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We had just arrived in Nashville when we received an email from BA to say that our return flight was cancelled. DialAFlight were very proactive and had made reservations for us so that we could return to the UK within an hour or so of our original flight. Very professional and your staff should be highly commended.
Many thanks to Jade. All went as planned as always with DialAFlight.
Can’t fault the service at all, even when my primary comtact was on leave.
So glad I booked through DialAFlight who were fantastic keeping me informed during the recent air strikes. I will ALWAYS book through them now
Top rate support from Adam. Holiday was very well planned and took a lot of the stress out of booking
Fantastic holiday. Excellent choice of hotels. My only complaint was that each time we picked up or dropped off a car it was at the airport not the nearest car hire to the hotel in which we were staying. This was not always convenient and added extra costs and wasted time.
This is the 3rd time we have been assisted by Ryan who is very good at his job. I would recommend him to my friends.
Thank you once again for another excellent itinerary and your support with a minor problem with our Rental Car. Loved our experiences in Nashville Memphis and New Orleans
Great sevice. I liked the way you gave me a phone call the day before to check everything was In order
Great service. Knowledgeable staff who phoned to check prior to flying that all was in order and provide reminders of what to do and when
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Ellis was so helpful
Cooper helped with flight changes when a flight was cancelled
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We required 5 flights, 3 hotels and 2 hire cars for 3 USA locations. Everything went perfectly. Thank you so much to the DialAFlight team
Fantastic service throughout
Once again, excellent customer service from Gareth. Keep up the good work!
First time we have used you and will do so in the future.
Got me there and back without problems.
Everything worked out very well, the hotels in Nashville and Memphis has some issues but not enough to detract from our holiday.
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I would like to thank Gavin and Callum for all the help they gave me and my sister. Everything went smoothly
Worked out very well
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Wouldn’t book my flights any other way.
Much of country music (well, all of it really) is about unrequited love, loss and the twang of hope deferred. Yet Nashville, the epicentre of the whole caboodle, seems like one of the happiest places in the world.
'Love dies hard,' says a sign sandwiched between bottles of Jack Daniel's at the Mellow Mushroom, where a four-person band is half-way through a respectable version of The Doors' Riders On The Storm.
A bucket sits at the edge of the stage. It gets passed round for tips or you drop some cash into it when requesting a particular song.
LOST IN MUSIC
And it's all about the songs. That's the refrain you hear again and again, as songwriters are drawn to Nashville like moths to the proverbial flame. Every waiter or waitress is a would-be songwriter, just as their equivalents in New York are 'resting' actors.
The difference here is that the pain of not making it doesn't seem to matter quite so much because the whole genre is geared towards disappointment. And there's irony in Nashville. One bar on Broadway is called Rock Bottom, where an acoustic guitarist is playing to an audience of four. 'Thanks, anyway,' says his T-shirt.
'Take the long way home,' creeps into most songs – metaphorically if not literally. 'The best is yet to come'. 'I've still got a lot of leaving to do' and so on.
At Tin Pan South's Listening Room, where four singer-songwriters perch on stools, taking it in turn to perform, we are advised in one chorus not to 'hit the panic button because everything's going to be all right'. Is it really? Live music plays everywhere. There's a man singing in the lobby of the Westin hotel, his open guitar case filled with CDs no-one wants to buy, and it's the same story in shops, restaurants, even some banks and at the airport.
Music City, as it's known, is hitting the high notes like never before. Along with country, rock, folk and Americana, the sound of construction reverberates, as a mix of creatives and techies become the city's new settlers.
'Safer than LA, cheaper than New York and cooler than San Francisco,' a barman tells me at Tequila Cowboy.
BEST SPOTS TO VISIT
There's lots to do, too. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is always packed, and from here you can join a tour of the Historic RCA Studio B near Music Row – and you should. It's where more than 35,000 songs were recorded by the likes of Elvis, Jim Reeves, Roy Orbison, Chet Atkins and the Everly Brothers.
Better still is the Tour Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, which celebrates the session musicians as well as the stars themselves. The mother church of country music is the Ryman Auditorium, home of the original Grand Ole Opry, the world's longest running live radio show.
To have played here (Patsy Cline, Dolly 'heart of an artist, spirit of a minister' Parton, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen et al) is to have reached deity status, with the audience sitting in walnut pews dating back to when the hall was a religious tabernacle.
But Nashville's buzz is about the present as much as the past (and the fact there's now a direct British Airways flight from London can only help). Taylor Swift was discovered at the exquisitely down at heel, but wonderful, Bluebird Cafe (good luck getting tickets; there's only room for 90 people), and it might have been the bourbon but I'm sure we find the new Oasis at Tin Roof Broadway as dawn breaks.
You can even sit in on a recording session. We do this at Imagine Recordings on Music Row – overseen by Grammy-winning producer Steve Fishell, where Natalie Stovall (who reached the 'playoffs' in the U.S. version of The Voice) is cutting her new single. 'You sound a bit like Emmylou Harris,' I tell her at the end of the session. I think she likes that.
NIGHT LIFE HOW-TO
The honky-tonk bars open at 10am. There's no entry fee. Walk in and don't like what you hear? Walk out and try next door. But even when it's bad, it's good.
I wander into one establishment and two women are on stage murdering Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. It's so dreadful that it's strangely compelling. How do you think they got this gig?' I ask a man with a hipster beard sucking on a bottle of Yazoo Pilsner. 'They didn't,' he says. 'This is a karaoke bar.'