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Twitty City: Conway Twitty’s Mansion & Gardens

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Conway Twitty’s mansion, Twitty City,  is located in Hendersonville, TN  20 minutes north of Nashville. It was his home until his death in 1993. Many of the country stars throughout the years have built beautiful homes in Hendersonville. Johnny Cash’s home was located around the corner but burned to the ground a few years back. It appears one of the Bee Gee’s bought it and while work was being done, it caught on fire and poof, it was gone.

The story was, that Conway Twitty’s four adult children did not get along with wife number three and when Conway died there was a huge fight and many lawsuits. As always, no one wins and the home, recording studio, the  kids’ homes, his mom’s house, located behind Conway’s mansion, were all sold.

Turns out Trinity Music City, USA purchased the entire complex for their live studio audience taping that are televised and special concerts that are held there. The venue holds church services on Sundays, as well as concerts featuring religious music and attractions.

Twitty City has a magical light display during the Christmas season. trinityThe kids and I visit every year  so this was my first visit during summer and in broad daylight. I was hoping for a tour of the mansion, unfortunately, tours aren’t available during the summer. Tours of the mansion and gardens are free and are offered Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am – 2 pm.

I was still able to walk the gorgeous grounds and take lots of pictures. This place is dreamy. I truly think Twitty City is a potential “gold mine”. You just don’t see places like this anymore. Graceland is so commercialized compared to Conway’s former estate. If you are ever in Hendersonville, TN be sure to drop by One Music Village Blvd for a wonderful experience.

Country Music Happens Here

When I first visited Nashville with my daughter Christy in 2012, Music Row was where she wanted to go.  After all, Music Row is where country music happens. If you are a music fan, you will find Music Row very interesting since it is such a historic area. The mix of the original cottage style homes and the new buildings makes it an interesting place to see.

Music Row is home of recording studios, music publishing houses, record labels, and of course, songwriters. It is neat to walk down 16th and 17th street and see the banners in front of different buildings congratulating songwriters on their songs’ successes. The music that is created on 16th Ave is just mind blowing!

Developed in the 1950’s, Nashville’s Music Row has become the headquarters of America’s country music recording industry. Situated on this historic strip, Studio B is the famous recording studio where the “King of Rock and Roll” Elvis Presley, recorded more than 200 popular hits, along with many of the nation’s most popular and famous artists such as The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, Charley Pride, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Rimes, and many more.

Whenever I am on Music Row I can’t help but wonder how many inspiring musicians walk down this street everyday in hopes of getting a record deal. Many successful music careers began on Music Row, but I bet many dreams were also crushed on this famous street.

Taylor Swift's Record Label

Taylor Swift’s Record Label

RED Tour, Craigslist Scam & Mike’s Ice Cream

Last week, my lovely daughter had a brilliant idea. She invited me to see Taylor Swift’s RED concert here in Nashville at the Bridgestone arena. Even though I’m not a fan of “Pop Star Taylor”, I always liked her country songs from way back when she still had curly hair and wore cowboy boots. But since I love spending time with my daughter and since it was her treat, I said ‘yes’. There was one minor problem; my daughter didn’t have any tickets to the show.

But, you see, the girl is very resourceful and after scanning good old Craigslist for hours, she finally talked a seller down to $70 for two tickets. We sent him money through PayPal and waited at will call while the seller was on the phone with Ticketmaster to transfer the tickets into our names (or so he said).

Well, to make a long, sad story short, the tickets were never transferred into our names. After about 1 ½ hours of waiting, the lady at will call decided to let us know that someone else was already occupying “our” seats. Thanks, lady, you couldn’t have told us that sooner? By then the concert had already started. And through all this, the “seller” swore that he transferred the tickets to will call. He even told us he would refund the money if the transfer for some reason didn’t work.

We felt robbed; financially and emotionally. So what do you do when you hear 17,000 eight-year-olds scream from inside the arena because Taylor is about to perform “Red?” You are darn right, you get something to eat!

RED didn’t work out for us, but Mike’s Ice Cream on lower Broadway certainly did. We didn’t even care that we walked through pouring rain to get there. We were in desperate need of some rich, handmade ice cream.

A quaint little ice cream shop amongst the crazy bars on Broadway, Mike’s Ice Cream has such creative flavors as Red Velvet Cake, Rum Raisin and Tennessee Fudge. We ordered Coconut and Butterscotch Overload. Seriously y’all, the best ice cream I’ve ever had. It has a fresh, creamy and not too sugary taste. Really delicious!

We didn’t see Taylor but we managed to have a nice evening together after all. We weren’t even that upset anymore. Twenty years from now I probably would not have remembered the concert anyway, but I will always cherish the crazy, wonderful evening I had with my daughter, and the lessons learned from it.

1.Do not buy concert tickets on Craigslist.
2.Always bring an umbrella if the weather forecast calls for 80% chance of rain in Nashville.

FYI, we filed a dispute with PayPal who guaranteed us a full refund. Hooray for PayPal, even though you charge a ridiculous fee whenever I withdraw money for deposit in my bank account.

Still excited to see Taylor

Almost inside the Bridgestone to see Taylor

What a bummer!

Almost two hours after the RED fiasco…

Mike's Ice Cream to the rescue

We were so annoyed, we could have eaten the giant fake cone.

We were so annoyed, we could have eaten the giant fake cone.