Reese spotted at Cabana, Luke and Hayden hit Sinema, Vince Gill loves Noshville

Reese hangs out in the Village

Did you know that Reese Witherspoon is from Nashville? Yup, she’s a Harpeth Hall girl and everything. Reese’s ‘rents still live here.

So Reese comes back to Nashville often, sometimes with the kids and hubby, sometimes not.

She was spotted just last week at Cabana nightspot in Hillsboro Village, a trendy hipster kinda place. She was in town to showcase her new film, “The Good Lie,” which premiered across the Village at Belcourt Theatre.


Luke and Hayden hit super-trendy Sinema – but not together

We definitely don’t wanna start any rumors up in this piece, so I wanted to be clear.

Yes, Luke Bryan and “Nashville” TV show star Hayden Panettiere both had dinner at the same time recently at uber-trendy Sinema restaurant.

They were, however, at separate tables. And they both probably had the best meals of their lives!

After all, this Sinema restaurant – converted from an old-school movie theater landmark in Nashville – is getting almost as much press attention as Luke and Hayden.

The space is gorgeous – giant portraits of old-time movie stars hang on exposed brick above lush velvet-covered booths. Diners feel like stars themselves.

Heck, there’s even a celebrity in the kitchen. The chef is Dale Levitski, runner up on season three of Bravo’s “Top Chef.”

And the food? Each dish is a production, not just, say, “dinner.”

The pork chop presentation: Cauliflower Puree, Roasted Apples, Rainbow Chard, Root Beer Demi Glace. Ah yes, just like I do it at home….


That Luke really gets around, I tell ya

As we’ve told you before, Luke Bryan does like to get out and about when he’s off the road. He and Keith Urban are probably the most spotted stars around Music City.

After Luke was spotted at Sinema, another fan saw him eating at the Cool Springs location (about 20 minutes south of downtown Nashville) of BrickTop’s, a terrific regional chain with only eight locations in Tennessee, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, and Georgia.

Here’s my slightly odd menu pick: It’s the best ahi tuna burger I’ve ever had. OK, I haven’t had that many ahi tuna burgers.

But it’s so delicious that, given the choice between it and a regular burger, I go ahi tuna every time I’m there.

All the seafood is fresh and tasty.

And it’s kinda cool when Luke Bryan is sitting next to you no matter what you order, right?


Go rest high on that reuben – It’s Vince Gill at Noshville

It’s no coincidence that the name Vince Gill rhymes with Noshville.

The guy is at the Noshville deli, like, really often. I’m not gonna say every day.

But it was no surprise when Brad spies saw Vince at the Green Hills location again last week.

If you’re visiting Nashville from New York, Cleveland or any other deli/salted meats capital of the world, stop into a Noshville if you’re homesick.

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OMG! It’s 1D!; Jake’s parking lot party; “Nashville” hits the streets

One Direction hits Nashville bars before big stadium show

The British boy band One Direction practically shut down rush-hour traffic around downtown Nashville before their big stadium show last Tuesday night.

More than 50,000 hit the concert at LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans.

But some of the guys – Niall, Zayn and Liam – hit a couple of bars in Nashville the night before, according to a One Direction fan site that tracks such things.

The site even found a Twitter pic of those three 1D guys out and about. OMG! I’m freaking!

“Nialler was apparently spotted hanging in a local Irish bar (no surprise there then) before heading out to a Nashville pub where he met up with Zayn and Liam, as well as One Direction stylist Lou Teasdale,” reports.

And 1D’s Harry Styles (Taylor Swift’s ex) was spotted in The Gulch area of Nashville that same night.

See that? You can even run into boy band pop stars out and about in Music City.

And then, you can run into dozens of teen girls with iPhones trying to secretly take pics of boy band pop stars. Good times!


Jake Owen turns a parking lot into a beach

So again, the fun part about being in Nashville is you get to see country stars like you wouldn’t anywhere else.

Jake Owen, for instance, had a big beach party – in a parking lot. In the rain.

But hey, about three thousand folks showed up anyway at BMI building on Music Row, and the gig was completely free!

Not only that, but Lee Brice (yes, he actually sang “Parking Lot Party” at the parking lot party) and Dan + Shay were surprise guests.

And who doesn’t love hearing Jake sing “Ice Ice Baby” and Van Halen’s “Jump”?

Super good times!


Connie Britton, a.k.a. Rayna on “Nashville,” is seen on Lower Broadway

So the ABC TV show “Nashville” is in full swing, and that means, friends, that you might run into a production crew most anywhere about town.

