Chapman drops the requisite modern rock-star names — The Black Keys, Ke$ha, Kings of Leon, et al. — before moving through a brief synopsis of Nashville's evolution into a "real city." She talks of Cash, Shaver and Kristofferson before mentioning Bill Boner's boner and Garth Brooks' meteoric rise. She pinpoints 1998 — the year the Predators and the Titans (nee Oilers) took up residence here — as being the year Nashville reached its "real city" status. And though she names The Wrights and Abigail Washburn as noteworthy contemporary performers — and name-drops Karen Elson, Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman and so forth — that's about as deep as she delves as far as the local scene is concerned. It's just that ... well, when a publication drops the whole "not just country" tag — as they so often do — we like to see names like The Features, Those Darlins, Turbo Fruits, JEFF the Brotherhood and Tristen in there. But you already knew that.
So what's the point? Here it is: Something was written about Nashville by a writer who is not only skilled, but also has a little bit of historical perspective. And that's not so bad. Click here to download the PDF. [Via Nashvillest]