June 29th, 2011

Hey all, V-Ness here.  This is the last video I’m going to give you from Tennessee Muscle Candy.  I guess you can probably conclude at this point that we all, collectively, really enjoyed Tennessee Muscle Candy.   They just plug right in to the street corner and start jamming.  What’s especially cool is that they are always changing locations.  Kinda the twitter / food truck phenomenon.  Except they use facebook, and they’re a band….

Speaking of facebook, here’s a link to theirs.  Like them, or whatever :) 

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tennessee-Muscle-Candy/181959455163453?ref=ts

June 24th, 2011

Mak here to tell you about the cutest, creepiest thing I have ever seen anywhere, but this happened to be on Broadway St. in Nashville.   We were headed out to meet Parker, Trip and co. for a night of “honky tonkin” when I happened upon these two gentlemen standing motionless in the street.   WTF? 

They were standing there like statues, like completely not moving or reacting to the crowd around them.   At first I questioned whether they were even real, until one of them handed me their business (err- I guess) card with their contact info on it.  These dudes were just honestly trying to get laid.

Needless to say, I posed for a confused pic with them and moved on; but I did wish them luck in their mission.  I don’t know how often they are out there or what their success rate is, but I admire their fortitude.   Good luck, my dudes.

Tennessee Muscle Candy drew a pretty serious crowd on Broadway street.  Lots of dancing, lots of smiles, lots of rocking out.  This is my favorite video…. how can you not love this man? 

Monkeys! 

V-Ness here.  Nashville is one my favorite places.  I knew I would love it, as it has all the awesome things I love in life, like music and southern gents, and whiskey.  While we monkeys were roaming around the town we ran into this AWESOME band, Tennessee Muscle Candy.  They plugged right into the street and were rocking out hard.  They had some awesome covers and I’m going to lace you up with several videos.  Enjoy! 

June 23rd, 2011

Hola, Gwyn again Monkey peeps!

Alas, we 3 Monkeys were able to get cleaned up and meet with our new friends Parker and Trip for a night of Honky Tonkin’ in Nashville.  Lucky for us CMA’s Fanfare Week was going on and Broadway was popping on a Tuesday night!  First up, Layla’s Bluegrass Inn on Broadway.  Saw some awesome live music, but then moseyed over next door to Robert’s Western World to catch the rockabilly band of Harry Fontana.  We hear Robert’s has bombtastic cheeseburgers, and apparently while you’re there getting your Honky Tonkin’ on you can buy a beer, then buy some boots.  Who doesn’t love a place where you can do a little drunk shopping?  

Video: Harry Fontana and the band singing “Baby, Baby, Baby” at Robert’s Western World

After one listen, I promise you, you won’t be able to get the song out of your head!  Be sure to keep a look out for the band members trading instruments mid song, quite impressive!

Enjoy!

Yuck, festival filth is the ABSOLUTE worst!  Especially when you aren’t told about the free shower privileges you receive by volunteering until day 3 of a 4 day festival.  No matter how careful and cautious you are, your festival clothes become fully covered in grass, dirt, sweat, and God knows what else!  By the time we pulled into Nashville, we knew we needed to do a full and complete cleansing, of our clothes, our bodies, and to just relax in some air conditioning before meeting any new people.  

Check out this short video of us cleaning up in Nashville!

