Travels: Sweet Southern Hospitality #Downsouthtour Recap Pt. 2 If you missed Part 1 of the summer #downsouthtour, you can read it here. Onward and westward with a sunny day ahead of us, Tiffany and I headed from Atlanta to Chattanooga, Tennessee. Meeting up with our friends Victoria and TJ, we perused a few shops on Frazier Avenue, stopped for a quick bite at Mojo Burrito, and viewed the revitalization happening on Main Street.
Tiffany's show that night was at Highland Park in a large, unfinished garage on an open lot. Hosted by a group of artists called "Flock With Me," the show was packed with young, punk, artistic people. Tiffany performed an upbeat set on guitar and keys alongside another musician, poetry and spoken word. Sincere and searching, the Flock With Me group is earnest in their desire to freely create and have fun while doing it.
The next day, we drove to our final city - the musical town of Nashville. Arriving in the early afternoon, we stopped at a few shops on Woodland Street (will post more on this later in the week) before heading to the Listening Room Cafe. The Listening Room is a great venue on 2nd avenue that prolifically showcases artists - from blues, country, pop, acoustic folk, etc.
Tiffany performed that night in a writer's round with Jenn Bostic, Phil Barton, and Emily Shackleton. Each artist performed an alternating song list featuring their unique styles and where appropriate provided harmonies on each other's songs. Jenn even had a musician and friend of hers come out to accompany each artist on the cahone. It was a fun night that engaged a crowd of over 50 strong. Feedback, sweet meetings and reunions, and CD sales flowed thereafter. Dinner, drinks, good conversation, and a restful stay at Jenn's place in the Gulge area was the perfect way to cap the tour.
A full day ahead of us, Tiffany and I toured around Nashville driving through the main strip and Music Row. We visited a vintage shop set to reopen this week (will post more on this later), did a photo shoot in the afternoon, and then grabbed lunch before my flight back to DC. The #downsouthtour took us through four cities in five days, 1800 miles of pavement, and amazing memories. The sweetness of the trip is in part to the depth and thoughtfulness that our hosts showed in welcoming us to their homes. Traveling long distances, it meant a great deal to receive such enormous hospitality. It taught me a lot about what it is to share hospitality and how beautiful it is when it is genuinely shared together. Pineapples aside, it was an incredible trip for both of us. Tiffany and I deepened our friendship, gained courage for next steps in both of our lives, and are excited to plan the next tour by the end of the year. Stay tuned for a post later this week on a few great spots in Nashville for vintage and contemporary fashion!