Tag archives for Tennessee

When the Birthplace of Country Music opened in August of 2014, the Smithsonian-affiliated museum let the world in on a secret musicians have known for generations: The roots of American music run deep in Bristol, a onetime Appalachian railroad boomtown straddling the Tennessee-Virginia border.

Joseph Hudak has been a Nashville local since 2012, at the cusp of Music City’s renaissance. Prior to that, while based in Philadelphia, he logged five more years as a freelance writer covering the scene. Now senior editor at Rolling Stone Country, Rolling Stone’s new country-music website, Joseph looks forward to watching the city continue its evolution. Here’s a look at Tennessee’s famous capital through his unique lens.

As 20th-century jobs shifted from farms to factories in the American South, barbecue pit masters moved to cities like Memphis, Tennessee, where they worked more quickly, smoking smaller cuts of meat in handmade oil drum grills and brick barbecue pits. In the process, says Lolis Elie, author of SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING, “the styles of barbecue now associated with Memphis emerged: shoulder sandwiches and rib racks.” Here are the best places to grab a taste.

I don’t know about you, but for me, indulging in authentic, local cuisine while traveling—and finding the most authentic establishment to patronize—is a must. With warm-weather wanderlust upon us, we asked our Facebook fans to give us the inside scoop on their city’s signature dish, and where to go if you want to try it for yourself. Here’s what they had to say.

On the Trail in America

A scout’s salute to four great hiking and biking trails across the United States, and a look at how one of them is expanding.

In the land of the free and the home of the brave, nothing tickles the taste buds quite like barbecue. BBQ capitals like Kansas City and Memphis are well represented on our list, but America’s love affair with smoked meat is quite clearly a national preoccupation.

Visitors to Tennessee can now steer themselves back in time to a world of bootleggers and moonshine, where country music has its roots and Daniel Boone led pioneers to settle the wilderness. The White Lightning Trail, part of the Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways program, is a mapped driving route beginning in Knoxville.  Officially launched…

Hometown Hauntings in Tennessee

The South is a land big on tall tales. Growing up, I often heard stories about “haints” (ghosts) and “boogers” (mischievous spirits), who generally hang around at the “witching hour” (the hour just before sunset). So in the spirit of today’s spooky holiday, here are a few favorite haunted places from my hometown of Cookeville,…