1. 1. The only people you'll see wearing cowboy hats are tourists. Fact.
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  2. 2. There is amazing cuisine beyond meat-n-3's and biscuits (although you should try that, too). Nashville has an intense focus on locally sourced, sustainable food, and the prices are super reasonable.
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  3. 3. We have the largest population of Kurdish people in the country.
  4. 4. Not everyone sings or plays guitar, and the music scene is not at all limited to country.
  5. 5. Number 4 aside, you can find live music pretty much any time of day, easily. Without a cover.
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  6. 6. Nashville is a blue bubble in an otherwise red state; the people are far more liberal and outspoken than I had expected moving here from SF.
  7. 7. Former mayor Bill Boner made headlines when he and his mistress went on the Phil Donahue show to tell the world they were engaged (despite the fact that he was married to someone else) and sang "Rocky Top" together. You can't make this up.
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  8. 8. As much as the TV show Nashville would have you believe that there are paparazzi here, it's widely considered extremely rude to approach or bother famous people while they're out and about. When TMZ announced they were opening a Nashville office, people were pisssssed.
  9. 9. While the influx of capital has been nice since Nashville attracted attention as an "it" city the past few years, people here do not want to see the city become another Atlanta.
  10. 10. Our current mayor rides the bus to work. He's pretty awesome.
  11. Inexplicably, there is a full-scale replica of the Parthenon.
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