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Three Perfect Days: Nashville

The vibrant, eccentric, doggedly authentic capital of Tennessee is in the midst of a massive makeover; thankfully, the city’s many old-time charms remain very much intact

Author Joe Keohane Photography David Eustace

For country music purists, Robert’s Western World is the place to be

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SO PEE-WEE HERMAN AND JACK WHITE WALK INTO A WESTERN-WEAR store two doors down from Dolly Parton’s house….

This is not a joke. This is Nashville. The New Nashville, as some call it. But that’s not quite right, as it implies a disparagement of the old Nashville. Today’s Nashville isn’t a departure from the “Nash Vegas” of old. It’s still Music City, the unforgiving big-money capital of country music, a place where, as Marty Stuart has sung, “they sweep broken dreams off the street.” But it has diversified. And upgraded. The food scene is booming, the art scene is booming, the non-country music scene is booming. The buoyant economy, easy pace and quality of life have attracted newcomers from all over—including the likes of Jack White, Jack Black and Nicole Kidman. The city that once branded itself the “Athens of the South” has, in the last few years, laid a legitimate claim to the title.

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4 Responses to “Three Perfect Days: Nashville”

  1. Felix Says:
    September 18th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Well, not quite perfect. It’s spelled “David Allan Coe.” I guess the author wasn’t a country music fan?

    Great article, otherwise. I do hope to visit Nashville someday.

  2. Korean Apparel Says:
    September 25th, 2013 at 4:35 am

    Thank you for your wonderful post. Yes,this is not a joke

  3. Korean Clothing Says:
    September 25th, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    I love the old Nashville. There’s naturally, not like the noisy city.

  4. Joe M. Says:
    April 24th, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Wondered if these Three Perfect Days articles were legit, so I tested out the one place I’ve been for three days of magic: Nashville.

    Drove there for New Year’s Eve in 2011 and discovered Robert’s Western World. Simply put it was the best musical show I’ve ever attended and the best NYE I’ve ever had.

    Great places to eat: Loveless Cafe for the biscuits, Monell’s for New Year’s Day, and Rippy’s for some ribs.

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