Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain visited Nashville's Third Man Records as part of the most recent episode of his award-winning CNN travel series, "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown." Fans who tuned into the Oct. 2 installment saw Bourdain cooking up a storm at a house party being thrown by Alison Mosshart, front woman for Third Man Records band The Dead Weather.
If you missed the episode, you can watch a clip from it at CNN's website and check your local listings for either broadcast reruns or on demand options to catch the full feature. If you haven't seen "Parts Unknown" at all, you can use the media player included with this article to watch a sample from next week's episode - and that will clue you in as to why Bourdain's trip to Nashville is on the music fan's radar.
Bourdain isn't the usual TV personality just wandering the country cooking and rhapsodizing about his destinations, and the Nashville episode wasn't just another chapter from a cooking show. With a point of view sometimes as sharp as his knives Bourdain delivers insightful observations about everywhere he goes and music is sometimes a large portion of what he's serving. The Season 4 episode "Miami" featured a guest appearance from Questlove (not the only time they've worked together) and Deep City Records founder Willie Clark.
Fast forward to Season 8 and the "Nashville" piece. It featured The Kills, Margo Price and The Dead Weather's first public appearance since they performed their single "I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)" on CBS's "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." And unlike a late-night talk show performance, Bourdain's series got to go inside Mosshart's home and enjoy some outstanding hospitality from the artists, earning her high praise from the chef.
"If any guest on our show should ever get a producer credit, it's Alison," is part of what Bourdain wrote in a CNN blog on Thursday. "She single-handedly wrangled, coerced, cajoled and organized appearances by both The Kills and The Dead Weather on our show - a logistical feat on par with the invasion of Normandy."
His own live tour probably won't have the same level of musical accompaniment, but foodies can see Bourdain in person when he brings his The Hunger Tour to Denver's Bellco Theatre on Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $60.50 to $330 -- with the $330 VIP tickets offering preferential seating, a copy of Bourdain's most recent book "Appetites" and admittance to the post-show meet and greet with Bourdain -- and are on sale now at AXS.
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