Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Marshall Chapman Highlights Nashville Music in W Magazine

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 9:40 AM

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It's another one of these things! What do we file these under again? Oh, right. The Department of National Publications Crushing on Nashville. Last time we heard from this department, it was Rolling Stone saying we had the "best music scene in the country," but not really talking about any local bands (Nylon did a pretty good job with that, though). This time, it's W Magazine, and they got noted singer-songwriter and author Marshall Chapman — who knows a thing or two about Nashville — to pen this one.

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]

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