‘The Jonah People’ brings healing through music

Features The Jonah PeopleHealing and redemption through the power of music By Chuck Allen Composer and trumpeter Hannibal Lokumbe. Photograph by Randy Kerr/Courtesy Nashville Symphony Hannibal Lokumbe’s spiritual journey to The Jonah People in his own words The sound of tumbling leaves upon the dark, dense pine-needled forest floor of Rosanky, Texas, awakened me to …

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Behind the scenes for Dolly Parton’s Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones with photographers Stacie Huckeba and Madison Thorn

Coats of Many Colors Photographers Stacie Huckeba and Madison Thorn go behind the scenes for Dolly Parton’s Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones By Randy Fox Stacie Huckeba (L) and Madison Thorn at Huckeba’s Eastside studio, The Glitter Bomb. Photo by Chuck Allen “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap.” -Dolly …

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’80s Rock Rewind

’80s Rock Rewind The 2022 documentary City Without A Subway has garnered acclaim for its coverage of the local rock scene in Nashville circa 1986. By Randy Fox VHS video footage of City Without a Subway. From the collection of Steve Boyle Features Share this story! It’s been 37 years since the release of City …

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Local rock scene showcased in two ’86 concerts

See Rock City In 1986, two concerts showcased Nashville’s local rock scene By Randy Fox Raging Fire: (l-r) Mark Medley, Michael Godsey, Melora Zaner, Lee A. Carr. Photo courtesy of Mark Medley Features Share this story! In the early months of 1986, the local Nashville rock scene celebrated its successes with two showcase concerts. The …

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The TasteBuds Do Germantown

Melissa Corbin and Delia Jo Ramsey here. We’re a Nashville-loving duo who’ve bonded through the last few years over a little shared grief and a lot of love for food and travel.

Amy Grant: The Lucky One

In the winter of 1981, a 21-year-old Amy Grant arrived at the renowned Caribou Ranch recording studio in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to record the tracks for her fourth album, Age to Age. An album that changed her life completely.

Alan LeQuire’s Dream of Trees

Maaan, there’s a story there!” — you think when you first lay eyes on the “Dream Forest” sculptures at Four Seasons Hotel and Residences on First Avenue and Demonbreun.

Hal Cato: Meet the New Boss

“I’ve been drawn to working with people on the margins of our society for as long as I can remember. I think it’s because I grew up always feeling like an outsider who didn’t quite fit in anywhere I went. When I realized that you could build a career in that space, I was all in.”

African Modernism in America

A short time after Nashville artist Jamaal Sheats became director and curator of galleries at Fisk University in 2015, he got a phone call. Might Fisk have available in its collection any works by Akinola Lasekan, a mid-20th century Nigerian artist?

Embracing Change, the New Year, and the New Nashville

At this time of the year, the Jewish community is poised to celebrate Rosh HaShana, the Jewish New Year. Far from being a time for fireworks and champagne toasts, it is rather a time for reflection upon the year that has passed, examining our actions, and looking ahead to our aspirations for the new year.
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‘City Without a Subway’ Proves It: Nashville in the ’80s Rocked

The year 1976 may have been "Year Zero" for punk rock in London, New York, and a few other scattered cities, but in Nashville, anarchy was in short supply.

The Madison Square Story

Davidson County’s “ultra-modern” suburban shopping complex, Madison Square Shopping Center, began its life in July 1954 when the ground was broken on 30 acres of former farmland along Gallatin Pike, just south of Neelys Bend Road.

A Proper Place To Play

A century ago, the open space behind the Madison Branch of the Nashville Public Library was filled with children at play. It served as the recess grounds for students at the former J. Taylor Stratton School, which once occupied the site.

Inside The Starday-King Studio

In mid-January, a group including District 8 Councilperson Nancy VanReece, local historic preservationists, and reporters from The Madisonian were given an inside look at the former Starday-King Sound Studios in Madison.

Affordable Housing Advocates Question East Bank Redevelopment Priorities

As the dust settles at The Fairgrounds Nashville, political troops in Nashville’s perpetual redevelopment war have marched three miles north to establish a new front line on the East Bank of the Cumberland River.

Lockeland Springs Park Gets an Expansion

Once there was a fairy forest at the end of Woodland Street in East Nashville’s Lockeland Springs neighborhood. Tall old trees caught the breezes as they swayed over fantastic fairy houses that captivated children’s imaginations.

Support Ukraine: Trusted Sources and Ways to Help

On February 22, 2022, Vladimir Putin unleashed the Russian military in an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. In the largest conventional attack on European soil since World War II, this aggression presents an existential threat to an independent Ukraine and undermines the global rules-based order. Although European nations (with the exception of Belarus), the United States, …

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City Road Chapel Provides Housing to Homeless

When Jay Vorhees signed on as pastor of City Road Chapel United Methodist Church in Madison nearly eight years ago, it was clear that his congregation and campus were at ground-zero for the homeless community in Madison.

The Saga of Starday Sound Studios

Driving South on a sparsely occupied stretch of Dickerson Pike between Old Hickory Boulevard and Briley Parkway, you’ll whiz right past the dilapidated, mid-century commercial building at 3557 Dickerson Pike. The tall, decaying cement block building behind it probably won’t even register — just one more abandoned commercial property awaiting the arrival of the wrecking ball.

Eyesore No More

After languishing for years in real estate limbo, the former Memorial Hospital site at 612 Due West Boulevard appears to have a bright future.
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