The NYLON Guide To Nashville

Photographed by Liz Riccardi

Honky tonk and hot chicken

Have you heard? Nashville is the new Austin. Thanks to an eponymous TV show and a slew of hip new restaurants, bars, and boutiques, the word is out: Nashville is having a moment. Neighborhoods are changing, buildings are getting taller, and rents are, of course, on the rise. But Nashville isn't a new destination by any means—its heart and soul have always been at the center of its vibrant music scene. The city has a rich history, lending it an authenticity and identity that won't be changing anytime soon, no matter how many trendy (and amazing) rooftop bars open. I spent four days in Music City this November and that was more than enough time to fall hard.

So book your ticket, get ready for some honky tonk and hot chicken, and click through the gallery below to plan your Nashville itinerary. 

where to stay

Union Station
Located in downtown Nashville, Union Station is a restored, 100-year-old railway station. It kind of looks like Hogwarts on the outside; the lobby is epic with giant chandeliers and vaulted stained glass ceilings.The rooms are luxurious and lovely. Also, the hotel is rumored to be haunted, as if you needed more of a reason to visit!

Urban Cowboy Nashville
This second iteration and Southern branch of the Brooklyn Urban Cowboy B&B does not disappoint. If you’ve always wished you could stay in a mansion meticulously redecorated as a hipster “southwestern deco” dream, full of attractive creative types, then look no further. Everyone is friendly, and your wildest selfie tub dreams will be fulfilled.

The Hermitage Hotel
This landmark hotel in downtown Nashville is more than 100 years old, and its vibe is early-20th-century glamour all the way. The lobby is worth a peek even if you aren’t staying here.

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Along with

Showtime just ordered a pilot episode of Casallina "Cathy" Kisakye's comedy anthology series, which will be executive-produced by Lena Waithe. The show, called How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Shit), sounds like it'll be... informative.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, though the series is a comedy, it will also touch on some vulnerable subjects as well. It described the show as being about "connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing—and harrowingly comic—sexual secrets." Waithe said in a statement about the news, "Cathy's script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable—it's the kind of script that doesn't come around very often." She continues, showing her excitement for the project: "I'm honored that Cathy trusts me with such a special project. I can't wait for the world to see it."

Kisakye, who previously worked with Waithe on The Chi, says that the show is close to her heart, and that the series will portray three-dimensional, complex women. "With How to Make Love, I'm thrilled to tell stories about the women I know, who are complicated, passionate, resilient, and relatable," she said in a statement.

Kisakye is the creator of the show, and will be writing the pilot script. It's the latest project to come to Showtime through Waithe's first-look deal and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, should it go to series, this would be the first anthology for the network.



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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]