars have sung there that they wanted to keep a little piece of the magic and history at the new place.

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. 


  1. Happy to see you kids had another fun day! Jer says to tell Doug he knew he was a team player from the moment he first laid eyes on him. That picture did hurt a little, though. . . just saying!!! Great blog, Nancy. We sure have fun memories of Nashville to share with yous fellers. Safe and happy trails today. Enjoy those Smokey Mountains!

  2. Seeing the pictures of the Ryman building brought back memories of Saturday nights when I was a child. My folks watched The Grand Old Opry religiously.
    The barn backdrop was symbolic of country folks barn dances as a means of socializing.
    Thanks for the memories.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.