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

Coats of Many ColorsPhotographers 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 Parton  …

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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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Ode to Exit/In: Scenes May Change, but the Music Marches On

The first time I darkened the door at Exit/In was more than four decades ago to experience the Southern-style, prog/jazz/funk-isms of the Dixie Dregs. The face-melting paroxysms of guitarist Steve Morse’s chickin’ pickin’ jazz-on-moonshine riffs were mind blowing, especially up close and personal.
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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.

The Chief Musician, The Elder, The Ancestor and His Legacy 

Growing up in Nashville, the Fisk Jubilee Singers were, and remain, a constant presence for the developing Black singer. My own reference for Western classical singing in the Black aesthetic begins with them. In fact, when I first started formal voice study, it was in the hopes of becoming a Jubilee Singer.

Rocking the Ryman

At a venue as historic as the Ryman Auditorium, every song begins with a story. And stories that span generations and genres are the centerpiece of a new Rock & Roll Hall of Fame exhibit opening this month at the Ryman.

Margo Price: The View From the Mountain

In the summer of 2015, the album that would become Margo Price’s breakout debut, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter, had been sitting in the can for months. A disastrous summer tour left her and her husband, Jeremy Ivey, broke and disgusted. Record label rejections were piling up.

Buick Audra: ‘Life Is Short – Make the Art’

Back in 2012, Audra dedicated the entire year to recording and cataloging 60 of her own songs. She didn’t have a place or plan for them yet, but she systematically went back and gathered those missing “song children” so they wouldn’t end up orphaned, triggering the shame that comes with abandoned art.

JD McPherson: Big Beat for the 21st Century

While recording his new album, Undivided Heart & Soul, at Historic RCA Studio B, JD McPherson discovered some unexpected collaborators.
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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.

Only in Nashville: Jack White Finds Inspiration in Music City

Jack White got his first real taste of Nashville more than 20 years ago, when the White Stripes played at The End on a steamy night in September 2001.

The Wood Brothers: A Kingdom of Fun

Ask Oliver Wood about The Wood Brothers’ upcoming album and you’ll receive a large helping of enthusiasm. In this case though, the passion for Kingdom in My Mind is a special kind of zeal.

The Wild Feathers Satisfy Old Tastes and New Cravings with ‘Medium Rarities’

When the coronavirus pandemic hit U.S. shores in early March, The Wild Feathers — Ricky Young, Joel King, Taylor Burns, Ben Dumas, and Brett Moore — were on the verge of a new chapter of their career.

Adia Victoria’s ‘A Southern Gothic’: Quarantine-Born Blues

It’s a week before Christmas, and Adia Victoria is riding out the final hours of an early-winter rainstorm in the home she shares with her mother and sister. Victoria moved here — to a historically black neighborhood on the border of North Nashville and Midtown — in November 2010.

Chuck Mead & The Muse of Enlightenment

Chuck Mead wraps his fingers around an oversized cup at a window table tucked in the back of East Nashville’s Ugly Mugs, talking about life, old school country music, DIY punk, Broadway shows, and maintaining one’s truth while also maintaining the bottom line.

Jim Lauderdale Makes Joyful Noise On ‘Hope’

Jim Lauderdale was hard at work on an album of traditionally minded country songs when the pandemic brought his progress to a halt in early 2020.

Will Hoge: Too Old to Die Young

On the inside of Will Hoge’s left forearm is a tattoo of a motor scooter with a red line through it. “No scooters,” he says, tilting his arm outward to illustrate his point. He half smiles, but he’s not kidding.

Drew Holcomb: Cooking Up Hits in the Carpool Lane

As any seasoned songwriter will tell you, inspiration can strike anywhere. For Drew Holcomb, new single “Dance With Everybody” had its genesis in the drop-off lane at his kids’ school.

Todd Snider previews forthcoming live album

Some musicians see the road as a necessary evil. Others crave it and thrive there. Todd Snider, by his own admission, is the latter.