Raise your hand if you were wanting to eliminate your ESPN channel if you saw one more Mock Draft. What were there, like 46? I’d rather watch a couple of yahoos from Indiana battle for the Cornhole championship of all mankind. Good grief! Couldn’t the sports leader show some old 30 for 30 programs?

Nashville tried outing together something that the NFL would appreciate so much it would have to include Music City in its upcoming Super Bowl rotation, which is the next best thing to hosting the Olympic Games for your city.

The problem, according to my guitar pick-making friend in Nashville, is if you were hoping to see live music at one of its seemingly countless venues in or near downtown this week, chances are – unless your name is Jerry Jones or Les Snead or Roger Goodell, or someone of that statue – you were out of luck. It seems every venue in downtown Nashville was rented by the NFL all week and unless you had the special pass, you were left outside. Even music could only be played at certain times as to not interfere with the various NFL and ESPN sound stages set up around the area. My friend said you could still see music acts, but they were off the beaten path.

Nashville became the center of the country music world thanks to the Grand Ole Opry Radio Show from the Ryman Auditorium, which began airing in 1925. Ryman Auditorium was actually hosting large crowds in the late 1800s and Tennessee was known for world-class fiddlin’ dating back to the 1700s.

Alabama certainly has its place cemented in country music. You have to start with none other than the iconic Hank Williams, Sr. A friend of mine in another state that can sing and play guitar far better than... well, I can do neither. Anyway, he told me years ago that the crazy thing about Hank’s songs were that if they had never been written until today they would still be hits.

Of course, the group Alabama is one of the most popular acts ever... period. Their millions and millions of record sales are proof.

Emmylou Harris, Vern Gosdin and the Louvin Brothers are just a portion of the country stars from the state. Of course, the blues, R&B and rock-and-roll are full of Alabama connections, too. Some may be surprised that legendary music producer (Memphis’ Sun Studios) Sam Phillips is actually a native of Florence, Alabama.

Some of the aforementioned are still performing today while some are long gone.

Thought I’d get your mind off Mock Drafts, especially now that the actual NFL Draft began Thursday night. Now, I guess ESPN can fill its airtime with contract negotiations and predicting who’ll be a bust and who’ll be the next Todd Gurley.

Too bad I can’t pick up music from the Ryman to pass the time.

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