Penned by Bob Mehr (also a writer for Memphis daily The Commercial Appeal) the story features Keith Urban as its cover boy and includes quotes from resident Nashville notables like The Black Keys, The Civil Wars, Urban and Nicole Kidman. But the story goes beyond Music City’s celebrity cache, delving into the city’s history and juxtaposing it with Nashville circa now — an oasis for musicians and bohemians with fingers on the pulse of cultural trends and a penchant of neighborly, small-town Americana. Mentioned along the way are Nashville’s buck-dancing, fiddle-reeling 1700s settlers, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, WSM and the Opry, The Frist, Third Man Records, The Hermitage, Hatch Show Print, Gruhn Guitars, Grimey's, the Ryman, Kings of Leon and Ke$ha.
In addition to nods to neighborhoods from East Nashville to Hillsboro Village and a run-down of local venues spanning rock clubs to honky-tonks, the story also spotlights Mayor Karl Dean’s Music City Music Council, including quotes from both the mayor and council co-chair Randy Goodman. Discussed are the council’s focus on music education, its partnership with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and its under-construction, low-cost artist residence, the Ryman Lofts.
Speaking of local urban development, The Academy of Country Music just pledged $2.5 million toward The Country Hall of Fame and Museum’s 200,000-plus expansion effort, the Working on a Building Campaign. This according to a press release the Hall fired off this morning. The expanded hall will include the ACM Contemporary Gallery, to showcase modern developments and current trends in country music. $2.5 million? Sure, that might be small patay-tays compared to Taylor Swift’s whopping $4 million pledge made back in May, but its somethin’. I kid, I kid.
And lastly, if you have dreams of one day becoming a multi-millionaire superstar with the financial capacity to benefactor the fuck out of local landmark NPOs, perhaps the next stepping stone to fame and fortune is a gig as an extra on ABC/Lionsgate’s Nashville series.
As reported on our sister blog Country Life, the forthcoming network nighttime soap is holding an open casting call for extras this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Franklin Industries, 612 10th Ave. N. While acting experience is not a requirement, a 4-by-6 photo shot within the last seven days is, so bring those. Aspiring songwriters, think of a headshot as the actor’s equivalent to three chords and the truth. These are paid roles, available to all ages and ethnicities. Nashville starts shooting at the end of the month. Good luck!