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Howdy y’all!  Gwyn here to briefly tell you about our adventure to Nashville.  
After having a delicious and inexpensive local lunch at Top’s BBQ in Memphis, TN and running into my beautifully newlywed gal, Mallory at a gas station by her nursing school (sooooooo magical to run into you for the brief time we were in Memphis, my love!), we were on our way to Nashville.  We were a bit stranded and needed a place to stay, but luckily we were able to find a very affordable hotel.  In the middle of a Facebook APB looking for rooms and places to eat in Memphis, Nick, Mallory’s brother had contacted his good childhood friend, Parker and said we should meet up with him even if we no longer needed a place to stay.  Being the diligent little monkeys we are, we had our minds set on blogging and catching up on videos and posts and doing work on our Tumblr since we had been internet free while at Wakarusa.  
With one AMAZING picture message from an unknown 901 area code (I think that’s Memphis….) along with a text message that read: “Yall hurry up to Nashville….. Pool party!!!” followed by, “So y’all honkey Tonkin tonight?” we knew we would be in for a treat!  
We were unable to meet up with Parker and our new friend, the unknown 901 area code AKA Trip, our first night in Nashville, but you bet your boots these boys showed us what Honky Tonkin’ is all about the following night.  More to come about our fun night of Honky Tonkin’ a little later.  For now, enjoy the scenery of Trip’s newly installed above ground pool :)

Howdy y’all!  Gwyn here to briefly tell you about our adventure to Nashville.  

After having a delicious and inexpensive local lunch at Top’s BBQ in Memphis, TN and running into my beautifully newlywed gal, Mallory at a gas station by her nursing school (sooooooo magical to run into you for the brief time we were in Memphis, my love!), we were on our way to Nashville.  We were a bit stranded and needed a place to stay, but luckily we were able to find a very affordable hotel.  In the middle of a Facebook APB looking for rooms and places to eat in Memphis, Nick, Mallory’s brother had contacted his good childhood friend, Parker and said we should meet up with him even if we no longer needed a place to stay.  Being the diligent little monkeys we are, we had our minds set on blogging and catching up on videos and posts and doing work on our Tumblr since we had been internet free while at Wakarusa.  

With one AMAZING picture message from an unknown 901 area code (I think that’s Memphis….) along with a text message that read: “Yall hurry up to Nashville….. Pool party!!!” followed by, “So y’all honkey Tonkin tonight?” we knew we would be in for a treat!  

We were unable to meet up with Parker and our new friend, the unknown 901 area code AKA Trip, our first night in Nashville, but you bet your boots these boys showed us what Honky Tonkin’ is all about the following night.  More to come about our fun night of Honky Tonkin’ a little later.  For now, enjoy the scenery of Trip’s newly installed above ground pool :)

Sun Studios, Elvis, and Gwyn :) 

We had many goals whilst leaving Wakarusa and heading to Nashville… mostly to get our selves and our loads upon loads of laundry that we had acquired some semblance of clean.  And these goals were achieved… but not before stopping in Memphis to eat some BBQ and check out the famous Sun Studios.

This is the place Elvis first was recorded… home of the MIllion Dollar Quartet (Elvis, Johnny Cash, that one dude who married his 13 year old cousin, and some other dude - to be exact)… and really very cool.   I don’t want to give away too much though because you should really just go take the tour.   It is worth the $10 student ticket.

However, do use caution when leaving your vehicle unattended in the parking lot.   Some other wayward travelers also headed to Bonnaroo that we met during the tour had their packed car broken into and ransacked during the twenty or so minutes we were in there salivating over Elvis memorabilia.   That’s not to say it’s in a bad area (all of Memphis would be a bad area if you are employing this logic) but just don’t park at the very end of the lot when you clearly have a lot of valuable shit in your car.  

Come to think of it, that might be just good solid advice for life in any situation.

Howdy monkey loves.  V-Ness here.  Since we’ve been on the road a lot, we figured we’d give you a little scenery.  The drive from Wakarusa to Nashville was a long one but also very pretty. 

The song you’re hearing alnog with this video is “Freedom” by our friends (and Wakarusa artist) Saturday Sirens.  We were lucky enough to camp next to these dudes, which set the stage for lots of fun at the festival.  Before heading back to Oklahoma City, the guys gave us a copy of their album, and we listened to it while driving to Nashville.  The lead singer, Seth, has kinda got an edgy Johnny Cash thing going on, which was the perfect precursor to our next stop on the road trip - Sun Studios!