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Local Nashville Music Scene


Nashville, known as "Music City," is the country music capital of the world and home of The Grand Ole Opry. Many country artists live and record in Nashville. One of the hotspots for rising talent is Music Row.

In 2009 the metro area had a population of over 1 and a half million. The history of the Nashville music scene has included Carlene Carter, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio, Big & Rich, Restless Heart, Lonestar, Paramore, Dobie Gray, Lorrie Morgan, The Dead Weather and Pirates of the Mississippi. Campuses include Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University. The local music scene is covered by The Tennesseean and Nashville Scene.

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Job of a live sound engineer
Affordable ways to promote music online
How songs become popular

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Local Highlights

Nashville is such a haven for country music, five of the top five local acts are country artists, according to ReverbNation's local overall chart in February 2014. The leader artists on the local scene are Cole Swindell, Mickie James, Bobby McIntyre, Emerson Drive and J.K. Coltrain. While other genres are sprinkled throughout the list, Nashville is overwhelmingly a country music town. The leading local rock band is Darling Parade and the leading folk artist is David Olney. One of the top pop acts in town is the songwriting team of Boyce & Hart, who recorded pop hits in the sixties.

One of the best places to stay on top of the local music scene is visiting NashvilleScene.com. The site is all about Nashville and has a section devoted to music. The site has an events calendar that allows the public to submit events. It's also one of the most authoritative sites at reviewing night clubs, restaurants and other local establishments.

Festhau5 is a three day indie music festival the weekend of March 8, 2014. The event is presented by Paco Tapes and will include 16 independent acts, in which 11 are touring the national circuit. Saturday's headliner will be Fat History Month from Boston, while Sunday's headliner will be Team Spirit from Brooklyn and Monday's headliner with be Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) from Michigan. The event is scheduled to take place at a private home in the Wedgewood-Houston area.

Nashville is the name of an ABC TV series in its fourth season in 2015-2016. The musical drama, created by Callie Khouri, who also created Thelma & Louise. The show is about fictitious country singers. The series' debut was on October 10, 2012. The show is filled on location in Nashville.

The book Beyond the Beat: Musicians Building Community in Nashville by Daniel B. Cornfield explains why Nashville has a successful music economy. Cornfield, who teaches sociology at Vanderbilt University, interviews 75 local music scene professionals. The book identifies emerging musician types such as artist activists, enterprising artists and artistic social entrepreneurs. Artists operating in these modes help strengthen support of the local community.









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