YOUR CITY, YOUR WAY | A Songwriter’s Dream Day

    Breakfast: Pfunky Griddle

    Create your own culinary masterpiece sitting around a table with a griddle in the middle. The wait staff brings out unlimited pitchers of pancake batter for you to top with any combination of twenty add-ons for a truly unique feast! Although the pancakes are the crown jewel of Pfunky, there are also tons of a la carte items as well as omelet and potato cakes for you to dress up any way you like in the spirit of the do-it-yourself restaurant. Make your breakfast the way you like it, and leave the mess behind!

    Pfunky Griddle
    2800 Bransford Ave.
    298-2088

    Activity: Country Music Hall of Fame Songwriter Session

    Every Saturday at 11:30 am, the Country Music Hall of Fame presents an intimate hour for the people behind the hit songs on the radio. The songwriters perform their hits and their other favorites that they have written, describe their songwriting process, and invite questions from the audience throughout the show. The sessions are usually held in the Ford Theater, and the price of the show is included in museum admission so you can tour the rest of the Hall before or after the performance.

    Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
    222 Fifth Avenue South
    416-2001

    Lunch: Taco Mamacita

    Dine on the sprawling patio overlooking Edgehill Village or inside the festive restaurant itself – either way, you’ll love the affordable Mexican-fusion menu items under the categories “Tacos” and “More Tacos.” The drink menu is also extensive, with several kinds of margaritas and mojitos. The prides of Mamacita, other than the tacos of course, are their fresh, homemade salsas and sauces. These are made every day from recipes crafted by the owners, who trained with Mexican cuisine geniuses. Get a few people together to share the Peruvian Chicken feast, lauded by food critics as the highlight of the menu.

    Taco Mamacita
    1200 Villa Place
    730-8552

    Activity: Music Row Tour

    From music industry giants like BMI and the historic RCA Studio B to smaller boutique recording studios, publishing houses, and record labels, the area referred to as Music Row is a haven for anyone in the music industry. The “row” is actually more like a square, bounded by 16th and 17th Avenues and including streets named for country music legends like Chet Atkins and Roy Acuff. The music community located here is quite possibly the most famous in the world, and not something songwriters should miss during their one day in Nashville!

    Music Row
    16th and 17th Avenues, south of Buddy Killen Circle and north of Wedgewood Avenue

    Dinner: The Listening Room Café

    The Listening Room is a great combination of good food, cool atmosphere, and local musical talent. The bar offers many delicious concoctions with worldly names such as the London Calling or French Kissed. For dinner, look for typical bar fare like chicken fingers, chili, and burgers, as well as delicious unexpected options like toasted ravioli, salmon fruit salad, and Puttanesca pasta with an emphasis on using local produce. There are performances every night with only a $5 food/drink minimum per person rather than cover charge.

    The Listening Room Café
    209 10th Ave South
    259-3600

    Activity: Bluebird Café

    No songwriter’s day in Nashville would be complete without a visit to the most famous listening room in Nashville. Depending on the night, you can see up-and-coming songwriters or artists whose hits are already topping the charts. The tables are set up in a circle around the three or four artists in the middle who take turns singing each of their songs. The list of artists who have played in this intimate café is endless, and includes Garth Brooks, Gary Allan, Faith Hill, and Widespread Panic, among many, many others. This is an amazing opportunity to sit side by side with the singers and songwriters of Nashville before – and after – they get famous.

    Bluebird Café
    4104 Hillsboro Pike
    383-1461

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