It’s family vacation week for the Bernicks and we are headed to the Gatlinburg area in the Smoky Mountains. There we’ll spend a week in a condo, do some sight-seeing and meet up with my cousin and her husband. Looking forward to it!
After an 8.5 hour drive today we pulled off in Nashville to stay overnight. Our first destination was for dinner at Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant downtown. I guessed at the time of 7:30 when I made a reservation through Open Table a few days ago. As we pulled up to the restaurant, Dan said, “Amazing, it is 7:32!”
Puckett’s is one of our favorites, a perfect spot for a quick taste of Music City. The food is southern comfort food like pulled pork, burgers, fish, fried chicken, etc. Just the stuff we love. We did discover our daughter isn’t much for fried green tomatoes but she loved her mashed potatoes and burger which we split. (After seeing pictures of us at the DC concert earlier this week, I’m rolling back the calories for both of us!) We had a great server in Ally from Maryland.
As we were finishing dinner, the entertainment started. It was three singer-songwriters with guitars. We only caught a short bit as the girl was convinced if we hurried we could make it to the pool at our hotel. But what we heard was super cool, and that kind of background music can only happen in Nashville. To me it is always a treat to hear songwriters sing their stuff and these were three with some recognizable hits.
Will Nance kicked things off with Round About Way, a #1 hit song he co-wrote for George Strait. Roxie Dean then sang When I Think About Angels, a song she wrote for and with Jamie O’Neal. I loved her “I Love Country” tee!
Then Byron Hill gave a shout-out to the brides-to-be out celebrating with Size Matters, a clever pun/monster hit he wrote for Joe Nichols. Mr. Hill has written numerous (in the hundreds) of songs that have been recorded by country stars with 32 songs in the top ten on U.S. and Canadian country charts. Other biggies include George Strait’s Fool Hearted Memory; Gary Allan’s Nothin on But the Radio and Johnny Lee’s Pickin’ Up Strangers. I also noticed on his website that Byron Hill has penned a song for Mo Pitney who is a rising star from Illinois that I like and follow.
Speaking of brides, I think Nashville is becoming Bachelorette Party Capital of the World. At Puckett’s I spotted five soon-to-be brides and their tribes. I met one happy girl named Abbie from Detroit who had gathered 30 women to help her celebrate. Impressive.
It was a fun two hours in Nashvegas and look forward to our return trip next Friday. Now I need to hit the bed because we are getting up and going swimming first thing. (The pool was closed by the time we got here.)
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