Jessica Simpson Soaks Up Nashville Atmosphere

Jessica Simpson Soaks Up Nashville Atmosphere
Jessica Simpson
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06/05/2008 AT 05:05 PM EDT

Jessica Simpson proved to be both a tourist and an attraction during a visit to Nashville Wednesday.

The singer-actress, 28, surprised fans with an unannounced autograph session at the Block Party kicking off the annual CMA Music Festival.

Although she did not perform, her music played – specifically, her new song "Come on Over," the leadoff single from her as-yet-untitled first country album, due in the fall.

Later that night – clad in black short-shorts, a white shirt, a fitted black blazer and high heels – Jessica joined dad Joe Simpson and some others at Lime, a hip new Latin fusion restaurant in midtown Nashville.

Absent from the meal was her boyfriend, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who was at practice with his team back in the Lone Star State.

Eventually Simpson joined a few female fans in one of the restaurant's other booths and sat for photos with even more admirers before heading back to her own table.

Reporting by KAY WEST

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