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Giving Rhythm to Structure: Nashville’s story is told in bricks and mortar.

Publishers Notes

By Sherry Stinson

Letter from the Editor Contributors


Gibson Guitars and Nashville Hitmakers: Turning Wood Into Gold By Ronnie Brooks


18 18

Nashville’s New Tastemakers

By Deborah Evans Price


Something’s Brewing: Local beer lovers and entrepreneurs are reveling in Nashville’s thriving craft brew scene.

22 31

Performing Arts: What inspires you? By Lori Ward

Literary Arts: The Write Place By Janet Grimes


Visual Arts: Education that Pays Dividends By Ashley Drinnon


By Ronnie Brooks



Overnight Success: What it Takes to “Make It” in Nashville By Tim Weeks


It Always Comes Back to the Music By Bob Sellers

Letter from the Editor

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This Year’s Most Interesting People, Places, and Things

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By Gregory Rumburg, Anne Severance, Sherry Stinson, Ronnie Brooks, Judy Grenley, Ashlan Bonnell, and Matthew Landon Glover


Nashville Sports & Entertainment — Vanderbilt Football: “Where Else Would You Want to Go?” By Sherry Stinson

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82 Nashville Arts & Entertainment’s Exclusive Golf Pro, Mike Wine, Provides a Whimsical Look at the Game of Golf The Annual Calendar of Events from Now Playing Nashville Nashville Travel & Entertainment — This is Bermuda

By Matthew Landon Glover


elcome to the eighth annual edition of Nashville Arts & Entertainment Guide, your creative resource celebrating the best Nashville has to offer in arts and entertainment. When we think of Nashville, entertainment immediately comes to mind along with the many celebrities  that call Nashville home. Our cover story, “Overnight Success” takes a look at the key to success for several of Nashville’s top artists. I think you will agree that it takes hard work and determination to succeed ... as do most things in life that are worth pursuing! The Band Perry summed it  up  best... “Success in the music business is sometimes just outlasting the process.” As always, we have included your favorite sections: Nashville’s Most Interesting People, Places & Things starting on page 58 along with our  exclusive monthly calendar of arts and entertainment events beginning on page 87. We hope you enjoy our unique editorial perspective  as we bring you the best in performing, visual and literary arts along with a fun, entertaining look at the general sports and entertainment marketplace for Nashville. There is so much more to explore between these pages and in our grand city! Thank you for spending your time with us. We value your input. If you have comments or suggestions, please send an email to my attention. Enjoy! Robin Glover

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Lori Ward is the vice president of communications and community relations at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, home to a wide variety of performances and one of the most comprehensive education programs in the United States. Her 14 years here have been the highlight of her career in communications and public relations for nonprofit arts and education organizations.

Sherry Stinson reports in this issue on Vanderbilt Football’s bright future through the eyes of Head Coach James Franklin. The dynamic head coach has put Vandy football on the SEC map and he is just getting started. She also went in search of Nashville’s hidden “art” in the nooks and crannies, curves and angles of some of Nashville’s most defining structures, starting with Nashville’s new “front porch,” the Music City Center. After living in Nashville for more than 20 years, she now resides in Omaha and still works as the Marketing Director for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville.



resides on a hilltop south of Nashville with her husband, Gary, and son Trey.

Former East Coast Acquisitions Editor and Imprint Editor for Zondervan Publishing Anne Severance has also served as a writer and editor for numerous other publishing companies, including Gospel Light/Regal, Bethany House, and Harvest House. Anne currently resides in Franklin near her daughter and son-in-law and some of her twelve grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren

Deborah Evans Price has covered country, gospel and rock music for Billboard magazine since 1994. She also contributes regularly to Country Weekly and CMA Close Up. A noted country and Christian music historian, she’s authored The CMA Awards Vault, and is currently working on Country Faith, due to be published September, 2013, by Zondervan/Harper Collins. Deborah has held editorial posts at Radio & Records, Country News, American Songwriter and Billboard, and has interviewed countless artists, including Don Henley, Willie Nelson, Robert Duvall and Smokey Robinson. Deborah is on the Gospel Music Association’s Board of Directors. She

Bret D. Haines has worked as a graphic designer, art director, graphic design instructor, and freelancer in the Nashville area. Bret runs BaaHaus Design, a small advertising and design business, and he works with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville as senior graphic designer and production manager. Bret is pleased to be included as the NA&E designer for a second year.

Janet Morris Grimes currently writes from a fictitious world, centered somewhere near her home in Nashville, TN. A wife and mother of three adult children, she is author of the book The Parent’s Guide to Uncluttering Your Home (Atlantic Publishing). She has served as Devotional Editor for The Christian Pulse; devotional writer for Christian Women magazine, Inspire a Fire and Christian Devotions; book reviewer for Thomas Nelson, and music reviewer and editorial contributor for

Crossroad and Lenox+Parker Magazines. With a deep heart bent towards the issues of fatherlessness and teens, she uses every opportunity to speak, through the written word, for those who may not be able to speak for themselves. For additional information on Janet, please visit her website at

A Nashville resident since 2007, Ashley Drinnon is a marketing communications professional and a freelance writer. After graduating from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Communications Studies, Ashley began working for a local digital marketing agency, which led to her current role as Marketing Manager at The Gardner School. In this issue, she explores the Nashville visual arts scene, both through a worldwide lens at the Frist Center and on a more local scale at the First Saturday Art Crawls.

Tim Weeks has been working in Nashville as a TV producer and writer since the late ‘80’s. For much of the


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2000’s, he worked with High Five Entertainment as show runner and writer of “Opry Live” on GAC and producer of numerous cable and PBS specials. Today, he produces and writes through his own business, TWA Pictures. He still thinks country music should have some twang in it somewhere!

Ronnie Brooks is always writing something, whether it’s a magazine article, blog, song, jingle, website content, ad copy or the occasional apology. Like so many long-time Nashville residents, he’s also been known to play guitar on hundreds of recordings and live dates. In this issue, he stays well within his comfort zone to report on Americana music, Gibson guitars and local brewpubs (emerging miraculously unscathed following hours of exhaustive research).

Judy Grenley is the Office Support and Member Services representative of Cedar Creek Yacht Club and finds herself easily inspired by her surroundings at the club. She is a resident of Mt. Juliet, TN, and is currently working on a personal devotion book, Little Parables of Life. She and husband Michael also serve the arts as ushers at TPAC and as the parents of two dancers/ c h o r e o g r a p h e r s / m u sic ia n s , Sally and Will.



Born and raised in Nashville, Ashlan Bonnell is a sports and entertainment freelance writer and graduate of Lipscomb University. She majored in English professional writing and minored in journalism and new media, focusing on sports writing, while holding internships at WSMV-TV, Titans Radio and the Nashville Predators. When not writing or cheering on her favorite team, Ashlan enjoys spending time with her husband, Andrew, as they enjoy newlywed life together.

Bob Sellers is an Emmy-winning journalist and former anchor at WSMV-TV Channel 4 in Nashville. He also anchored for CNBC during the dot. com boom and bust, and for Fox News Channel, reporting live from Baghdad during the Iraq War. He is author of the book, Forbes Best Business Mistakes: How Today’s Top Business Leaders Turned Missteps into Success. He has been a member of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s Partnership 2020 Committee, and is a writing coach at Vanderbilt University. Bob and his wife Anna have twin elementaryschool-age girls and live in Brentwood.

Anthony Matula is a creative director, graphic designer, brand developer, photographer and director who has created and worked with many successful brands, ranging from individuals to fortune 25 companies. His photos have been published in Dwell, GQ, W Magazine, People, and T h e N e w Yo r k T im e s . w w w.

Ed Rode “I see light, shadow and what lies between.” Nashville-based visual artist Ed Rode has more than three decades years of experience behind the camera and in front of a canvas. Rode’s work has appeared in national magazines including Vogue, Time and Sports Illustrated. Ed has photographed every President since Ronald Reagan, and was the first photographer whose work was showcased at the Bluebird Café, a Nashville hotspot with a reputation worldwide for presenting the best original country and acoustic music. “The variety of my work brings me great joy, and that is something I try to impart in every photograph and painting I do.”

Gregory Rumburg moonlights as a freelance religion, arts & entertainment writer and editor. By day, he works as a chaplain for the Nashville office of Gentiva Hospice, honored to serve women and men who are incredible life teachers. Originally from Ohio, Greg has lived in Nashville for more than 20 years, making Music City his home-away-from-home residence. He is thrilled to promote the city through this magazine. He’s active at Vine Street Christian Church, volunteers for the Nashville Wine Auction, enjoys sailing, a good glass of wine and practices at Sanctuary for Yoga.

Matthew Landon Glover graduated from Samford University in 2010 with a business administration degree, majoring in business entrepreneurship. He handles information technology at Glover Group Entertainment, and also serves as project manager of Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine. In addition to his magazine responsibilities, he also is coordinating new creative business initiatives for Glover Group Entertainment.

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One of Nashville’s most respected performers and guitarists, Vince Gill turns heads with his ability to play just about any style effortlessly and tastefully. His instrument collection is vast, but among his favorites are his many Gibson guitars and mandolins.

f there’s one thing Nashville is known for, it’s guitar slingers. From top-flight pickers like Vince Gill and Brad Paisley, to wannabe’s You started out on a Gibson? strumming their songs for anyone who’ll listen, this My first guitars I ever got as town has built a reputation for making unforgettable a kid were Gibsons. My music—six strings at a time. And along the way, few father had an ES-125 that brand names have had a greater impact on the city’s I learned to play as a signature sound than Nashville’s Gibson guitars. little boy—a tenor For over 100 years, Gibson Guitar Corp. has been making guitar, only had four some of the world’s most prized guitars, mandolins, banjos strings. My hands and basses. Music pioneers like Mother Maybelle Carter, Bill were so small I could get around the neck Monroe and Earl Scruggs played Gibson instruments as they and learn the rudimentary were defining the sound of early country and bluegrass chords. music. Since the earliest days of the Grand Ole Opry, The first guitar that was mine— country’s top stars have accompanied their classic the Christmas when I was 10—my hits with Gibsons. And today, just about every parents got me a Gibson ES-335, which is one successful contemporary act of any style is of the most sought-after electrics that they make, likely to incorporate the classic, powerful maybe the most versatile guitar ever made. You can sound of Gibson instruments, either play just about anything with a 335. [Vince still plays this onstage or in the studio. guitar with the Time Jumpers]. “Gibson is the only instrument Do you also play Gibson mandolins? maker to have created iconic I’m a lucky man. I’ve got a couple of the old ones: a couple of models in every style,” notes Lloyd Loar F-5s and a nice one from 1927. Because of my history Walter Carter, Gibson’s official in bluegrass, I have a nice little selection of Gibson mandolins. historian and author of several definitive books about modern

What makes your Gibsons special?

How many did you lose in the flood? About that many: 40 to 50. Are there any other Gibson’s out there you’d still like to own? Oh, shoot yeah. It’s kind of my dream to have a collection of all the models they’ve made. I’m getting pretty close.

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I’ve got a nice L5 and a Super 400, a couple of great old 175s and a great Johnny Smith. Those archtops were works of art, they’re so beautiful...and certain eras, certain years, were even more appealing than others. I don’t have a lot of new instruments—part of it is finding an old soul in an old guitar. They sound better?

You’re always trying to play the guitar that creates the sound you’re looking for. When I’m playing with the Time Jumpers I’m looking for that jazzy, full-bodied, Western swing, kind of bebop tone . . . much fuller, fatter sound. There’s a real history of great Gibson acoustic guitars, too. They just have their own voice. They all sound different—even the same model.

I guess . . . the fact that they’ve been played for 5060 years, depending on how old they are. The biggest reason, to me, especially with acoustic instruments, is old wood. So many of those vintage instruments were great because the wood that was used was really, really old wood. And there’s very little old wood around in the world any more.

Is it tough to switch back and forth between different guitars?

Do you have much interaction with Gibson’s custom shop?

Not really, because I play stylistically and technique-wise much different, and I find it fairly easy to adapt. What’s interesting about a guitar: It’ll make you play it the way it needs to be played. At the end of the day, you have to play to that guitar’s liking to get the best sound out of it. So it’s always . . . it’s the boss. Do you know how many Gibson instruments you own now? (laughs) No . . . great question! Maybe 40 or 50.

One of my oldest friends was there at the custom shop for many years and just recently retired—Mike McGuire. They were kind enough to let him work on any of my guitars while he was there. You know, I got love for ‘em all! Anything else about your Gibsons? I played ’em my whole life. Ain’t ever gonna quit.

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Clockwise from top left: Keith Urban is playing a vintage Les Paul Jr.; Joe Don Rooney and Taylor Swift play custom shop Les Paul models; Dave Haywood is shown with his specially inlaid, red J-200 Custom.



Miranda Lambert has been a Gibson player for a long time, using several different models to get the right sound and feel on her way to multiple CMA, ACM, CMT and Grammy awards. Since she started teaming up with Gibson’s custom shop, she’s also been getting just the right look, with her stunning, one-of-a-kind, pink acoustic flat-top. What makes your Gibson guitars special? I think it’s a combination of both sound and looks. When you see a Gibson guitar, first off you know it’s a Gibson right away, and the first thing you think is quality. Do you use Gibson instruments in the studio, as well as onstage? Yes, whenever I play guitar, in the studio or on stage, it’s a Gibson.

For nearly 40 years, these iconic guitars have been made in Nashville. In the early 1970s, a combination of slumping sales and more competition from cheap imports caused Gibson to look southward for less expensive, non-union labor. Here, they found a ready pool of labor, a central location and easy access to artists happy to endorse their whole product line. By 1984, the company’s headquarters moved to Nashville, overseeing worldwide marketing as well as the operations of additional plants in the U.S. and Asia.

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colors and trim added even more visual impact to their performances. These days you don’t have to look far to see a gorgeous Gibson in the spotlight. It might be Brad Paisley with his cherry sunburst acoustic; Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood playing his cherry red custom jumbo; Miranda Lambert’s unmistakable pink flattop; or Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts with his custom Les Paul gold-top featuring a painting of his wife’s lips! Keith Urban also uses a number of Les Pauls (among other models) to power his sound. And you’ll often hear Vince Gill finesse a perfect solo from one of his roughly 50 Gibsons. Even Taylor Swift, who typically plays Taylor guitars, has been using a Gibson electric on recent tours. So where does the company go from here? Carter believes Gibson’s history as an innovator will continue to drive them in the future. “The company was always confident that if they made a better instrument, the players would find their way to it and use it in ways that the designers never imagined,” he says. “Almost all of the models that have become legendary have achieved that status in a style of music that didn’t even exist at the time the model was conceived.” That’s quite a statement. It certainly indicates that this visionary company has left its stamp on much of the music of the 20th—and now 21st— centuries. And you can probably find hundreds of Gibson guitar players, in this city alone, who are glad they did.

When guitar-playing singers of the 1940s and ’50s moved to the front of the stage (and screen), the eye-catching finishes and ornamentation of Gibson’s top-of-the-line guitars added extra flash. “From the very beginning, Gibson’s finishes distinguished its instruments from those of other makers,” says Carter, noting that while mandolins and guitars had always been given a natural finish, “Orville Gibson finished the tops of his mandolins and guitars with a dark walnut stain or a solid black paint.” Later, rich amber-tobrown sunbursts, cherry sunbursts, gold-tops, cherry red and white guitars caught audience’s eyes. From Hollywood cowboy crooners like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, to the charismatic new breed of rock Is and country stars like Elvis there Presley, Chuck Berry, a noticeable Johnny Cash and the audience reaction to Everly Brothers, your pink guitars? G i b s o n ’s request Oh yes, the fans take notice of is a lifesaver sometimes. the pink guitar. I believe it’s the only Gibson pink acoustic there is. Who Would you ever like to see Gibson doesn’t love Pepto Pink! release a pink Miranda Lambert signature guitar? Do you work closely with Gibson’s Nashville-based Entertainment Relations department? I love that Gibson is represented in Nashville. There is no better place. Having someone to call when we are in need of a guitar or a special

Of course! It would be amazing to see a bunch of girls out there taking up guitar and rocking out on a pink Miranda Lambert Gibson! Do you think one of your pink guitars might end up in the Hall of Fame someday? I sure hope so. If they want it, I would be honored for it to be sitting in the Country Music Hall of Fame!

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guitars. According to Carter, Gibson’s successes have included “acoustic archtops—invented by Orville Gibson—electric hollowbodies, electric solidbodies, acoustic flat-tops, banjos and mandolins.” The company started in 1902 in Kalamazoo, Mich., primarily as a mandolin maker. Some Gibson mandolins made during the ’20s under the watch of legendary designer Lloyd Loar are still considered the finest ever made. During the Vaudeville era, they added a small number of banjos to their catalog, and created several significant changes to the way the instruments were made. But it has been Gibson’s guitars that have sustained the company’s reputation. Since its earliest days, Gibson has been responsible for an amazing number of instrument designs and innovations that are still standard today. Their popular archtop guitars kept big bands swinging during the 1930s and ’40s, and Gibson electric guitars dominated the jazz scene and early rock and roll during the ’50s and ’60s—including the now legendary Les Paul model solidbody. Favored by players and collectors alike, some mid-century original Les Pauls can fetch well over $100,000 on today’s vintage market.


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Nashville’s New Tastemakers

Elle & Shealeen of musical group Poema enjoying their favorite plates at Puckett’s Grocery.

By Deborah Evans Price



They’ve stepped up in variation and in quality because when you have a clientele that is used to a certain style of food, a city almost naturally evolves to that.” Oates says he has so many favorite places to dine it’s hard to narrow it down to one. “I really like Rumour’s Wine Bar in the bottom of the ICON building,” he says. “It’s in the back corner of the building and it’s got a great selection of wine. It’s very cozy and they have all sorts of nice dishes. The scallops are pretty amazing.” Oates is also a fan of breakfast at the Loveless Cafe and the tasty menu and ambiance at Husk. When it comes to a great steak, he cites Kayne Prime. “The meats are great there and it has a great atmosphere,” Oates says. “Everything is unique. The way they do the sides is really cool, but it’s Juan Patino


ashville has always been known for great music. But when it comes to incredible food, there was a time— not that long ago—when Music City would have been found lacking. That is definitely not the case any longer, as worldclass chefs populate the city’s ever-growing list of fabulous restaurants, making Nashville a foodie’s dream. “There’s too many damn good restaurants in town now,” says John Oates of the iconic rock duo Hall & Oates, who divides his time between homes in Colorado and Nashville. “I’ve been coming here since the early ’90s and the change John Oates is absolutely unbelievable. As Nashville has embraced a lot of new people coming from all over the country and all over the world, the restaurants have reflected that.

a big meal. You’ve got to be ready to eat. It’s not for the timid.” Watermark Chef Bob Waggoner agrees with Oates’ assessment that Nashville has a variety of great restaurants to satisfy the most discriminating palette. “I’m really excited about what’s going on,” says Waggoner, who divides his time between Nashville and Charleston, S.C. “I was here 15 years ago at the Wild Boar and that was way ahead of its time. Whenever one of my cooks gave notice... it would take me a month to steal somebody from Arthur’s or one of the steakhouses. There wasn’t a job pool at all and now it’s huge.” Waggoner brings impressive kitchen credentials to Watermark. A California native, he spent 11 years in France, where he became the first American chef to own a restaurant in Burgundy. He is also one of the few Americans to be knighted into l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the government of France, for services to agriculture. But here, he enjoys the camaraderie of Nashville’s

Follow the Stars

Since Nashville’s musicians spend so much time on the road—and try out restaurants all over the country—it seemed logical to get their input and find out which Nashville restaurants measure up and set the standard for local eats. Here’s what we found out:

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Favorite restaurant: Noshville Deli Favorite dish: “I eat breakfast every morning at Noshville. I get an omelette with pepper jack cheese and bacon in it and cinnamon toast... because it reminds me of my mom.” Favorite lunch and dinner: “I’m crazy about the tortilla soup at the Sportsman’s Grille. I’m crazy about the cheeseburger at Belle Meade Country Club and the fried chicken at Monell’s. I love Morton’s. They do a blackened New York strip that’s unbelievable. I like it all.”

Favorite restaurant: 12 South Taproom and Grill Favorite dish: “Smoked chicken sandwich. I usually get that and broccoli. The menu is all over the place. You can get anything from burritos and Mexican to really good burgers or pulled pork, but I usually stick with the chicken sandwich. I love the food there.”

