One of our initial intentions for Grisl was that it would be used as a travel guidebook filled with recommendations from people who have been outside and around the block. For many reasons, this portion of the site has been slow developing. We’ve expanded on this concept to include recommendations from bands who would like to share guidance one getting around their own hometowns. After all, nothing makes a traveler more appreciative of where they hail from than being on the road. The feature is called No Place Like Home.
The best part is that when one of our readers travels to a place that is foreign to them they will have some solid recommendations from an awesome source, one of their favorite bands! I know I look forward to checking out some of these places and am sure that there are many others who would be interested.
For this installment of No Place Like Home we were able to ask our questions to Alanna royale.
Where do Alanna Royale call their hometown and how long have you been there?
We are based out of Nashville currently and have been here from as little as 2 1/2 years to about 6 years.
If friends or family from out of town were visiting you where would you have to take them for must eat grub? What sort of food does the place serve? Any specific dish that you would recommend? What do you like about this place? Price range?
Well, our guitarist’s mother is obsessed with 5 Points Pizza, a pizza shop on the east side of town. We definitely all love that place but it’s just strange that she loves it so much. Nashville is chock full of restaurants these days so there is literally a new place to bring people every time they visit. Some favorites would be Silo, Moto, Monell’s, and Lockeland Table. Traditional southern food with an upscale twist is big in Nashville so finding ridiculous mac n’ cheese and catfish is always easy. Moto has a really firm hold on some of the best italian in Nashville and their blueberry lasagna is INCREDIBLE. The oxtail at Silo was also some of the best we had ever had.
Here at Grisl we are big into the craft beer scene, dive bar scene and regular bar scene (basically we love bars…). Assuming you also enjoy grabbing some drinks with your pals, where are the can’t-miss spots that you would recommend? What makes these places special to you? Any specific drinks that you would recommend? Price range? Vibe (i.e. bow tie or acid wash jeans?)?
What is your favorite music venue in the area to catch some shows? Any memorable shows you watched there off of the top of your head?
After a night of drinking and/or live music where are the best places to get some late night munchies/more drinks? What sort of food are we talking about? Price range?
After a night of drinking and/or live music where is the best place to get breakfast?
We are always looking for great coffee while traveling. What is your favorite spot to grab some joe?
Do you have any lodging tips for people passing through (e.g. specific places or general areas)?
What kind of day trips and/or outdoor activities in the surrounding areas would you recommend to our readers?
Favorite city the band has played a show:
We love Chicago!!!
City with the best live crowd:
Best venue & why (e.g. acoustics, stiff drinks, etc.):
The Bijou Theater in Knoxville has some of the best acoustics ever and also the best staff. We love Holy Mountain in Austin, and Callaghan’s in Mobile, Alabama.
Weirdest thing you’ve seen on tour:
Our drummer’s balls.
Longest length of tour:
Skuzziest place you’ve slept:
We won’t name names but if you own a ton of pets, please don’t tell bands that they can sleep on your floor, because your floor is disgusting. I mean, thank you for having us though.
I would like to thank Alanna Royale for taking the time to answer our questions. Nashville sounds like my kind of town! I hope one of these days we get a chance to see Alanna Royale perform in the Pacific Northwest. You can tell by listening to Achilles that their live show would be a force to be reckoned with.
Alanna Royale’s debut, Achilles, was released just couple of days ago on 9/16/2014. The band consists of vocalist Alanna Quinn-Broadus, Jared Colby on guitar, Gabriel Golden on bass, Matt Snow on drums and a badass two-piece horn section – Kirk Donovan on trumpet and Diego Vasquez on trombone. The ten tracks on this album have great range. There are some sensual soul songs followed by booty shaking funky tracks that Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings would be proud of. I embedded the bandcamp stream of the album below. Give it a whirl. A couple of my favorite tracks are “Cop Show” and “Phantom Limb”. The band blends aspects of rock n’ roll, soul and funk to create a fabulous and unique style of music. The sky is the limit for these guys/gal. Keep up with the band on their Facebook Page. You can purchase the record on vinyl or other formats over here –> Alanna Royale – Achilles