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Between the Covers: Nashville Behind the Strings

With me being heavy in the editing on the 2nd draft of the sequel to Behind the Strings, I thought today’s post could be a fun tribute. If you haven’t read it yet, Behind the Strings takes place in the vibrant city of Nashville, TN and it’s country music scene. It’s a story not only about love, but forgiveness, learning to let your guard down and trusting your heart to find your way to true happiness. All of course while navigating life in the spotlight.

Today I’ll be taking you on an exciting trip around Nashville to some of the places that inspired scenes within my novel. Keep scrolling to join in on the fun and don’t forget to leave a comment when you’re done! I’d love to hear your favorite spot.

Happy Touring!

Bongo Java- Belmont Boulevard



Celia Westbrook is a pretty darn good music blogger for the popular Nashville blog Behind the Strings. When she’s not in the office she spends a lot of her time writing at Soulful Grinds Coffee House where you’ll see autographed pictures of many of Nashville’s most famous artists. The inspiration for Soulful Grinds comes from Nashville’s oldest coffee company, Bongo Java in the Belmont Boulevard area of Nashville.






Winners and Losers Bars – Division St. 



Lots of country music talent play here on their way to the top, so it’s no wonder this was my inspiration for Shotguns bar in my novel. The place where Logan used to strum his six string before he signed a major record deal and the place where Celia first meets Jesse and his band Jackson’s Soul. It also was only the beginning of a night Celia can barely remember and later finds it was filled with surprises.





12 South Area- Nashville




Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a beer on the 12 South Taproom patio on a warm, sunny day in music city? This patio is one of the places Celia struggles with a secret she is keeping from Logan throughout the novel… I can’t wait for all you lovely newbie readers to learn what that secret is :)





I Dream of Weenie – East Nashville



Celia and Logan come from the small town of Hamden, TN where the only place to feed late night cravings after a night out was Frank’s hot dog stand. It only made sense when they reunited after 5 years that they would reminisce over old memories by finding a similar one in Nashville. I Dream of Weenie’s was the perfect inspiration for this scene. But, while you’re munching on your beef, turkey or tofu dog, watch out for Hunter Jennings. He’s a sly one and is always ready and waiting for the next story in the good old country music world.









The Patterson House- Division St.

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Although it’s not on the rooftop of a hotel, I loved the idea of the mellow and intimate atmosphere The Patterson House offers and used it for the lounge scene for one of Celia’s first dates. And of course, since I love a good cocktail, who wouldn’t want to choose this place where they are all hand crafted to perfection. Celia is really gonna need one of these cocktails when her date is interrupted with a phone call from the last person that needs to be calling her in that moment.

We ride together.... My boo  #instagood #instadaily #ilovemydog #themoreboysimeet #roadtrip #twinning #nashville #clt

Lights, Camera… Nashville!

This past weekend I waved goodbye to the Queen City and my favorite furry friend and road tripped it to country music city for a role in a music video! One of my best friends was able to make the trip with me so we made a long weekend out of it and had a little fun. For country music lovers like us, we were in paradise. Here’s a little inside look at our Nashville fun!

We got in Friday and headed downtown to meet some friends for dinner at Demo’s. The food was so good and our awesome waiter Austin made the experience even better!


 After dinner we headed to the famous Bluebird Cafe. bluebird2There was a line to get in, but we of course had to snap a few pictures just to say we were there. I tried to scope out the scene for Charles Esten or Sam Palladio, but no luck!

bluebird  We were up bright and early Saturday morning for hair and makeup before we headed to Blue Bar and Rack Room to shoot Philip Claypool’s “Three More Beers” music video. It was an awesome experience and so much fun. Can’t wait to see the finished product!


And once work was over, it was time to play! We made or rounds to downtown, Opryland and topped the night off with some seriously good sushi from Lucky Belly. It was such a fun weekend and we can’t wait to come back this summer!!


We got to spend some time at the Opryland Resort today ... What an amazing place! #nashville #musiccity #opryland #girlstrip