In last year's People Issue, we gave you the so-pure-it-floats country queen Taylor Swift. This year we did an about-face, and hand over the sink-peeing pop star Ke$ha in her stead -- if you're one of the few who still hasn't heard her slurry trash-pop hit "TiK ToK," go here, like, now. But, hey, if the party-girl circuit isn't your bag, there are some 20 profiles inside that will take you through a Nashville not always glimpsed from the surface streets.
Meet Music City MacGyver Charlie Southgate -- a man who can fix just about anything, from a time when not everything ran on computers yet. Read about Bob O'Dell, a Vanderbilt scientist who not only coined the term for old star matter, but also suggested the moniker for the Hubble telescope.
Pith readers might be interested in reading how contenders Jeff Yarbro and Senator Douglas Henry stump for the District 21 Senate seat. But don't let that stop you from getting yourself acquainted with Nashville bluegrass royalty Chris Scruggs, Foreclosure King Ed Amatrado, or the Big Dog himself -- Titans running back Chris Johnson. That way, next time you're killing time behind one of these folks at Starbucks, you'll at least know who's holding the line up -- or better yet, you'll actually have something to talk about.