Bristol gave birth to the genre in 1927. Nashville just had the show that made it famous.
The Allman Brothers, Johnny Cash, Kings of Leon, Paramore, The Black Keys, Jack White’s Third Man Records, Blackbird Studio, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Bessie Smith, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Muddy Waters, Ike Turner, Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin, Charlie Rich — you can thank Tennessee for each and every one of them.
Not saying you won’t see a few beer guts hanging out of Bud Lit- stained white tanks with Confederate flag tattoos faded against farmers’ tans here and there; but don’t act surprised when you meet a Tennessean who happens to not be that person you graduated with 8 years ago who only posts pictures of skinning hogs on Facebook and backward articles with the caption “I’m not racist, but…”
You see that tiny little blue dot in a sea of red? That would be Memphis.
It’s like a scene from World War Z.
Shut the cluck up with that one. Nashville will slam your taste bud’s pride with its notorious slap your mama Hot Chicken that will make you wish you had never bitched about places not making food spicy enough for you.
We’ve got one of the highest sales tax in the country, so when Tax Free Weekend rolls around and we can buy certain items with zero sales tax, excuse us for going a little psycho.
Some Tennesseans just can’t let that one go.
On Sundays, you can buy beer — but not wine or liquor — after 12 pm. Liquor sales on any other day end by 11 pm. That is, unless you live in a county where the bars close earlier than 3 am, which means that beer sales stop when the bars close. And then you’ve got 26 out of Tennessee’s 95 counties being completely dry — including the one where Jack Daniel’s is distilled.
Screw it. Just start making moonshine. Speaking of which…
Don’t worry — you don’t have to be a mountain hermit to enjoy some moonshine in a variety of flavors like peach, blackberry cobbler, apple pie, and pumpkin spice. But you do have to drink it out of a mason jar; that’s required.
Because we can guarantee that your treehouse wasn’t a 97-foot tall structure made up of 80 rooms with porch decks, a church that doubles as a basketball court, and a bell tower, all fastened by 258,000 nails like the one built by Horace Burgess in Crossville, Tennessee.
Unless you like it wet, your slow-cooked ribs should be covered in a dry rub of salt and various spices and paired with three vegetable sides to get your daily meat and three in. And yes, mac n’ cheese is totally a vegetable.
But only for Peyton Manning.
And no matter how weird or off putting you may find this, it’s actually meant to be a nice gesture.
Biscuits, BLTs, pizza, pulled-pork sandwiches, salads, soups, pasta, more eggs, whatever. It all tastes better with a fried egg thrown on top.
Because feasting on flattened fauna is totally legal here.
The Craighead Caverns, located between Sweetwater and Madisonville, is famous for the United States’ largest — and the world’s second largest — non-subglacial underground lake.
“Yeah sure it’s vegetarian! I mean, it’s made with chicken stock and there’s bacon in it, but it’s a green bean casserole!”
And it’s is definitely not the same thing as Bourbon.