Michael W. Smith (Contemporary Christian artist) Favorite restaurant: Wild Ginger (Cool Springs) Favorite dish: “I love sushi and they have really exotic, crazy sushi rolls. Every month there’s something new on their menu. I had a roll the other day and there must have been 12 ingredients. It was unbelievable.”

Tom Gossin (Gloriana [Warner Music]) Favorite restaurant: Rolf and Daughters Favorite dish: “The last thing I had there was a dish like celery root over some sort of lentils... everything we’ve tried there is amazing. They’ve got great classic cocktails too. I get to travel all over the country and I’ve been to all kinds of restaurants. Nashville is right up there with anywhere else that’s supposedly a food town.”

Favorite restaurant: Arnold’s Favorite dish: “Meat and three. The food is right in front of you, the atmosphere is always friendly and most of the time the place is half-filled with folks who work in the industry. Other favorite restaurant/dish: Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. “I have been eating at Prince’s for decades. They cook the best hot fried chicken I have ever tasted. You determine the ‘heat factor’ for your chicken up front. I have to have a Prince’s fix about every time I drive in and out of Nashville.”

Favorite restaurant: Park Cafe Favorite dish: The salmon—it’s so good. It’s the way they cook the fish and the stuff that comes with it, really creamy rice. I lived in LA for nine years and there were good places to eat, but I think Nashville offers way more quality food and quality restaurants that are fantastic.”

Danny Gokey (RCA / “American Idol” alum) Favorite restaurant: Back to Cuba Cafe Favorite dish: “The Churrasco. It’s a steak with a chimichurri sauce. It’s so juicy and tender. They also have great plantains. They have some Mexican dishes and Cuban delicacies. My wife is half Cuban so we look for exotic food like that.”

Mike Grayson (Lead vocalist, MIKESCHAIR [Curb Records]) Favorite restaurant: The Silly Goose Favorite sandwich: “‘The Bird.’ It’s on grilled sour dough with grilled chicken, goat cheese, roasted tomatoes, lettuce and guacamole. It’s so good, the best sandwiches in town by far. It’s all organic and really fresh products. The combo of the Silly Goose, then Jeni’s Ice Cream, is a perfect date night.”

(Tooth & Nail Records) Favorite restaurant: Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant (no relation) Favorite dish: For Shealeen, “Salmon with grilled veggies and the sweet potato fries. “There’s something about the marinade, probably because it’s soaked in butter.” After a performance, Elle loves diving into a piece of Puckett’s famed apple pie. “They bring it out and it’s a sizzling hot dish. It’s bubbling around the sides, it’s crusty and there’s a big scoop of ice cream on top of it. We share, otherwise we feel a little guilty. It’s amazing.”

Beegie Adair (Nashville jazz legend) Favorite restaurant: Table 3 Favorite dish (follow along): “Several years ago I took a trip to Italy with a friend who spends a lot of time there. We took the train from Florence up into the mountains of Tuscany, and after much sightseeing, came out into a town square, [and] there was a little cafe just in front of us, dark and cool, and ready for lunch. I ordered risotto. We sat and ate like little pigs for about an hour. My risotto was like eating the best comfort food in the world. “Fast forward back to the States, and a few New Year’s Eves ago, my husband and I joined four other close friends and made a New Year’s Eve reservation at Table 3 in Green Hills. All six of us had something different, and each of us tasted some of everybody else’s meal. All the meals were lovely. But it was my pleasure to tell the owners when I next saw them, the risotto I ate on New Year’s Eve was every bit as good as the same dish I had in Tuscany five years before. So if you want a bit of real Italian cuisine, you can find it at a cozy French Bistro, Table 3. Bon Appetite! Or maybe ‘Mangia!’”

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Duane Allen (Oak Ridge Boys)

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“Sing for your Supper” with Bob Waggoner and Amy Grant

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chefs and restaurateurs. “There’s no competition. We’re all just friends,” he says, noting they enjoy each other’s food on days off. “City House has fun stuff [with chef] Tandy Wilson. They have sweet breads over there on Sunday. You’ll find most of the chefs over there eating on Sundays.” Though Waggoner generously compliments other chefs around town, he has his own fan club. One of his many admirers, singer Amy Grant, cites his foie gras as her favorite dish. “I like the way it kind of flows on your tongue,” she says. “I like the texture, the feel of it and the taste of it.” Waggoner starts by getting his duck liver from a prime source. “It’s a French company that is raising their ducks in Canada,” he says. “They are free range ducks.” He uses an interesting variety of ingredients—including pureed sweet potato, candied pecans, vinaigrette, Yuzu juice, maple syrup, shallots and sunflower sprouts—to create a blend of tastes and textures. “There are different things going on with the flavor and crunch. I like to make things that are fun in your mouth.”

Dinner Goes Primetime Waggoner will be shining a spotlight on Nashville’s food and its music with his new PBS television show, “Sing For Your Supper.” “When I took on the job as a chef at Watermark, I brought my producer into town and I said, ‘How fun



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would it actually be if we brought music and food together in a show?’ The artists are just so amazing here,” says Waggoner. “Sing For Your Supper” is filmed on stage at the famed Ryman Auditorium with a live audience. Waggoner engages a member of the audience, teaching them and a celebrity guest how to make a dish. At the end of the cooking session, the guest artist performs—thus, singing for their supper. “We talk about their charities and their new album coming out,” he says. “It’s a crazy fun show.” Music and food are often intertwined in Nashville. Next door to Watermark in the Gulch, Sambuca is well known for hosting some of the music industry’s top private events. “We do a lot of No. 1 parties for celebrities, which are always fun,” says Dana Patel, Sambuca sales and catering manager. “The CMA’s every year is our biggest event. It’s crazy and I love it.” As for Sambuca Head Chef James Reesor’s style, he likes dishes with personality—a result of his study at the Culinary Institute of Louisiana. Reesor’s favorite dish to prepare? “It would be the scallops. It’s a simple dish but it has lots of flavor,” he says. “I pan sear it with a little blackening spice, served with asparagus risotto cakes, asparagus and a smoked tomato cream sauce... that’s my favorite.”

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Nashville’s story is told in bricks and mortar. By Sherry Stinson


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’ve always been fascinated with architecture, I think, because every building is a story half told. From conceptual drawings of once-abstract lines, walls go up—becoming words to tell the story of how a culture lives and dies—as history is written from the rooftops and tomorrow takes form in the next stroke of the pen and slash of mortar. Our very identity as a city is hewn from the vision of architects, builders and ordinary people who weave a story line right under our noses. Nashville’s architecture is a story well worth reading starting with its pioneer days along the Cumberland River at Fort Nashboro on First Avenue to Second Avenue’s bustling Victorian warehouse days. The story then runs uphill to the stately Greek Revival style-Tennessee State Capitol and finally out west to the graceful Southern antebellum mansions: the Greek Revival Belle Meade Mansion and Adelicia’s Italian villa-inspired Belmont Mansion. Some better-known chapters in this story include the “Athens of the South” proclamation that landed a replica Parthenon in our backyard. Built in 1897 for Tennessee’s Centennial Exposition, it envelops a 42-foot statue of Athena, unveiled nearly a century later. Then there is the quintessential downtown Music City landmark, the hallowed Ryman Auditorium, built in 1882 by a riverboat captain and saloon owner—as a tabernacle—setting the stage for Nashville’s own version of honky-tonk religion. The architectural history includes seventh President Andrew Jackson’s Federalstyle plantation home, The Hermitage; the Victorian Romanesque Revival train station and now hotel, Union Station; the art deco, neoclassical, former-postoffice-and-now Frist Center for the Visual Arts; and a smattering of wonderful

BREAKING DOWN THE SCALE Music City Center Between Fifth and Eighth Avenues Tuck-Hinton Architects Moody-Nolan Architects Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates This megalithic embrace is “all for y’all.” There is no better way, or dare I say bigger way, to say “Howdee!” The massive, undulating structure adjacent to the new Omni Hotel, the soul-stirring Country Music Hall of Fame and Lower Broadway’s honky-tonk row gives visitors fingertip access to all things Music City. With stunning views of the city skyline out front, the backstory here is the symbolic representation of our very identity as a state and a city that was purposely designed into the building, starting with the four-acre green roof. “We undulated the roof to represent the hills of Tennessee so when your eye follows the roof, it gives the building a sense of movement,” reveals Seab Tuck, principal, Tuck-Hinton Architects. “The whole underside of the roof is warm woods. The columns and cables are symbolic of the strings in a fiddle or violin. The outside roof is made up of five different metals.Thinking again about musical instruments, the patterns inside the building are  slits and boxes. Then there are vertical patterns all over the building, like a player piano roll, and so it starts to give a rhythm to the structure like music notes. Ultimately it is about music and the hills.” With bookings that already extend into 2026, the center offers 2.1 million-square-feet of Tennessee and a resounding, “Y’all come back now, ya hear!” My guess is whether you are in Nashville for a convention or for vacation, the Music City Center will become the new destination station. Music City Beat: Sheryl Crowe and Brad Paisley have performed here.

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gargoyle-laden churches scattered throughout downtown, revealing an Egyptian motif. Perhaps our greatest symbolic identity is built into the iconic Country Music Hall of Fame on Fifth Avenue. Designed by Tuck-Hinton Architects, from its piano key windows to the radio mast tower, our musical roots sing loudly. Contextual symbology underpins the Bicentennial Mall State Park, also designed by Tuck-Hinton, a firm which—more than any other vision builder in Nashville—writes stories in stone the old fashioned way: through symbols that convey multi-layered meaning. One of Nashville’s proudest moments as a city which helped define its identity surely has to be the redesigned Nashville Public Library on Church Street. New York-based Robert A.M. Stern Architects continued Nashville’s strong classical profile with its limestone exterior walls, Ionic columns and motif-laden bronze doors created by local artist Alan LeQuire (creator of the Parthenon’s Athena). When showing Nashville’s downtown skyline, cameras always pan to one of our betterknown profiles and the tallest building in the state: the 33-story skyscraper “Bat building”— actually the AT&T Building, designed by Ron Lusig, principal design architect of Earl Swensson Associates. What does Nashville’s architectural story say about us as a people, as a city? From our hardy pioneer days we are a force with which to be reckoned. We embrace and admire a more classical approach to our education and art forms, yet we are not afraid of our diversity and often produce “signature” pieces because we embolden a creative spirit—without getting too far from our country roots and traditions. And when it comes to the future, we think big. Real big. Just look at the newest chapter in the skyline, the Music City Center. Whether you are a first time visitor to the city or a local, take time to explore or reconnect to Nashville’s architecture as a way to get to know more about who we are, from our roots to our future aspirations, with a few more recommendations below. Truly the best way to understand our great Southern city and the story we continue to write about ourselves is to go experience the space.

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Nashville Public Square Third Ave. North and Union St. Tuck-Hinton Architects In 2003, under then-Mayor Bill Purcell’s direction, the city began converting more than seven acres of parking space in front of the 1930s art deco Metro Courthouse (listed on the National Register of Historical Places) from dull gray asphalt to usable green space, in a breathtaking work of art titled “Nashville Public Square.” Interestingly, the first known photo taken of our blooming city is an image of the public square taken in 1855, which is now preserved at the Tennessee State Museum. Fast forward to a multi-million dollar renovation finished in 2006 and the architects at Tuck-Hinton Architects, working with other landscape architects, have preserved Nashville’s history—appropriately, right on the corner where it all began. The not-tomiss element here is the pavilion panels that highlight Nashville’s history. The pavilion is connected to the park and the underground parking garage (that makes great use of natural light) by a pair of towers representing Nashville’s founders, James Robertson and John Donelson. “You’ll see maps that show how Nashville changed every 50 years. It is a wonderful place to catch up on history,” says Seab Tuck, principal. Tuck-Hinton Architects. Best place in the city to connect to our roots, enjoy the sunshine, urban neighbors, and soak up Nashville’s vibe. Music City Beat: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw cochaired the 200th birthday celebration and opening ceremony in 2006.

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Belmont University 1900 Belmont Blvd. David W. Minnigan, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP Principal Earl Swensson Associates, Inc. While the neoclassical Schermerhorn Symphony Center gets spotlight billing when it comes to symphonic sounds, imported marble and Nashville’s storied symbology—and a maestro buried on the grounds—Belmont University’s McAfee Concert Hall is no poor cousin. There is a good reason for that, actually. Earl Swensson Associates and sound masters, Akustiks, worked on both performance venues. This beautiful jewel recently received a Citation of Excellence Award in the 2013 spring edition of Learning By Design. The interior has retained the feel of the university’s church origins, keeping the sacred ever present and even more intimately connected. The gem here—outside of the outstanding acoustics in a college performance venue—is the refurbished Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. Find a reason to go sit in the space, soak up the spirit and feel the connection to higher ground. Music City Beat: The Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s winter production, the Actor’s Bridge Ensemble, the Nashville Ballet and Children’s Theatre have all performed here.



419 21st Ave. South Vanderbilt University’s Central Library Architects: Gilbert McLaughlin Casella Central Library is open seven days a week A $6 million renovation in 2010 to the 70-year-old Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University got everyone thinking about a fresh way to experience knowledge. Art, even in prose, should be an experience, after all. In a brilliant keystroke of technology developed at Vanderbilt, WordsWorth was born. Sensing the arrival of each visitor to the library, WordsWorth projects iconic shapes that symbolize Vanderbilt on the entrance lobby floor, according to Celia Walker, director of special projects at the central library. Selected by length to fit each shape, words are initially projected in one of three colors. The initial bold font quickly fades to white then more slowly fades through a 256-shade gray scale to the lightest gray and then disappears. The fading is randomized to give a sense of movement, depth and a shimmering effect. The exhibit utilizes an XML feed of new search terms, updated every 22 seconds. “WordsWorth scatters research terms much like leaves on a forest floor, as visitors cross our lobby,” notes Connie Vinita Dowell, dean of libraries. “From physicians doing cancer research to a first-year undergraduate beginning a new assignment, the projection exhibit represents the university’s research in shapes we associate with Vanderbilt, and announces today’s libraries are welcoming, high tech and stimulating places to be.” Music City Beat: From more than 100 recommendations suggested by the campus community, Richard McCarty, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, selected “WordsWorth,” a clever nod to Great Britain’s famous English Romantic poet, William Wordsworth, who lived from 1770 to 1850.


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VISUAL LEARNING Jean and Alexander Heard Library

STAR ALIGNMENT Sudekum Planetarium 800 Fort Negley Blvd. Tuck-Hinton Architects Ralph Applebaum and Associates, Exhibit Design When it came to building and the orientation of structures, the ancients knew secrets that we may never fully understand. Elements of ancient architecture involved light, sound, geometry, an understanding of energy and perhaps, some suggest, even alien beings. The Pyramids of Giza intersect the longest lines of latitude and longitude and purportedly are aligned with Orion’s belt. The pyramid of the Sun at Mexico’s Teotihuacan lies at the center of a series of pyramids, each aligned with a planet in the solar system. And then there is the Sudekum Planetarium in Nashville, Tennessee. By plotting the sunrise and sunset during certain astronomical events, the foundation of Sudekum became a near perfect hexagon, explains Tuck-Hinton Architects’ Seab Tuck. The astronomical markers outside the walls can be viewed through the vertical slit windows, and all four of the solar solstice points align with the corners of the pyramid roof. “The circle that winds you into the planetarium is like Stonehenge. The exterior is six-sided, with the slope the same as the Egyptian pyramids—which don’t cast shadows,” says Tuck. It’s the place to hitch a ride to the stars and perhaps have a mystical experience. Enjoy!

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Something’s Brewing Local beer lovers and entrepreneurs are reveling in Nashville’s thriving craft brew scene. By Ronnie Brooks


here was a time, not all that long ago, when ordering a beer in a local restaurant meant you had choices: regular or light. And it really didn’t matter which of the three national brands you picked, since they all tasted about the same. How times have changed. These days, most Nashville eateries feature a wide variety of beer brands and styles, on draft and in the bottle. Some venues boast over 100 selections from all over the U.S. and around the world. But what’s most exciting is that many of the more popular offerings are made right here in middle Tennessee. And you’ll find something for just about any taste, with descriptive labels ranging from “Chaser Pale” to “Bearwalker Maple



Brown” and “Black Bettie India Black Ale.” Today’s local brewers are part of a movement that started in the late 1980s, when Lindsey Bohannon opened the state’s first microbrewery to produce the short-lived Market Street beer. The idea—and the richer, European-influenced beer—was just a little ahead of its time. But in the early ’90s, the trend started catching on, with the opening of two Vanderbilt-area brewpubs: Blackstone Brewpub & Brewery, and soon thereafter, Bosco’s. Customers loved the bold, hoppy flavors and the straight-from-the cask freshness that set this new group of ales, porters and stouts apart from their generic competitors. “The market was so different when we

started,” says Chuck Skypeck, Bosco’s co-founder and head brewer. “We opened our Germantown (Memphis) store in 1992—the first operating brewery/restaurant in the state. Prior to that it was illegal to brew beer and sell it direct to the public. Market Street was open but they were functioning strictly as a brewery. I was pretty convinced at the time that we could not make a go of it on beer alone. We opened the Nashville restaurant in 1996.” Since then, the midstate craft beer market has grown to include more than 15 independent breweries. Most sell on-premise in their own brewpubs and distribute to other area venues. And a few have established bottling operations,

expanding their market to stores and restaurants around the region. Without a doubt, it’s a good time for beer lovers in Nashville.

Team Players One thing Skypeck had going for him in the ’90s was the help from the brewing fraternity. He consulted regularly with Dave Miller, at that time the brewmaster at Blackstone, who was happy to offer advice. “Almost all of us of that generation put on the brewing boots, and learned by reading and figuring out what other people were doing,” Skypeck says. “We didn’t have any choice but to try to help each other. When you dealt with a problem, you’d share with your neighbor.” Nearly 20 years later, that hasn’t changed. Bailey Spaulding, CEO of Jackalope Brewing, acknowledges the camaraderie among her competitors. “As one of the newer breweries in town, one of our greatest resources was having people around who had gone through it before. We all want each other to put out quality beer and to succeed,” she says. “We’ll borrow supplies from each other and pick each other’s brains when we have problems. Now some of the breweries-in-planning come to us for advice, and we’re happy to pay it forward.”  Spaulding and other local brewers are enthusiastic about the way Nashville has embraced craft beer, citing area restaurants switching taps to local brands and even adding draft systems altogether. But no one has worked harder to make the change happen than Linus Hall, founder and brewmaster at Yazoo Brewery. Hall was a pioneer when it came to getting hometown beers beyond the company brewpub into other venues. Yazoo’s popular “Pale Ale” and “Dos Perros” labels were among the first locals to be featured around town, even though Hall encountered some initial resistance. “Once they tried our beer, we quickly got past that,” says Hall. “It also helped that I started first with local, independently owned bars and restaurants. When I talked about the struggles of starting a business and trying to do it all, I think that story really resonated with them. They would give us a chance, and it started to sell well, and before we knew it, other restaurant owners were calling us to get Yazoo on tap.”


What’s the Buzz? Casual beer drinkers, folks who just like to enjoy a cold one with pizza, might wonder what’s the big deal with local beer and craft brews. The simple answer is: variety. For the past century, almost all popular American beers have been lagers—a light gold, German-style brew without any overly pronounced hops

In case you want a firsthand look— and a taste—at Nashville’s craft breweries:


Turtle Anarchy

1918 West End Ave. (Midtown) (615) 327-9969 Mon–Thu: 11 a.m.–midnight / Fri–Sat: 11 a.m.–1 a.m. / Sun: 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Plant tours may be available


216 Noah Dr., Suite 140, Franklin (615) 595–8855 / Thu–Fri: 5–10 p.m. / Sat: 4–10 p.m. / Closed Sun–Wed

Cool Springs Brewery 600A Frazier Drive No.135 Franklin (615) 503–9626 Sun–Thu: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. / Fri–Sat: 11 a.m. – midnight

1805 21st Ave. So. (Hillsboro Village/ Vanderbilt) (615) 385–0050 Mon–Thu: 11 a.m.–midnight / Fri–Sat: 11 a.m.–1 a.m. / Sun: 10:30 a.m.–midnight /nashville

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Fat Bottom

1864 W. McEwen Drive, Franklin (615) 435–1949 Mon–Thu: 11 a.m. – midnight / Fri–Sat: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. / Sun: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.

