By Fred Wallace
Hi, this is Fred Wallace with " Off the Wire "
I'm just back from a great Hanover Holidays trip to Tennessee, visiting primarily Nashville & Memphis.
Both Nashville & Memphis are " music " cities.
Nashville is country & western, old country, new country, bluegrass & hillbilly music.
Nashville has the Grand Ol' Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Johnny Cash Museum and the tour of the city is highlighted by the greatest names in country music then and now.
Memphis is Rock & Soul with Sun Records and naturally, as Elvis fans will quickly point out, Graceland, the home of the King.
Nashville has Broadway Street with music booming out of every venue.
Memphis has Beale Street with blocks upon blocks of live music.
And both Nashville & Memphis have sports teams.......but you really wouldn't know it.
On Broadway, I had to search high & low with the Bridgestone Arena closed for any kind of NHL Predators paraphernalia.
The Titans play across the river and I saw 2 flags...otherwise, zippo.
In Memphis, the NBA Grizzlies & the storied Minor League Baseball Redbirds play.
I saw both stadiums, up close, but at no time did I see a logo.
Strange, but also telling, that the economic engines for both Nashville & Memphis Tennessee remain music oriented with sports as a secondary stream, almost an afterthought.
I'm Fred Wallace