Nashville Pictures Day One

I got to walk around downtown Nashville tonight. This place is a song writing factory. There are bands on hundreds of stages every night for one to two hour sets, and song publishing houses nearby. You can see song writers singing the hits they sell to the big houses. If they can pull it off the song publishing houses will pay them a yearly salary to write songs every day. This is the closest thing I’ve seen to having modern arts patrons in our society.

I wasn’t ready for how much neon was on the strip. It’s totally different than the country scene I pictured in my head. After walking around and watching some singer/songwriters at a few places we hit a couple of the more famous bars, famous because country music legends sometimes frequent them. I had a Bud light at a bar called Winners and then another one at a bar called Losers with Richard and the singer of a band called Black Jack Billy.

Then that was enough for me. I’d rather get up early than stay up late. Hopefully we can hit the Johnny Cash Museum tomorrow.

By Sean Davis

Sean Davis is the author of The Wax Bullet War, a Purple Heart Iraq War veteran, and the winner of the Legionnaire of the Year Award from the American Legion in 2015 and the recipient of the Emily Gottfried Emerging Leader, Human Rights award for 2016. His stories, essays, and articles have appeared in the the Ted Talk Book The Misfit’s Manifesto (Simon and Schuster), Forest Avenue Press anthology City of Weird, Sixty Minutes, Story Corps, Flaunt Magazine, The Big Smoke, Human the movie, and much more.

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