Saturday, May 21, 2011

Nashville–The Music City

Jim here.

A couple of lifetimes ago, I was friends with members of a talented band called Transient.  Recently, I learned that one of those friends, Mick Rossi, was touring with Paul Simon promoting his latest “So Beautiful or So What” album.  I purchased tickets online and got in touch with Mick to see if we could get together for the Nashville concert.

He was all for it.  We reconnected and stay in touch now on Facebook.

Thursday was the day of the concert, so we went into Nashville early to do some sightseeing and eating.  All along  that stretch of Broadway there are places with good live music, adult beverages and food.  Tootsies is probably the most famous.  It is right across the alley from the Ryman Auditorium.

The Ryman is famous for being the home of the Grand Ole Opry until the Opry moved to it’s current newer, larger venue. 

The Ryman acoustics are said to be second only to the Mormon Tabernacle.  It is open to the public as a museum during the day, so we took the self-guided tour after lunch.

The crew were setting up the stage for the evening show.  Some of the band members came out to check instruments, and Mick came over to say hi.

What a treat to see him.  He hasn’t changed much even though he has attained great success with his music.  He has been playing with Jazz great Philip Glass for 11 years and has made numerous World Tours.

We made arrangements to meet after the concert and left to experience more sights and sounds and have some BBQ.

The Paul Simon concert was great.  He is such a talented songwriter and performer.  He is nearly 70, and has been performing since his teens.  A big reason for his success is that he is not afraid to embrace music from around the world.

Several local performers, including Don Everly of the Everly Brothers came on stage and performed during the encore.

After the show, we got together again with Mick  and met a couple other members of the band.  What a day and evening to remember!

Now we need to do another Gabbing With the Geeks and hit the road.  Next gig is in Goshen for Heartland.


Karensa said...

So glad to hear you had such a wonderful time in our backyard of Franklin. And seeing any concert at the Ryman is a treat!

Jim and Bobbie said...

What a wonderful day you both had!