A few buddies and I ventured out on a road trip to Nashville last week. It was a total blast, and I took some great Nashville photos.
First stop on our trip, was to “Thunder Valley” and Bristol Motor Speedway, home of NASCAR’s legendary half-mile race track. The venue itself was closed, but it was so cool to visit the grounds of “The Last Great Colosseum.”
On Friday night, we went to the Ascend Amphitheater. It looks like Nashville’s version of the Freedom Mortgage Pavilion. We saw our friends in Candlebox & 3 Doors Down. Brad Arnold and the boys of 3DD headlined the evening, part of their ‘Away From The Sun 20th Anniversary Tour,’ playing their 2002 sophomore album Away From The Sun in its entirety.
Candlebox kicked off the evening was a super high-energy, hits-packed set. Kevin Martin & Candlebox are set to released their eighth and “final” album The Long Goodbye this Friday, August 25th via Pavement Music.
Candlebox – Punks (Official Music Video)
It was great getting some hangtime with my dear friend and Candlebox lead guitarist Brian Quinn. You know BQ from Philly bands Octane and Fosterchild. He has been with Candlebox since 2015. He has recorded the last three studio albums with them, including their album, The Long Goodbye, set for release this Friday.
The local music scene in Nashville out of this world! Every musician, singer, and artist in the area is extremely talented! Of the bands I caught, Lydia Brittan & The Holy Family and The Lewellen Degenerates.
Lydia Brittan and The Royal Family – Live at Acme Feed & Seed in Nashville, Tn.
On the way home, we had to make a stop at the massive Buc-ee’s country store and gas station. I have only ever seen a Buc-ee’s on Tik Tok until now. It’s a gas station the size of a Costco! Besides gasoline, food and drink, the company also offers a variety of general and regional-based souvenirs including apparel and artwork. The chain carries its own clothing brand, ranging from t-shirts to hats, pants, plushies, swimwear, and blankets. Stores also carry general kitchen goods, including cast iron skillets, food containers, mugs, glassware, cookbooks, and coolers, among others.
Willie Nelson the Fortune Teller