Our latest spotting: Show star Connie Britton – she’s Rayna Jaymes – on the sidewalk on Lower Broadway, where there’s a strip of honky-tonks, bars and restaurants in downtown Nashville.

Hey look, there’s even a pic! (Doesn’t Connie look like she’s enjoying her work?)

The new season of “Nashville” kicks off Sept. 24.

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Carrie’s career goes to the birds; Billy Currington loves Loser’s?

Carrie’s career is going to the birds

That Carrie Underwood is quite the animal lover.

How much does she love animals? Sooo much that she pulled her car over after seeing a bird with a broken wing.

“Chased this birdie around the street yesterday to help – she had a broken wing,” Carrie posted along with a pic. “Thanks @WaldensPuddle for taking her!”

Carrie posted on Twitter that she chased the bird around and eventually brought it to the wonderful Walden’s Puddle wildlife rehab and education center.

Walden’s Puddle is a wonderful place where there are animals from raccoons to rhinos healing from injuries. And it’s a great place to bring the kids to learn about animals.

Hey, ya might even see a big country superstar dropping off a bird.


Martina gets the Whole order right at the grocery

Only in Nashville can you see a famous country star pushing a grocery cart.

I myself ran into the lovely and talented Martina McBride at Whole Foods in the Hill Center in the Green Hills section of town. Hill Center is a sidewalk shopping experience that focuses on upscale stores.

No, I didn’t peek into Martina’s shopping cart, but I really kinda wanted to.

Martina reminded me that she is playing a show at the awesome Ryman Auditorium on Nov. 1.


Billy Currington really loves Losers – the bar, that is

One of the cool things about living in Nashville is being able to see artists in much smaller venues than usual.

So instead of, say, an arena or a stadium, ya might be able to see someone like, oh, Billy Currington  in the parking lot of a bar. Maybe a bar called Loser’s.

Heck, the bar itself – which isn’t exactly big – has had folks like Kid Rock, Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap playing inside.

And then once in a while, they blow it out and get hundreds of folks to jam the parking lot.

Billy did that just a few days ago.

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Thistle Farms serves up (Kevin) Bacon; Dan Rather/Kenny Rogers power lunch; KISS hits the (comedy club?) stage

Celebrities collide at trendy Etch restaurant

Kenny Rogers Visits "The Big Interview With Dan Rather"Well, OK, at Etch restaurant, the biggest star will probably always be the roasted cauliflower appetizer.

Hey, did you just make a face? I SAW you! You made a face!

I know, I know, when most folks think of fabulous food, they don’t immediately go to cauliflower. But I promise you, you’ll love what they’ve done with this heretofore boring veggie.

Enjoying this signature dish last week was veteran newsman Dan Rather and country/pop icon Kenny Rogers. Seems the two were doing an interview together later that day.

Dan Rather and Kenny Rogers. Think lunch lasted 60 Minutes? (Hey oh!) I wouldn’t Gamble on it! (Ba da bing!)

I’ve got a million of ‘em, folks. And they’re all just as bad as those two….


Is that Gene Simmons at the comedy club? Well, KISS my…

Yes, rock band KISS is still touring, and yes, they always stop in Nashville.Gene Simmons of Kiss

And the guys love it here. I know because they told me so a few years back.

So if they have a break, they’ll stay an extra day or two in Music City. And they apparently get out and about in town.

For instance, Gene Simmons showed up at Zanies, during comedian/roastmaster Jeff Ross’ show.



Looks like the Thistle Stop Café is serving Bacon

The Thistle Stop Café is already one of the coolest coffee houses in Nashville. It’s run by a program that serves women who used to be trapped in lives of addiction or prostitution on the streets.

Buy a coffee and croissant and the profits will help these women into a better life!

But things got cooler a week or so ago when Kevin Bacon stopped by, with his music partner and brother, Michael.

Kevin’s own charity,, helped put him in touch with Thistle Stop Café.

Here’s what the Thistle folks posted online:

“We’re so grateful to for connecting the dots and putting us ZERO degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon!”



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Jason, Kenny drink at B-Dubs; Reese strolls through the gardens; Reba and Ronnie Dunn do lunch

Two country superstars just chillin’ at B-Dubs

Looks like country stars are just dudes, too.

Jason Aldean was kickin’ it, having cocktails with his lady, Brittany Kerr, at Buffalo Wild Wings (a.k.a. B-Dubs) in Nashville. Really normal, right?

So then he calls his buddy, who just happens to be Kenny Chesney, and tells Kenny, come on down!

And Kenny does. And that, Jason said, turned into a whole afternoon of drinking and telling stories and laughing.

Just like normal people.

Except the next night, they’re both playing to packed stadiums, of course.


