Title: Keith Urban
What do you love most about Tennessee?
What I love most about Tennessee is just the lifestyle, the fact that we can drive out our front gate and go to great restaurants, great parks. It's just a freedom like we don't really have anywhere else. People are friendly. It's just a great laid back pace and a great style of living.
What are the must-do things for people visiting Tennessee?
First, coming to Tennessee, for me, was coming to Nashville, so I saw a couple of the great songwriting places like the Bluebird Café. Also, I was a big Elvis fan, so a trip to Graceland is imperative. And the Smoky Mountains is a place we love to go as well. It's absolutely beautiful, especially in the fall.
Where do you like to†listen to live†music in Tennessee? Well, for me in Nashville, musically, I love going to the Station Inn and hearing some great bluegrass. Again, Bluebird Café is a great place to hear a lot of great songwriters. There's a lot of great live music places in Nashville. But also, you've got Beale Street in Memphis that's a fantastic venue for a lot of great blues.†
What are your favorite restaurants in Tennessee?
Again, in Nashville, I'm a bit partial to a great burger and I think Brown's Diner is one of the best. Rotierís, which has been here forever. There's a lot of great meat-and-threes. I think Arnoldís is probably one of the most classic down here on Music Row. You've gotta get some barbeque and meat-and-three.
What is your favorite Tennessee memory?
My earliest trips over here were coming over to songwrite. Since I was a kid I just wanted to be in Nashville. I remember being in my rental car driving on the freeway and I saw these signs saying "Nashville next exit." And I kept realizing, this is the real Nashville. It's not just a road sign to a place called that. It's the real place. And that stayed like that for years and years. Every time I would see that or a sign saying Memphis, all these names I grew up with, almost mythical names, it was surreal to see that and finally be in Tennessee.
What music would you select for a Tennessee road trip?
Oh well, if youíre gonna go on a road trip, I'd kick it off probably with "Running on Empty," Jackson Brown. Hopefully you won't be running on empty. Thatís a good one. Then "Highway 40 Blues," Ricky Scaggs. That's a good one. "You Get What You Give," New Radicals, that's a pretty good group. "Drift Away," Dobie Gray, who is actually a Nashville resident. I'd probably round it out with "Rocky Top." Just crank it up and put the windows down.
Charlie Daniels enjoys:
University of Tennessee Football Hall of Fame
Location: Knoxville, TN
Clint Black enjoys:
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Location: Gatlinburg, TN
Kix Brooks enjoys:
Center Hill Lake
Location: Lancaster, TN
Charlie Daniels enjoys:
Grand Ole Opry
Location: Nashville, TN