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Day 35 - Nashville, Tennessee

We rode a boxcar all the way into Tennessee from Columbus, Ohio. We almost got caught but no cigar. Nashville is so cool. We met up with subscribers Rob, Reba, Betty Ann, and Savage Jug. Tennessee has lot's of history. Tennessee was the 16th state in the USA and it became a state on June 1, 1796. But Ziggy had to put her hat on first.

They were taking us to the Ohio Historical Center. Along the way, I said, "The nickname for Ohio is the Buckeye State and Ohio was the 17th state in the USA and it became a state on March 1, 1803."

Nashville Tennessee was named after Revolutionary War hero General Francis Nash (1742-1777). It became the capitol of Tennessee in 1843 and, because of its strategic position on the Cumberland River, was hotly contested during the Civil War. Occupied by Union troops in 1862, the city was the scene of the climactic Battle of Nashville - the last great offensive action of the Confederate Army (December 1864).

Nashville's reputation as Music City USA began in the 1920s, when WSM radio launched the WSM Barn Dance (later known as the Grand Ole Opry). The "Nashville Sound" emerged in the 1950s and Music City now boasts a multitude of performers, recording companies, nightclubs, concert venues, recording studios, studio musicians, music publications and music publishers.

Today, Nashville is an exciting, vibrant city of over half a million people with world class attractions, hotels and restaurants. Recognized as one of the 15 best U.S. cities for work and family by Fortune Magazine. Forbes Magazine named Nashville as one of the 25 cities most likely to have the country's highest job growth in the next five years and the Nashville real estate market continues to be one of the best in the country.

We went to the Allisongs Studio because Ziggy had heard that Billy Ray Cyrus was discovered by Del Reeves in that studio. They recently mixed Gretchen Wilson's up and coming GAC special and Linda Davis was just in the studio recording vocals on her new album "I Have Arrived". From this studio also came a #1 Billboard single from Reba, as well as a 10-million seller by LeAnn Rimes, and countless others!

Ziggy wanted to sing a song that is going to be our themesong when this is all done and over with. When the engineer asked Ziggy, she meowed, "I've Been Everywhere Man." And she wanted to do it against a Johnny Cash recording. Your default player should play it.

I've Been Everywhere Man

After that, Rob, Reba, Betty Ann and Savage took us to get some Tennessee Onion Soup. It was really rich and loaded with onions.

This is a great recipe for your archives and/or recipe cookbook. Here's the recipe.

Tennessee Onion Soup
Makes 6 servings

2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons oil
6 cups sliced onions
1/3 cup Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
1/4 teaspoon thyme
6 cups beef broth
6 slices toasted French bread
1 1/2 cups shredded smoked Cheddar cheese

Heat butter and oil in large soup pot. Cover and cook onions over low heat about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it is a rich brown color. Stir in Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, thyme and broth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Simmer 15-to-20 minutes.

Ladle into ovenproof bowls. Top each with a slice of French bread and a sprinkle of cheese.

Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Onion Soup from Tennessee is good for you and me.


We're going to go ride some horses and see more of what Tennessee offers before heading up north to Frankfort, Kentucky. I think me and Ziggy are going to ride these horses all the way in to Kentucky. What fun!


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