So it’s been a minute since I mined the viral videographical treasure trove in search of a piece of local-tinged nostalgia to post as part the Cream’s Golden Nugget series. Here’s a good one. Posted a few weeks back by YouTube user DumpsDailyDump and boasting a whopping seven views, this clip captures a quick little (i.e. “in depth”) nightly news Nug on the “rising stars” of Nashville rock … in 1989. (We just can't stop getting national love these days!) It covers local non-country-ites like Web Wilder [sic], Jason and the Scorchers (surprise!), The Questionnaires and Steve Forbert (the Class of ’89, right?), with commentary from Praxis International’s Andy McClenon — who went on to hold GM and VP of A&R titles at Spongebath and Sire Records, respectively — and the late Jack Emerson.
The Nug also features an analytical pearl or two from then Scene Entertainment Editor Brian Mansfield — now, ironically (doncha think?), a country music critic for USA Today) whose inclusion not only taught me that we used to have an Entertainment Editor, but that my predecessors actually used to wear ties and white shirts while grinding through this gig. Props of posterity to Southcomm’s Resident Bow-Tie Wearing Emo Appologist J.R. Lind for keeping it real (formal) up in this editorial piece.