Arts and Culture

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

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

by / on April 15, 2014

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

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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

by / on March 21, 2014

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.”

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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

by / on January 27, 2014

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.

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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

by / on December 26, 2013

“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.

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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

by / on December 16, 2013

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.

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

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

by / on December 9, 2013

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.

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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

by / on November 12, 2013

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.

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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

by / on November 6, 2013

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.

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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

by / on November 4, 2013

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.

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As shown in this artists’ rendering,  the poles will be about 20 inches in diameter at the base, tapering to 8 inches at the tip, and capped by LED lights. Source: Metro Arts Commission

Big Roundabout, Big Sculpture, And Nashville’s Biggest Pricetag To Date For Public Art

by / on September 19, 2013

It’s bigger than the dancing nudes near Music Row, more expensive than the curving red sculpture next to LP Field. But no one yet knows when it will be built and installed.

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Grass, Trees And Shrubs To Sprout For A Day In Nashville Parking Spaces

Grass, Trees And Shrubs To Sprout For A Day In Nashville Parking Spaces

by / on September 19, 2013

There will be fewer places to park a car on Friday in some of Nashville’s most heavily-trafficked areas. For the second year in a row, the city is participating in an international day of taking metered spaces out of circulation and using them instead as miniature, temporary urban parks.

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In Memoir, Linda Ronstadt Describes Her ‘Simple Dreams’

by / on September 17, 2013

Last month, Ronstadt revealed that she has Parkinson’s disease and can no longer sing. Her new memoir, Simple Dreams, reflects on a long career. In this conversation with Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross, she offers frank insights on sex, drugs, and why “competition was for horse races.”

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The orchestra intends to record its premiere of new music by Joan Tower this Fall. A 2006 NSO recording of Tower's 'Made in America' won the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

Nashville Symphony Tries Replacing Budget Line Item With Crowdsourcing

by / on September 9, 2013

The Nashville Symphony has a track record of 19 albums and 14 Grammy nominations. But to make its next recording happen, the NSO is having to scramble for fan support.

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Innovation And Time-Honored Ways Meet On Nashville Stages

Innovation And Time-Honored Ways Meet On Nashville Stages

by / on September 5, 2013

Three Nashville shows remind me that country is a genre of music that’s constantly changing, even if it’s deceptively homespun.

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Conductor Giancarlo Guerrero leads the orchestra in rehearsal.  The maestro agreed to cuts in both benefits and his salary, which last year came to more than $470,000. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

New Symphony Season Begins With Belt-Tightening

by / on September 5, 2013

The bank did not foreclose on the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in June. The orchestra’s survival doesn’t seem to be in question anymore. But the ensemble can’t relax yet: 20 million dollars of debt remains on the books.

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Everybody Loves John Fogerty

Everybody Loves John Fogerty

by / on September 4, 2013

After years of refusing to play his Creedence Clearwater Revival material, the rock icon has reinterpreted his early hits with a new generation of artists — from Dave Grohl to Brad Paisley — on his new album, Wrote a Song for Everyone.

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How Do You Build A Life-Size ‘Star Wars’ Ship? Invite Lots Of ‘Maker’ Friends

How Do You Build A Life-Size ‘Star Wars’ Ship? Invite Lots Of ‘Maker’ Friends

by / on August 19, 2013

East Nashville’s Chris Lee is working to put together a life-size replica of an iconic ship from the Star Wars movies: the Millennium Falcon. At three stories tall and a hundred feet long, he’ll need help. Luckily, Lee is recruiting a small army of ‘makers’ interested in collaborating on exactly this kind of unique do-it-yourself project.

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During a costume fitting, the actors compared this top to a Scrabble board or Chinese finger trap toy. It's made from three different kinds of plastic bags, cut into strips and woven on a makeshift cardboard loom. Then, to prevent the risk of snagging, the plastic was fused into a solid sheet using an iron. Credit: Nina Cardona/WPLN

Nashville Production Of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Turns Recycling Bin Into Costume Closet

by / on August 16, 2013

From skirt ruffles made from newspaper bags to a mayonnaise jar turned hat, the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream digs into the recycling bin for its fairy finery.

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Photos: Bringing Home The Blue Ribbon From Tennessee County Fairs

Photos: Bringing Home The Blue Ribbon From Tennessee County Fairs

by / on August 13, 2013

Photographer Stephen Jerkins has been making the rounds to some of Tennessee’s county fairs. Away from the lights of the midway, he found old fashioned contests alive and well – from tractor pulls to little miss princess pageants.                        

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Historic Nashville Art You’ve Probably Never Seen To Be Mothballed Amid Demolition

Historic Nashville Art You’ve Probably Never Seen To Be Mothballed Amid Demolition

by / on July 15, 2013

Getting rid of the 348,000 square foot building means moving about a thousand employees and their offices, but it also displaces a set of bronze statues that have been called the best of Nashvillian Puryear Mims’ career.

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