Published: October 4th 2008September 30th 2008
Decisions! Decisions.....Thank god they let you buy 3 pairs for the price of 1 I love Boot Country
Sunday night was a total bust! Stephen Cochrane one of my favourite artists was back in town for a 2 night stint at the Wildhorse Saloon. He played Saturday night for an hour but of course I was too busy getting kicked out of the Opry and sometimes you just can't be in two places at once. There was mixed information about his Sunday performance. The wildhorse website said that it was a private event yet Stephen himself said he went on at 8:30 and it was a $6 cover charge. We got to the Wildhorse and it was definitely closed I stuck my head in the gift shop and found out that there was some stuffy very formal looking dinner happening for cracker barrel employees. The sales person said we weren't the first ones who had wondered what was going on but no he wasn't playing. It turns out he went on at 10:30pm and played for half an hour.....Totally pissed off cos it's his last performance in Nashville for 2008.
After dumping a whole bunch of job applications out into the big wide world over the weekend I decided to take the week off, sit back, wait for
the phone to ring and simply play tourist for the week. What better way to get started than BOOT SHOPPING! Lucy decided she needed boots before she headed back to the UK so her and Jasmine went looking and were going to split the deal which is buy one pair get 2 pairs free....I seriously love that shop. Well Jasmine didn't find any she liked Lucy bought 3 pairs (it's so much fun to see someone get as excited about boots as I do) and I could have quite easily bought the whole shop.....But don't worry Mum I figured the CC's been given enough of hammering lately so I just looked! Besides when I get the full time job sorted I'm going to the store on 2nd avenue and gettin' me a designer pair instead of the touristy ones.
After a successful night of boot shopping we went to tootsies, not sure who the band was but the lead singers name was Scott. He got Lucy to walk around with the tip jar, smart move on his part because she got that baby half full. Scott walked around with it a little later and probably got about 5 bucks
out of the crowd. He also dragged me up on stage so I could take a pic of the whole bar doing the holler and swaller (The american version of Cheers) Unfortunately the pic didn't turn out. It was a fun night and I only heard one of the broadway trio which was Sweet Home Alabama. If you spend time on Broadway you can guarantee that no matter what bar you go into you will hear the following three songs:
Sweet Hom alabama
Living on a prayer
Save a horse ride a cowboy
So I nicknamed it the Broadway trio.
Tuesday night was more bar hopping we had a new crowd in for the night and a few of the girls wanted to dance so where else would you go in Nashville other than Coyote Ugly. It was pretty quiet but we danced on the bar and some old guy ordered a body shot......all of a sudden Coyote Ugly was one step away from becoming a strip joint....Funny too watch though.
I finally saw Dollywood I have been meaning to check it out every time I've been to Nashville but it is in the Smoky Mountains
which is a four hour drive. Jasmine, Lucy and I hit the road before the sun came up and we got there at what we thought was 10am it was in fact 11am apparently there's a 1 hour time difference between Nashville and the smokies.
Dollywood was absolutely stunning and they had all the fall/halloween decorations out I kept wanting to jump into the pumpkin patches and take photos. Jazz, Lucy and I got dressed up like bar girls from the 1920's and had professional photos taken. Of course we did every roller coaster in the park and I was doing great until the last one Thunder Mountain, it is an outdoor wooden rollercoaster that goes really really really fast I screamed like a girl the whole way around. I was totally fine with being dropped at a 90 degree angle into pitch darkness on the mine rollercoaster but the speed of thunder mountain scared the S*&T out of me. Aside from the rollercoasters we also went on ALL the water rides, just when I thought I was dry we'd get on another one and I'd be drenched again.
We went on Dolly's tour bus and saw a
replica of the house that she grew up in. There were also a lot of country craft type stores that were interesting to look at one even allowed you to dip your own candles. They also had an area in the park called county fair which was full of kiddie rides so we did them too. The spinning teacups were soooo much fun I remember seeing the Disney specials that were on Saturday nights as a kid and I had always wanted to do that.
With half the week done there is still plenty more tourist action to come. Nashy Predators game on Thursday night, Country Music Hall of Fame on Friday The Hermitage on Saturday and the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night (hopefully I will see the whole show this week) and Dierks Bentley, Tim Mcgraw, John Rich, Lady Antebellum and others playing the rivefront on Sunday stay tuned......