Articles by: Nina Cardona

Houses converted to song publishers and record labels have long been the norm for Music Row. But increasingly, those businesses have neighbors from other industries; in this case, the US Tennis Association and the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Associations. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

With All The Talk About Saving Music Row, We Ask: What Is Music Row Anymore?

July 21, 2014 at 4:30 am

The cry to “Save Studio A” quickly expanded into “Save Music Row,” but what is Music Row in a time when condos are moving in and big labels are headed downtown?

Keeping Cordell Hull Building Now Considered The State’s Cheapest Choice

Keeping Cordell Hull Building Now Considered The State’s Cheapest Choice

July 14, 2014 at 5:45 pm

The report that called for tearing down the Cordell Hull State Office Building in Nashville was sound, according to a new study commissioned by Tennessee’s Department of General Services. But now officials say keeping the building might be the most cost-effective plan.

John Seigenthaler Eulogized As Defender Of The Constitution

John Seigenthaler Eulogized As Defender Of The Constitution

July 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

John Seigenthaler was memorialized today at Nashville’s Cathedral of the Incarnation as a man devoted to America’s founding tenets.

Brooks had a string of multi-platinum albums in the 1990s. Since then, he's performed only sporadically. This shot is from a concert at the Staples Center in 2008. Credit: Carlos via Flickr

Garth Brooks Returns: New Label, New Album and Digital Sales

July 10, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Country superstar Garth Brooks is back in the recording studio. At his much-heralded press conference today, Brooks announced he’s signed on to Sony Music and will soon release a double album of new music.

Artist Ben Folds rallies supporters in RCA Studio A, which was designed to fit an orchestra. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

Fight Over RCA Studio Boiled Down: The Preservationist Vs. The History Maker

July 8, 2014 at 4:49 am

The fate of RCA Studio A remains unclear. The developer who was said to have a $4.4 million contract on the property hasn’t stated his plans for the building, and the sale has not yet closed. But the battle lines on Music Row have been drawn.

Ben Folds told the crowd the cooperative atmosphere in Music Row's concentration of industry offices and studios is the reason he moved to Nashville. Credit: Stephen Jerkins/WPLN

Efforts To ‘Save Studio A’ Expand To Include All Of Music Row

June 30, 2014 at 4:43 pm

Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A was at standing room only today as a crowd rallied to save the place where Elvis and Dolly Parton recorded with Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley at the helm. But Musician Ben Folds, who rents the building, told the group to change their cry from “Save Studio A” to “Save Music Row.”

Walter Hood's design, called 'Witness Walls,' combines images in relief so that pictures of sit-ins can be seen from certain angles, while marching is visible from others. Rendering courtesy Metro Arts Commission

Veterans Of Civil Rights Art Movement Say Public Art Project Is Finally Getting It Right

June 27, 2014 at 5:08 am

Efforts to commemorate Nashville’s Civil Rights Movement with public art now seem to have widespread approval from an important constituency–veterans of the movement itself.

Elsie Quarterman in the Cedar Glades, 1948. Credit: Quarterman family

Remembering The Champion Of Middle Tennessee’s Cedar Glades, Elsie Quarterman

June 13, 2014 at 4:53 am

Middle Tennessee lost a trailblazing woman this week. Elsie Quarterman began working at Vanderbilt as a lab assistant during World War II; roughly twenty years later she was the university’s first female department chair. But the ecologist’s greatest legacy is in the small forest clearings she studied and preserved.

Why Nathan Bedford Forrest Is The Civil War Officer We Still Fight About

Why Nathan Bedford Forrest Is The Civil War Officer We Still Fight About

June 10, 2014 at 4:30 am

While some admire the fearless leader, whose unorthodox tactics confounded the enemy, others remember him as a man responsible for racial atrocities.

D-Day Remembered In Middle Tennessee, Where Thousands Of Troops Prepared To Invade

D-Day Remembered In Middle Tennessee, Where Thousands Of Troops Prepared To Invade

June 6, 2014 at 2:19 pm

World War II veterans joined state officials Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

Fisk Jubilee Singers Leader Matthew Kennedy Dies At 93

Fisk Jubilee Singers Leader Matthew Kennedy Dies At 93

June 6, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Pianist, Fisk professor, and longtime director of the Jubilee Singers Mathew Kennedy has died.

Gary Casteel Credit: UAW

Regional Union Director Wins National UAW Office

June 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Tennessee’s top official in the United Auto Workers is now secretary and treasurer for the national union.

Credit: TN Dpt. Labor and Workforce Development

Unemployment Down In Every Tennessee County

May 23, 2014 at 5:23 am

Hamblen County saw the most improvement compared to last month, while Williamson and Lincoln Counties continue to hold the two lowest jobless figures in Tennessee.

Belmont Mansion Accepts Gift Of Nearly 200 Artifacts From Antebellum Owner

Belmont Mansion Accepts Gift Of Nearly 200 Artifacts From Antebellum Owner

May 16, 2014 at 5:30 am

More than a century after her death, some of Adelicia Acklen’s most personal possessions are returning to Nashville’s Belmont Mansion: family portraits that hung in the most private rooms of the house, the jewelry box she would have used each day, even toothbrush cases made of fine china.

Another Legendary Music Row Studio Preserved As A Recording Classroom

Another Legendary Music Row Studio Preserved As A Recording Classroom

May 9, 2014 at 5:09 pm

Columbia Studio A was converted to office space in the 80s; record executive Mike Curb made it an analog studio again and is renting it to the school for $1 a year, just like he did nearby with Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut and RCA Studio B.

How Marty Stuart Became Country Music’s Family Photographer

How Marty Stuart Became Country Music’s Family Photographer

May 9, 2014 at 4:30 am

Here’s a sneak peak of Marty Stuart new photography exhibit at the Frist Center – portraits of Johnny Cash, Lester Flatt, and others from country’s golden era.

For nine months, the writers met regularly with each other and artistic director Renee Copeland. Near the end, they got a chance to go through their scripts with Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright. From left: Poyner, Sony, Copeland, Eppler, Wright, Kramer. Credit: TN Rep

In Tennessee Rep’s Script Lab, Playwrights Get Feedback From Concept To Stage

May 7, 2014 at 4:30 am

Four playwrights, writing four plays, gathered around one table. That’s been the scene one weekend a month since September, as a quartet of scripts moved from concept to staged reading.

McCloud looks on as Willie Groce finishes his portrait: a face superimposed on a cracked wall. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

Art Project Captures Nashville’s Self-Portrait, One Person At A Time

April 25, 2014 at 4:30 am

A roaming art project called Our Town is challenging Nashvillians to make self portraits with rubber stamps and ink.

Applications To Fisk University Nearly Doubled In Single Year

Applications To Fisk University Nearly Doubled In Single Year

April 21, 2014 at 4:10 am

Interest in attending the historically black school is the highest it’s been in a dozen years. That’s especially good news, given that the last decade was marked by financial crisis and rapid declines in enrollment.

Director Makti Dapp instructs extras as they prepare to shoot a scene for Jaida Utley's film. Image via ICiT

Seasoned Pros Turn Youths’ Screenplays Into Festival-Ready Films

April 17, 2014 at 4:00 am

The Nashville Film Festival opens tonight with one of its biggest schedules in the event’s history, but the festival still has room for a pair of short films from scripts written by Nashville school kids.