Anybody notice how many American Idol-connected folks live in Nashville now? Apparently the American Idol songwriting contest was recently won by Nashville songwriter Regie Hamm. And now, many many former contestants are putting down roots here:
When he's looking for a mental health break, Bo Bice retreats to a porch at his home near Nashville and watches the turkey and deer lazily wander through his yard.
As a rocker in the home of country music, Bice, the runner-up on the fourth season of American Idol, seems to be out of place, but he quickly shoots down that idea.
"There are a lot of people who live here from the rock world. Tom Keifer from Cinderella and I are good friends. We've worked on a couple of projects," Bice says. "This used to be a country-oriented place, but now there are people from rock, pop, everything else, R&B. It's the country nature of Nashville that has people moving here."
Besides Bice, former Idol contestants Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Diana DeGarmo, Phil Stacey, Josh Gracin, Buckey Covington, Chris Sligh, Mandisa, Scott Savol, and Melinda Doolittle are all currently in Music City USA.