Holiday time and once again we where
lucky enough to be invited by Bill Lynn of 'Country Music
& American Holidays' and 'Fraser Travel' to spend it at
Fan Fair in Nashville and then move on to Branson in Missouri!
A big 'Thank you' goes to both of them!
It had been 2 years since the last visit and both Danny and
I were very excited! Another reason for that also was that
we would be visiting Butch & Jean, who have now been telling
us in the Magazine about their Nashville for 2 years! They
had made it to Scotland, but this would be our first visit
to them in Hendersonville/Nashville by Old Hickory Lake!
the long journey from Glasgow to Amsterdam to Detroit and
then to Nashville we finally met up with Butch & Jean
(no sense hiding, Butch, we knew you were there!). It was
about an hour's ride from the airport to their house and we
could hardly wait! We had heard so much about it, seen the
pictures, and now it finally was the time to see it for ourselves!
we arrived there, all I can say is: "Wow!" We were
greeted by the most beautiful big old house, just by the lake.
The beer was on ice, the vodka/orange in the fridge - what
more can a body ask!
We spent 5 brilliant days with them, we saw bits of Nashville
you don't read about in the brochures, and the stories both
Butch 'n Jean can tell about their life in the Music scene
would make great reading in a book! (Now there's a thought
They took us to see the big star's houses, we saw Garth Brook's
gateway, we saw where Johnny Cash lives (I swear we saw him
enjoying the sunshine on his patio by the pool!), he also
has a gatehouse with armed guards. (We never saw them mind
you, it just says so on the poster, wouldn't like to put it
to the test though!), we saw Mae Axton's house where she wrote
'Heartbreak Hotel' for Elvis Presley (the house is up for
sale!), we saw Ferlin Huskey's home, also in Hendersonville,
we saw where Mel Tillis used to live, we saw where Tracy Lawrence
lives, we saw the vast area where Reba McEntyre lives and
keeps her horses! Wow! We even saw the house where the tragic
Keith Whitley died! We saw the famous first round-about in
Nashville, it seems they have got used to it by now, at first
nobody could get off it again!
Then we went round the graveyards to pay our respects to
some of the greatest in Country Music: Tammy Wynette, Conway
Twitty, Marty Robbins, Lefty Frizzell, Hank Snow, Boudleaux
Bryant, Keith Whitley and many more! We felt quite humble
to stand at the last resting place of all these Country Music
greats, who all had so much influence on the Country Music
After 5 restful days we moved on to Downtown
Nashville -ready for Fan Fair!
Honest they were only chatting to Danny