As we mentioned in this morning's Liner Notes post, this week we at the Scene tootle our own horn in celebration of our 25th anniversary. In addition to two great stories from contributor Michael McCall — one about country music's famed "Class of '89" and another about the nascent Nashville rock scene of 1989 — our music coverage includes a feature I stitched together about the favorite local rock songs of the local rock scene.
For the story, I reached out to nearly 20 longtime Nashvillians — from End owner Bruce Fitzpatrick to Stone Fox owners William and Elise Tyler, Lambchop's Kurt Wagner, sElf's Matt Mahaffey and more — and asked them to tell me their favorite local rock song of the past quarter-century. It proved to be a difficult decision for some, with folks like Wagner, Willy T and Grimey's Doyle Davis pointing out how there were some pretty worthy pre-1989 tunes they'd have liked to vote for (David Olney, Raging Fire and Webb Wilder among them). But we have our arbitrary rules!
Check out what the local rock set had to say about all of the tunes in question here, and head after the jump to hear the songs. A big, big thank-you to contributor Stephen "Goose" Trageser for rounding up all of our tunes — some of them proved to be rather elusive.
Here are all of the songs that were available on Spotify:
And the rest:
MEEMAW, "Sister Christian":