A native Hoosier, Brandon moved to Nashville in 2009 after spending more than two years years as a newspaper reporter/pub waiter/snowboard bum in Colorado. After a brief interlude in New England, Brandon never plans to leave Music City again.
Where I live:
Brandon lives with his wife, son and dog in Rosebank, a laid-back enclave of eclectic East Nashville near the Cumberland River and Shelby Bottoms nature preserve.
Best way to get around the city:
Nashville is a “car city,” and free parking is increasingly difficult to find. Consider Uber and Lyft (or, sigh, your favorite scooter app), even if you have your own vehicle, when visiting the densest neighborhoods. Public bus routes and schedules are somewhat maddening, but the free Music City Circuit lines are decent for travel in and around downtown. Cycling is safe and viable if you plan a route on greenways and bike lanes. The Nashville Groove Bike Map will help; download online or grab a copy at a bicycle shop.
Don’t leave without having:
Hot chicken. My top pick is Prince’s, but the flagship location was still closed as of May 2019 after a fire in December. Visit its South Nashville outpost in the meantime, or Bolton’s on Main Street in East Nashville. Hattie B’s is another good option.
But the local favorite is really:
If, like me, you feel Nashville is plenty hot enough without setting your mouth on fire, reach instead for a bushwacker, a delightful milkshake-cocktail concoction. They are usually quite strong; I typically request a “half-wacker,” then reassess. My favorites are at 3 Crow Bar, Broadway Brewhouse and Edley’s Bar-B-Que.
If I moved, I’d most miss:
Southern food and the ability to find great live music of any kind, anytime, all over town.