900 Main St. (East Nashville) Tues–Fri: 4–10 p.m. / Sat: 2–10 p.m.

Yazoo 910 Division St. / (615) 891–4649 (Gulch) Wed: 4–6 p.m. / Thu–Fri: 4–8 p.m. / Sat: Noon–6 p.m. Saturday brewery tours (check site for schedule)

Jackalope 701 8th Ave. So. (Gulch) (615) 873–4313 Thu–Sat: 4–8 p.m. / Sun: Noon–4 p.m. Brewery tours (check site for sched)

Rock Bottom Brewery (national chain) 111 Broadway (615) 251–4677 Sun–Thu: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. / Fri–Sat: 11 a.m. – midnight

Mayday Brewery 521 Old Salem Highway, Murfreesboro Thu–Fri: 4 – 8 p.m. / Sat: 1– 8 p.m.

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Robyn Virball and Bailey Spaulding from Jackalope Brewery

or malt flavors. But as smaller brewers started experimenting with bolder flavor profiles, they found a willing audience for their heartier pale ales, pilsners, British-style nut brown ales, intensely hopped India pale ales and dark, smoky porters. There are also seasonal alternatives ranging from crisp, citrusy Hefeweizens to malty stouts brewed with coffee, chocolate or even bourbon flavors, perfect for winter imbibing. To emphasize both the subtleties and the suitability of the different styles, a few area restaurants and brewpubs offer occasional dinner events and beer pairings to illustrate the foods best complimented by certain beers. “Our goal . . . is to show people that there are endless possibilities with beer,” says Mark Kamp, president of Turtle Anarchy, in Franklin. “Just because it sounds weird doesn’t mean it won’t work. Our Smoke & Mirrors (chipotle peppers and cinnamon) is a testament to that.” People must be agreeing. Established in 2012, Turtle Anarchy’s products are already featured in over 100 middle Tennessee venues. While all the brewers have a few flagship beers that anchor their menus, most enjoy experimenting with small-batch and seasonal flavors. You can usually find pumpkin ales in the fall, or rotating



variations on wheat beers (like Fat Bottom’s Lemon Pepper Wit), fruit beers (Cool Springs Brewery’s Twigs & Berries blueberry ale) and aggressively hopped ales and IPAs (for example, Yazoo Brewery’s

“I can remember when we couldn’t give Heifeweizen away. We just kept at it and eventually, it’s become one of our bestselling seasonal beers.”

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Hop Project, which is never made the same way twice). But for sheer chutzpah, it might be hard to top Jackalope’s Tannakin, a mocha stout aged in whiskey barrels with smoked bacon! “It’s important to keep that broad profile of different styles,” says Bosco’s Skypeck. “But you have to be careful. Unique flavors are one-offs. You have to think ‘Am I putting out something people are gonna like and enjoy?’” But he also understands the rewards, adding,

While industry giants Anheuser-Busch and Miller/Coors still sell over 90 percent of the beer consumed in the U.S., the craft brew audience is growing. Area events like Craft Brew Week in March, combined with 11 beer festivals throughout the year, keep Music City’s beer aficionados abreast of new products and anxious for more. Nashville brewers are operating at full capacity to keep up with the demand and more new labels have announced plans to open soon. According to this group of local entrepreneurs, the rising tide of friendly competition indicates a continued rosy forecast for the beer industry. “We all understand that there is plenty of room in the market for all of us,” says Turtle Anarchy’s Kamp. “Maybe one day we will start bumping elbows, but that day is not today. My distributor’s sales reps have worked very hard to get our beer on tap, but all I see is beer flying out the door!”  Be sure to check out all of Nashville’s brewpubs— but not all at once. Please drink responsibly.


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What inspires you?


he answer to that question is different for every individual. Think about it. What moves you emotionally? What motivates you? What takes your breath away? From an ocean sunset to mountaintop view, many find inspiration in the natural world. Most of us are moved by stories about courageous, real-life heroes. While we all feel those sparks now and then, artists rely on inspiration in



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their daily work, from an unconscious burst of creativity to a constant process during collaborations with other artists. Nashville Arts & Entertainment Guide thought it would be interesting to pose the question to the leadership of performing arts organizations in the city. Rich, varied and, yes, inspiring, their answers provide a glimpse into the creative minds of some of our city’s artistic leaders.

René D. Copeland Producing artistic director Tennessee Repertory Theatre As the daughter of a minister, from an early age I was a part of activities that connected an audience through performance, so I’ve always enjoyed an appreciation of a good narrative, the power of the group dynamic and the craving for spiritual connection that drives humans. And when I see fearless, talented actors having a real impact on our audience, making that intense, unique connection, I am inspired. As the director of a show, once it opens, my work is essentially done. However, I find that I’m irresistibly drawn to watch as many performances as I can, solely to experience the actor/audience chemistry. It’s informative—I always learn something—but more importantly, it makes deposits in my spiritual bank account, an account that is often overdrawn but is quickly restored by witnessing good actors at work. There’s also a lot to be said for an exquisite piece of chocolate …

special. It inspires me to hold fast to that as an adult. In an age where it’s important to be sensitive and understanding of people’s differences, kids get it right intuitively when they’re collaborating on art. Their personalities stay strong. They see more commonalities than differences. That’s the way it’s supposed to be for adults, too! After years of a professional career in the arts, watching these children work together affirms the importance of TPAC Education’s mission. The artistic process is like a testing ground, a safe place to grow and mature. It is inspiring. Performing with a group gives children a place to play and a place to mature and get smarter about themselves and how they interact with others.

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Executive vice president of educational outreach Tennessee Performing Arts Center I’m inspired when I watch children collaborating on a performance and see how comfortable they are with themselves—confident and willing to take risks. How cool is that? I’m amazed when I observe how kids maintain their individuality and stay true to themselves, at the same time contributing to the work of the larger group to create something

Music director Nashville Symphony When I was a young student in Costa Rica, the music of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms captivated me—it’s what inspired me to pursue a career in classical music, and it continues to inspire me to this day. I started out as a percussionist, but

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Paul Vasterling Chief executive officer and artistic director Nashville Ballet Art inspires me. Any type of art: theatre, film, music, dance, opera and the visual arts. Art is a metaphor for life, and the ability to tell stories that relate to the human condition through art inspires me. It is completely subjective—no wrong answers. Experiencing art helps me find my way into the world and learn how I fit into the bigger picture.  Recently, I had the opportunity to observe ALIAS Chamber Ensemble as it rehearsed for Nashville Ballet’s production of “Macbeth.” It was amazing to sit five feet away from them, watch them take control of their instruments and create all of these emotions through their music. Their feats of musical prowess blew me away. For me, it was a physical experience. All art forms can provide me with some kind of inspiration, but I think live performances are most impactful. Musicians, dancers, actors, performers ... there’s something about watching a live performance that is awe-inspiring. Through their art, they are able to show the world who they truly are.

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General and artistic director Nashville Opera I take great inspiration from an audience. There is something so pure yet primal about the experience of people gathering together in the darkness (I suppose originally around a campfire) to hear a good story.  Audiences come together to be moved, entertained, thrilled and touched by what they see on a stage. That audience expectation for the new and alive inspires me to rise to the challenge of examining well-known

works from a different point of view. . . to reveal hidden moments and share untold secrets . . . to communicate something special and meaningful in our brief time in the dark together.

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eventually I transitioned into conducting, and I started hearing more music by contemporary composers. This had a profound effect on me as well. As conductor of the Nashville Symphony, I am passionate about promoting new music. I love pairing contemporary works with the masterpieces that drew me to classical music. By putting these pieces together, I help the audience make unexpected connections or take a fresh voyage into a familiar piece of music. In the process, the audience also becomes a source of inspiration, both to me and to the amazingly gifted musicians of our orchestra. To me, this is what art and music are all about: shared inspiration. Whether we are creating the art, interpreting it or experiencing it, we are given a wonderful opportunity to become part of something bigger than ourselves.



Creativity blooms all around town, as more authors call Nashville

The Write Place By Janet Morris Grimes


writer is an artist who paints, using nothing but her words. That may be the best definition yet—an eccentric who gladly cozies up to the fault lines between what is real and imagined. It is the multi-tiered playground of their imagination that leaves us begging for more. There is no one more observant, nor descriptive; so who better to interrogate than some of our favorite local authors about what makes Nashville a city that breeds and nurtures the creative spirit? We asked five questions of five authors who reside in or around Nashville, and found their responses as distinct as their style. For them, it is clear that home is where the art is.

Karen Kingsbury (Fiction) Most recent book: The Chance (Howard Books) When career began: “In 1986, as a sports writer for the LA Times.” Other endeavors: Songwriting and screenplays Favorite public place to write: Downtown Franklin What makes Nashville a city of creativity? “The unique mix of musicians, writers, actors and other artists breeds an artsy environment.” Unlike many hopefuls who land with nothing more than a dream tucked away in a suitcase, Karen Kingsbury cherry-picked Nashville at the pinnacle of her success. Or perhaps it was the other way around. Maybe it was Nashville that claimed her. After selling over 25 million books, beginning with a true crime series before transitioning to her current role as the reigning Queen of Christian fiction, Kingsbury reveals the newest layer to her impressive career. “Many of my stories are in pre-production, the process of being made into movies,” she says. Like Dandelion Dust was the first, starring Mira Sorvino. It’s a lofty achievement by any standard. Still, she admits, “I don’t ever want to reach a place where I say ‘I’ve arrived.’ Not ever.” She continues, at a maddening pace, to provide fiction that wrinkles the soul of her readers. Kingsbury finds those in the Bible Belt even more receptive to her faith-based novels, which inspire her even further. In 2011, Kingsbury signed a major deal with Simon & Schuster’s Brentwood-based imprint, Howard Books, which was a big factor that brought her to the area. But long before ever considering a permanent move, she heavily

researched Franklin and Nashville as the setting for one of her most recent books, The Bridge, released in October 2012. Now, she and her brood of six, including three adopted sons from Haiti, are here to stay. “Forever,” she concedes with a smile. “We love it!” With over 50 novels to her credit, 10 of which have reached No. 1 on various best-seller lists, Kingsbury possesses the unique gift of quickly producing each one at a staggering rate. “It usually takes me two to three weeks to write an entire 100,000-word novel, and the final draft is quite similar to the original. I give God all the credit, because He places the stories very visually on my heart,” says Kingsbury. “And the faster I write, the more connected I feel to the story.” It’s a formula that’s proven more than successful for both Kingsbury and her adoring fans, as evidenced by the 500 emails she receives per week. A segment of her website is devoted to “lives changed” and shares testimonies from readers across the world as they identify with the struggles of her beloved characters. “Surely you wrote this book about us,” writes one reader. “It saved our marriage. It saved us.” Life-changing fiction at its best. For the record, Nashville is proud to now claim Kingsbury as one of our own. Welcome home, Kingsbury family. Welcome home.

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D.B. Henson (Thriller) Most recent book: Deed to Death (Simon & Schuster) When career began: “In 2009, when the downturn in the real estate market spurred me on to leave the industry and pursue my love of writing.” Other endeavors: Hiking and gardening Favorite public place to write: The food court at Cool Springs What makes Nashville a city of creativity? “There’s a certain vibe and energy that draws out not only the musicians who line the sidewalks, but also nurtures all artists.” Like an unexpected plot twist, it was D.B. Henson’s position as director of marketing for a local construction company that ultimately led to her unique path as a best-selling author. “I was touring a high-rise building under construction,” says Henson. “It was late in the day and all the workers had gone home. I’ve always been afraid of heights, and when I looked down from the top floor of that building, I thought about how terrifying it would be to fall from there in the middle of the night. I knew then I had to write about it.”

A novel idea, indeed. Henson first published Deed to Death, which is based in Nashville, as an e-book on Amazon Kindle. The readers in the Kindle forums took it from there, and after selling 100,000 copies, she got a call from famed agent Noah Lukeman. Three weeks later, she had a deal with Simon & Schuster and is working on a new series featuring a female police detective. As a new author, Henson profits from the many networking opportunities for all facets of literary arts available here in town. “From the Southern Festival of Books, to the Killer Nashville and Nashville Screenwriters Conferences, it’s no surprise the city is such a strong attraction for creative talent.” When creating new characters, Henson often heads to the food court at Cool Springs. “It’s a great place to immerse myself in the lunch fray and people watch,” she discloses, adding, “I pick up snippets of dialogue without people knowing they are on my radar.” Henson then becomes intimately familiar with her characters before ever introducing them to paper. She creates a complete biography on each one—from birth to, in many cases, death. Such is the twisted life of a thriller writer.

 Mike Glenn (Christian Non-Fiction) Most recent book: The Gospel of Yes (Waterbrook Press) When career began: “In 2009, when my first book was published.” Other endeavors: Leader of Kairos Ministry to young adults, senior pastor at Brentwood Baptist Church; Former chaplain of Brentwood Police Department Favorite public place to write: Brentwood Library What makes Nashville a city of creativity? “The convergence of industries, such as music, health care, publishing and universities make it a very energetic place to live.” Mike Glenn came to Nashville as the newly hired pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church. At the time, in 1991, it boasted 900 members, but has since become a mega-church of over 8,500 strong, largely due to Glenn’s influence and leadership. He has perfected the craft of chiseling theology down into bite size pieces—a method that clearly strikes a chord in the hearts and souls of his audience. “When in seminary, a friend suggested that I ‘make change’ by breaking down million-dollar ideas into 20s and 10s, something everyone can use in the place he or she lives,” Glenn confesses. “And that pretty well sums up my ministry.”



Glenn recognizes that most adults have an attention span of three full minutes, and uses those fleeting moments of his sermons to launch a conversation; an ongoing discussion on everything from discipleship to relationships. Via Twitter, his blog or with a face-to-face encounter, he asks questions in a way that drives others to seek their own answers. In The Gospel of Yes, Glenn stresses the answer not heard often enough in the church: “Yes.” “I grew up in a church where we were given the list of what not to do. And then we’d get together the next Sunday to celebrate the fact that we hadn’t done any of those things.” He continues, “We need to know what our purpose is, and say ‘yes’ to that calling. Once we learn to do that, everything else falls into place.”

Amy Parker (Children’s Picture Books & Board Books) Most recent book: A Christmas Prayer (Thomas Nelson) When career began: “In 1999, at MTSU, with an internship at Thomas Nelson that changed everything.” Other endeavors: Ghostwriter, coauthor of Young Adult fiction and nonfiction Favorite public place to write: On a boat at the Fate Sanders Marina, first thing in the morning, as the mist is rising off the water. What makes Nashville a City of Creativity? “The hidden treasures, like the Bluebird Cafe. Nationally known, but you can drive by it and never know it was there.” If an author is measured by the words she pens, Amy Parker is surely one who believes in prayer and rests on the promises of God. She demonstrates for even her youngest readers, or listeners as it turns out, how to do the same. With over twenty titles on the virtual bookshelf that bears her name, such as God’s Promises for Girls, The Plans I Have for You

In a bare bones version of that same message, Glenn leads a weekly Tuesday-night worship for Millennials called Kairos, which draws in a thousand young adults, ages 18-25, who are defined by their questions. “Kairos is a Hebrew word that means the ‘right moment.’ God works on his own timetable, but He’s the master of creating the perfect moment,” Glenn explains. “It’s up to us to say ‘yes’ to those moments.”


and Thank You, God, for Mommy, Parker reveals her unofficial mission statement: “Writing to promote change for the better or to remind people they’re loved; those are my reasons,” Parker explains. Then she adds, “Inspiring others inspires me.”

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As a mother herself, she writes with both perspectives in mind: the parent and the child. “The first book I authored was A Night Night Prayer. My three-year-old was fighting sleep one night, and it dawned on me that the trees, birds and sun all needed their rest in order to be their best,” she recalls, now rhyming with little effort. “I hear again and again that children are internalizing my words. One mother told me her son’s first words were ‘Night, Night God,’” a direct quote from one of her treasures. Though she has sculpted a permanent niche as a children’s author, Parker writes for all ages. Her latest opportunity originated several years ago when she was co-authoring with Jack Hanna on his own biography. This idea has now taken her all the way to Rwanda to share the story of Frederick, a man raised amidst the tension of a post-genocide land, who lost both hands at the age of 15. As a survivor, he now speaks of forgiveness and publicly shares his knack for painting. Parker can’t wait to chronicle his stirring saga. “This is why I do what I do.”

Jaden Terrell (Mystery) Most recent book: A Cup Full of Midnight (Permanent Press, 2012) When career began: “In 2008, when I saw an ad for a First Private Detective Novel Contest.” Other endeavors: Executive director of Killer Nashville Mystery Writers Conference; writing, painting, ballroom dancing Favorite public place to write: Panera Bread What makes Nashville a City of Creativity? “Since the 1850s, we’ve been a city of educated and cultured people with a natural appreciation of the arts.” “We arrived in Nashville when I was nine, moving from West Virginia. I awoke in the middle of the night as we drove through. The lights looked like a fairy city, a sea of stars. And I fell in love,” Jaden Terrell describes her first taste of the place she still calls home. Terrell’s own story starts in rather dramatic fashion. She was born jaundiced and premature and required an immediate full blood transfusion. “When I was a little older and absorbed in fairy tales, I convinced myself it was changeling blood, filled with magic and starlight. That’s where the stories came from,” she confesses, giving insight into the early depths of her imagination. The staunch drive to succeed came a few years later. “From the time I was twelve, I knew two things: I wanted to write and be a special education teacher.” Terrell has accomplished both, after spending eight summers as a counselor at Easter Seals Camp and 12 years teaching children with special needs. With countless other hats worn along the way, she is more of a diver



than a dabbler, immersing herself fully into wherever her deep imagination leads. While researching the Jared McKean private eye series, she graduated from the Metro Nashville and FBI/TBI Citizen Police Academy, took the medical examiner to lunch and obtained a license in equine sports massage therapy. Add to that a red belt in taekwondo and a master’s degree in special education, and you begin to grasp the many aspects of Jaden Terrell. These extensive experiences find their way, though subtly, into her stories. Jared McKean, the former Nashville Murder Squad detective hero of her current series, has a black belt in taekwondo and a son with Down syndrome. “I knew this would give him much more depth than the average tough guy,” Terrell explains. Each August, Terrell directs the Killer Nashville Writer’s Conference. By supporting writers of all genres, it serves to expand the craft of mystery, suspense, thriller and crime, both fiction and nonfiction. Killer has become one of nation’s most popular conferences of its kind and as with any crime, it always comes back to motive: why it happened in the first place. So, what motive does Terrell have for creating her intense jaunts into the dark world and mind of criminals? Terrell offers a rare moment of truth for a writer of fiction. “When I was 18, my father died, supposedly by his own hand. But the more we learned, it became evident and likely it may have been his new wife who pulled the trigger. We’ll never know for sure,” she laments. “In real life, justice isn’t always served and we are left with unanswered questions. But in a fictitious world, we always find out why. We know the truth, and justice is served.”

