Nashville Travel Guide
It's Friday, which means we have junk food on the brain as the weekend approaches. And with the cold weather in full effect, we need something to warm us up from the inside out. Enter Nashville's beloved regional specialty, "Hot Chicken." Let's take a look at how it's made and where it came from.
Generally speaking, the chicken is marinated in buttermilk, fried, smothered in a Nashville-style spice paste made of lard and cayenne pepper, and then served on a piece of bread that soaks up the sauce. Specific recipes, spice additions, and heat levels vary from restaurant to restaurant, and some even add the spice paste before breading and frying. As you would expect, recipes are very closely guarded, but this is the starting point for almost all vendors.
Music fans have always been drawn to Tennessee, but now TV fans have a reason to visit, too.
As the second season of ABC's series Nashville hits the halfway mark, fans continue to tune in for the drama, and a look at the city's most famous landmarks.
Gray Line is taking advantage of the fandom surrounding the show with a newly launched Nashville Bus Tour.
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Kristen Stewart isn't spending the summer moping around after her breakup with Robert Pattinson; instead the Twilight star took a road trip through the south with friends.
Last week Kristen was spotted at the Hooters in Amarillo, TX where she posed with fans and reportedly had the restaurant's Daytona chicken wings and a beer for dinner. And, based on the photos she took with fans on the way out, Kristen seemed to be in an uncharacteristically good mood.
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Wizard World, which produces annual comic cons in Portland, Philadelphia, Chicago, Ohio, Austin and New Orleans, has added cons in Nashville and St Louis for 2013.
The St. Louis event is set for March 22-24 and the Nashville con will take place October 18-20. Stan Lee, Dean Cain, Billy Dee Williams, and James Marsters are among the confirmed guests for both.
Advance tickets are now on sale and range from $30 for one day passes to $499 for Platinum VIP passes. Visit www.wizardworld.com to purchase tickets.
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This weekend country music's biggest stars, including Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band, and Faith Hill, will return to Nashville for the city's annual signature event, the CMA Music Festival.
Taking place between June 7th and June 10th, the fest will feature around the clock live performances at various venues including Riverfront Park, the Nashville Convention Center, and LP Field.
If you’re looking for even more country on your next visit to Nashville—you’re in luck—as the city is about to start construction on a brand new country music museum. Unfortunately for Taylor Swift fans she’s not the focus of the new exhibits, as it’s scheduled to show off plenty about the life and times of the Man in Black.
A Johnny Cash museum is in the works for an old warehouse in Nashville within Third Avenue South. Curators and officials are still figuring out all the details and exhibits, but we do know that they plan to include parts from the musician’s former home in Henderson, Tennessee. Of course there will also be plenty of other memorabilia and memories, and it sounds like plenty of stuff will be handed over from the personal collection of one big fan and biographer. The Cash family seems to be supporting the effort, so it should be a pretty straight forward presentation without too much bickering over what can and can’t be included.
It’s time for Dollywood part deux, as Dolly Parton is ready to get to work—maybe even 9 to 5—on her second theme park. This time she’s got her sights on the greater Nashville area, and if all goes as planned the tourists and travelers will be filling up the parking lots starting in 2014.
The new place doesn’t sound to be another exact version of the original theme park, as this new establishment is going to only cost $50 million to build. Officials are billing it as some sort of water and snow park, and it’ll be located across from the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Apparently it’s just the first piece in a number of new entertainment offerings coming to the area as the city looks to get families and other visitors to stick around and spend a little cash.
Even though there have been plenty of movies about country music, most of them never shot one scene in Nashville. But Country Strong, in theaters today, was not only filmed in Nashville, it also features local musicians who recorded most of the soundtrack on Nashville's famous Music Row.
The movie, which stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester, and Garrett Hedlund, is about an aging country singer (Paltrow) trying to rebound in her career and marriage. But it was McGraw who pushed for the movie to be shot in Nashville, while producers originally planned on filming in Austin. “I think Nashville played an important part. Nashville is a character unto itself," McGraw said. "There’s such a vibe in this city, and I think the soul of the city is country music, and if we didn’t have that sort of intangible thing there that sort of lingers on film … it would have been just one more obstacle.”
Yesterday, Kenny Chesney tweeted a photo of himself submerged knee-deep in water, proof that even celebrities aren't immune to natural disasters.
Kenny's house was among those flooded in Nashville after record rain caused the Cumberland River to rise more than ten feet above flood stage. Kenny was scheduled to appear on Anderson Cooper 360 last night to discuss the flooding and let people know what they can do to help.
Along with the photo, he also tweeted, "Sending Anderson Cooper footage of my house under water for tonight. TN is a mess."
If you've ever wanted to appear in a movie but can't be bothered with getting an agent or a headshot, tomorrow you'll have your chance. On Feb. 2, 2500 extras will be needed in Nashville, TN for a pivotal concert scene. The footage will be included in the movie, Love Don’t Let Me Down, in which Gwyneth Paltrow plays a struggling country singer managed by Tim McGraw.
Anyone who wants to participate in the shoot will be admitted to Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave N, on a first-come, first-served basis and must be at least 18 years old. A free shuttle will take extras from Lot R at LP Field to Municipal Auditorium, where doors open at 4 p.m. Extras should be able to stay until 11 p.m.
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Stars: They're not like us! Singer Jewel played a prank on tour buddy Brad Paisley which consisted of him being arrested at Nashville International Airport.
After they played their last tour date together in Selma, Texas, the Alaskan former folkie arranged for two rent-a-cops to "arrest" Paisley at the gate when he returned to Nashville, handcuffing him and shoving him into an unmarked car. It was there Paisley learned it was a joke as he was cited for excessive "noodling" on the guitar.
This gives an entire new meaning to the term "security theater." Creating a realistic-looking arrest at a gate within view of other passengers and hiring people to impersonate TSA agents and cops? Totally OK. Making a joke going through security? Years in prison.
· Jewel Punks Brad Paisley [KWTX]
· UFO over Stephenville, Texas Looking For Jewel And Tasty BBQ [Jaunted]
· Celeb Travel coverage [Jaunted]
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Last night, John McCain warmly greeted members of the audience but appeared to blank on opponent Barack Obama's name, calling him "that one." He's going to have to do better that that with swing state voters on the road today!
For now, it's time to leave Nashville, the scene of last night's debate, and head to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin for a rally at Lehigh University. There aren't any tickets left, but you can always try your luck with a student ID and try to sneak in. After that, they're off to north central Ohio for a rally in Strongsville, the self-proclaimed "Crossroads of the Nation."