A Little Obsessed With Nashville
How lucky are we to live in this city?
Really, I should be embarrassed about how much I love Nashville, but I’m not. When I moved here over a decade ago, I just wanted to see it all and do it all. I devoured the Nashville Scene every week; I needed eight days a week to catch all of the live music I wanted to see. Pre-iPod, my rapidly expanding CD collection nearly took over my house. I was blown away by the talent that surrounded me.
And while I can’t recapture the energy that only a sprightly new college graduate possesses, I still feel that way about Nashville. I adore our music venues, big and small, fancy and dodgy, old and new. I’m still amazed by the diverse mix of music you’ll find here, and my heart swells with pride for our city when the rest of the world takes notice of it.
I love the way that music intertwines with local fashion, art, food and even sports. A love for music, no matter what kind you like, is something we all have in common here, and it’s a good thing to remind yourself of when you’re stuck in Green Hills traffic or fighting over taxicabs on a Saturday night. (During stressful moments such as these, just breathe and repeat: “Jack White lives here. We are awesome.”)
Which is why it’s so fun to put this music issue together each year. This time, we paid tribute to some of our favorite musicians while showcasing some talented young ladies — Sarah Davidson, Ashley Monroe, Z, Sarah Darling, Courtney Jaye and Ruby Amanfu. Be sure to check out their music after checking out their gorgeous photos by our brilliant friends at Bombs Over Betty Photography (who also took my new photo — thanks girls!).
Looking for a new place to see some live music? Erin Taylor has some great suggestions in Night Out for good food and great tunes. Need something to wear for a hot date? Carla Antonelli pulled from the best of local designers’ collections (recently seen at Nashville Fashion Week) and explains the sonic inspiration behind the clothing in Favorites. Want to know what it’s really like to be married to a rock star? Claire Gibson got the scoop.
And, as some fabulous young ladies sang not so long ago, “Here’s to the future ’cause we got through the past,” we also pay tribute to trailblazing women who set the stage for the modern girls on Music Row. Without Patsy Bradley, Liz Thiels, Denise Stiff, and, of course, Frances W. Preston, women in the music industry wouldn’t be where we are today, and we thank them. Learn more about their stories here.
So, as school winds down and summer evenings grow longer, make some time to get out and see all of the incredible music that our city is built upon.
Nikki Ringenberg does not like needles. As in seriously doesn’t like them — so intensely, she explains, that when she got pregnant last year, she decided to deliver naturally.
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