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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Dierks swings a kettle bell down Belmont Blvd.; Lorrie Morgan spotting; Ain’t we cute?

Hey, there’s a huge country star! With a kettle bell!

This had to be among the more bizarre sights – Dierks Bentley is trucking down the street around Belmont University, hoisting a big kettle bell.

Seems Dierks was working out with the gang at Iron Tribe Fitness, the one near Belmont, and a little outdoor cardio/weights routine was part of the day’s activities.

“He even sweats cute!” my female Brad spy reports.

Dierks is not the only star who belongs to a fitness center in town. The YMCA boasts Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Chris Young and Kelly Clarkson among its members.

And there are so many other gyms and stars in ‘em. So if you wanna see our superstars, well, go work out, I guess.

Luke Bryan might spot ya on your bench press.


Lorrie Morgan drinks something in red at J. Alexander’s?

OK, OK, I don’t know if Lorrie Morgan had a glass of wine there or not. I’m just trying to be so terribly clever and get a song title in the headline.

But Lorrie indeed was spotted at J. Alexander’s restaurant, a wonderful regional chain that boasts such tremendous food that Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman eat there all the time.

The filet kabobs are un-ka-lievable, and the cous cous is yum yum.


We certainly don’t mean to be shallow, but, um, we’re pretty

Sure, Nashville boasts great colleges that have earned the city the nickname of “The Athens of the South.”

And yes, the music scene is world-class, including our GRAMMY-winning symphony. Heck, Music City has made best-of lists for food and fireworks and everything in between.

And if you come for no other reason, well, we’re kinda cute.

Just ask the editors of Travel + Leisure.

In the most recent rankings of America’s Most and Least Attractive People, Nashville landed at No. 3 for most attractive.

“Even in its post-rhinestone era, the Tennessee city attracts plenty of star-worthy lookers, who pack a one-two punch thanks to their charming accents,” the magazine notes.

“The city has also become increasingly known for its diverse dining scene, ranking highly for both locavore farmers’ markets and down-home ethnic cuisine.”

We are soooooo delicious, in every way.

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Forrest Gump in East Nashville; Little Big time in Mexican restaurant; Idol winner upstages engagement

Forrest Gump’s in East Nashville!

OK, I could’ve picked one of, like, hundreds of characters from Tom Hanks’ movies. But somehow, the picture of Forrest Gump running through transitionally trendy East Nashville is my favorite.

So yes, Tom Hanks was spotted in 37206, one of the hipper zip codes in our fair city. And this was so exciting that even mainstream media picked up on it.

If you’re going to be in a hip part of town, you’ve got to head right to the locally owned coffeeshop, right? Tom found himself in Barista Parlor – and then he found himself surrounded by college interns from a local PR/marketing firm.

Oh, but that’s not all. Worlds collide!

Tess Boyer, once a contestant on TV’s The Voice, also happened to be in there.

And Tess told The Tennessean that it was Tom’s idea to get their pic together – because Tom watches The Voice and knows who Tess is!

“CAN’T MAKE FULL SENTENCES,” Tess posted along with the pic.



Doobie Brothers surprise the crowd at CMA Music Fest

So more than 200,000 crowded into Nashville again for the annual CMA Music Fest.

And some folks on Friday were just walking along outside on Lower Broadway – and they ran right into the Doobie Brothers.

Yup, the guys just sat up under an outdoor pavilion and played their hearts out for anyone walking by.

The Doobie Brothers have re-cut their big hits with country stars for an album coming out later this year. Hence the free preview concert.

Only in Nashville….


Yes, that’s Taylor Hicks at Nashville’s Husk

And the reality TV star sightings continue, folks.

A local couple got engaged a week or so ago at Husk, one of our latest and greatest ground-breaking restaurants in town.

But the blessed proposal almost – almost – got overshadowed by the fact that American Idol winner Taylor Hicks was at a nearby table.

“HEY ISN’T THAT TAYLOR HICKS SITTING NEXT TO ME?!?” groom-to-be Lee Morgan posted.

His bride-to-be, Anne Marie Brush, posted: “Taylor Hicks! Enough with the looks! I’m ENGAGED!”

Don’t ya know that that’s going to be a fun married couple?

Gotta wonder if they’ll get Taylor to be their wedding singer….


That’s a Little Big time at trendy Mexican restaurant

So there’s a restaurant in town called Sopapilla’s, which is Mexican for, uh, “delicious.”

How delicious?

Phillip Sweet from Little Big Town was pictured there with his beautiful/fun wife, Rebecca.

Tasty, right?

Of course, husband and wife were both clutching icy glasses filled with colorful liquid refreshment. So looks like the drinks rock there, too.

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