Discover Nashville

Issue 14 is here, and we want to give you all the EXTRA. This issue is all about discovery, and one of our favorite pieces is an interview with Evansville natives that have moved out of their comfort zone and away from home. This is an exclusive addition to the interview in the magazine. Meet Hillory! 

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Why Nashville?  

Simply put, I fell in love. In 2011, I made two trips to Nashville; the first was for my 21st birthday, and the second was to see my favorite band, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s, play at Exit/In. These two trips showed me a life that I wanted to live. I also discovered that there was music everywhere.  After both of my experiences, I came home to Evansville knowing that the moment I graduated from USI, I was moving to Nashville. When I moved in 2015, I decided go down the path less followed and chase my dreams. I’m currently pursuing a career in music. Nashville is great because this city is providing me with many more opportunities and possibilities then I could have ever imagined. While I learn about music, I’m also learning the skills I need to further my career in the food, beverage, and hospitality industry. If I ever decide to get a “grown up job”, there are many companies where I can put my public relations education, or even my theatre education, to use. Nashville is a magical place, and it has soul like no other city. Every day I wake up, I’m still amazed that I get to call this city home. 

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Take us on a tour...

There are so many places in Nashville that are quite delightful. Obviously, whenever you have a chance to see a show, go to the mother church, aka the Ryman. If you appreciate  music at all, a show at the Ryman will shake you to your bones. Centennial Park and Exit/In are my two favorite places in Nashville hands down! Exit/In is a live music venue that has been in Nashville since 1971; it has hosted everyone from Etta James, Johnny Cash, The Ramones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gwar, Cage the Elephant, and even Steve Martin. This music venue is what helped this city capture my heart. Every time I got to see Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s play, it was always at Exit/In, and many of my interactions with locals has always been around the neighborhood of Exit/In. This venue has continued to be a big part of my life in Nashville, and I have been able to watch a lot of talented musicians give their heart on Exit/In’s stage. There are many other venues to check out:  The End, Spring Water, Marathon Music Works, The High Watt, Mercury Lounge, 5 Spot, The Cannery Ballroom, and Station Inn.

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Centennial Park is 132 acres of beauty and serenity in a fast paced city. I love to take a recharging stroll around the lake to watch the ducks, and on occasion, ducklings, swim around. The sunken garden is always lovely, and it's fun to walk around the replica of the Parthenon and daydream about hanging out with Athena. There are so many awesome city and state parks in and around Nashville to relax or go on an epic adventure. Less than four hours East of Nashville is probably the one of the coolest parks, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I have not only fallen in love with Nashville, but I have wholeheartedly fallen in love with Tennessee! 

Where I eat: Rolf and Daughters, Vui’s Kitchen, Korea House, The Smiling Elephant, Burger Republic, Gabby’s Burgers, Sunflower Cafe, Edley’s, Martin’s, or Peg Leg Porker BBQ, Tenn Sixteen Food and Co, Samuri Sushi, Nama Sushi, Saint Anejo, Marche Artisan Foods, The Flipside, 1808 Grille, Mas Taco, and so many more! Sometimes I’m overwhelmed with the amount of quality restaurants that I’m lucky enough to choose from.

Where I drink: Santa’s Pub, Printer’s Alley, Bar Sovereign, Hurry Back, 1808 Grille, Three Crow, Red Door East/Midtown, 5 Spot, Spring Water, Tin Dog, Broadway Brewhouse in Midtown, Old Glory, Melrose, Crying Wolf, Mickey’s, and Gold Rush. I like my dive bars, and occasionally, I enjoy a well made drink.

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What did you discover about yourself since you've moved away?  

That I’m a lot stronger than I thought I was; to always have encouraging, loving, and positive people surrounding yourself;  and to be easy, give time, and take care of oneself (body, mind, and soul). I think the biggest lesson that I’m learning through this move is patience, which is something that I’ve never been good at. I don’t like waiting. Every aspect of my life right now is about learning patience. We’ll see in 10 years if I’ve learned the lesson, or I’m still learning.

What values did you cultivate while living in Evansville that have helped you in your new city?

Always be true to yourself and be proud of who you are. What you see is what you get with me. I’ve always considered myself to be a rare breed; a misfit if you will. I’ve been like this all my life. I’m going to be, do, say, and wear whatever I want. We live in a world where a lot of people are trying to be someone else. Sometimes because they think they have to, other times because they don’t truly know themselves. Why would I want to be someone else when I can be the badass woman that I am? I also gained an awesome work ethic. From my studies at USI to slinging booze at Lamasco, I learned that by working hard I can achieve anything!

What are your favorite memories from Evansville? 

There are so many: Roster McCabe nights at Lamasco, being in college and hanging out on Franklin Street, the ice storm that shut the entire city down my freshman year at USI, walking the river front and midnight bike rides, hanging out with friends driving around the countryside blaring music and singing at the top of our lungs, and walking around downtown Evansville talking about life to name a few. I also really enjoy all the memories I have from The Old Town Market.

What do you hope to see when your visit your hometown again? 

I hope to see a lot of friends! I’m ready to explore the growth that Evansville has experienced in the almost two years that I have been gone. I know that there are new bars, boutiques, coffee shops, restaurants, and many other business, and I can’t wait to check them out!

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