What’s New in Nashville

Nashville’s growing skyline

Nashville’s growing skyline

Nashville is a city in the midst of immense change. Over the past few years, the southern town has experienced such intense growth that it hit No. 20 on Forbes list of the fastest growing American cities in 2015. It feels like a town on the cusp of becoming a city, building itself up—cranes litter the sky as holes create gaps down below—and it is absolutely wonderful to observe. Everyone in town seems excited by the influx of new restaurants, sites, and attractions.

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Memphis and Graceland Honor the King During Elvis Week

Elvis still reins supreme over Memphis’ famed Beale Street

Elvis still reins supreme over Memphis’ famed Beale Street

“Hop in. I need help carrying this beer up the hill.”

Those words were spoken to me nearly 16 years ago but I remember them like they were a few months ago. It was a late afternoon on August 15, 1997, and “up the hill” was the mansion across the street from where I worked.

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The Levitt Shell: Keeping the Music Alive in Memphis

One of the 30 free concerts during the spring season at the Levitt Shell in Memphis

One of the 30 free concerts during the spring season at the Levitt Shell in Memphis

Imagine a young and nervous Elvis Presley getting ready to make his stage debut in front of a crowd that had no idea who he was—and probably didn’t care. They weren’t there for the unknown truck driver from the housing projects of North Memphis. He was just the opening act for country music singer Slim Whitman.

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Getting Down to the Soul of Memphis Through Barbecue

The sandwich doesn’t always come with cole slaw on it, but that is Memphis style

How do you know a city has a soul? Can you feel it, touch it, smell it, or taste it? Close your eyes for a moment. Take a deep breath. Do you smell it? Reach down to the plate and rub your fingers along the rough texture. Do you feel it? Now pick the ribs up, put them to your nose, and take a big whiff. Do you sense it yet?

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The Loveless Cafe’s Succulent Southern Food

Loveless Cafe's fried chicken...nomnomnom...

You may recall that I possess a drooling obsession with ladylike enjoyment of fried chicken. So imagine my beast-like frenzy pleasure at getting to visit Nashville, TN"s southern famous food fortress, Loveless Cafe and Motel. Loveless has served up staples like chicken, ham and biscuits for over 50 years and has seduced countless palates. Loveless? After my "family style" all-you-can-eat chowdown, I may be in love...

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