Thursday, June 25, 2009

Music City USA: Nashville TN

As I mentioned already yesterday, Marti and Byron (my cousin and her fiance) drove us to down town in Nashville to see all the great spots and to enjoy all the fantastic music sounds in the bars.

Tennessee State Capitol Building
A commanding presence atop a hill in downtown Nashville, this is an outstanding example of Greek Revival architecture. Built in the mid 1800's by noted architect William Strickland, this is a must-see for history buffs. Several areas, including library and government chambers, have been restored to their 19th century appearance. For a spectacular view of the city, be sure to stand outside the building during the early evening hours. On weekdays, the staff offers guided tours generally on the hour, except at noon. Groups need to telephone ahead and make reservations.

The Shelby Street Bridge
(sometimes called the Shelby Avenue Bridge) is a truss bridge that spans the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee, United States. It was originally opened on July 5, 1909, and was reopened as a pedestrian bridge on August 3, 2003. The bridge spans 960 m (3,150 ft) and is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world.

Sunlight over the skyline of Nashville's architecture

Batman Building in Nashville

The AT&T Building (formerly the South Central Bell Building and Bell-South Building, also known as the Batman Building) is a 630.5 ft (192 m), 32-story skyscraper completed in August 1994 and located in Nashville, Tennessee. The structure is designed as an office tower capable of housing 2,000 workers and as of 2008 is occupied by two companies. It is currently the tallest building in the state of Tennessee.

Another shot of the fascinating architecture of Nashville, where old and new greet each other

The Union Station Hotel
This classic downtown Nashville Tennessee hotel is a shining gateway to the past, perfectly blending modern convenience with warm, historic elegance. Marvel at our 65-foot, barrel-vaulted lobby ceiling ... featuring gold-leaf medallions, 100-year-old, original stained glass, and rare bas-relief sculptures.
Indulge in old-fashioned Southern charm, complete with state-of-the-art comforts like wireless and high-speed Internet access and premium-cable television. Choose from more than 12,000 square feet of stately meeting space - offering the latest in technology.
Whether you're here for a conference, wedding, or vacation, you'll delight in the amenities at this enchanting downtown Wyndham Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.

One of the wonderful arty glass windows in the Hotel

For 22 years, Music Director and Principal Conductor Kenneth Schermerhorn led the Nashville Symphony, until his death in April 2005. The orchestra's profile increased during his tenure, through recordings, television broadcasts, and tours. Following Schermerhorn's death, in August 2006, Leonard Slatkin was named the orchestra's artistic advisor, for a contract of three years, through 2009.

In September 2006, the Symphony opened Schermerhorn Symphony Center, a US$123 million project, which includes Laura Turner Concert Hall. Slatkin conducted the orchestra's first concert in the new hall on September 9, 2006, which included works by Shostakovich, Barber, Mahler, and a world premiere Triple Concerto by Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer.

The Merchants Restaurant
With the start of the Grand Ol’ Opry across the street at the Ryman in 1925, some notable folks started staying at the hotel: Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Porter Waggoner, Little Jimmy Dickens, and Roy Acuff. Other notables included Will Rogers, Wild Bill Hickock and the James Boys (they shot someone on Broadway). As the years went by the quality of the hotel began to decline. In the Roaring Twenties it became a “speakeasy” and was affiliated with Al Capone. In the 1940’s it was a brothel. In the 70’s it became a honky-tonk and “dive” bar. By the 1980’s it was ready for the wrecking ball, but Ed Stolman and the Nashville Arts Commission saved it by having it listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

BBKing Bar
B.B. King's Nashville offers a variety of great Creole Cuisine fused with flavors from around the globe that is sure to please all of your guests. Our highly trained staff are experts in all aspects of event planning and can handle any and all of your needs. The incredible facility that consists of two different levels ranging from our cozy fireplace nooks in the 1st Avenue Dining Rooms to the raucous atmosphere of the deep blues. We can accommodate small intimate groups of 30 to grand celebrations of 1100.

Broadway in Nashville
They don't call Nashville "Music City, USA" for nothing. Nashville boasts one of the most fertile music scenes in the world and is home to a multitude of live music clubs, concert venues, music publishers, record companies recording studios and recording stars. You can catch today's stars at one of Nashville's concert venues or the stars of tomorrow at one of Nashville's clubs!

Horse carriages are to see also in busy Nashville down town :)

Founded by legendeary musican Ernest Tubb, The Ernest Tubb Record shop has been providing country, gospel, & bluegrass music products for over 58 years. The shop specializes in hard to find videos, DVDs, cassettes, and books.

In addition to all the unique items available, visitors can also tour The Green Hornet. This was the tour bus occupied by Tubb and his band from 1970 - 1979. The bus traveled all over over the country including 48 states and Canada. Today, the big green bus is on display for visitors to enjoy.

View inside in the record shop where you can find every style you like in country music

Hi my friends,

I've enjoyed every single moment in Nashville, the city is great, vivid, colorful and fascinating - and a feast for every photographer and his camera :)

Thanks for all your kind comments and compliments to my photos, very much appreciated!

I wish you all a nice coming up weekend and stay with me - we are in North Carolina :)
Susanne and David


kRiZcPEc said...

Hi! Seems like there are lots of guitars and other instruments around. Music is life to them or life is music? Anyway, thanks for sharing.

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Carole said...

Nice architectural shots Susanne. I like the contrast of the old and new buildings

myonlyphoto said...

Hey Susanne you really nailed theThe Shermerhorn Symphony Center, this is one amazing photo. Thanks for showing more of Nashville, I really envision more like cowboy town, lol. Anna :)

Rajesh said...

Beautiful snaps.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful shots Susanne. Lots of good information too. Thanks.

Sue said...

You truly have some wonderful images in this post. I'm looking forward to exploring Nashville with my camera when we move there.

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