BomBassic 2015 Summer Tour Post #1: Nashville and Muscle Shoals
It’s been a few weeks, but we’re still feeling the magic of New Orleans’ music culture since we’ve returned to Asheville from our first BomBassic tour. Besides New Orleans, all of the cities we performed in had great communities circled around music and it’s been inspiring to get a taste of what each one has to offer. We’ll be dropping a blog entry for each show on the trip, so make sure to be on the lookout.
As many of you know, we’re originally from New York and are very fond of hip-hop music. Both of us have never experienced deep south culture, have never been to New Orleans, have never traveled through Alabama, so we were taking our music on the road to uncharted territories, but it’s all in the love of getting our music out there, meeting new people, and traveling with our best friends.
The trip kicked off in Nashville and it just so happened our first visit to this lovely southern city landed on America’s birthday, July 4th. Through CouchSurfing.com, we found one of the most amazing hosts off all time. Our host, Maliyah, was ecstatic to have us as guests. It seemed her main priority was to show us all the unique spots and provide a great Nashville experience. She was a pure genuine person that loved to give. Immediately she took us to two parks, one of which HyperDrive nearly ruined the trip by leaving his phone and wallet near a dragon statue. Maliyah also provided an odd, yet life improving service. She showed us a method to clean our ears only using olive oil and warm water. HyperDrive had some nasty chunks coming out of his ears. Needless to say we all felt a clearer sense of hearing and balance after our cleanse. We were able to say our farewells to Maliyah and exit Nashville with one of the best meals on the trip at this breakfast spot called Fido. She recommended the Grey Sky coffee drink and sweet potato french toast and it was pure deliciousness.
Around midday we headed south to Muscle Shoals, Alabama. A town home to the legendary FAME and Muscle Shoals Sound studios. Huge hits like Percy Sledge’s, “When a Man Loves a Woman”, Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses”, and “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger.
During a tour of the studio we got to see it all and quickly learned how Muscle Shoals has been monumental in rock and roll history. The FAME studio has incredible acoustics and it was interesting to see how a studio designed in the 60’s was able to capture such an acoustically beautiful and iconic sound.
We also checked out a small town called Florence where we grabbed some authentic southern BBQ in an old small building that read “Bunyans BBQ”. It wasn’t the nicest looking place, but we were looking for that authentic flavor and Bunyans delivered. The pulled pork sandwiches and ribs were reasonably priced, but once we had a bite we realized it was a steal. We returned to purchase more pork and the sweet woman behind the counter gifted us with some of their famous hotdogs with special mustard slaw. Talk about southern hospitality!
We again were hosted by incredibly kind people in Muscle Shoals. Our couchsurfing host, Millie, set up her guest room for us (hot tub included) and made us feel right at home. She even let us use her father’s man cave to get a few games of pool in. The flat landscape of Alabama and Millie’s vast backyard provided us the perfect opportunity to smack around a few birdies. After a nice morning session of badminton with the crew, it was off the first show of the tour at the Nick in Birmingham.