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t the core of the rapidly expanding visual arts scene in the Midsouth, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts plays an integral role in the artistic inspiration and education of the Nashville community. Since opening in 2001, the museum has showcased 12 to 15 different exhibitions each year, with frequently changing themes and genres. Because they have no permanent collection, visitors who explore the Frist Center multiple times in the span of a year will walk away with a fairly comprehensive view of art from all over the world. “The decision to be non-collecting allows us incredible freedom to present the art of the world from all time periods, from all cultures and in all media,” said Susan H. Edwards, Frist Center executive director. “It allows us to show things from other cultures in a way we couldn’t if we owned them as a collecting organization. We partner with the greatest

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Education that Pays Dividends cultural institutions around the world to bring to Nashville exhibits people wouldn’t have the opportunity to see otherwise.” Looking into 2014, the Frist Center will be highlighting several incredible exhibitions. In November of 2013, visitors can view “The Art of Norman Rockwell.” Their next large-scale exhibit, “Looking East: Western Art and the Allure of Japan,” will focus on the influence of Japanese art on the artwork of Europe and the U.S., featuring works from some of the world’s greatest painters, including Manet, Matisse and Van Gogh. The exhibit is scheduled to open in late January 2014. For the first time, the Frist Center will be bringing “The Art of Goya” to Nashville in the spring of 2014. And in the summer, “Watch Me Move,” will delight visitors of all ages by showcasing the art of animation, from the earliest cartoons to video art. Although the galleries and exhibitions are consistently in flux, there are

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two fixed artistic elements at the Frist Center: the Art Deco architecture of the building and the Martin ArtQuest Gallery. According to Ellen Pryor, director of communications, the role in the art community starts with the building itself. Built in 1934 as the city’s main post office, this beautiful Art Deco building has been a public staple in the Nashville community throughout its history. Now, the First Center is able to use this architectural treasure to serve “the same agora-like function that post offices around the country offer,” says Pryor. While art is at the heart of everything the Frist Center offers, the organization functions as a cultural hub within Nashville, offering a public lens into worldwide film, music, dance, art-making and architecture. Conceived as a learning space for children of all ages, the Martin ArtQuest Gallery provides an interactive onsite facility for intergenerational learning and educational experiences that relate to the current exhibitions. “People come out enriched for having spent time there,” said Pryor. “The practical nature of the intergenerational part is that there aren’t many activities where a grandparent, parent and child can enjoy something at the same time, each in their own way, and come out with a common denominator. Everyone leaves the Martin ArtQuest Gallery with something they’ve made, and they have this experience to share.” In addition to ArtQuest, the Frist Center also offers educational support for public schools, private schools and home-schooled children, as well as adult education offerings for lifelong learners. For kids under 18, admission is always free, and for everyone else, the museum strives to make prices comparable to a movie ticket. For more information on location, pricing and current exhibitions, visit



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Martin ArtQuest Gallery provides an interactive onsite facility for intergenerational learning and educational experiences that relate to the current exhibitions.

Downtown Nashville’s “First Saturday Art Crawl” On the first Saturday of each month, over 1,500 people venture downtown to Nashville’s Fifth Avenue of the Arts for the First Saturday Art Crawl. The galleries welcome guests to view new artwork and unique exhibitions from local and world-renowned artists, in a laid-back, weekend setting. The diverse collections featured during the Art Crawl provide a peek into every genre of art, with exhibits changing from month to month. In the past, this has included abstract and impressionist paintings, timeless photographs, intriguing sculptures and boundary-pushing contemporary art. “This has become one of the most successful art-related events in Nashville,” said Crissy Cassetty, retail recruiter with the Nashville Downtown Partnership. “It brings together so many people, and it’s really grown organically over the past six years. This speaks directly to the quality of the galleries and the vibrancy we have downtown.” With free admission to the participating galleries along Fifth Avenue and upstairs in the historic Arcade, the monthly event provides an opportunity to engage people with all levels of interest in the visual arts. Many venues serve free wine and refreshments, making it easy for anyone, from art aficionados to enthusiastic admirers, to enjoy a casual evening that mixes culture and fun. For more information on the First Saturday Art Crawl, visit the Nashville Downtown Partnership’s website at

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ame is easy. Just find a way to get on TV or YouTube and you—yes you— in your otherwise drab world, can be a star, and your life will be exciting and glamorous. So it seems in today’s world of entertainment. In the past, one had to have talent. After that, it took hard work and some luck, because there are lots of talented people who work hard. Now, if you can get on “American Idol” or “The Voice,” fame is instantaneous. A successful reality show can make you famous, too. Otherwise, how else would we know about Kate Gosselin, mother of eight children, who milked her 15 minutes of fame into four years on cable television? YouTube can create fame even more quickly. While marketing gurus and advertisers claim to know the science of making viral videos, no one can really explain why certain home movies shot on a phone, of a baby or a dog doing tricks, can get millions of hits. So now Grumpy Cat is a movie star and South Korean singer Psy is an international superstar, even if he is a one-hit wonder. His 2012 video of “Gangnam Style” was the first YouTube clip to garner a billion views. Have television and the Internet forever changed how an artist becomes a star and entertainer? Before the era of Twitter and Instagram, the typical tale of every singer and songwriter who came to Nashville went like this: “I drove to Nashville in a broken-down car with two dollars in my back pocket; and after years of singing in crappy honky-tonks and hundreds of rejections, I finally got a break and now I’m a star.” Strangely enough, that’s still true for most of our favorite artists today. A few got record deals through the TV talent shows (and they are extremely talented), but many artists still make it the old fashioned way: They have a gift but they learned their craft, they worked hard and they endured the leaner years. And after that, they still work hard to maintain their success. Fame can be fleeting, but many stars create a body of work by simply being passionate about sharing their music. Not everyone is predestined for long careers. Some are not cut out for it. Country singer Ricky Van Shelton had a window of fame in the late

1980s, but during his rise to stardom he told me he hated his loss of privacy. “I can’t go to the bathroom without someone wanting to talk to me through the door,” he told me while on tour. He got his privacy back. So what are the keys to success for many of Nashville’s top artists? Work and

determination are no mystery, but we went behind-the-scenes and talked to some of our best and brightest, to see what it takes to have sustainable careers in a rapidly changing entertainment industry. How do they handle the pressures of stardom and maintain a creative flame that doesn’t burn out?

From Student to Stardom Kimberly Williams-Paisley The critically acclaimed ABC drama series, “Nashville,” will be returning for a second season in the fall of 2013. The ratings weren’t a home run, but it’s a very good show. For everyone who enjoyed the economic benefits of the filming around town, we hope the series has a long life. The b-roll shots of the city are fantastic, and it’s free advertising for Nashville. But we also like “Nashville” because it has provided a new role for actress Kimberly WilliamsPaisley, who celebrated her 10th wedding anniversary with country singer Brad Paisley this year. She plays Peggy Kenter, an old flame of Teddy Conrad, one of the show’s lead characters. Not being the lead is just fine for this mother of two, who many of us know from her starring roles in the “Father of the Bride” movies and her seven-year run on ABC’s “According to Jim.” “Being able to work from home is a dream come true,” she says. “I love working

with the actors on ‘Nashville’ and many I have known before this show. But it’s so exciting to see the talented crews working here and how the actors have become active in the community.”

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Williams-Paisley, who spent most of her career in New York and Los Angeles before marrying Brad, now speaks like a Middle Tennessean at home. “I love the beauty we have here—the greenery and pastures, as well as the generosity of the people; it’s a great place to live and raise a family,” she says. “But as an urban person, I’ve also enjoyed how Nashville has blossomed over the past few years with so many restaurants and the music scene.” Growing up outside of New York City, Williams-Paisley knew she wanted to act at an early age. “My grandmother, my dad’s mother, took me into the city to see ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Annie,’ and it was so exciting and fun to see live theater on Broadway,” she recalls. “By the age of five, I was doing one-person plays for everyone,” she laughs. “I would charge my parents’ friends money to see my play so I had this early business sense, making five cents a show.”



By seventh grade, earning real money to help pay the costs of private school motivated her to become a working actress. “My first audition by ninth grade was as a ballerina for the National Dairy Board. And although I didn’t star in the spot, I did get paid for them using shots of my arm,” she says. “So I continued to audition to get work, which I saved for college.” “When I went to Northwestern, I told my agent in New York I was done for awhile; my plans were just to study drama,” says WilliamsPaisley. “But I found out about an audition for a movie, and I decided to go because I wanted to see if I could figure out how to ride the L into Chicago.” “I didn’t expect to get the role, so I felt zero pressure,” she remembers about the audition for “Father of the Bride” at age 19. But she did get the job and she was soon off to LA for her first major starring role opposite Steve Martin and Diane Keaton.

Williams-Paisley would finish at Northwestern later but the success of “Father” in 1991 would lead to steady work in film and television, including the hit sitcom, “According to Jim,” in 2001. A starring appearance in Brad Paisley’s 2002 music video, “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishing Song),” led to romance, marriage and family life in Williamson County. Looking back at a career that spans most of her life, Williams-Paisley remembers the work that went into every audition. “I’ve spent years in auditions and people don’t realize auditions are an all-day affair,” she says. “And there are so many hours just getting ready for the audition, trying to figure out the character in the story, so learning lines is the last thing I do.” Williams-Paisley is known for many successful roles, but those jobs are just a fraction of the effort that goes into being a working actress. “There’s a lot of work that went into the jobs I didn’t get,” she states.

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Learning a craft at a young age is one key to success, but many of today’s most successful artists had to hone that craft through lean times before they tasted success. Such is the story of popular vocal group, Little Big Town.

This past year has been a crowning achievement for Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet. Their 2012 album, “Tornado,” has placed them firmly on top of the vocal group pyramid, picking up bling at all of the awards shows, including their very first Grammy. The single, “Pontoon,” was named the Best Country Duo/ Group Performance earlier this year.

Now performing at sold-out shows, Fairchild knows that “Tornado” has found a sweet spot with the fans. “With song after song off this album connecting with the audience, we can feel the momentum and it has given us a bigger platform,” she says. “We knew this would happen.” That’s a statement of faith and endurance for a band that has seen plenty of ups and downs since its founding in 1998-99. Their first record deal produced no records and their debut album on Monument Records in 2002 made few waves before the label folded. Adding to the gloom were two failed marriages and then the sudden death of Schlapman’s husband in 2005. Steven Roads was the group’s lawyer. A new deal with Equity Music Group and the album “The Road to Here,” with producer Wayne Kirkpatrick, breathed life back into Little Big Town. Fairchild asks, “After two labels, who gets a third chance, when most artists are only lucky enough to get one?” “After Kim’s husband died of a heart attack, I was thinking that this might be it,” she recalls. “We had gone back to day jobs and we sang on the weekend, hitting the road in a van,” she

says. “But we had each other and we were always together, so with the success we have now, you can’t help but smile.” “The Road to Here” was a platinum breakout for Little Big Town in 2006, riding the crest of their first Top 10 hit “Boondocks.” The band won its first major award as the Top New Vocal Duo/ Group at the Academy of Country Music Awards the following year. “When there are hard times, you have to write and sing and outwork everyone,” says Fairchild. “We knew our day would come but you need a tough skin to ride through the praise and criticism, and have the confidence to move forward. We’ve built a great team.” Little Big Town would see more changes though before the current plateau of “Tornado.” The band moved to Capitol Records in 2008. The music remained their signature four-part harmonies, but it has taken five years for them to hit another home run. During this time, everyone in the band has settled into personal happiness. All are married with children now; Fairchild and Westbrook tied the knot in 2006. When asked to compare Little Big Town’s long and winding road with the instant success of some of today’s new stars, Fairchild says, “Making music and pursuing fame are not the same things; the TV shows are great, but I think every artist would benefit from traveling in a van to get to gigs, setting up their own sound and selling their own merchandise.” “We do it for the love of songs and we want to share them—it has just grown over the years,” she adds. “With time, the right songs, and with the stars lined up, it just happened to us this year with the new album,” summarizes Fairchild. “After knowing Kim for 25 years, she is more of a sister to me, and we’re all the best of friends. But we approached ‘Tornado’ with an openmindedness that led to new songwriters with inspiring songs, and Jay Joyce (Eric Church) as producer. So all the hard work and perseverance has been worth it.”

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It’s All About Playing Live The Zac Brown Band Keeping the focus on music—and not celebrity—is a theme also shared by the Zac Brown Band, who brought home a Grammy for “Uncaged” as Best Country Album in 2013. Since 2008 and their first No. 1 record “Chicken Fried,” the band has been on a meteoric rise in country music, but Brown has never changed his focus or reason for pursuing music as a full-time career. “When audiences hear a new song for the first time, then at the end of it they’re going crazy and cheering, you know you’ve pulled it off,” Brown says, “Musicianship is also key. Everyone in my band is able to burn his instrument down to the ground. If you don’t want to be a one-hit wonder, if you want to last in this business, you’ve got to be able to play live.” Multi-instrumentalist band member Clay Cook echoes the sentiment. “We’re all about being a live band; the accolades are great, but we get excited over doing lives shows,” he says. “The



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He continues, “I knew tour this year features I was made to do this. I a new stage look, new was definitely born to be lights and new video, an entertainer. Onstage and that’s what it’s all and behind a microphone, about for us: giving I was really comfortable. I the fans better songs, knew that was my gift and a better show and what I’d been given, so I more entertainment.” just always worked on it.” Anyone who has Cook, a Berklee College seen the Zac Brown of Music graduate whose Band in concert experience includes perknows these guys are Clay Cook forming with his uncle some of the best in the business. “Everyone in the band has 20-25 Doug Gray in the Marshall Tucker Band and years of experience, and it takes long hours with singer/songwriters John Mayer and Shawn practicing to perform at our level. So none Mullins, defies labels as well. “I was more country at Berklee when I played guitar in a country of this happens overnight,” says Cook. Fans may have thought of Zac Brown as ensemble, because I was the only one there an overnight success when “Chicken Fried” who had ever listened to it,” he laughs. “When rocketed up the charts, but his story goes Zac asked me to join the band in 2009, I didn’t back much further. Raised north of Atlanta, know he was being marketed then as country, Brown picked up the guitar at age seven, but after ‘Chicken Fried,’ he never changed; he’s and after college and years of performing, he the same guy over the years and he just makes formed the Zac Brown Band in 2002. From great music.” With eight No. 1 singles and two platinum the very beginning, the band played up to 200 dates per year. By 2003, he formed his albums under their belt, the Zac Brown Band own record label and recorded the original continues by staying true to itself. “I think the worst feeling in the world is for somebody to version of “Chicken Fried.” Distinctively Southern, but not really thought tell you what to do and who to be. For me, that of as country, the band grew and evolved over was never an option, I had to stay true to who the next six years, until Atlantic Records picked I was,” smiles Brown. up the distribution rights for the album, Everyone in my band is able to burn his instrument down to the ground. If you don’t want to be a one-hit wonder, if you want to “The Foundation.” “People that last in this business, you’ve got to be able to play live.” wanted to sign me to a label, they’d always want to know what genre my music was. And the fact that it didn’t fit into any genre was always a big stumbling block for them. But I held out and realized that my music doesn’t need a category. It comes from a real place,” states Brown.

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hat makes Zane Williams stand out is his songs. Like mini-movies, they pull you in, tell you a story, make you laugh and remind you of life’s deepest truths. Zane wrote all eleven songs on his latest album, and while they cover a broad range of sonic and lyrical territory, his unique voice runs through like a thread that ties them all together. The clever and light-hearted title track, “Overnight Success,” highlights the mythical ten steps that any aspiring musician must take to achieve the dream of instant stardom. “Sure Felt Like Goodbye” is a radio-ready rocker, and “On a Good Day” is a devastatingly beautiful expression of healing in the



face of great loss. Each song that follows takes you on its own journey; the music is country—no doubts, no apologies— but Zane makes traditional sounds that stay relevant. Zane’s own journey began with writing songs as a hobby while at Abilene Christian University. After graduation in 1999, the hobby grew, taking him to over five hundred colleges nationwide over seven years. Following a two-year stint as a staff songwriter in Nashville and a top-20 Billboard hit with “Hurry Home” (recorded by Jason Michael Carroll), Zane moved back to Texas in 2008. With this new release, Zane’s fifteen-year overnight success story is beginning its most interesting chapter yet.

n May 3 of this year, two white guys playing Mississippi blues-influenced rock performed to a sold-out Bridgestone Arena audience—one guy on guitar, the other on drums. A few years earlier, no one would have believed this was possible, including Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, otherwise known as the Black Keys, the duo from Akron, Ohio, that now calls Nashville home. Longtime friends and college dropouts, Auerbach and Carney have been living the garage-band lifestyle since 2001. Heavily influenced by blues artists Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside, the duo started out making records in their basement for small indie labels and touring extensively at small clubs and festivals. They built a cult following and hit the “big time” with two albums for Oxford, Miss., music label, Fat Possum Records in 2003-04. A major label deal with Nonesuch would set the stage for greater things. “Attack & Release,” in 2008, became their first album recorded in a professional studio, and the audience began to grow. “Brothers,” their first platinum-selling

album, followed in 2010, and the band picked up three Grammy Awards the following year. In the wake of hit single “Lonely Boy,” the album “El Camino” continued their rise over 2011-12 with four more Grammys, including “Best Rock Song,” “Best Performance” and Best Album.” Suddenly, the Black Keys were big news, and in 2012 they launched their first arena tour, which leads us back to the rare appearance in their adopted hometown this May. The show was a love-fest, with fans screaming and frequently singing along with vocalist Auerbach. The Black Keys tour with two other musicians, adding bass and keyboards for a full band sound, but they still play like they’re in a small club; now, even though they are playing in front of thousands, they still communicate a raw intimacy. Auerbach and Carney are also at the front of the stage with the remainder of the band pushed into the background.

Songs from “Brothers” and “El Camino” filled most of the show and the Nashville crowd roared with approval for favorites like “Lonely Boy.” As a salute to their strippeddown sound and basement-rock roots, they also played a set just as a duo. As a throwback to their early days, they kicked off the duo performances with “Thickfreakness,” dating back to the Fat Possum days. Most of the concert was high energy, but the Black Keys are masters at riding levels. Auerbach started “Little Black Submarines” by himself, playing an acoustic steel resonator guitar. After an acoustic sing-along with the audience, the lights went dark for him to change to electric guitar and then they finished the song with the full band blowing the crowd back in its seats. Later, “Ten Cent Pistol” began with Patrick playing a very mellow set of tom drums. The change of pace

drew the audience even further in as Auerbach sang, “There’s nothing worse in this world than payback from a jealous girl …” while waving his finger like a bluesman of old.

a performance of “Everlasting Light,” which included the drop of mirror balls over the stage and in the back of the house. With lights bouncing all over Bridgestone Arena, the Black

The Black Keys don’t overdo the showmanship. The stage is backed by a video wall that shows closeups of the band and intermittent road footage driving through some forgotten desert. Their name in lights is reserved for the encore, as well as

Keys closed with a near rock and roll religious experience. Fans reached Nirvana. We all know that Music City is more than country music, but the Black Keys put that slogan in a very bright light indeed.

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“Outlasting the Process” The Band Perry The new kids on the block of the Nashville music scene are The Band Perry. Siblings Kimberly, Reid and Neil Perry stormed onto the charts with their self-titled debut album in 2010 and claimed all of the “New Artist of the Year” awards in the months that followed. The monster single, “If I Die Young,” was the CMA Single and Song of the Year in 2011, while the album was certified platinum. With so much acclaim coming from the first record, surely you could classify the Perry kids as overnight successes. Well, not so fast. This is a family act that has been performing for the last 14 years. Their “discovery” by manager Bob Doyle (Garth Brooks) and Republic Nashville’s Scott Borchetta is just the latest chapter in the book. “I had a band when I was a teenager, and Reid and Neil were my roadies, but that only lasted about two weeks,” Kimberly reminisces.

“They put their own band together, called Mobile Music Machines, but our eventual goal was to have a family band. We played together in our music room and the front porch and learned how to write songs.” “When The Band Perry came together with our parents’ support, we just focused on not quitting,” she says. “Success in the music business is sometimes just outlasting the process.” “There were some humbling gigs,” says Neil. “There were shows where there were more people on the stage than there were in the audience. But it helped us learn the business, how to read each other on stage, and it made us who we are today.” With roots in Mississippi and Alabama, the family eventually moved to Greeneville, Tenn., which played a role in the launch of The Band Perry’s sophomore release, “Pioneer,” in April 2013. The band played a concert there

as an album release party. 25,000 people showed up. Kimberly says, “We wanted to play at home; ‘Pioneer’ has this theme, to get where you’re going, you have to know where you’re from.” The Band Perry is definitely going places, but it’s still a family affair. “Our mom is on the road with us helping as a scheduler, stylist and coach,” says Reid. “She’s seen every performance for 14 years and she takes notes to help us get better,” chips in Kimberly. Their father holds down the fort at home while managing their schedule, and several cousins are now part of the entourage. “We ran out of brothers and sisters,” Kimberly laughed. The Band Perry is more than three fresh-faced singers though; the siblings are talented songwriters. “Our songs come about in different ways,” explains Neil. “The new single, ‘Done,’ came about when we were shooting the video for ‘Better Dig Two.’ I came up with the banjo riff when we were just sitting around waiting and I recorded it. Later in a session, I remembered it and it became this song.” “Done” is very edgy and it speaks volumes of their songwriting talents. “Our arrangements come during the songwriting phase with Kimberly on acoustic guitar, me on bass and Neil on mandolin,” says Reid. “The rest of the song comes out as a full band feel during sound checks and rehearsals.” “To some, I guess it looks like we are on a fast ride, but we’ve experienced blood, sweat and tears to get here,” sums up Kimberly. “We have virtually lived on the road the past two years, but we’re still just putting one foot in front of the other.” In the age of technology and instant fame, becoming a star in Nashville has not changed that much. It takes work—a lot of work. Talent is just the beginning. For the lucky few who have found shorter paths to the top, success may not be as sweet in the end. Clay Cook of the Zac Brown Band, who has a solo album called “Northstar” coming out on Zac’s Southern Ground label this fall, sums it up. “There’s no struggle in an overnight success, so you don’t appreciate what you’ve earned as much,” he says. Artists like Zac Brown, Kimberly WilliamsPaisley, Little Big Town and The Band Perry know all about the struggles and they’ve translated into careers that will continue for years to come.

