A COUNTRY NIGHT IN NASHVILLE
A Country Night In Nashville is a theatre show celebrating some of country music’s biggest artists. Dominic Halpin, together with his band The Hurricanes, is touring up and down the country, raising the roof with this amazing show. Make sure you look out for dates near you
One Night In Nashville
Skydive, see the Mona Lisa, climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, learn a second language, learn a musical Instrument, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef. Whatever’s on your bucket list, mine was to visit Nashville, and boy did I just.
Nashville is the capital of the state of Tennessee and home of country music. Lower Broadway is where you'll find the live honky tonk bars. Music is everywhere. I spent a few nights soaking up the atmosphere and was completely blown away by the quality of the bands playing.
A little further south-west from Broadway is Music Row. This is where the famous music publishers and recording studios are all situated. One studio I just had to visit was RCA’s Studio B, where Dolly Parton recorded both Jolene and I Will Always Love You. Many other artists, such as Jim Reeves, The Everly Brothers, Don Gibson and Elvis recorded some of their songs there, too. Walking around the studio listening to faint sounds of hits from the past made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end. In the centre of the room was the original piano that you hear on so many recordings. “Play it if you like,” said the guide, but I could only bring myself to place my fingers gently over the keys and close my eyes. For just for a split second I could hear the faint echoes of It’s Now Or Never, Only The Lonely and Sea of Heartbreak.
Flamboyant, rhinestone-encrusted Nudie suits were popular in the fifties and worn by the likes of Hank Williams, Gene Autry and Lefty Frizzell. Named after the designer Nudie Cohn, these suits were in high demand. Nudie took on an apprentice, Manuel Cuevas, and it wasn't long before Manuel was not only head designer and tailor, but an equal partner in the business.
I had no idea where Manuel’s store in Nashville could be, but after walking across a road from one of the record shops, there it was. Inside I was greeted by a young assistant and was soon trying on the beautiful jackets. The assistant then showed me the process for fixing rhinestones. I explained my dilemma with playing guitar and how my jackets wear against the strap, when in walked Manuel complete with tape measure around his neck. We chatted and he invited me to an open evening event that night and was happy to chat about his work. Today, his jackets are still popular and worn by Dwight Yoakam and Zac Brown Band, amongst others. He was also responsible for designing the image for Johnny Cash - “Man In Black”.
The amazing history that Nashville holds for country music is definitely something to be experienced, and as for my bucket list,
I’ve added a NUDIE SUIT.