Monday, March 24, 2008
When you last heard from our travels, Steve and I had forged a trail south to Nashville and set up camp for the night.
The following day, we continued our adventure by exploring the downtown in search of good food and good music. This included checking out some of Stacy Mitchhart's live blues at B.B. King's on 2nd Ave. Mitchhart's acoustified cover of the Allman Brothers' "Whipping Post" was a definite highlight of the set.
From there, we continued our St. Paddy's soiree across the street at Mulligan's Irish Pub. Guinness and green beer flowed from the taps as Irish jigs were played by a small group in the corner.
Eventually we decided it would be in our best interest to round out our musical education at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge to take in some down-home, local country tunes. The venue's band of the evening was crammed onto the tiny stage - the guitarists stayed clear of the edge while the drummer sat awkwardly in the front window.
Before the night was up, we even stopped by Coyote Ugly, but just couldn't fight the moonlight.
After a two-night stint in Nashville, we decided to continue our exploration eastward to Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains.
One rainy 12-hour drive back and we were home in time for the Easter weekend. Overall, it was a great trip, and we made the most out of the time we had. It was definitely a welcomed getaway!