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Nashville’s reputation as a great place to live, visit and work continues to grow. But one drawing card keeps trumping all the others . . .

By Bob Sellers




he paradox of a nickname like “Music City” is that Nashville is much more than music—but without it, who would know it? Without music, would The New York Times pick Nashville as the latest “it” city? Without music, would the Wall Street Journal tout Nashville’s “upscale dining options, one-of-a-kind shopping and buzzy cultural venues?” Without music, would the Nashville region rank No. 1 in job creation in the United States? Not likely. “Music gives Nashville a unique creative quality that no other city in America can match,” says Janet Miller, chief development officer at the Nashville Area Chamber of

“Nashville is undergoing a renaissance as the place to be,” says Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. “And there’s a creative community that is taking the genre walls down. There’s pop, rock, gospel—it’s no longer just country.” Music also serves as the backdrop for ABC’s prime-time series “Nashville,” which follows country music rivals in a glittering town, where stabbing your competition in the back is sometimes the necessary price for fame and fortune. (Hey, it worked for Dallas in the 80s!) Many locals watch episodes with fervor, simultaneously adding their remarks to social media sites: “If he lives in Belle Meade there’s

“Nashville has the largest cohesive community of people making music anywhere in the world” —Monty Powell

Commerce. “We’re also creative in health care, manufacturing, fashion design and other industries—but it all builds off music.” Music has long been the attention grabber of a city that is growing in sophistication and economic diversity. Four of the recording industry’s top-earning artists last year—Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean—were based in Nashville. Half of 2012’s top ten-selling albums were country, and the Billboard award for Top Artist and Top Album in 2013 went to Taylor Swift and “Red.”

no way his commute would take him that way past Percy Warner.” Proud viewers are thrilled that the city looks contemporary. “The goal was to do a show that shows Nashville as we know it today, not as a stereotype,” says Steve Buchanan, executive producer of the show, and a graduate of Vanderbilt University. “The city has evolved and grown, but its core and essence haven’t really changed. The show is as authentic as one can be within a scripted drama.” The show added an estimated $75 million

to the community in its first year, and made the Bluebird Cafe a destination for tourists who come from around the country to stand in line at a strip mall for hours, just to hear singer-songwriters tell personal stories about where their hit songs came from and how they ended up on the radio. As a business, music provides roughly 70,000 jobs in the area. “Nashville has the largest cohesive community of people making music anywhere in the world,” says Monty Powell, who has written numerous hits for Nashville artists like Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum. He points out that the music industry provides direct or indirect jobs for musicians, songwriters, agents, managers, audio engineers, public relations and promotions firms, stage production, business services and musicrelated tourism. But with digital technology, the process of producing music has changed. “It used to be,” Powell says, “that two songwriters would sit in a room in the morning and by the afternoon they’d come up with a song. Then they’d pitch it to a large cast of artists [singers] who live here.” But now that people download one song at a time from iTunes, it’s all about “the hit.” Every song an artist records has to be a potential home run, which makes the relationship between a songwriter and an artist more important. The songwriter needs an artist who can get airplay, and the artist wants a steady supply of top-notch material. “Most artists want a say in the creative process now,” Powell says. “And where do creative types go to establish those bonds? Nashville.”

Taking the Music Beyond Music Row “Music” is even in the name of the recently opened 2.1 million-square-foot Music City Center, which will serve as a convention destination for millions of business travelers in the coming years. The amount of projected tax revenue from the new facility is expected to add significantly to the coffers of Davidson

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County, which already accounts for a third of all visitor spending in the state of Tennessee. If you drive far enough down Demonbreun Street to Fourth Avenue South, past the new convention center and the Country Music Hall of Fame, you’ll arrive at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, home of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. It’s where the fiddle becomes the violin. While the symphony itself has had some financial challenges, company CEO Allen Valentine raves about the town: “Nashville is a city that has no idea what it can’t accomplish.” Despite financial setbacks—no doubt complicated by the damage to the Schermerhorn from the area’s 2010 flood—the orchestra’s musical reputation has grown worldwide. “In 1998, we needed a new bass player,” says Valentine. “We got six people from out of state for the bass audition. Now, we’ll get three hundred to four hundred people from around the world, and invite 100 to 115, who will pay their own way to audition for one seat.” “The more we can do to add artists to our city, the better,” says Kathleen O’Brien, president of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. TPAC is the primary venue for theatrical and musical productions in Nashville. It not only plays host to Broadway Shows such as “The Lion King,” it also premieres shows that can go onto Broadway success after establishing themselves. Last year, TPAC’s impact on the state and local economy was more than $40 million. In the coming year, the venue will host a spectrum of performances, from John Tesh’s Big Band to Broadway’s “Wicked,” to local productions of “Chicago,” as well as the operas “Otello” and “The Barber of Seville.” “It’s not just music where artists can thrive in Nashville,” O’Brien says. “There’s the



Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera and the Repertory Theatre— all companies that are surviving and providing ways to make a living in the creative community.” The visual arts are also valued by locals. “We must engage with the arts because so many more of us have moved here,” says Susan Edwards, executive director of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. “People in this community only have so much time, and they like to invest that time in cultural offerings.” The Frist has brought exhibitions to Nashville from around the world. There was “Egyptian Treasures from the Brooklyn Museum,” “Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age,” “Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Times” and “Monet to Dali.” And it will display more traveling exhibitions in the future. “We have a great model for the future,” Edwards says. “We’re not a collection. We can bring the best available collections here.”

Welcome to the New “It” City The vibrant arts and entertainment scene in Nashville starts with music, but it’s just a start. Indeed, health care and manufacturing are far bigger in economic impact, but music

is a special lure to companies looking to expand. It has helped propel Nashville to the fastest job growth in the country. “Successful cities are attracting creative people,” Janet Miller of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce reminds us, “and music is the best representation of creativity in Nashville.” If you want a perfect example of how integrated the musical community is in Nashville, it’s not when you run into Vince Gill eating breakfast at Noshville, or Keith and Nicole at Starbucks or Tim and Faith at a high school football game. Go to a concert at the Ryman and wait for the moment when the performer asks the audience to sing along. Within a few beats there will be several hundred people on pitch, in rhythm and possibly sounding better than the singer on stage. In Nashville, the creative community isn’t just a tangential part of life. The cashier at Bread & Company has an audition at the Bluebird this Sunday night. The large bus in front of the house down the street is loading up with your neighbor’s instruments and sound equipment before going out on a national tour with Rascal Flatts. The hit song Carrie Underwood is singing on the radio was written by the father of one of your kids’ best friends at school—he also performed at the school’s fundraiser last spring. Music provides a tangible energy that influences the experience of living here. In January of 2013, The New York Times deemed Nashville the latest “it” city. “The place where conservative Christians and hipsters overlap would be today’s Nashville.” But while the creative community’s reputation is growing as “talented, cool, hip and diverse,” many of the people and much of the work reflect this Southern town’s traditional, conscientious values. “These songs don’t just appear,” says Powell, who came here in the ’80s. “Songwriting is a craft. It’s something to work at.” And where do people do that hard work? Powell sums it up: “People still get in their cars and come to Nashville.”

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Mike Curb By Gregory Rumburg


e’s got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and one here in Music City, too. Yet after 50 years in the music business, Mike Curb is still hustling for the record machine. “I’ve never had to work harder than I work now. The business has changed so much,” says Curb, founder of the Nashville-based independent label bearing his name. It was Curb’s broad and deep love of music that helped him earn prominence in the industry, guiding the record company he had launched while still a university student in California. His resume includes working as a music and film songwriter, producer and label executive for a cadre of top artists, including Tim McGraw, Wynonna, LeAnn Rimes, Lyle Lovett, Lee Brice, Stone Poneys, the Four Seasons, the Righteous Brothers, Sawyer Brown, Natalie Grant and Selah, along with others across many genres. But, it might be easier to catch a glimpse of one of his artists around town than of Curb himself. “I love the lights of the honky-tonks. I love to drive down Broadway, but my lifestyle is such that by the time I get to the evening, I prefer to listen to music at home,” he says. “I’ve always loved Nashville, even when I was in California,” he continues. “When I started out in the record business, one out of every two records that were hits were being made in two studios in Nashville: One was the Quonset Hut and one was RCA Studio B.” Luminaries like Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, Dottie West, Waylon Jennings, Eddy Arnold and Dolly Parton recorded in those sacred spaces. “I dreamed of making music that sounded as good as the music made at

the Quonset Hut and Studio B,” Curb says. Not only did he achieve that dream, but he eventually acquired and restored both facilities. After 30 years of work on the West Coast and—nudged by the late former president Ronald Reagan—a stint in California politics as the state’s lieutenant governor and acting governor, Curb moved his family to Nashville early in 1993. “Nashville is Music City, and we felt we could grow our company and have a better lifestyle for our family in Nashville,” he says. Two decades later, Curb has left his mark on the city—and cities across the country—as a generous patron of education and the arts through the Mike Curb Family Foundation. Fisk, Belmont and Vanderbilt universities are among the foundation’s local beneficiaries. “I didn’t get the chance to learn the music business in college,” Curb says. “I had to learn it the hard way, living out of a closet in the building where my office was. I think there might have been a better way to learn, and I think that better way is to pick an area you like—music law, accounting, art, artist & repertoire, publishing, managing, recording—and study it.” For his philanthropic and business efforts, Curb was named Easter Seals’ 2007 Nashvillian of the Year, an honor he shares with folks like Mayor Karl Dean, Howard Gentry and Amy Grant. Curb soaks it all in. “The thing [I’ve] learned in the music business is that it’s wonderful to have a history like we’ve had,” he says, “but you can’t live on your past. “At the end of the day, the most important hit is the next one,” he continues. “That’s where I stay pretty focused. That’s why I don’t have a lot of free time. But, I’m not complaining. I’m just thankful that I’ve been able to do this for 50 years.”

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Don Finto By Anne Severance

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on Finto has worn a lot of hats over many years. He has been a church pastor, college professor and author. He helped transform a fading, inner-city church into a vibrant congregation and home for many leaders of the contemporary Christian resurgence of the ’70s and ’80s. He has also been called “a connector,” bringing together people of differing religious beliefs. Now, at a point in his career where many would rest on this solid list of achievements, Finto is still motivated to keep uniting the church. One of his ongoing ambitions is to finish well, following in the footsteps of other giants of the faith who continued ministries well into their later lives. Think Caleb of Bible days, who at 85, said, “Give me this mountain,” and then took the mountain because he “wholeheartedly followed the Lord.” Think Billy Graham, who at 94, is still impacting millions through his books, sermons and worldwide evangelistic outreach. Think Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who during Hitler’s reign of terror fearlessly preached the gospel of Jesus until his last days, giving his life for his faith. Don Finto is a Caleb, a Graham and a Bonhoeffer for our time. At 83, “Papa Don” (as he is affectionately known by many he has mentored through the decades) is now 63 years into a lifelong mission that includes outreach to Jews, Gentiles and nonbelievers alike—and he has no plans to retire. After 25 years as pastor of Nashville’s Belmont Church, Finto founded The Caleb Company, a ministry that is bridging the spiritual gap between the church and the Nation of Israel. Finto has written extensively about the Israel connection in his books, “God’s Promise and the Future of Israel,” and “Your

People Shall Be My People,” which has been translated into 14 languages, including Farsi. In his newest book, Prepare, Finto continues to explore the relationship between the Christian and Jewish faiths, including first-hand stories to illustrate evidence of God’s hand in people’s lives. In one, he notes that the Farsi translator of his book is a former Palestinian terrorist, who was led to the Christian faith. That in itself is no small miracle. But more interestingly, the person who initiated his conversion experience was Rosemarie Claussen—Adolph Hitler’s goddaughter—during a visit to a Messianic Jewish congregation in Ukraine. Now a frequent traveller to Israel, Finto is actively involved in sharing his understanding of the Christian church’s relationship to its Hebraic roots and the Jewish people. He is still motivated to continue his lifelong dedication to, in his words, “getting the message out and passing the legacy on.” But there’s also that desire to finish well. With the way he continues writing, serving and touching the lives of others, there’s little doubt that he’ll be sprinting across the finish line.

George Plaster Out of The Zone and into The Game By Sherry Stinson


e is a man who never had a back up plan, and in the cutthroat world of sports talk radio, that may have been the bravest game plan George Plaster ever had. Since the early ’90s, before the Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators



came to town, Plaster was in the first wave of Nashville sports personalities who forged a new frequency for sports talk. From the time he was 13, Plaster says he knew what he wanted to do. From his early years at WSIX, then to WWTN 99.7, his sports talk show, “The SportsNight,” changed the whole format of sports radio in Nashville. “I was just trying to survive,” Plaster says of those early days. “I thought to myself, ‘It’s what I love, but someday it’s going to put me in

bankruptcy.’” Even though the world of sports and sports talk has drastically changed during Plaster’s 20-year reign, he says his endearing style has not changed—for better or worse. “Pathetically, I am not different than when I was in college. I’m a sports junkie.” Competing programs, personality clashes, a radio divorce and lawsuit— the usual stuff of prime time life— landed Plaster at WGFX-FM 104.5, where the drive time sports show, “The Sports Zone,” reigned supreme for eight years. Then in 2011, an old nemesis, Cumulus Radio, bought WGFX and Plaster was out of a job. “If I had been five to 10 years younger, I would have gotten out thinking it had been a wonderful life. But at this point I want to see it through to the end. Radio is one thing in life I know.” The door that opened this time was the 3 p.m. drive-time slot for a new sports show, “The Game,” on WPRT-FM 102.5 with

his old sidekicks, Willy Daunic and Darren McFarland. “The only thing I give myself credit for is not being a quitter,” he says of his storied career. “I’ve had time to question everything. At some point, you just look to the heavens.” The other aspect to his staying power is, surprisingly, a love affair … with Nashville. “I just have a burning desire to stay here. I love this city and fought like crazy to stay. What’s happening here is just amazing.” Perhaps Plaster’s most endearing trait is his clear sense of self in good times and bad. Of the bad times he says, “I haven’t done a very good job with it and I know it. We are all wired differently. But I think I’ve been given enough good chances to get it right. I am better at it than I was 10 years ago.” Of the good, he simply observes: “What I love is what I love.”

Freddie Scott II By Anne Severance


lot of people might wonder what football has to do with fatherhood. But to former NFL wide receiver Freddie Scott II, it has everything to do with it.“Football is my platform, my conversation starter, to engage men in a dialogue that challenges them to step up and take responsibility for their families,” says Scott. “A lot of parents don’t understand the impact their decisions make on their kids. I want to be the dad I wish I had.” Every child wants his or her father to be a superhero, and Scott was no different. His early life was shaped by his dad, former Detroit Lions and Baltimore Colts wide receiver Freddie Scott, who modeled an exciting, action-packed, pro football agenda for

his son. Wanting to be “just like daddy,” young Freddie followed in his dad’s footsteps all the way to the NFL. Unfortunately, those footsteps had also led to dysfunction in the family while he was growing up, and the younger Scott vowed not to repeat that play. He learned that the absence of a father, or even the presence of a father who is emotionally detached, is one of the most significant social problems facing America today. Finding a father figure in a local pastor, Scott was taught to rely on Biblical principles for leading his own family. He took that ball and ran with it. After leaving professional football and marrying his sweetheart, he served as a youth pastor, dealing with the anger, frustration, and hopelessness of countless fatherless young people. Now, as an author, speaker and mentor, he travels as a national spokesman with former NFL coach Tony Dungy’s organization, “All Pro Dad,” and has founded “Unlock the Champion,” a ministry devoted to empowering fathers to become active in the lives of their children. He has heard all the excuses: “It was just a one-night stand. I didn’t mean for us to have a kid.” “Hey, kids are

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messages through the media, entertainment and society, and [a father] has to be diligent in guarding his children’s hearts from negative influences,”. . . even when those negative influences come through the world of sports. Scott still loves the game, but he gets a bigger kick out of seeing one of his four sons score for their Little League teams or watching his daughter dance to her favorite music. Although at one time his wish list included becoming an outstanding NFL player like his father, he now prefers to work toward leaving a legacy of love and integrity for his own children and mentoring other men to do the same.

Jed Hilly Bringing Americana to the Masses By Ronnie Brooks


ou’ve probably heard the term “Americana music.” But like many, you’re not quite sure what it is or who’s making it. Meet the man who hopes to arrange an introduction for you. Jed Hilly is executive director of the Americana Music Association a nonprofit trade organization that’s bringing attention to Americana’s roots-oriented style (think: country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B, gospel and blues all rolled together), and giving voice to its artists. Hilly, a former Sony Music marketing director, moved his family to Nashville from New York following 9/11. He now keeps a busy schedule that includes traveling to shows and events, strategizing with board members, fundraising, producing the annual Americana Music Festival & Conference (plus a summer concert event), and corresponding with artists. But, behind it all is his mission to raise awareness of Americana music and its performers. The grassroots efforts are paying off: Hilly’s work has helped instigate an “Americana” Grammy Award category and an entry in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. “The original intent was to shine a light on those artists

who otherwise might not be heard,” says Hilly, acknowledging that radio’s shrinking playlists and narrow formats in the U.S. have shut out traditional-style artists. “What has happened over time is that our mission statement today says, ‘We advocate for authentic roots music around the world.’” Hilly speaks with equal amounts of awe and affection about the artists with whom he interacts, whether it’s newer acts like the Avett Brothers, The Alabama Shakes and recent Grammy Award winners Mumford & Sons or revered performers like Emmylou Harris, Robert Plant and Bonnie Raitt. The diverse demographic doesn’t scare him. “My marketing strategy isn’t aimed at teenagers, or thirty-somethings or seventy-somethings,” he says. “It’s directed at the quality and the honesty of the music.” He points out that the genre is represented in movies, commercials, and even the new “Nashville” TV series, which features songs written and supervised by Americana stalwarts T-Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller. “Americana is all over the place,” he says. “30 percent of Bonnaroo’s lineup are Americana acts, and colleges send a lot of talent buyers to the Americana festival here to pick bands. Authentic music, at its core, is touching a nerve.” In addition to helping the music and artists gain traction, Hilly is committed to growing AMA’s annual four-day Nashville music festival. While it is largely a benefit fundraiser for the association, he loves that it has provided a springboard for new acts. “I want it to be to the music industry what Sundance is to the film industry: A first-class event—in terms of production, quality and artistic integrity—that supports the artists first and [also] supports an appreciative consumer, fan and industry base. I think that’s totally in our reach in the next five to 10 years.” Find out more about Americana artists and events at http://

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Cedar Creek Yacht Club, Mount Juliet By Judy Grenley


ust as a little girl named Alice found herself hurtled downward through the rabbit hole into a magical otherworld, you might find yourself immersed into a virtual land of wonder upon entering the gates of Cedar Creek Yacht Club. Sturdy ancient cedars stand guard there, saluting your entrance, as you enter this heavenly patch of Tennessee where time has seemingly stood still. Woodland and water wildlife surround you. White-tailed deer, unaffected by your intrusion, stop momentarily from their peaceful grazing to acknowledge your presence. Fox cub twins peer out from their culvert den, curious to see who has happened on to their playground, while a flock of Canada geese calls out, inviting you to enter the little green cove along Old Hickory Lake in Mount. Juliet, Tenn. The lake meets the harbor with a gentle lapping of the water onto the shore. The sun dances on the surface of the lake, blinding with the brilliance



of infinite sparkling diamonds, as a solitary fisherman stands nearby casting for the day’s trophy. A leisurely little getaway, Cedar Creek Yacht Club offers its members amenities and respite in spades. Opulent motor yachts moored side-by-side are an impressive reminder of the purpose of this little private oasis, and a charming yet efficient clubhouse entertains its members with a full service restaurant. The surrounding grounds consist of more than 61 acres of cultivated woodland, green as Irish clover, hosting quaint summer cottages and an upscale RV park for its exclusive membership. The property offers safety and privacy, and is gently reminiscent of a simpler time gone by. You won’t find the Queen of Hearts at Cedar Creek Yacht Club, but you can’t help but fall in love with this lovely enchanted wonderland tucked secretly away in the heart of middle Tennessee.

