Arts and Culture

Recently built highrises now form the backdrop for the nondescript Station Inn. Credit: Chas Sisk / WPLN

Nashville’s Iconic Station Inn Hangs On For Now In Transformed Gulch

December 19, 2014 at 5:30 am

The Station Inn is probably the only thing in The Gulch that hasn’t changed much in recent years. But with a proprietor who rents the club’s stone brick building perched on some of Nashville’s hottest real estate, can it last?

Andrew Jackson has been called the 'first modern president.' He was the first who didn't grow up privileged, and once in office he strengthened the role of the White House to be more equal to that of Congress and the Judiciary. Via Wikimedia Commons.

$1 Million Exhibit Highlights Andrew Jackson — The Warrior, Hero And Controversial President

November 24, 2014 at 5:23 pm

The Hermitage is in the midst of a repositioning that focuses more on the man who lived there than on the house and belongings he left behind.

Composer Stephen Paulus, center (in the brown shirt) was present when the NSO recorded his Concerto for String Quartet in 2012. He suffered a stroke before the recording in 2013 of his Organ Concerto. Both recordings are included on the album released last month. Credit: Brian D. Siewer

Nashville Symphony’s Requiem Performance Becomes Memorial For Composer

November 20, 2014 at 5:38 am

The Nashville Symphony’s concerts this weekend will take on an unusual layer of poignancy. They’re dedicated to composer Stephen Paulus, who died last month just days after the orchestra released an album of his music.

Miranda Lambert wins Album of the Year for Platinum with producers Chuck Ainlay (l) and Frank Liddell. Credit: Donn Jones / CMA

Miranda Lambert’s CMA Streak Breaks Record As Luke Bryan Wins Top Award

November 6, 2014 at 6:14 am

Country music has a new queen. Miranda Lambert picked up four Country Music Association awards last night, giving the 30-year-old a total of 11 CMAs – more than any other female artist in history.

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.

Loretta Lynn talks to the media and other artists before the 2014 Americana Music Association awards show at the Ryman Auditorium. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

Loretta Lynn Accepts Americana Lifetime Achievement Award (And Then Drives 800 Miles To A Show)

September 18, 2014 at 4:55 am

Loretta Lynn is an icon in country music, but another group of musicians have called her their own. The Americana Music Association honored her Wednesday night for being a pioneer among female songwriters.

CMA Fest’s Most Surprising Stars Are Nashville’s Shelter Dogs

CMA Fest’s Most Surprising Stars Are Nashville’s Shelter Dogs

June 6, 2014 at 5:00 am

Last year, the CMA festival was the Metro Animal Care and Control shelter’s second largest adoption event of the year, thanks in part to canine-loving tourists.

No Plans To Replicate Ryman Lofts, Nashville’s Subsidized Housing For Artists

No Plans To Replicate Ryman Lofts, Nashville’s Subsidized Housing For Artists

May 20, 2014 at 4:10 am

There’s a constant wait list for the building’s 60 units, and residents say they love the community and price. It’s likely to be the only housing for low-income artists in the city for awhile.

Herb Williams sifts through a box of purple crayons. After cutting the ends off, he stores them in bins, shown to the right. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

How Long Can Artists Afford To Live In Nashville?

May 16, 2014 at 7:30 am

Nashville’s music scene has long been on the national map, and within the past few years, the visual art scene has boomed too. But while Nashville artists are happy to see the growth, some are worried it could also push them out.

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.

Airbnb rentals are now illegal in Nashville, but city officials are working on changing that. Credit: Airbnb

Nashville Is Fastest Growing Destination For Home-Share App Airbnb

May 1, 2014 at 5:55 pm

Nashville is the fastest growing U.S. destination for Airbnb, a San Francisco-based tech company that connects travelers to people with spare rooms or even houses they can rent for a night or two.

Nashville Artist’s Unusual Lincoln Portrait To Hang At Ford’s Theatre

Nashville Artist’s Unusual Lincoln Portrait To Hang At Ford’s Theatre

April 15, 2014 at 11:00 pm

Wayne Brezinka’s multi-media portrait is partly constructed of historical artifacts from the 1860s.

Producer John Carter Cash recorded new parts on an album made by his father in the early 1980s in the Cash Cabin Studios in Hendersonville, Tenn. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

Masterpiece Or Pretty Good Songs? Johnny Cash Estate Releases Lost Album

March 21, 2014 at 4:08 am

Johnny Cash is out with an album of new music more than a decade after his death. His son – John Carter Cash – has polished some forgotten tunes that were sitting around collecting dust. And he says they show the lighter side of the “man in black.”

Composer and bandleader Maria Schneider accepts her Grammy Award. Her album Winter Morning Walks earned three awards yesterday at the pre-telecast Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles. Image: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

New Music Shines at Classical Grammy Awards

January 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm

In this year’s Grammy Awards, the classical music was as new as the pop. A jazz composer and a soprano captured multiple prizes, while the Academy recognized a performances by an adventurous American orchestra and a compelling young vocal group. See the full list of classical winners.

Guitarist Harold Bradley attends the Special Merit Awards and Nominee Reception on Jan. 30, 2010, in Los Angeles. Image: Rick Diamond/WireImage

Harold Bradley: The Guitarist Of Nashville Past

December 26, 2013 at 9:00 am

“Everything that was happening in the studio, that was my world,” the prolific musician says of his career as a go-to guitarist in Tennessee. Now 86, Bradley has worked across many decades and on thousands of songs.

Ray Price's career spanned 60 years and two big shifts in country music - the popularizing of honky tonk as well as crooning. Credit: Ray Price via Facebook

Honky Tonker Turned Country Crooner Ray Price Dies At 87

December 16, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Before there was Willie Nelson or Merle Haggard, there was Ray Price. The Country Music Hall of Famer who bridged Texas honkey tonk and country crooning has died after a 25-month bout with pancreatic cancer.

Late Dulcimer Player Inspired Tattoos, Cyndi Lauper, And A Museum Exhibit

Late Dulcimer Player Inspired Tattoos, Cyndi Lauper, And A Museum Exhibit

December 9, 2013 at 7:15 am

David Schnaufer moved to Nashville in the 1980′s on a quest to make the mountain dulcimer as common to country music as the fiddle and the pedal steel guitar.

Art From Fisk University Finally On Display At Walmart Heiress’s Arkansas Museum

Art From Fisk University Finally On Display At Walmart Heiress’s Arkansas Museum

November 12, 2013 at 5:10 am

After eight years—and seemingly countless court hearings—art that Georgia O’Keefe donated to Fisk University is now being shared with the Crystal Bridges Museum.

Taylor Swift is the only female artist in music history to twice have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure. With her latest release - "Red" - she became the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at No. 1 with three consecutive studio albums. Credit: Eva Rinaldi Celebrity and Live Music Photographer via Flickr

Taylor Swift Honored By Stars She Opened For Just A Few Years Ago

November 6, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Global superstar Taylor Swift was recognized by the Country Music Association with an award that’s only been handed out once before. The CMA award show was held Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena.

The Musicians Hall of Fame and Musuem now resides in the basement exhibition space of Municipal Auditorium. Metro condemed its former home to build Music City Center. Image: Musicians Hall of Fame and Musuem

Rocker Frampton, Country’s Mandrell Wait No More: They’re Among Newest Inductees To Musicians Hall of Fame

November 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm

The late Roy Orbison, 70s superstar Peter Frampton, and Barbara Mandrel are among this year’s inductees into the Musicians Hall of Fame. The hall recently reopened in Municipal Auditorium, after it was evicted from its old location to make way for Music City Center.