The People Issue 2014 

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You can hardly look skyward in Nashville lately without seeing a crane dangling impossibly like a giant double-jointed skeleton above a slowly ascending heap of concrete and steel beams. (JK, we don’t look up from our phones either.) The city is in flux — its hard guts are being excised and reconstructed, its crosshatched mythologies rewired and retuned. But even as we welcome the new (or try to stave it off — no Thirty-Mile Zone here!), the city improves not so much because of who arrives, but for who stays. For our annual People Issue, we’ve once again assembled a gallery of movers and shapers — citizens pumping energy and oxygen into the civic bloodstream: from an Opry star who can take a joke as well as he deals them out — that’d be cover model Brad Paisley — to a recording engineer who also fronts one of the city’s best young bands; from an attorney from Missouri fighting for women’s and children’s rights to a teenage entrepreneur from Nairobi with big tech dreams; from a nurse plying chess pies in her spare time to a former nurse who quit her day job to build a blogging career; from a hit songwriter who stumbled into the trade to an animal photographer who found her way back to the art after a detour in professional wrestling. In other words: a cross section of Nashville in 2014 as told through a few of its people. (And for the first time, Scene readers helped determine the selections.) Things are looking up, all right.

The Singer
Brad Paisley

The Upstart
Anthony Maina

The Tape Op
Alicia Bognanno

The Caller
Carl Hill

The Music City Modernaire
Dez Dickerson

The Dancer
Banning Bouldin

The Firebrand
Emily Tiller

The Entrepreneur
Michael Burcham

The Commissioner
Zach Young

The Writers Guild
Jessica Polk and Jaida Utley

The Sound Guy
John McBride

The Photographer
Amiee Stubbs

The Baker
Geraldine Bell

The Songwriter
Liz Rose

The Advocate
Sara Beth Myers

The Metal Man
Michael Hüby

The Blogger
Mary Seng

The Chef
Carlos Davis

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