Sure, we've long lamented the kind of boilerplate out-of-town coverage we so often get, which so often begins with the old refrain: Gee whillikers, folks, Nashville's got more than tears and beers, yuk-yuk-yuk, dontcha know? And then proceeds to direct folks to Loveless, the Honky Tonks and nary a mention of any other strains. And for that non-country music? Bluegrass. Yes, those things are no doubt Nashville and always will be, but every once in a while we like to feel like someone gets the always-transitioning part of us — you know, the part trying out new cuisine, fancy cocktails and non-standard tunings.
Things we like about this roundup? It mentions the now LEED-certified and ultra-chic Hutton Hotel for lodging, among others, Germantown's City House for fresh fare and midtown's speakeasy Patterson House for those aforementioned cocktails. And — get this — it actually references an alternative music culture and a few rock clubs. Sure thing — Grimey's must and should be namechecked, but so should Third Man Records, and Exit/In and Mercy Lounge, and they are.
OK, so the "Oddball Day" outing can't really avoid the obvious pitfalls by suggesting Loveless and Natchez Trace instead of something more offbeat for Nashville — like, say, hot chicken, the roller derby and a show at the Springwater. We'll still take this inching-closer-to-progressive picture any day.