Graceland: Asheville, North Carolina
C & C
Bonaroo. Our good friends in the band, Dawes allowed us to tag along with them to this four day music festival held in Manchester, Tennesee. After two weeks on the road, the grimey nature of parking-lot camping proved to be a little too much for these L.A. girls-at-heart to handle. We stuck it out just long enough to see the boys play, and their hour long set made it all worth it. We even managed to sneak in a little photo shoot with them in some of the Urban gear we picked out at the Austin store. Despite the blazing sun and patchouli-filled air, we managed to make the best of our time by hanging with the Dawes boys. Their record has been a road trip essential, so it was great to sing along to the songs that we normally hear from the Jeep’s busted speakers.
C and C
As major fanatics of the Silver Jews, visiting Nashville was mandatory for the two of us. After having “Tennessee” on constant rotation in the Jeep, it was an almost surreal experience to arrive in the city. We were lucky enough to have a friend recommend a place to us where we ate the most delicious snickerdoodle cookies of all time. After becoming familiar with the desert terrain of the southwest, we were almost awestricken by the verdant lushness of the city. We managed to find a hike in Percy Warner Park, which despite the effects of the recent flood, allowed us to work our way up the hill and even spot an owl along the way. Nashville, you’re a ten in our book.
C and C
Graceland!!! After a couple hundred miles, we finally reached the mecca of our pilgrimage, Elvis’s legendary abode in Memphis, Tennessee. The kitschy Southern Versailles lived up to all of the predictions that we rattled off in the car on our way there. We spent the whole day exploring the Graceland mansion, as well as many of the Elvis related tourist attractions. We couldn’t help but make a stop at the famous Sun Records, a host to Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and the king himself – in order to try and get the right amount of inspiration in to Clara for her band Grand Rapids. While we were only halfway through our trip, Graceland was an indubitable high point.
Cassie and Clara
We had to go slightly out of the way to visit the city-of-choice of our singer-of-choice: Hank Williams. Montgomery, Alabama is the perfect destination for any country music fan. The town seems also dedicated to Luke the Drifter himself. Driving to dinner, we happened upon William’s grave, which was purely magical in the Alabamian sunset. The next morning we made a stop at the Hank Williams museum, which had just the perfect amount of heirlooms and hokey hospitality. On our way out of the city, we finished off our country day with a dip in a highway-side lake and a couple of roadside, farm fresh peaches. Also, have you ever tried a boiled peanut? Delectable! Tennessee here we come!
C n' C
Cassie and Clara's Road Trip Playlist:
Cassie Coane (left) and Clara Balzary (one of our former About a Girls) are lifelong friends, and that friendship's about to be tested! This Thursday, they're setting out to drive Cassie's—admittedly junky—car from Los Angeles to New York, making plenty of stops along the way. Since we're insanely jealous of their adventure, we're going to live vicariously as they live-blog their trip from all the destinations, big and small, they hit as they make their way across the country. Stay tuned—it's bound to be good times for all.