Elliston Place Soda Shop By Gregory Rumburg

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n a rising foodie town like Nashville, it’s daunting to be an icon of another dining era serving up fast, casual Southern fare. But after more than 74 years, Elliston Place Soda Shop remains open for business, defying the odds as a stalwart character actor in Nashville’s rich culinary history. The midtown establishment stands as the city’s oldest continuously operating restaurant in the same location. But that’s not the most surprising notion about this family-friendly eatery lauded for its old-fashioned ice cream sodas, burgers and milkshakes. “People think we closed!” says Linda Melton, the restaurant’s manager, a 19-year Elliston Place veteran who still works the floor as a server, too. “You would not believe the number of people who come in here every day and tell me they thought we closed.” It nearly did, due to crumbling lease negotiations during the summer of 2011. But that’s in the past. Today, Elliston Place Soda Shop remains true to its roots, born out of the ice cream soda age when one could select a decadent syrup flavoring, mix it with ice cream, soda water and more ice cream, topping off the goodness with whipped cream and a cherry. The fountain debuted around 1920 when Elliston Place was a pharmacy and small market. In 1939, the building was divided and the current locale was made into a sit-down restaurant. Elliston Place Soda Shop remains authentically malt shop-esque with its red and gray tiled walls, yellow and red linoleum accents, and vintage dining room tables and booths. There’s still a lunch counter with red bar stools trimmed in chrome. Even the defunct jukeboxes along the booths still add to the ambience. Breakfast is served early. The lunch menu includes traditional American grilled items plus the daily meat-and-three meals. Business people, doctors’ office employees and construction workers alike love the turnip greens, baked squash, meatloaf and fried chicken. Burgers are hand pressed. Friday’s menu includes catfish, while fried bologna remains a perennial favorite. Homemade desserts include banana splits, banana pudding and pecan pie. And the generous shakes—made with real ice cream—are good anytime. “People will order the shakes even if it’s 20 below outside,” Melton laughs. Come on, foodies—indulge.

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Farmers Markets By Ashlan Bonnell

Farmer’s Market Locations Nashville Farmers Market (Downtown) 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd. Nashville, TN 37208 West Nashville Farmers Market (West Nashville) 385 46th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209 12 South Farmers Market (12 South) Sevier Park 3000 Granny White Pike East Nashville Farmers Market (East Nashville) 210 South 10th Street in East Nashville Franklin Farmers Market (Franklin) 230 Franklin Rd  Franklin, TN 37064



t’s more than just fresh food and local finds— and more than just a single event happening in one part of town. Nashville’s farmers’ markets are about building community. And, with individual markets happening in several areas, neighborhoods across the entire city are seeing the benefits of these weekly events. The largest of Music City’s markets, the Nashville Farmers’ Market, began in the 1800s, and now resides on 16 acres adjacent to Bicentennial Mall. NFM offers locals three different shopping areas — the South Farm Sheds, the Market House and a Flea Market — and is open all week. While it has long been a staple for the downtown area, additional markets have formed in recent years and have begun supporting communities throughout the city. Mary Crimmins, market manager for the 12th South Farmers’ Market, which entered its third season in 2013, believes that the various markets’ success illustrates just how Nashville has banded together to support local growers and help them support one another. “In so many parts of the country, big stores are the norm and have shut down all the ‘mom and pop’ shops,” Crimmins says. “But in Nashville, there is this resurgence of small businesses. People are wanting to spend their dollars with people they know. So, the market is a culmination of that, with everyone being from within 150 miles of Nashville or less.” For smaller farms and companies without storefronts, the market provides the opportunity to sell products and build relationships at the same time. And that, says Cathy Parsons, co-owner of Cuppycakes Bakery and Confections, is exactly why they participate. “We love the farmers’ market and the atmosphere that it affords us, in terms of visibility, without having to have a retail location, as we are a delivery business,” Parsons says. “At the market, we’re able to see customers, week after week, that we can become familiar with and come to know what they like.” For Parsons and other regular vendors, the markets are a way to provide the public with wholesome, nutritious content and also offer a little bit of education along the way. Cindy Delvin, public relations manager for Nashville’s 100 percent-organic Delvin Farms and a participant in


multiple Nashville markets, says farmers’ markets allow customers the opportunity to learn exactly what goes into producing the food they are buying. “When you go into a grocery store, you might spend $200, and you might speak to a clerk or you might not,” Delvin says. “When you come to a farmers’ market, you start talking to the people around you, and you start talking to the farmers. You learn how that food is grown, how you can grow it in your own garden and how to cook it.” Delvin emphasizes how markets help build communities and educate visitors about the importance of eating locally. “Farmers’ markets are a great opportunity for people to connect with their neighbors, with the food, with the farmers who are growing their food and the artisans who are making their breads,” Delvin says. “So, it’s a win-win situation. You just can’t go wrong with local—and a local farmers’ market.”

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Downtown’s Honky Tonks

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Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge 422 Broadway   (615) 726-0463 Every day: 9 a.m.–2 a.m.

By Ashlan Bonnell


hether you’re a born-and-raised Nashvillian, a Music City tourist or a famous celebrity, no one can fully experience Nashville nightlife without visiting Lower Broadway and its many famous honky-tonks. With its neon lights, cowboy boots and live music, Honky-Tonk Row is the picture-perfect essence of downtown Nashville. A must-see tourist draw, people come from all over the country to get a taste of honkytonk country charm. Even the St. Jude Country Music Marathon plans its course around these desirable destinations to draw large numbers of out-of-towners. Any day of the week, tourists and locals alike can stop by the shops to find a new pair of boots, grab a bite to eat and then hit the clubs for a few drinks and some soulful country tunes. No matter what night of the week it is, you can be sure to get a taste of Music City’s country talent. An obviously iconic spot for live music, Nashville’s honky-tonks, with their talent-filled stages and excited audiences, have become home to many hopeful artists and bands looking to catch their big break. And who can blame them, when stars like Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson and others launched their careers on the stages of these same clubs. So, as you tap your foot and sip your drink, you might want to pay attention to who’s strumming that guitar and singing those licks because, who knows—one day they might make it big. And if the stars are not on the stage, they might be in the crowd. Whether it’s a professional athlete, movie star or music sensation, you can often find them

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enjoying a drink and good music during their stay in Music City. So, drop in Honky Tonk Central, Tootsie’s, Legends Corner or Second Fiddle or grab a drink at The Stage, Bluegrass Inn or Robert’s Western World. You never know who you’ll rub elbows with.

Legends Corner 428 Broadway   (615) 248-6334 Every day: 10 a.m.–3 a.m. 21-and-up after 6 p.m. Second Fiddle 420 Broadway   (615) 251-6812 Mon–Th: 2 p.m.–3 a.m. Fri–Sun: 11 a.m.–3 a.m. The Stage 412 Broadway   (615) 726-0504 Mon–Wed: 2 p.m.–3 a.m. Th–Sun: 11 a.m.–3 a.m. 21-and-up after 6 p.m. Layla’s Bluegrass Inn 418 Broadway   (615) 726-2799 Sun–Mon: Noon– midnight Tue: Noon–1 a.m. Wed–Sat: Noon–2 a.m. Robert’s Western World 416 Broadway   (615) 244-9552 Mon–Sat: 11 a.m.–3 a.m. Sun: Noon–3 a.m. Sunday Morning Gospel Fellowship: 10:30 a.m. 21-and-up after 10 p.m.

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The Other Side of the (Horse) Track By Matthew Landon Glover


questrianism and competitive horseback riding date back to the 1900 Olympic Games. Corn Hole, light beer and “Kenny Chesney’s Greatest Hits” album are not quite as genteel or time honored. But once a year in Nashville, they coexist beautifully on behalf of a great cause. So with a respectful nod to the grandstands, this is a view from the cheap seats at the Iroquois Steeplechase. There are two vantage points here: Those lucky enough to have the DNA disposition will enjoy the race from the box seats, with a complimentary boxed lunch and cocktails served by gentlemen bartenders. The rest of us ... well we are part of the infield—definitely not boxed, plenty of tailgate food and mixing our drinks with a plastic fork. Since 1981, these two demographics have teamed up to convert sunshine, partying and horse racing into a $9 million check for the



Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. You can’t legally bet on races in Tennessee, but every year, the children’s hospital is the big winner. That’s cool. Really cool. A last-minute trip to T.J. Maxx for Steeplechase-appropriate threads officially kicked off my day. I confidently walked into the infield Saturday morning—with 25,000 of my closest friends—sporting a discounted pastel shirt and “Miami Vice”-style jacket. But as I looked across the track to the grandstand, it seemed like the men and women over there had just stepped out of a Nordstrom catalog. On the Nordstrom side, the event is revered as the premiere spring race in steeplechasing. The partying is a bit more refined for the welltailored guests, the horse owners and the well heeled—a few of whom might be making the occasional side wager. All have their sights on the

By now, we’ve all heard Nashville is the new “It” city, and we are being overrun with hipsters and dreamers. For those of you concerned with this notion, spend a Saturday in the infield of Steeplechase. We may be the “It” city every other day, but on the second Saturday in May, we don’t care about the New York Times write-ups or the booming economy. We congregate in the infield to enjoy drinks, friends and classic country songs and somewhere along the way we almost forget we’re doing it for a good cause. So maybe one day I’ll experience the other side of the track. But for now, I’m satisfied being down in the muck.

featured race: The Calvin Houghland Iroquois Grade One Hurdle Stakes worth $150,000. This year, Demonstrative, the favorite and the great, great grandson of Triple Crown winner Secretariat, held on to win by a nose at the finish and claim his fourth Grade One Stakes. Meanwhile, back in the infield, I was in the heat of that other glorious Southern tradition: a corn hole match. My opponents were two individuals sporting their finest Tennessee Volunteers gear. I think their chewing tobacco and customized drinking cups with “What Horses?” printed on the side helped to sum up the atmosphere best.

St. Jude’s Country Music Marathon By Ashlan Bonnell

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t’s an opportunity to see the most iconic sites in Nashville—a tour of Music City right from the streets. On April 27, 2013, the St. Jude Country Music Marathon and Half-Marathon drew over 30,000 runners from all over the country to take on the rolling hills of the 26.2-mile and 13.1-mile courses. The Country Music Marathon is part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, and Race Director Malain McCormick says the event is one of the most unique and desirable courses in the series. “The city itself really speaks to what is so attractive out on the course,” McCormick says. “We give runners the ultimate tour of what a Nashvillian sees on a daily basis. We go through so many more neighborhoods than just the honky-tonks, which is really unique to the city of Nashville. The spectator support is the best that we have out of all of our series, and that really speaks to the hospitality that runners expect and love this city for.” And this year that support meant more than ever. Families and friends stood for hours in the pouring rain to cheer on the runners, who stayed drenched from start to finish. “Nashville in April can always have a different weather outlook,” McCormick notes. “We’ve seen some of the hottest days and the coldest days. Now, we’ve had our wettest day. We’ve never had the amount of downpour over an extended period of time like this year. It was definitely a new element to the event.”

However, the race took on an entirely new meaning of support this year, occurring just days after the tragic events of the Boston Marathon bombings. McCormick says the Country Music Marathon was an opportunity to recognize and support those affected and to show the world the resiliency of the running community. “When the attacks on Boston occurred, we sat back and wondered what this would do to the running community,”

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McCormick recalls. “What we realized is that the running community, as we already knew, is a very resilient group of people. You have to be, to train and put in enough effort to run 13.1 or 26.2 miles. There were a lot of great tributes out there. People took it upon themselves to write signs or hold hands across the finish line. People wanted to use this event as an outlet to say, ‘This won’t stop us.’” Many runners also participate as St. Jude Heroes in support of the marathon’s title partner, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the fight against childhood cancer. According to Chris Boysen, St. Jude’s senior vice president of field operations, the marathon is an opportunity for thousands to come together in recognition and support of a great cause. “[This year], 2,500 St. Jude Heroes raised $1 million for the hospital,” Boysen says. “Through programs like this, St. Jude Heroes and supporters help raise 75 percent of the operating costs, and it’s because of them that we can continue the pioneering research and exceptional care that have saved so many lives around the world.” The 2014 marathon date has been set for Saturday, April 26.

Nashville’s Tribute Acts By Ashlan Bonnell

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n any given night, you can find just about any genre of music playing live around Nashville. From Grammywinning artists to local singersongwriters, Music City has it all. But there’s one genre that seems to truly highlight the diverse talent and musical passion this city has to offer: Nashville’s tribute acts add a unique attraction to the local music scene. Colleen Orender started the Sheagles, an all-female Eagles cover band, to experience a fun, girls-only project while also generating income for band members focused on their solo careers. The Sheagles’

performances offer a fresh take on a fan favorite, but Orender says when it comes to rehearsing as a tribute artist, it’s definitely not just fun and games. “I have been here for about five or six years, and I became enamored with the tribute act idea,” Orender says. “I had always wanted to do an all-female project ... It’s a lot of fun, but we work really hard because, with this music, the fans know it almost better than you do. You really have to be on top of your game, so we rehearsed an awful lot.” Doing justice to these sensational artists takes work, but for many tribute bands, it’s a way to play music as a release and also become part of a specific musical legacy. For Bill Roberts and his Beatles cover band, FAB, being a tribute act is all about enjoying the music of a band they love. “We revere the songs that the Beatles wrote, so we try to reproduce them as faithfully and accurately as possible and in the spirit of the Beatles, which is playful and optimistic,” Roberts says. “It’s just a great release. There are a couple people in our band who are heavily involved on the business end of things, so it’s a great outlet for them.”

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These acts aren’t just special because of the role they play for musicians. Their popularity comes down to a tribute’s true nature—providing the audience a sense of nostalgia, through music that has been celebrated for decades. “Cover bands, not just in Nashville but everywhere, are popular because people grew up listening to that music,” Roberts says. “It was the background music to their youth.” For the Black Diamond’s Theron Denson, a full-time Neil Diamond tribute artist who got his start performing

on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” his tribute act is just that: an opportunity for people to forget their worries and go back in time, through music they love. “I love my job,” Denson says. “As a tribute artist, [Neil Diamond] has made my job very easy. I get to put on the sequined shirt, sing “Sweet Caroline” and, hopefully, create a party atmosphere for folks. That’s what the goal of the show really is: For two hours you can forget that rent is due, your back hurts or you have a sore throat . . . cast it aside and just enjoy the music. If, in the end, you happen to think I sound like Neil Diamond, well then, that’s just icing on the cake for me.”

Nashville Food Trucks By Ashlan Bonnell


ou’ve heard the phrase “eating-on-the-go,” but typically, it’s you that‘s on the move, not the food. But that’s not quite the case when it comes to Nashville’s trendy food trucks. A phenomenon that has taken off seemingly overnight, food trucks have given new meaning to the term “fast food,” and have transformed Nashville’s culinary scene. It’s a chance to grab

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a quick meal without the limited options of typical commercial fast-food joints. Nashville’s food trucks have not only created a buzz around Music City, but on the national level as well. Whether they’re being featured on Food Network, gathered at local events or just scattered around town, Nashville’s wide variety of food trucks offer residents a new kind of dining experience. Many of Nashville’s trucks even play a role in supporting other local businesses, boasting fresh ingredients from local vendors and farmers’ markets. No matter where you live in Nashville, chances are good one of these popular local trucks will be setting up shop near your neighborhood. From gourmet Mexican at Yayo’s O.M.G to authentic Asian at Deg Thai, to the sweet treats of Doughworks, there’s a

truck for pretty much every craving. You can even get your kid’s favorite grilled cheese sandwich, gourmet style, at The Grilled Cheeserie. Quick, accessible and delicious, you can’t go wrong with one of the dozens of food trucks Nashville has to offer. And now, it is becoming even more convenient for Nashvillians to locate their favorite truck. In addition to social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter—along with local blogs detailing all the trucks’ weekly schedules—the Nashville Food Truck Association has created a smartphone app to help locals find a food truck in their area or view their favorite truck’s weekly schedule. So, if you’re looking for a quick-but-delicious meal and a unique experience, look for a truck near you. You can find more information at Nashville’s go-to resource for all things food trucks:

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By Ashlan Bonnell


hat if you could have the best of both worlds: hear legendary artists, but in an intimate venue that feels more like a personal experience than a mass concert? That’s just what Nashville’s new music experience, Music With Friends, is all about— experiencing music at its finest, with your best friends. Larry Farber, founder and CEO, began the exclusive music club in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C., before expanding to Charleston, S.C.. Farber says the idea behind his concept was for true music fans to experience concerts in a new and unique way. “My love and passion is music,” Farber says. “I grew up going to concerts and experiencing music like many of us have, in big arenas and small venues. I knew there was a better way to experience music and there was a better way to create an experience around music that would be about the music itself—but also about being able to participate with your friends, and in a venue that would bring music to us in a different way.” After becoming a raging success in Charlotte and Charleston, featuring artists like Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Sheryl Crow, the Doobie Brothers and more, Farber says

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Nashville was the perfect city to bring his idea. “I thought ‘This is Music With Friends. Why are we not in Music City,’” Farber says, “especially with the concept that people in Nashville know, love and appreciate music better than anybody?” But it took more than the music scene and appreciative audiences to bring Music With Friends to Nashville. The club is centered around one key element: an intimate venue. With the opening of the 800-seat CMA Theater in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum—and the help of Farber’s longtime acquaintance and co-head of Nashville’s Creative Artists Agency, John Huie— Farber had the components to make his dream a reality in Nashville. Music With Friends’ concerts take place three times a year. Each event features legendary artists selected by members, along with cocktails and aftershow parties. And according to Becky Mitchener, director of development and membership in Charlotte, it’s an experience like nothing else. “The artist just completely engages with the audience,” Mitchener says. “This is why they started playing in the first place: because of the emotional component and the creative expression. To be able to exchange their passion with their audience’s passion is a pleasure to watch. There’s nothing like it...It’s much like going to a movie where you just have to talk about it. The whole experience lingers and stays with you.” Music With Friends will host its first Nashville concert in October 2013. With members already eager to join, Farber suspects it will become a great addition to Nashville. “I hope that it’ll become home to a group of people who truly want to see legends in an environment where they can feel comfortable,” Farber says. “Where the music is perfect, the volume is perfect, the people are perfect and the parties are perfect . . . I want people to walk out thinking they did not know they could ever experience music like that.” To become a part of this unique experience, contact Bec Porter, director of membership at 615-584-4255 or

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Vanderbilt Football: “Where Else Would You Want to Go?” By Sherry Stinson


here is no doubt the Vanderbilt University football program is in a new era. Just look at the win-loss column and then look beyond, says Head Coach James Franklin. Franklin, in his third season, is just getting started putting Vanderbilt football on the national buzz map with big picture fortitude and strategies that reach much farther than Dudley Field. During his first two years at the helm, Vandy’s record, 15-11, is trending the other way for a change. Two consecutive bowl appearances and . . . well, the sky seems to be the limit. After the 2012 season, Franklin was named as a finalist for the Bryant Awards Coach of the Year honor. Moving forward, Vanderbilt has reconfirmed its commitment to Franklin as its head coach with a new contract that includes facility enhancements to Vanderbilt Stadium. While he wasn’t Vanderbilt’s first choice for the head coach position, Franklin is obviously proving to be the best one.



NAE: The Vanderbilt football program is often described as a “program on the rise.” When you took over the reigns in 2011 what did you see? What were your misgivings and challenges, and what did you see as positives? FRANKLIN: I saw a football program with incredible potential, one that presented an opportunity to do something that had never been done before. From the start, I saw many positives. Vanderbilt is a university that offers everything a football player on the highest level could possibly want. It had the great city of Nashville and offered one of the top educations in the nation. Then, you’re a member of the SEC, which is the very best conference. There are only three conferences in the nation: the NFC, the AFC and the SEC. Some of our greatest strengths at Vanderbilt, such as academics, also are our greatest challenges. Other schools use our academics against us in recruiting and others have used it as an excuse. We view Vanderbilt’s academic rigor as a huge positive. If you’re a young man who wants to compete at the highest levels, in regards to football and the classroom, where else would you want to go?

