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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wayne Brezinka’s multi-media portrait is partly constructed of historical artifacts from the 1860s.
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.”
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rocker Frampton, Country’s Mandrell Wait No More: They’re Among Newest Inductees To Musicians Hall of Fame
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.