Music City. The Athens of the South. We’re headed to Nashville, TN. And we couldn’t be happier if we were sitting in Centennial Park, eating Prince’s hot chicken, and listening to some Johnny Cash on WSM radio.
Set along the Cumberland River, Nashville is home to a number of colleges and universities (including Vanderbilt), and is the Tennessee state capital. It’s also a center for the healthcare, publishing and banking industries. But you can bet your Minnie Pearl that most folks know it for one thing: music.
From Hank and Patsy, Elvis and Dolly (music stars so famous their first names are all you need to hear), right on up to rock ‘n’ rollers like Jack White and The Black Keys, Nashville has been at the center of the American music industry for decades. In fact, according to one study, Nashville has the world’s highest concentration of people working in the music industry per capita.
And once you write and record it, you have to play it, so Nashville offers more than 120 live music venues, too.
But this city of 635,000 is home to more than just titans of the recording world; it’s also home to Titans of the NFL variety. There’s also a lively performing and visual arts scene, Andrew Jackson’s historic Hermitage, and a full-scale reproduction of the Parthenon, complete with a 42-foot-tall statue of the goddess Athena. As well as iconic country-music destinations like The Johnny Cash Museum, the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. And GooGoo Clusters. We can’t forget about GooGoo Clusters.
Our new Nashville hotel is being built from the ground up, adjacent to Vanderbilt. And like the city around it, will be a mixture of modern and traditional architecture. The 17-story compound will also be a mix of retail, upscale apartments, and our full-service hotel with a restaurant and bar, all designed green to strict LEED specifications. Look for the 180-room hotel to open early 2017.
It’s going to be a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. So like Waylon Jennings, you can call us a Nashville rebel, too. Because we’ve got things to do and things to say in our own way.
Updated December 30, 2015