“I tell my wife we have two daughters and 105 sons, and that’s truly the way I feel about it.” — James Franklin, head coach, Vanderbilt Football

NAE: Vanderbilt University is your first head coaching position. On a personal level, what have you found to be the most challenging aspect of being in that chair? What has been your greatest surprise? FRANKLIN: There are so many challenges to managing a program of this size. I’m the CEO of a 200-person operation. At Vanderbilt, the head coach simply has to wear more hats than other head coaches. Here, you’re focusing on virtually every area of the program, from ticket sales to changing perceptions in the community—all this in addition to the areas most head coaches spend their energy on, such as recruiting, preparing for Saturdays and developing 105 guys into productive citizens. Personally, I’m pulled in so many directions, I have to learn when to say yes and when to say no. That’s very hard because I want to say yes to everything. But at the same time, I have to do a good job of keeping the work/life balance as a priority. As far as the greatest surprise: I’d have to say the city itself. Nashville is a great city to live in. We love it. There’s an energy and enthusiasm to Nashville that’s really special.

NAE: Vanderbilt University has an unfortunate long tradition of not winning football games (that obviously predates you) or even really being a competitive SEC football program. Has this made it even harder to recruit players, fill the stadium, get your players to think of themselves as winners or be taken seriously in the SEC? FRANKLIN: The first thing we had to do was change the perception of our own players—instill confidence and belief among our kids. We do not focus or talk about the past. We talk about seizing the day—and we talk about our core values of having a positive attitude, a great work ethic, competing in everything you do and (what you) must be willing to sacrifice. We tell the guys everyday to do a backhand spring out of bed and maximize the day.

NAE: After two years in the head coach position, what are you the most proud of so far on a personal level? FRANKLIN: I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing our guys succeed, on and off the field. To win games on Saturdays and graduate our guys, that’s what all of this is supposed to be about. I also take great pride in seeing our guys have an impact on their communities.

NAE: At what point will you be satisfied that Vanderbilt football is the best it can be? What would that look like? NAE: Since you took over, you’ve made it to two bowl games; racked up a two-year 15-game win record; in 2011 were voted the most improved offense and defense; in 2012 finished with seven straight wins. What is the single thing you did that made such a difference and what’s the next step? FRANKLIN: I am not a big goaloriented guy. We simply focus on the process. We spend all of our time focusing on the moment, on the task at hand. On the field, we talk a lot about “six seconds at a time.” The average play in football takes six seconds. If we just give our very best for six seconds, then do it again and again, we’ll find success.

NAE: Your comment: “Here’s a bunch of kids doing it in the classroom and on the football field…” is part of the story you are building around the Commodore program. How challenging is it to build a football program around the rigorous academic requirements of being a Vanderbilt student and being able to be SEC-competitive? FRANKLIN: Again, we look at this as a positive, we truly do. It’s unbelievable that our guys get a chance to be in class with the nation’s brightest young people, the leaders of tomorrow. At Vanderbilt, you have to compete everyday, in everything you do, to succeed. We think success in the classroom translates to success on the field. You have to do a lot of things well to succeed in the classroom, but once you do, you can use those same traits to do the same thing on the field.

FRANKLIN: I really doubt I’ll ever be satisfied. What I really want is for people to watch our team play and say, “That’s a hard-nosed team that flies around the football field. Those guys on that team play incredibly hard.” At the end of the day, and at the end of the season, I want people to look at this program and say that we are continuously improving, as a football team and family. That’s important.

NAE: Based on the success of the last two years, what are you doing to ensure that the progress you’ve made is sustainable? FRANKLIN: Our plan was not conceived overnight. We were very thorough, deliberate and detailed, with everything intended to achieve sustainable success. We simply need to continue doing what got us here—continue to focus our attention on the process.

NAE: At the end of the day, what are your personal markers for a successful life as a coach, as a man and as a father? FRANKLIN: We are definitely role models to our players. One of the things I really wanted to accomplish, and I think we’ve succeeded, is creating a family atmosphere throughout our program. I tell my wife we have two daughters and 105 sons, and that’s truly the way I feel about it. Success in life can come in many ways. I want to see my players graduate; I want them to experience wins on the field, and success in the classroom. We talk to the guys every day about making an impact on their communities. When you can put your head on a pillow, do you feel good about what you accomplished that day?

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10 Signs You Need A Golf Lesson By Mike Wine

1. You swing too hard.

Most amateurs let their egos guide their club selection. When you select a club, you should choose one that you know will get you to the green, not one you hope will get there. When you choose a club that you have to hit perfectly to get your distance, you place too much pressure on your swing. Eventually, it will break down.

2. Your “Positive Thinking” is killing you.

Positive thinking is great for many things, but not for rustling rattlesnakes, crossing the highway or golf. Instead, try “Pragmatic Thinking.” When you teach a five-year-old to cross a street, you don’t want him thinking too positively. You want him to have a healthy dose of fear and respect for cars and trucks that can squash him like a bug. Only after an honest analysis of the dangers in the road should he step onto the street. That’s true of your golf strategy, too. You need to be fearful and respectful of bunkers, lakes and boundary stakes. Sometimes, going around a lake makes more sense than constantly going into it.

3. You hit a large bucket of balls before your round.

Tour pros warm up before a round. Amateurs try to fix their swings before a round. When you try to fix your slice 30 minutes before your tee time, you are putting yourself in “lesson” mode rather than “scoring” mode. Whatever your strengths and weaknesses were when you went to bed last night, they’re still with you this morning. Instead of bashing 100 balls in the hopes your swing will be magically fixed, try chipping and putting before your round. These are scoring shots, and can make up for serious errors in your golf swing.

4. You spent $500 on your driver and got your putter at a garage sale.

If that is true, you are thinking with your ego, not your brain. “Drive for show, putt for dough” is a true statement. 40 percent of your golf game is putting, and you should get a great putter and learn to use it.

5. You take too dang long to hit a shot.

Not only are you annoying everyone on the golf course, you’re hurting your golf game. When you stand too long over the ball, you are begging every negative thought to jump into



your brain. Take a cue from Brandt Snedeker, who takes 11-12 seconds to hit the ball. Pick your target, visualize success and take your shot.

6. You always use your sand wedge around the green.

People think it looks cool when a pro hits a high lob shot that stops quickly after it lands. It doesn’t look cool when an amateur skulls a wedge over the green and into the clubhouse. Use the lowest-lofted club that gets the job done. Much of the time, a “bump and run” with a seven iron will safely get you to the hole, with far less chance of disaster than a sand wedge.

7. You took a lesson from a golf magazine (except this one!).

Magazine editors have to publish 140 pages each month. They have been doing it for 75 years. At some point, they have to just make stuff up. Don’t be the guinea pig for some wacky pro’s experimental theory. Lots of articles look great on paper; they just don’t translate to good golf on the course.

8. You bought something after watching an infomercial.

There is a reason the marketers of the product paid a million dollars to create the infomercial: They had to. When you hear “Not available in any store,” it’s because no store wants to carry the product. Perfect clubs, 10-volume DVDs, and power slacks just don’t work.

9. You’re drunk.

You need all your mental faculties to play golf well. Alcohol can help relieve the pain of bad golf, but save it until the end, when you’re really suffering. There is a reason that there’s a 19th hole. Don’t drink and drive.

10. You have a ball retriever.

This announces to everyone that you can afford $75 to play the golf course, but you can’t let one ball go that’s out of reach of your wedge. If you must carry one, at least put a headcover on it.

About Mike Wine Mike operates the Mike Wine Golf Academy at The Family Golf Center in Antioch, TN. He has appeared on the Golf Channel’s “Golf Academy Live,” and has published numerous articles for magazines and websites. He is a Silver Certified instructor with the SeeMore Putter Institute, and works with players of all ability levels. Learn more at his website:

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Photo Credits (LtoR): Siamang at Nashville Zoo at Grassmere – Photo by Amiee Stubbs; Live On the Green ft. Delta Spirit & The Wallflowers Sept. 13, 2012; Celebrate Nashville in Centennial Park; Nashville Ballet presents The Nutcracker at TPAC; Tennessee Titans; Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg; Grand Ole Opry at the Grand Ole Opry House; Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum; Bell Chandelier in Cheekwood’s Mansion Rotunda Staircase, part of the LIGHT: Bruce Munro exhibit – Photo by Mark Pickthall; The Parthenon at Dusk; Nashville Predators Hockey Team; Misty Lewis as Lilly in the Nashville Children’s Theatre production of Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse – Photo by Dan Brewer; Darick Pead as Beast and Hilary Maiberger as Belle in Disney’s Beauty & the Beast at TPAC – Photo by Joan Marcus; The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson.


September Live On the Green

An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee


Public Square Park

Aug. 8 – Sept. 12 Free concert series held Thursday nights highlighting local & national acts with roots in Music City. Local Natives are set to perform September 12. Photo Credit: Delta Spirit & The Wallflowers Sept. 13, 2012


Shakespeare In The Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream Centennial Park Bandshell Aug. 15 – Sept. 15


First Tennessee Nashville Predators/ Brent Peterson Celebrity Golf Classic Vanderbilt Legends Club


Muse with Cage the Elephant


Tennessee State Fair


Tennessee State Fairgrounds

The fairgrounds come alive with traditional competitions, thrilling rides, and a wide variety of must-see events. Entertainment is a key component and often attracts top talent.

7th Annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival

Fun, unique cultural event featuring adrenaline-pumping action. Teams of 20 paddlers with a drummer and steerer, racing authentic Hong Kong-style 46-foot-long dragon boats - often wearing costumes.

Larries by Nate Eppler

In this world premiere born from the Tennessee Rep’s Ingram New Works Festival, Wanda sends her husband Larry an ultimatum by email; she wants to have another baby or she wants a divorce.

Riverfront Park

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Teams of four-paired with a celebrity golfer tee off in morning and afternoon flights with an awards ceremony to follow. Proceeds benefit Nashville Predators Foundation and Peterson Foundation for Parkinson’s.

Bridgestone Arena

Sept. 6 – 15


Enjoy an enchanting evening of theatre under the stars with A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Denise Hicks. Thursdays-Sundays, 7:30pm.

Johnson Theater, TPAC Sept. 7 – 21


Hanson with Paul McDonald


Bank of America Pops Series: Chicago

Wildhorse Saloon

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

It’ll be an epic night packed with hits when one of the longest-running groups in rock history joins the Nashville Symphony.

Sept. 12 – 14


A Wrinkle In Time

Nashville Children’s Theatre Sept. 12 – Oct. 5


On a dark and stormy night, young Meg Murray and her little brother Charles Wallace embark on a dangerous quest to find their missing father. Under the guidance of a mysterious trio they will journey beyond the confines of imagination to confront an inconceivable darkness.


Zoovie Nights: Paranorman Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

The fun includes games, inflatables, music, and after hour access to the carousel. When the sun goes down, roll out a blanket on Festival Field and watch “Paranorman” under the stars.


11th Annual Wine On The River

Featuring over 300 wines in a festive atmosphere with live music atop of the beautiful pedestrian bridge, this event raises awareness for Hands On Nashville.

Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge


September 14th Annual Americana Music Festival and Conference Sheraton Nashville Downtown

Seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day, a stellar lineup of musical showcases at premiere venues by night plus Honors & Awards at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

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Sept. 18 – 22


Taylor Swift with Ed Sheeran Bridgestone Arena Sept. 19 – 21


Full Moon Pickin’ Party

Warner Parks Equestrian Center

Family-friendly evenings featuring the finest bluegrass music under the light of a full moon. Pickers form circles around the grounds, while several headliners are featured on stage.


31st Annual African Street Festival

A family-oriented festival that has grown continuously, hosted by the African American Cultural Alliance (AACA) and held on the main campus of Tennessee State University.

Tennessee State University Sept. 20 – 22


Bluebird on the Mountain Dyer Observatory

Premier singer-songwriters perform on the grounds of Dyer Observatory, offering a spectacular view of Nashville. Featured songwriters: Thom Schuyler, J. Fred Knobloch, Tony Arata, and Jellyroll Johnson.


Hands On Nashville Day 2013

A community-transforming event as more than 1,000 volunteers come together for the largest day of service to public schools.

Local Metro Schools

More Love: Art, Politics, & Sharing Since the 1990’s


Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art

Opens Sep. 21 More Love brings together artists’ attempts to understand relationships, what they say about our world today, and how a new understanding of this complex force might even bring us closer together. Photo Credit: Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (portrait of Ross in LA), 1991. 175 lbs Fruit Flasher Candy, size variable

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Disney’s Beauty & The Beast

The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel Jackson Hall, TPAC Sept. 24 – 29


Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music and Food Festival Lawn at Riverfront Park Sept. 27 – 28


35th Annual TACA Fall Craft Fair

This classic love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song, "Beauty and the Beast." This two day festival will feature live musical performances from Willie Nelson & Family, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Eli Young Band, Dawes, The Head & The Heart, Kacey Musgraves, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Blackberry Smoke, and more with sit-in performances by John Fogerty, Jason Mraz, and more.

Centennial Park

A signature event offering shoppers the opportunity to meet and talk with exhibiting artists, enjoy children’s activities, visit special exhibits and demonstrations, and purchase a wide variety of uniquely handcrafted art.

Nashville Zoo 16th Annual Harvest Days

Step back to the days of yore for a celebration of life at harvest time in the 1800s, featuring fun, educational activities for the whole family.

Sept. 27 – 29


An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee


Nashville Zoo at Grassmere Sept. 27 – 29


Women’s Half Marathon Downtown Nashville

The custom finisher's medal, designer goodie bag, cookie cafe & more make this Half Marathon & 5K a spectacular event! Grab your girlfriends and get ready for an unforgettable weekend.



October An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee


Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Copland’s Billy The Kid Schermerhorn Symphony Center

A musical portrait of the legendary outlaw set against the backdrop of wide-open prairies and the raucous American frontier. Bruch’s gorgeous Second Violin Concerto will transport you to another world.

Oct. 4 – 5


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Street Theatre

Spooky classic storybook tale by Washington Irving that revolves around the bumbling, awkward schoolteacher, Ichabod, the coquettish Katrina, Ichabod's brutish rival, Brom Bones, and the headless horseman.


Celebrate Nashville Cultural Festival

Presented by Metro Parks and adopted to reflect the renewed focus of honoring the diversity of cultures that comprise the City of Nashville.


Fall Fest

The Hermitage

Enjoy a weekend of fun, music, food, art, and history at The Hermitage: Home of President Andrew Jackson. The event will focus on a fantastic variety of live music acts that can only be found in Music City, as well as specialty foods and spirits from local artisans, and handmade arts and crafts from regional artists.


Nashville Beer Festival

More than 120 craft beers from over 45 breweries, including local & specialty brews, will be featured at this annual event presented by Frugal MacDoogal.


Opry’s 88th Birthday Concert

Singer/songwriter/musician and all-around talent Steve Wariner takes the Opry stage for an afternoon concert in celebration of the Opry’s birthday.


Don Williams

A living legend, the Gentle Giant of country music brings his laid-back baritone to the Schermerhorn for two nights of incredible songs and unforgettable memories.

Oct. 4 – 12

Centennial Park

Public Square Park

Grand Ole Opry House

Schermerhorn Symphony Center Oct. 6 – 7


First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown The Arcade

The Pearl Fishers

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Jackson Hall, TPAC

Oct. 10, 12 Nashville Opera; From Bizet, composer of Carmen, comes another tale of heated desire, exotic locales, and ravishing music. In a fishing village in ancient Ceylon. Sung in French with projected English translations.

Little Women

Larry Keeton Theatre Oct. 10 – 26

Based on Louisa May Alcott's own family experiences (and novel) following the adventures of Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March as they grow up in Civil War America. The beloved story of the March sisters is timeless, dealing with issues relevant today.


9th Annual Franklin Wine Festival Factory at Franklin

Enjoy over 300 wines from the finest winemakers around the world, paired with culinary offerings from several of Middle Tennessee's finest chefs, caterers, and other specialty food exhibitors.


Southern Festival of Books

An annual celebration that features more than 250 authors from around the nation and in every genre for presentations, readings, panel discussions and book signings.

War Memorial Plaza Oct. 11 – 13


Nashville Heart Walk

Vanderbilt Student Life Center

Join the American Heart Association and ten thousand friends as they walk to fight the number one killer of men and women - heart disease. Family-friendly, hearthealthy festivities start at 8:00am.



Held in the Historic Germantown area of Nashville, Oktoberfest features authentic German food and beverages, 4 live music stages, Polka dancing, kids activities, arts and crafts, and more!


Music and Molasses Festival

An annual country celebration of the harvest season with two stages, storytelling, cloggers, bluegrass, crafts, & special demonstrations can be enjoyed with cooking and tasting at the sorghum mill.

Historic Germantown Tennessee Agricultural Museum Oct. 18 – 20


Multiple downtown galleries open their doors to avid art lovers, as well as anyone else that is curious to see what the Gallery Crawl is all about. Most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments.



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Ghouls at Grassmere


Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Oct. 18 – 27 Kids of all ages will enjoy the Trick or Treat Trail packed with treat stations, festival with games, an inflatable slide, Gypsy Mystery Maze, and the Monster Mash. Photo Credit: Amiee Stubbs


Peter Pan

Nashville Ballet with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra; Complete with a villainous Captain Hook, man-eating crocodile and meddling Tinker Bell, Peter Pan takes Wendy on a fantastical adventure to Neverland.

Jackson Hall, TPAC Oct. 18 – 20


Michael Bublé


Selena Gomez & The Scene


25th Annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue

Bridgestone Arena Bridgestone Arena

Lynchburg Square, Lynchburg, TN

Thousands head to the Hollow for the annual World Championship Invitational Barbecue, an event that began in 1989 and is today considered one of the most prestigious barbecue competitions in the world.

Oct. 25 – 26



Filling Main Street with all things fall-related: pumpkins, costumes, activities for children, full schedule of entertainment, chili cook-off, hayrides, trick-or-treating, and fall craft booths.

Downtown Franklin

Jersey Boys


Jackson Hall, TPAC

Oct. 29 – Nov. 3 The story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were 30. Photo Credit: (L to R) Jason Kappus, Colby Foytik, Brad Weinstock and Brandon Andrus. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Cheekwood Harvest

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art

An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee


Celebrate the season’s changes as you wander through the gardens and find scarecrows hidden among the trails.

Sept. 23 – Oct. 31

Tennessee Titans 2013 Home Schedule

The Tennessee Titans play their homes games at LP Field in Nashville, TN. Visit for ticket and game information.

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Sun. Sept. 22. . . . . . . . . . . . .San Diego Chargers. . . . . . . . . . . .Noon Sun. Sept. 29. . . . . . . . . . . . .New York Jets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3:05pm Sun. Oct. 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Kansas City Chiefs . . . . . . . . . . . .Noon Sun. Oct. 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . .San Francisco 49ers . . . . . . . . . . .3:05pm Sun. Nov. 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jacksonville Jaguars . . . . . . . . . .Noon Thu. Nov. 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Indianapolis Colts . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:25pm Sun. Dec. 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Arizona Cardinals . . . . . . . . . . . . .Noon Sun. Dec. 29 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Houston Texans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Noon



November An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee



Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, Spamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Street Theatre Nov. 1 – 17


The show that made country music famous returns to its most famous home. The 2-hour show features a line up of new stars, superstars, and legends of country music.

Opry at The Ryman Ryman Auditorium Nov. 1 – Dec. 28


Wine Down Main Street

Shop, taste wines, and sample food from area restaurants while listening to live music as you Wine Down Main Street. Participants receive a booklet listing the wines and descriptions and a commemorative wine glass.


Nashville Jewish Film Festival

Celebrating its 13th year, the film festival brings Jewish history and culture to the community through educational, entertaining and thought-provoking Jewish-themed films, panel discussions, and special events.

Downtown Franklin

Belcourt Theatre Nov. 6 – 14

The 47th Annual CMA Awards


Bridgestone Arena

It’s County music’s biggest night! This event will recognize the best and brightest performers, songwriters, record producers and music video directors in the industry.

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Alton Brown Edible Inevitable Tour


Straight No Chaser


Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Stravinsky’s Firebird

Jackson Hall, TPAC

Ryman Auditorium

Stravinsky’s dazzling adaptation of the Russian folk tale Firebird is bursting with some of the most astounding music ever written for orchestra.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center Nov. 7 – 9


The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat Noah Liff Opera Center

This chamber opera is a sometimes comedic yet extremely poignant story of a man coping with personal adversity by using the power of music to organize and heal his shattered world.

