Her new CD Cry may be more R&B than
C&W, but the fair-haired thrush hasn't given up her
country roots. Here's a weekend in the city the crossover
queen still calls home.
For Faith Hill, Nashville is not only home, it's a lifelong dream.
The country music crossover star, whose new album Cry will
certainly push her worldwide sales past the current 25 million
mark, dreamed of Nashville while growing up in Star, Mississippi.
She performed publicly for the first time at age 7, but it wasn't
until after a few months in junior college, when she packed her
bags and moved to Music City USA, that her career began to click.
While working as a receptionist at a music production company, a
songwriter heard her singing in the office one day and encouraged
her to cut a demo and start sitting in on sessions at the famous
Bluebird Cafe. Today, the 35-year-old Hill and her husband, fellow
country crooner Tim McGraw, reign as Nashville royalty, taking
Nashville music to the world. Here's a weekend in the city of Faith
Hill's dreams: Nashville, Tennessee.
"I would stay at one of the hotels downtown or near Vanderbilt
University. It puts you in the middle of all the action. My
favorites are the new Hilton Suites downtown, across the street
from the Country Music Hall of Fame and a block away from the Ryman
Auditorium. There's also the new Marriott at Vanderbilt University.
It's across from Centennial Park and next door to some great
"Other than my own kitchen at home, I'd probably go to Fleming's or
Ruth's Chris for a steak. Ruth's Chris is a national chain that was
started in New Orleans, but the Nashville location is right in the
middle of everything in the Loew's Vanderbilt Hotel. Fleming's is
also national, but the one in Nashville is great, the dining room
all around a big open kitchen, where you can watch them cooking.
The atmosphere in both of these restaurants is dark and cozy. And
they have the best au gratin potatoes."