You know, not everyone thinks Nashville is a “rural shit hole” with a bunch of “rural goths” and “ ‘honky ass’ rock n roll” fans
. Last night I was speaking with William Tyler (Silver Jews, Lambchop, KORT, The Paper Hats, more) and Ryan Norris (Cortney Tidwell, Lambchop, The Privates, KORT, more) for a story I’m working on, and William made an interesting point: While there tends to be appreciation and respect for the South’s many historical cultural contributions from Europeans, folks stateside often overlook the fact that blues, jazz, rock ’n’ roll, funk, hip-hop and (obviously) country really owe a lot to the South — not to mention Southern contributions to literature, film and more. Well you know who does appreciate the South — and Nashville in particular? A couple of dudes:
* The AV Club just ran an interview with Robert Plant, in which the legendary frontman spoke in depth about Buddy Miller, Alison Krauss, being “ostensibly British” but living in a place like Tennessee, how The Low Anthem “should be playing in Nashville at The Ryman,” “contemporizing of the Nashville sound” and more. Good interview.
* And the second hour of NPR’s On Point this morning was all about The Grand Ole Opry’s post-Flood reopening, which took place last night. Host Tom Ashbrook speaks with Grand Ole Opry G.M. Pete Fisher, country music historians/experts Paul Kingsbury and Neil Haislop and country singer Josh Turner. Lots of talk about what Music City was, what it is, and where it’s going. Listen to the show via embedded player here.