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Published: 2/7/2012

Nashville - our next six-string sister city?

31 Jan, 2012 04:00 AM

A LETTER hand- delivered to Tamworth Regional Council by international music artist Jerry Salley yesterday on Australia Day served as proof Tamworth is well on the way to inheriting another sister city ? Nashville, Tennessee.

It is a second letter delivered to Mayor Col Murray from the mayor of Nashville, Karl Dean, inviting him to go along to the Nashville CMA Music Festival during June.

Mr Salley said he had been asked to deliver the messages after a mutual friend he has with the mayor called on him.

"The mayor found out I was coming and was determined I would hand-deliver the message to Cr Murray," he said.

The letter invites Cr Murray to make the trip to Nashville from June 7 to 10, the three main days of the festival, according to Mr Salley.

"Our festival is a little different to yours," he said.  "It tends to run for about a week but the three biggest shows are in the stadium where the Tennessee Titans play their NFL games.

"It's a massive event and attracts thousands upon thousands of people and international recording artists including Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum and Brad Paisley."
Cr Murray told The Leader work to develop a sister city relationship with Nashville had been ongoing for a number of years.

"For obvious reasons, Nashville is a very logical place for us to develop a sister city relationship with," Cr Murray said.   "We have a lot in common."

Cr Murray said if his calendar permitted he would love to go to Nashville, but the obvious council processes would have to take place first.   "We will definitely put the motion toward council at some point and see what the response is," he said.

"But when it comes to developing a relationship with them as a sister city, this is very exciting."
Cr Murray said becoming a sister city wasn't an easy process.  "There is a lot of protocol that has to be adhered to under the local government act before anything becomes official," he said.

"But I think for both Nashville and Tamworth this is a very natural and unbelievably exciting progression."