Articles by: Nina Cardona

Victor Wooten demonstrates the new electric bass he'll play at the premiere of 'The Bass Whisperer' concerto.

New Concerto, New Kind Of Bass Guitar For Nashville’s Victor Wooten

September 18, 2014 at 5:03 am

Try to imagine Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers using a cello bow on his instrument. Picture the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show, with Paul McCartney bowing the bass line to “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” The bass guitar doesn’t really work that way, so soloist Victor Wooten had something brand new made to order: an instrument he’ll debut Thursday night with the Nashville Symphony.

Ben Cunningham speaks to the crowd at the evening event. Credit Nina Cardona/WPLN

Rally Seeks To Stir Up Excitement Over Anti-Income Tax Amendment

September 18, 2014 at 4:54 am

More than a hundred people showed up Wednesday night to voice their distaste for the idea of a state income tax. A constitutional amendment specifically barring Tennessee from ever adopting one is on the ballot in November.

Nashville’s August Home Sales Grow Slowly, Still Better Than National Average

Nashville’s August Home Sales Grow Slowly, Still Better Than National Average

September 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm

There were 4.6% more closings than in the same month a year before, a growth rate that echoes the figures for July.

The pair of Seattle artists behind 'The River' also created the Emerald City entrance to the Seattle-Tacoma airport, a giant dog for Denver, and illuminated murals on San Fransisco's Pier 92 silos. Rendering courtesy Metro Nashville Public Arts Commission

Sculpture Mimicking Cumberland River Selected For Nashville’s New Riverfront Park

September 2, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Metro Arts Commission has approved a ribbon of of highly polished steel as Nashville’s next public art project. One percent of every construction bond issued by the city is set aside to pay for art in public places.

Recreations of 'American Gothic,' 'The Scream' and 'Girl With a Pearl Earring,' made from napkins, spoons and sugar packets. Credit: Brian Parker

Nashville Artist Tears and Twists Coffee Shop Napkins Into Masterpieces

September 2, 2014 at 6:30 am

Brian Parker recreates the Great Masters each week at a local cafe with nothing but the standard items other customers use to wipe their hands and sweeten their coffee.

Volkswagen's workers voted in February and narrowly rejected representation by the UAW following intense pressure from Republican politicians. Credit: VW

Anti-UAW Workers Rush To Form Volkswagen Union

August 26, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Workers who fought off the United Auto Workers earlier this year are now trying to form an their own union at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga plant.

Paisley's website is scheduled to launch on the same day that his new album goes on sale. Image via YouTube

Brad Paisley Launches Country-Themed Online Video Venture

August 18, 2014 at 7:56 pm

The country singer, touring artist and – now – online video distributor, Brad Paisley is branching out with a new digital channel about the country lifestyle: grilling, hunting, and life on the road.

Williamson County School Board Race Turns On Issue Of Partisanship

Williamson County School Board Race Turns On Issue Of Partisanship

August 7, 2014 at 8:42 am

Williamson County’s school board will definitely include new faces after this election. While six districts are on the ballot, only three incumbents are running to keep their seat. As newcomers come in, the question is how overtly political they’ll be.

Who’s Who In The Fight Over Keeping Tennessee’s Supreme Court Justices

Who’s Who In The Fight Over Keeping Tennessee’s Supreme Court Justices

August 6, 2014 at 6:50 pm

All three justices currently up for reelection were appointed by a Democratic governor. If they are ousted, a Republican governor will get to choose their replacements. However, the lineup of groups and individuals backing the efforts to oust or retain the justices isn’t quite so straightforward.

Story Of The Race: Alexander vs. Carr

Story Of The Race: Alexander vs. Carr

August 6, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Conventional wisdom says that a scandal-free incumbent like Lamar Alexander shouldn’t have much trouble winning re-election, but the Tea Party has worked very hard to upend that assumption this year, with Lamar Alexander as one of its prime targets.

Metro School Board Races: A Snapshot

Metro School Board Races: A Snapshot

August 6, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Almost half of Davidson County’s School Board seats are up for grabs this election, and the outcome could change the board’s leadership, its approach to charter schools—and its relationship with Schools Director Jesse Register.

Images: WPLN/ Daniel Potter (left) and via Facebook (right)

Story Of The Race: Desjarlais Vs. Tracy

August 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Republicans began talking seriously about a 2014 primary challenge to Rep. Scott DesJarlais two years ago, even before he’d finished locking down reelection to the 4th Congressional District. Here’s a timeline of what’s happened since.

Ben Folds Moving Out Of Studio A, Says New Owner’s Rent Hike Is Too Much

Ben Folds Moving Out Of Studio A, Says New Owner’s Rent Hike Is Too Much

August 1, 2014 at 4:30 pm

The musician who spearheaded the charge to save Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A says he’s leaving the facility later this year.

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.