In what sounds like a real head-swirl of a visit, 2006 American Idol contestant Katharine McPhee (who lost to Taylor Hicks and is now blonde) recently spent some time in Nashville co-writing tunes for her second record, Unbroken, out on Verve Records.
McPhee's reaction to her time here is but proof of the dangerous, dangerous game we play by likening ourselves to Los Angeles simply because our dudes wear blazers over T-shirts and bleach their spiky blonde locks. According to her, we're "still a little working town undistracted by the glitz and glam of Hollywood," which is awesome, since being distracted by a town 3,000 miles away would be, like, weird. But, she likes us!
You would never know some of these people wrote huge country hits -- they're in their little pickup trucks, nothing fancy about them -- and I think being humble helps them keep telling true stories about the average American, because the average person doesn't live like we do in L.A. I was really hoping I'd like Nashville. I'll always be a California girl, but the idea of being able to buy a huge home versus the 1,400-square-foot condo you can afford here. . . . Plus, I'm a huge animal lover, so having a farm with cows, horses and chickens has always been a dream of mine.
Yeah, anyway, but would she consider moving here?
I wouldn't mind having a house there to nest away in, but probably not for a couple years. I'd like to figure out where I'm going with my career. I also don't want to be away from my family. But it was funny, when I first landed there, I was expecting this L.A.-like, cosmopolitan feel, but where we were staying, I was, like, "Yeah, this isn't gonna work." Then I stayed with Kellie Pickler a few times, and she showed me the insider's Nashville -- the great hidden restaurants in town -- and I was, like, "OK, I can deal."
Whew, imagine what would have happened if Pickler weren't here to save the day. Wonder where McPhee was staying here, anyway--the Twelve Oaks Motel? And where are these "hidden restaurants?"