A pilgrimage to Nashville, an intersection of culture, education, and craziness, such as it ever has been and ever shall be, where Jim and I attended Americanafest 2022 and reacquainted ourselves with A Big City.
|Union Station (now an upscale hotel)|
|Tanya Tucker makes a surprise appearance with Brandi Carlisle (they are making a documentary on Tucker).|
|Some of the winners from the Americana 2022 awards night jam together at City Winery|
|A bunch of British musicians attending Americanafest 2022|
|Robert Plant presents an award|
has survived a recent stroke, but walked to the mic and sang.
|Badlands Conservation Alliance goes to Americanafest 2022|
|Nashville's own Fairfield Four received a lifetime achievement award|
nominees and winners is on the Americana website and this story in The Tennessean from the morning after the awards concert. When I lived in Nashville in the 80s, as a Vanderbilt University graduate student, each day we read The Tennessean. At that time, there was both a morning newspaper and an evening newspaper (competitors). We read both newspapers, partly because we were nerds, but also because we knew that there would be something in there pertinent to our coursework. In addition to being library science graduate students, many of us worked in campus and Nashville libraries of all types. In my case, I worked at the Peabody Education Library, both the reference desk and periodicals. My roommate worked at the Science Library, and, upon her graduation, she was hired at the Education Library. Others were at the nearby Country Music Hall of Fame Library, at that time located in the basement of the original CMHoF on "Music Row". We also read the newspapers for the comics page, enjoying the laughter break when we were under normal graduate school pressure. One professor would come into class each day with a newspaper clipping and use that as an example of what kind of question might spark someone to call or visit a library in order to get more information than what was found in the story. Our government documents professor was herself a librarian at some government library (I forget now where but somewhere in Memphis) so this was her real-life experience for us. Last week, I looked here and there for The Tennessean, knowing that in the ensuing decades the world of information has gone digital, but I only found a printed copy on our last night there, when, having failed to book a hotel for our last night before an early flight, we splurged and stayed at legendary Hermitage Hotel, located across the street from the capital grounds. In the lobby of the Hermitage Hotel, there are complimentary copies of the paper. Otherwise, the only sign we saw last week of that newspaper was the logo on a tall building on the edge of the downtown, near the Music Row and West End neighborhoods.
|A cocktail in the bar of The Hermitage Hotel before our night at The Ryman.|
|The Rotunda at the Country Music Hall of Fame|
|Sara and Sean Watkins at Riverside Revival|
|Vanderbilt University classmates, Lillian and Rev. Pam Estes|
Taken September 2014 on a serendipitious meeting in Butte, MT