Reese is “strolling in the gorgeous gardens”

OK, so you know that Reese Witherspoon is a Nashville native, right? Went to private girls school Harpeth Hall, started her acting lessons here, etc. etc.

Reese’s parents are still here, and she comes back often to visit – and sometimes visits the lush Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art.

In short, this place is real purty.

Looks like Reese thinks so, too.

She even posted a pic of herself at Cheekwood, captioning it, “strolling in the gorgeous gardens.”

Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?

And when Reese came in from her stroll, I wonder if she took in the beautiful exhibit “Andy Warhol’s Flowers.”

It’s up through Sept. 7, if you wanna check it out. Reese Witherspoon not necessarily included.


And J. Alexander’s continues to draw in the superstars

Do you ever hear celebrities name drop other celebrities and call them their “good friends” – and then we think, yeah, whatever, they probably only ever see each other on red carpets.

Well, my slightly cynical friends, I can assure you that here in Nashville, the stars really do know each other, like each other (usually) and hang out together.

Case in point: Reba McEntire and her hubby/manager, Narvel Blackstock, were seen hanging out with one Ronnie Dunn, he of Brooks & Dunn fame.

This happened at the J. Alexander’s location on West End Avenue, which also happens to be a very common place for dinner for Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman.

And if there are no celebrities at all, well, order the crab cakes or the warm carrot cake and I promise you’ll leave happy.  :)

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A side of superstar with your pulled pork?; Jay Cutler hits trendy 12South joint

I’ll have a side of superstars with my pulled pork, please

Nashville is becoming a hub for barbecue, that tasty, smoked for 12 hours, piled high, tangy sauce, fall off the bone kinda meat.

And more and more, celebrities are showing up to have some.

The latest – Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild, the married couple in Little Big Town, were spotted at Martin’s Bar-B-Que in the Belmont University area.

That’s Martin’s third location, but the first that’s actually in the city of Nashville. And what a tasty addition.

The Belmont location has a few new things like a big indoor asadora pit, where whole pigs, lamb and goats will spin over open flames.

Watching your weight? Try “The Hippy Salad”, or drop by on Sundays for the strawberry salad.


You can catch Jay Cutler on the Flipside

What’s more exciting than seeing the Chicago Bears starting quarterback hanging out in Nashville?

Always great to see Jay Cutler, one-time Vandy football star, back here in Nashville.

Even better to see him at a BRAND-NEW super-trendy old-school diner in the 12South area.

It’s called The Flipside and it’s really modern and 1950s style all at the same time. There are big blue booths and Big Chill refrigerators and The Jetsons are on TV.

And yes, you can get tots, milkshakes and fries. Yummy.

Jay has two little boys and the older one was enjoying all the treats with him.


Chris Young may be a Tennessee native, but he loves raw fish

Don’t judge a man by his country song lyrics – Chris Young loves him some sushi.

In fact, Chris has been spotted in more sushi joints than burger joints.

The latest – Chris was scene at Music Row area’s Sushiyobi, a trendy place that’s just, well, fun to say. Sushi-yobi. Wheee!

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Florida Georgia Steakhouse; Deacon hits the Ryman (in the crowd); Two Vice Presidents, One City

Florida Georgia Line hit a ladies steakhouse

OK, OK, so you’ve never heard of a ladies steakhouse.

But that’s how Kayne Prime restaurant initially marketed itself when it opened a few years back. You know, smaller steaks, a little more arty. In fact, the restaurant still markets itself as “the artful fusion of a chef-chic boutique restaurant, with the great American steakhouse.”

Well, the restaurant got a big ol’ shot of testosterone a couple of days ago when Florida Georgia Line rolled in for dinner.

And I’m guessing Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard didn’t opt for the smaller-size steaks either.


TV show Nashville’s Deacon continues to be most spotted star in town

If you come to Nashville, the most likely celebrity spotting you’ll have – Chip Esten, a.k.a. tortured singer/songwriter Deacon on ABC’s Nashville.

I mean, the guy is everywhere!

The latest spottings: Chip had dinner at The Southern before ambling over a few blocks to The Ryman to catch the Elvis Costello show.

And that’s an amazing night in downtown Nashville.


Even Vice Presidents love to eat

Looks like being a heartbeat away from the White House can work up a pretty good appetite.

Vice President Joe Biden was in town a week or so ago. So where did he end up for a fundraiser lunch with a whole bunch of visiting state governors?

They were all twirling pasta at popular Italian restaurant Valentino’s, where nearly every celebrity visiting or living in Nashville ends up.

Not to be out eaten, former Vice President Al Gore, a Nashville resident, was spotted this week at Sunset Grill.


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