Living in Franklin, Tennessee, we see a good deal of celebrities whenever we’re out and about. Here are some of the best places where you are most likely to spot a celebrity in and around Nashville. (We’ve excluded all of the music venues and locations where Nashville celebrities are on hand for a specific function.)
Hoping to see celebrities in Nashville? Here, local residents share the places they've spotted Country music stars and other famous people in & around Nashville. Plus, where Nashville celebrities live (if you want to conduct your own tour of the stars' homes). And our favorite places to hear live music off the beaten path in the Nashville area -- with photos of many stars performing.
I frequently ride my bike on a route that takes me past Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s house in Franklin, TN. Actually, there are 6 houses on the property, 4 of which are livable. Here are photos I’ve taken of Tim and Faith’s house through the years.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve been to George Jones’ house in Franklin, TN. Each year, I made a point to visit George Jones home to see his one-of-a-kind Christmas light display. George Jones recently put his Williamson County home up for sale — 4025 Nestledown Drive, Franklin, TN 37067. Here are fun facts, photos, and videos.
Shawn Mullins and Chuck Cannon often do shows together. I’ve seen them both — separately and together — several times. The fact that Tom Bukovac was also on stage this night at 3rd & Lindsley was a huge bonus for me. Not to mention the fact that I got to sit with Chuck’s wife (Lari White) and Tom’s wife (Sarah Buxton) and meet another Nashville singer-songwriter (Jeanne Richardson). Here are photos from this fun night!
These are some hats that were for sale at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop downtown Nashville. he cowboy hats were placed on the floor. The baseball cap in the middle reads:
I’d like to check you for ticks.
The CMT Awards show precedes the CMT Music Festival each June. We scored some press passes this year! Here’s how things went at the 2010 CMT Music Awards show and some of the unique things that I saw this year…
I guess we’ll have to find another Nashville celebrity home to take the lead spot in our informal ‘Tour of the Stars Homes’ that we take visitors on when they visit Nashville for the first time. Sadly, Alan Jackson’s plush 19,000 square-foot home is now for sale. His house has been the highlight of our tour for many years.
We saw Darius Rucker for the first time in concert last night. He was having a free show at the Grand Ole Opry — it was part of some promotion with the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. The Darius Rucker concert footage from this particular night airs this Thursday, August 27th on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Here are photos.
We’ve seen Chuck Cannon and Lari White several times before — usually at The Bluebird Cafe. Last night, we were pleasantly surprised to see phenomenal guitarist Tom Bukovac on stage with Chuck. It was a great show with both Chuck and Lari’s bands on stage at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville.
Eric Hutchinson played at 3rd & Lindsley, a place that seats less than 300 — which, if you ask me, is the best way to see musicians: up close & personal! Here are my photos and thoughts about Eric Hutchinson’s show in Nashville, Tennessee.
Here are photos and highlights from the first big show at Nashville’s Listening Room Cafe featuring: Tony Mullins, Bob DiPiero, Chris Wallin, and Aaron Barker ‘in the round’. The Listening Room Cafe recently moved to downtown Nashville, TN after being located in Franklin, Tennessee.
Last night we got to see Shawn Mullins perform “in the round” at the Bluebird Cafe. What a treat! There’s nothing better than seeing your favorite performers in small settings like such small, intimate places. Along with Shawn Mullins were Chuck Cannon and Mac Davis. I know… what a group! And we had great seats.
Isaac Hayes died today. Here is my one brush with greatness… the day I met that sharp dressed man named Isaac Hayes.
Actress Sean Young put on her dancin’ shoes and sang a Country song that she co-wrote with a couple of Nashville songwriters at the season finale of Gone Country 2. The show was taped at the Wildhorse Saloon. Her song was called “Time For The Boy To Grow Up”.
Jermaine Jackson performed at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville during the final taping for Season 2 of Gone Country. His song was a mellow one. It was called ‘Loving You Is The Natural Thing To Do’. He co-wrote it with Nashville songwriters Billy Lawson and Anthony Smith.
The folks at Anheuser-Busch have created a new Bud Light Real Men of Genius ad. This one’s called Mr Sad Country Song Songwriter, and they’ve dedicated it to Dierks Bentley — one of Nashville’s top singers and songwriters! Here is the commercial, along with the words & lyrics.
There are a lot of interesting notes about Lorenzo Lamas and his performance at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville — for the taping of Gone Country 2. For starters, his daughter Shayne Lamas was the lucky bachelorette chosen by Matt Grant on this season’s The Bachelor. And Lorenzo’s ex-wife Shauna Sand was at this show with their little girl.
The moment Mikalah Gordon stepped on stage at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville for the season finale of Gone Country 2, she had the crowd on their feet and cheers from every corner of the place. Not only was she the ‘hottest’ chic in the competition this year, most of the guys in the front row were convinced she was the hottest thing in the building!
Sebastian Bach of Skid Row has been called a lot of things, but I doubt he’s ever been called a Country music singer before! He gave the Country music industry a run for its money recently when he participated in CMT’s reality TV series called Gone Country. We were there & snapped these photos…
I’ll be watching Nashville Star 6 this season. But, oddly enough, I think I’m more interested in seeing the judges than some of the performers themselves! I’m diggin’ the fact that Jeffrey Steele is a judge. Finally… more Jeffrey Steele in the limelight! Here’s more about the Nashville Star judges: John Rich, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jewel, and Jeffrey Steele.
Chris Kirkpatrick from NSYNC was the first celebrity performer to appear on stage at the Wildhorse after John Rich did his pre-show for Gone Country 2. The song Chris performed was “That Will Get You By”. He wrote it with the help of Nashville songwriters, Trevor Rosen and Shane (sorry, didn’t catch his last name). Good song!
Last night was the season finale for Gone Country 2. Actually, the series hasn’t even started airing yet on CMT, but they were taping the final episode ‘live’ at the Wildhorse Saloon. We were front & center and captured these photographs of the celebrities performing.
We got tickets to the CMT Awards Show, and we snuck a camera in. Here are the photos we took of the performers at the show.
Below are some questions I have about the business of songwriting… particularly in the County music industry. See which answers I’ve found along the way. But hopefully, we’ll learn a few things from those of you who actually know these answers firsthand and take the time to chime in in the Comments.
Wondering who penned which songs on CMT’s Gone Country music competition? Here are the professional songwriters — all from Nashville, the celebrities who were responsible for singing their songs, and the title of the songs they wrote for the show Gone Country.