This Nashville camping trip video is of our expedition to Nashville Tennessee. My daughter Aspen is thinking of attending Belmont University as part of their singer-songwriting program. We camped at the Nashville KOA which was convenient. The KOA is on the outskirts of Nashville, but also right by the Grand Ole Opry which made seeing a show there during our stay super convenient. The show at the Opry is just one of the many things we did in Nashville.
We also visited Belmont University. We had never been there before and found the campus beautiful! Founded in 1890, Belmont has grown into a private Christian university with about 8400 students and a 75-acre campus which can be simply described as gorgeous. The grounds include the Belmont Mansion where the school began, gardens, gazebos, and some of the original statuary from when the mansion was built.
Belmont sits at one end of the area known as music row which is known as the heart of the country music industry. Here there is a cluster of record label offices, radio stations and recording studios that make the core of Nashville's music industry. In fact, Belmont owns several other buildings on Music Row. Their Music Row studios are used both as an educational studio for Belmont's students as well as a for-profit studio for today's recording artists.
Another night we went to the 3rd & Lindsay Bar and Grill and saw an up-and-coming roots music star Amythyst Kiah. I had been listening to her music on my roots music playlist, so I knew her music but didn't know she was playing while we were in town. We met one of her friends at the campground and he had an extra ticket for Aspen to get in. But he didn't just give her a ticket he also made sure Aspen got a CD, vinyl, tshirt and introduced her to Amythyst after the show. It was an awesome night that would only happen in a place like Nashville!
The next morning, we went to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This museum includes galleries, classrooms, retail stores, and special event space dedicated to collect, preserve, and publicize artifacts relating to the history of country music. They have an impressive collection of recordings, books, periodicals, sheet music, songbooks, photographs, costumes, films, historic cars, musical instruments, and many other artifacts.
While we were in Nashville, Aspen also got together with some fellow teen singer-songwriters a couple of times including at an open mic night at Sonny's Patio and Refuge. The open mic there is called Pitch Meeting and includes a house band that provides a full accompaniment. Aspen was chosen to as the last performer of the night. This video includes a short clip of the performance and below is a link to the entire performance.
At the end of the week, Aspen went into OmniSound Studios to record four new original songs including the one she played at the open mic. Aspen's producer is Dominic Davis who is best known as longtime bassist for Jack White. However, Dominic is also a coveted producer having produced music for such well known musicians as Willie Nelson, Gregory Stovetop, & Greensky Bluegrass. This is Aspen's second recording project with Dominic after meeting several years ago when she was playing the Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan.
The songs are being mixed and mastered as this video is being produced. Subscribe to Aspen's YouTube Channel if you would like to be notified when her new music is released.
This trip was a bit different than the camping trips we usually take to state and national parks, but we had a great time and plan to return again to camp in Nashville! If you liked our video please subscribe and we hope that the videos of our trips will inspire others to get out and explore the world themselves.
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