First of all wow, what a great city. As a Brit I’ve been to lots of US cities, NYC, Boston, Buffalo, Philly, Phoenix, Houston, Miami, San Francisco, but Nashville is quite different.
I arrived here early, on Tuesday, to give myself a chance to get over the jet lag. As ever, the WordPress community is great. I even bumped into a few people on my connecting flight from Philly. I’ve met old friends and made some new ones, and I feel like I’ve only just arrived.
Nashville is billed as music city, and I cans see why. There is music everywhere. The first night here I was particularly tired, trying desperately to stay awake as long as possible to acclimatise to the new time zone. The hotel bar had 3 different people, each taking it in turn to strum their guitar and sing their songs. They were excellent. At 9 pm they all moved on, and were replaced by 3 new artists. Again the quality was excellent. I didn’t make it to 10, but presumably the same thing happened again.
Yesterday I strolled down to Broadway, which is a very easy walk from the Renaissance, the main WordPress hotel. The place is buzzing. It seemed like every bar had a live band. I could have chosen any, but decided on the Tin Roof. I ate some food, drank a few beers, listened to the music, and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
I spotted on Twitter that Laura Rabell, one of the attendees, is playing with her band at Soul Shine tonight. I’ve not met her before, but I love the connection between WordPress and Nashville, so am planning to be there.
At some point, I think there’s going to be a WordCamp too – hope it lives up to the city.