Michelles Nashville Diary
Wednesday, June 7th
arrived from Mexico. After spending three and a half weeks travelling
Brazil and Mexico, taking canoes through the Amazon and visiting
the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, Trent and I were glad to be met
at the airport by Jordan – a Nashvillian that we had become
friends with while studying in Sydney. It was really something
to stay with some locals and not to be stuck in a hotel or hostel
for a change!
Thursday, June 8th
That morning we met up with Allan and Barb Tomkins. Earlier in
the year Allan had asked me to come along to his guitar showcases
at the Sheraton Hotel after I had told him I was making the trek
to Nashville. Allan custom builds beautiful electric guitars from
Australian hardwoods and supplies them to the cream of country
music in Australia and the USA. The showcases ran every day from
the 8th ‘til the 11th of June and apart from showing the
yanks what kind of talent Australia has to offer, Allan discussed
and demonstrated how he goes about building his guitars.
Friday, June 9th
Again we were up early for the Tomkins Showcases at the Sheraton
Hotel and then later that night I had another songwriters gig.
This time it was at The French Quarter Café run by Jack
Scott. As you can probably guess from the name, it was set up
in a really cool New Orleans Madis Grass style. I performed two
songs here, “Stay” and “In Dreams” and
made some more friends that I hope to catch up with if I ever
make it to L.A.
Saturday, June 10th
Today at the Tomkins Showcase we met some German country musicians
and some Aussies that were enjoying Fan Fair 2006. We also had
a surprise visit from legendary guitarist Jody Maphis (USA) who
has played with just about every country star in the USA.
Sunday, June 11th
Well it was the last of the Tomkins Showcases and it was a little
sad that our Nashville trip was almost over. We still had some
fun though, with the Germans, Dirk and Sonya, coming back to perform
and everyone just chilling out to the music.
Monday, June 12th
Monday night was my last night in Nashville and the night I was
to play the famous Blue Bird Café. The Blue Bird is renowned
for being a platform for great songwriters to perform their material
and catch a break.
Well that was my first trip to Nashville and hopefully it will
not be my last!
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