Nov. 8 – 10


Blue and Gray Days

Historic Carnton Plantation

A mobile living history with historical discussions from local historians, reenactments, and the chance to view original items from the Battle of Franklin.

Nov. 8 – 9


Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo Day Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

One of the biggest offsite pet adoption events, drawing thousands of guests. Area humane societies, animal shelters and pet adoption agencies bring adoptees to the Zoo’s parking lot for a fun-filled day.


I Run For The Party/Hard Rock Cafe Nashville ½ Marathon

The Gulch, East Nashville, and other lively neighborhoods will cheer you on with full support as you run with the last quarter mile on a triumphant downhill through the honkytonks of Broadway.

Downtown Nashville


Alton Brown brings his brand of quirky humor and culinary-science antics to the stage. The show is a unique blend of stand up comedy, food experimentation, talk show antics, multimedia lecture, and, for the first music.





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Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour Exhibition


Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Closes Nov. 10 Explore the world of superstar Carrie Underwood’s critically acclaimed tour, and get an exclusive glimpse at pieces from the “Blown Away Tour” including costumes, instrument, and much more.

LIGHT: Bruce Munro Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art

Using an inventive array of materials and hundreds of miles of glowing optic fiber, Munro's fascination with light as an artistic medium will transform Cheekwood’s beautiful gardens into an enchanting, dream-like landscape.

Closes Nov. 10


We Will Rock You Jackson Hall, TPAC Nov. 12 – 17


Bank of America Pops Series: A Tribute to Patsy Cline with Mandy Barnett

Hilarious, multi-award-winning, record-breaking phenomenon boasting a fantastic score of killer Queen tunes. It’s the world champion of musicals and the show that rocks harder than any other. The life and music of country legend Patsy Cline with stunning vocalist Mandy Barnett and the Nashville Symphony. Barnett portrayed the singer in multiple sold-out runs of the stage show Always…Patsy Cline.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center Nov. 14 – 16


Justin Timberlake


Christmas Village

Bridgestone Arena

Nov. 15 – 17


Lightning 100: On Tap Series Tin Roof

This event will showcase the best unsigned artists from the Nashville area. Each showcase will consist of 2-3 artists chosen by Lightning 100's music panel comprised of the local Lightning staff.


Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller

An annual holiday tradition, the tour will feature the favorite Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with state-of-the-art multimedia effects in an intimate setting.

Jackson Hall, TPAC

An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Tennessee State Fairgrounds

A variety of gift items offered by merchants from all over the U.S., including: toys, clothing, jewelry, food items, pottery, collectibles and unusual pieces for the "person who has everything".

A Tribute to George Jones


Bridgestone Arena

The George Jones final Nashville concert will continue as planned with one change-the show will now become a ‘Tribute to George Jones’. Garth Brooks, Kid Rock, Travis Tritt, The Oak Ridge Boys and more are expected to pay tribute.


North Pole Express with Santa Tennessee Central Railway Museum

Come ride with Santa on the Tennessee Central Railway Museum’s North Pole Express excursion train to Watertown or Lebanon!

Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14



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Explore the definitive story of country music through UNRIVALED exhibitions, artifacts and programs. Tour the LEGENDARY Home of 1,000 Hits created by stars such as Elvis and Dolly. Experience nearly 150 years of history in American letterpress through an ICONIC collection of type, wood blocks and posters. All this and more awaits when you step inside these crown jewels of Nashville.

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These historic properties are operated by the Country Music Foundation, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the State of Tennessee in 1964.




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December An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee


Charlotte’s Web

Named "the best American children's book of the past two hundred years," Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a thrilling and utterly moving presentation.

Lakewood Theatre Nov. 29 – Dec. 15

A Christmas Story


Johnson Theater, TPAC

Nov. 29 – Dec. 22 Based on the motion picture, A Christmas Story is humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s. This irresistible piece of Americana is a cult classic and is guaranteed to warm the heart and tickle the funny bone. Photo credit: Harry butler. (L to R) Jamie Farmer, Samuel Whited, and David Compton.


Hair In Concert Street Theatre

Explosive rock musical telling the story of a group of politically active hippies who struggle to balance their lives, loves and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war, their conservative parents and society.

White Christmas

Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake.

Dec. 4 – 8


Larry Keeton Theatre

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Dec. 5 – 26


Music City Chorus Christmas Show

Nashville's Premiere Men's A Cappella Barbershop Harmony ensemble brings the joy of the holiday season to you in glorious four-part harmony.


The Snowman

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Raymond Briggs’ classic winter tale, The Snowman, comes to life with music by composer Howard Black and a screening of the animated film. Part of the Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Children’s Series.



Ring in the holiday season in 1780’s style with a free, festive night of old-tyme festivities.


Nashville’s Nutcracker ft. Nashville Symphony Orchestra

Encore performance of Nashville’s Nutcracker. This charming ballet embraces all of the time-honored traditions of this story while placing them in the 1897 Tennessee Centennial Exposition.

Ingram Hall, Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt

Historic Mansker’s Station, Goodlettsville

Jackson Hall, TPAC Dec. 7 – 22


6th Annual Concert Chorale Christmas Concert benefiting Room In The Inn

Concerts to benefit Room In the Inn have been featured at Christmas time in recent seasons. Significant funds have been raised in support of this worthwhile ministry to the area's homeless.

Handel’s Messiah

The Nashville Symphony and Chorus ring in the holiday season with their annual performances of Handel's brilliant oratorio Messiah.

St. Henry Catholic Church


Schermerhorn Symphony Center Dec. 12 – 15


Studio Tenn’s A Christmas Carol Polk Theater, TPAC Dec. 12 – 22


4th Annual Miracle on Music Row O.liv Body Bar

Emmylou Harris hosts a pet adoption extravaganza, featuring a holiday dog parade, live performances by favorite Nashville musicians and performers, photos with Santa, a silent auction, and more.


Dickens of A Christmas

Old-fashioned Victorian Christmas recreated from the pages of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and other Dickens' tales on Franklin’s Historic Main Street.

Downtown Franklin Dec. 14 – 15



Fusing classical and current aesthetics with theatrical techniques, an innovative re-imagining of this holiday favorite transforms the familiar tale of Ebenezer Scrooge into a fresh, enthralling and unforgettable experience.


December John Tesh Big Band Christmas

On stage with 14 performers, John will play favorite holiday tunes in big band style, treat you to piano solos, and charm you with his engaging rapport with the audience.


Christmas with Amy Grant and Vince Gill

Amy Grant and Vince Gill will light the Schermerhorn with cheer and goodwill when they perform their beloved holiday show with the Nashville Symphony.

War Memorial Auditorium

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Schermerhorn Symphony Center Dec. 19 – 21

A Country Christmas

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center

TBA Includes more than 2 million lights and more than a dozen shows and attractions, including an interactive, bigger-than-life ice sculpture world, ICE! ft. DreamWorks’ characters, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes, Lorrie Morgan’s Enchanted Christmas Dinner & Show, and more.


Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl

A Nashville holiday tradition, marking the 8th match-up between the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in Nashville.

Bash On Broadway: New Years Eve Celebration

Ring in the new year and rock out the old with thousands of your closest friends at Nashville’s New Year’s Eve party on Lower Broadway.

Holiday at Cheekwood

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season featuring artfully trimmed trees representing the many sides of Cheekwood, from art and gardens to music and education.

LP Field


Downtown Nashville


Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art Closes Dec. 31

IMPACT New Year’s Eve Concert with featured artist: Lacrae

Join special musical guests for this 5 hour Christian music spectacular which will be webcast worldwide from Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena.

An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee


Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena

Holiday Charity Guide: Where to find one-stop holiday shopping

This holiday season, give a gift that honors the recipient and impacts our community by making a charitable gift in the name of a friend or loved one. Visit for detailed information on more than 1,000 Middle Tennessee nonprofits, and find organizations that appeal to the interests of everyone on your list. Secure, tax-exempt, online donations to local charities can be made directly through Want to put a new spin on charitable giving? Holiday GIVING CARDS can be purchased in the style and amount of your choosing. Recipients of Giving Cards can redeem them to benefit the charity of their choice. Learn more about Giving Cards at Connect with on Facebook and Twitter! F: T: @gvngmatterscfmt



January An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee


Nashville New Years Resolution Run Downtown Nashville

Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Mahler’s Song of the Night



Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Jan. 10 – 11 Big, bold and breathtaking, Mahler’s Seventh Symphony is part of the Austrian composer’s quest to capture the full scope of human experience in music.

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Featuring works by many of the most important African American artists of the last 30 years, this exhibit focuses on issues of racial, sexual, and historical identity in contemporary culture while exploring the powerful influence of artistic legacy and community across generations.

Hands On Nashville MLK Days of Service

Last year, more than 700 volunteers came together to work on over 33 projects to provide 11 local fire stations a fresh coat of paint and friendly words of support.

30 Americans Closes Jan. 12


After you countdown the last few seconds of 2013 and watch the music note drop on another year, start your New Year’s Eve with the Nashville Resolution Run.

Throughout Nashville Area Jan. 18, 20


Bank of America Pops Series: Roberta Flack

One of America’s greatest songstresses will bring her gorgeous voice and her incomparable blend of soul, jazz, pop and folk to the Nashville Symphony.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center Jan. 16 – 18


Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Nashville Children’s Theatre Jan. 16 – Feb. 2

I Love Lucy

19 Event details and ticketing available at

Lilly is a mouse who knows what she likes. She doesn't like her snooty Cousin Garland, and she's not so crazy about her new baby brother, but she loves, loves, LOVES her new Purple Plastic Purse.

Polk Theater, TPAC

Jan. 19 – 20 The Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect ’50s style harmony and the sidesplitting antics of America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel – are presented live on stage and in color for the very first time.

Photo Credit: Justin Barbin. Sirena Irwin as Lucy and Bill Mendieta as Ricky in the Chicago production.


2014 Progressive Insurance Nashville Boat & Sportshow

All aboard! Tennessee’s premier boat and sportshow docks at the new Music City Center for five days of summer fun to break up winter-induced cabin fever.

Music City Center Jan. 22 – 26


23rd Annual Nashville Auto Fest Tennessee State Fairgrounds

A combination car show and swap meet, features more than 120 vendors with new & used parts and memorabilia.

Jan. 22 – 26


Tennessee Flea Market

Tennessee State Fairgrounds Jan. 24 – 26

24 98


Fresh Beat Band

Grand Ole Opry House


Dealers and vendors from 30 states offer their wares to the buying public. A huge variety of gifts, antiques, collectibles, jewelry, arts & crafts, tools, house wares, handmade clothing, and more. Back by Popular Demand! A children’s TV show with original pop songs produced for Nick Jr., the Fresh Beats are Shout, Twist, Marina, and Kiki, described as four best friends in a band who go to music school together and love to sing and dance.

January Zoo Run Run

Unleash the beast and stick to those New Year’s resolutions by signing up for the annual Zoo Run Run, a 5K route that twists and turns throughout the Zoo with surprising views around every corner.


The Barber of Seville

“Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!” From the mind of Rossini, King of Italian comic opera, comes this undisputed masterpiece of love and laughter. Sung in Italian with projected English translations.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Jackson Hall, TPAC Jan. 30 – Feb. 1


Nashville Airport Marriott

Meeting of the organizations in Tennessee including: Farm Wine Association, Fruit and Vegetable Association, Flower Growers Association, and the Farmers Market Association.

Jazz Series: Marcus Roberts Trio Celebrates Monk & Coltrane

Hear some of the greatest jazz songs ever written — from “Straight, No Chaser” to “Giant Steps” — when the phenomenal Marcus Roberts and his trio pay tribute to two legendary musicians: Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane.

Tennessee Horticultural Expo Jan. 30 – Feb. 1


Schermerhorn Symphony Center

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Nashville Predators 2013 Home Schedule

Visit for ticket and game information.

Nashville Predators Home Pre-Season Schedule DATE



Sun. Sept. 22 . . . . . . . . . . . .New York Islanders . . . . . . . . . . . .5:00pm Tues. Sept. 24 . . . . . . . . . . .Tampa Bay Lightning. . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm

Nashville Predators 2013-14 Home Schedule DATE


TIME An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Tues. Oct. 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Minnesota Wild . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Thurs. Oct. 10 . . . . . . . . . . . .Toronto Maple Leafs . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Sat. Oct. 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . .New York Islanders . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Tues. Oct. 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Florida Panthers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Thurs. Oct. 17 . . . . . . . . . . . .Los Angeles Kings . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Thurs. Oct. 24 . . . . . . . . . . . .Winnipeg Jets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Sat. Oct. 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .St. Louis Blues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Sat. Nov. 16. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chicago Blackhawks . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Sat. Nov. 23. . . . . . . . . . . . . .New York Rangers. . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Mon. Nov. 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Phoenix Coyotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Thurs. Nov. 28 . . . . . . . . . . . .Edmonton Oilers . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Sat. Nov. 30. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Philadelphia Flyers . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Tues. Dec. 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vancouver Canucks . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Thurs. Dec. 5. . . . . . . . . . . . .Carolina Hurricanes . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Thurs. Dec. 12. . . . . . . . . . . .Dallas Stars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Sat. Dec. 14. . . . . . . . . . . . . .San Jose Sharks . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Tues. Dec. 17 . . . . . . . . . . . .Chicago Blackhawks . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Sat. Dec. 21. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Montreal Canadiens. . . . . . . . . . . .6:00pm Mon. Dec. 23. . . . . . . . . . . . .Boston Bruins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Sat. Dec. 28. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Los Angeles Kings . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Mon. Dec. 30. . . . . . . . . . . . .Detroit Red Wings . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Tues. Jan. 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . .San Jose Sharks . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Thurs. Jan. 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anaheim Ducks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm

Sat. Jan. 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ottawa Senators . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6:00pm Sun. Jan. 12 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Minnesota Wild . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6:00pm Tues. Jan. 14. . . . . . . . . . . . .Calgary Flames . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Sat. Jan. 18 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Colorado Avalanche. . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Mon. Jan. 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dallas Stars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Fri. Jan. 31 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .New Jersey Devils . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Sat. Feb. 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Anaheim Ducks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Thurs. Feb. 27 . . . . . . . . . . . .Tampa Bay Lightning. . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Sat. March 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Winnipeg Jets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2:00pm Tues. March 4 . . . . . . . . . . . .Pittsburgh Penguins . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Thurs. March 6 . . . . . . . . . . .St. Louis Blues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Sat. March 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Columbus Blue Jackets . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Sat. March 15 . . . . . . . . . . . .St. Louis Blues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Tues. March 25 . . . . . . . . . . .Colorado Avalanche. . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Thurs. March 27 . . . . . . . . . .Buffalo Sabres. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Sun. March 30. . . . . . . . . . . .Washington Capitals . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Thurs. April 10. . . . . . . . . . . .Phoenix Coyotes . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm Sat. April 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chicago Blackhawks . . . . . . . . . . .7:00pm



An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

February 2

Zooperbowl Sunday

Before sitting down for the big game on Super Bowl Sunday, come out to the Nashville Zoo for its annual half-price promotion.



Features eight Nashville-area artists who employ geometry to signify the role of technology, architecture, language, and design in shaping our lives. Artist include: Alex Blau, Patrick Deguira, Warren Greene, Ronald Lambert, James Perrin, Christopher Roberson, Terry Thacker, and Amelia Winger-Bearskin.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Frist Center for the Visual Arts Closes Feb. 2


Sophisticated Ladies Larry Keeton Theatre

A high-stepping salute inspired by the glamorous nightlife and sensuous highlife of a man who lived to love. The musical legacy of The Duke is celebrated in this stylish and brassy retrospective.

Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Ravel & Saint-Saëns

Ravel’s Piano Concerto will transform the hall into a lively Parisian cabaret as the colossal sound of the organ will fill the room with notes so powerful that you’ll literally feel your seat shaking.

Feb. 6 – 22


Schermerhorn Symphony Center Feb. 7 – 8


24th Annual Antiques and Garden Show

Brings together extraordinary antique and horticultural dealers, magnificent gardens, and world-renowned lecturers.

Music City Center Feb. 7 – 9

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell


Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Closes Feb. 9 One of America’s most beloved and recognized artists, honed his visual storytelling abilities creating illustrations for some of the nation’s most prominent publications.

Photo Credit: Norman Rockwell. No Swimming. Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, June 4, 1921. © 1921: SEPS. Norman Rockwell Museum Collections.

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Annie Get Your Gun Steeple Players Theatre Feb. 13 – 14



Polk Theater, TPAC Feb. 14 – 16

Tennessee Jack & The Kudzu

The Nashville Ballet puts a local twist to the English folktale, Jack and the Beanstalk, offering children and families a fun, interactive performance with a real giant on stage.


Bank of America Pops Series: Classical Mystery Tour

It’s the best of The Beatles like you've never heard them: totally live, with the Nashville Symphony! The four musicians lookand sound just like John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Polk Theater, TPAC

Feb. 20 – 22


Knights & Princesses with Playing By Air

Schermerhorn Symphony Center


Combines contemporary dance from three cutting-edge choreographers with live music from respected, local artists to create an evening of innovative art.


Schermerhorn Symphony Center


Musical by Irving Berlin, a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, and her romance with sharpshooter Frank Butler.


A musical tour through the magical world of fairy tales with music by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and more. Part of the Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Children’s Series.

February Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Haydn & Strauss Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Strauss’s Rosenkavalier was a massive hit when it was first performed a century ago. The Nashville Symphony performs this rapturously beautiful piece, full of lush orchestration, lilting waltzes and voluptuous melodies.

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Feb. 28 – Mar. 1


Historic RCA Studio B Tours

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

More than 35,000 songs were recorded here, including more than 1,000 American hits, 40 million-selling singles, and over 200 songs by Elvis Presley.

Nashville’s Local Flavor This neighborhood guide features the tastiest local hotspots to sample in Nashville such as fine dining, meat and 3’s, barbecue, gastropubs, breweries, gourmet popsicles, and more. Discover Nashville’s local flavor!

12 South / Melrose

B & C Melrose BBQ Burger Up Edley’s Bar-B-Que Gabby’s Burgers and Fries Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles MAFIAoZA’S Pizzeria & Neighborhood Pub M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers Taqueria Del Sol The Smiling Elephant Urban Grub

Belle Meade

Bellevue / West Nashville Bria Bistro Broadway Brewhouse 100 Broadway Brewhouse West Coco’s Italian Market Corner Pub 100 Jonathan’s Grille Loveless Café M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers Nachos [PUB]licity Thistle Stop Café The Wild Hare

Belmont / Edgehill Village / Hillsboro Village Boscos blvd Nashville Cabana

Demonbreun / Midtown

East Nashville

Berry Hill

Bound’ry Broadway Brewhouse Midtown The Catbird Seat Corner Pub Midtown Hattie B’s Hot Chicken Noshville Delicatessen The Patterson House San Antonio Taco Company Soulshine Pizza Factory South Street Tavern

Downtown / Germantown Arnold’s Country Kitchen Broadway Brewhouse Capitol Grille City House Copper Kettle Café The Cupcake Collection Demos’ Steak and Spaghetti House Etch Germantown Café Husk Nashville Jacks Bar-B-Que Mad Platter Merchants Monell’s Dining & Catering The Palm

Eastland Café Fat Bottom Brewery Holland House Jeni’s Ice Cream Lockeland Table Marché Artisan Foods Margot Café & Bar The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden Rosepepper Cantina Rumours East The Silly Goose The Wild Cow Village Pub & Beer Garden

Green Hills

Copper Kettle Café Corner Pub Green Hills Crow’s Nest. F. Scott’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar Firefly Grille Joe’s Place Jonathan’s Grille Nero’s Grill Noshville Delicatessen Table 3 Restaurant & Market

The Gulch

Bar Louie Cantina Laredo Flyte World Dining & Wine Jackalope Brewery Kayne Prime Music City Flats Pour House Ru San’s Sushi and Seafood Sambuca Virago Watermark Whiskey Kitchen Yazoo Brewery An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Finezza The Harding House at Belle Meade Plantation Newks The Pineapple Room at Cheekwood Sperry’s Sportsman’s Grill Whitfield’s

Baja Burrito Yellow Porch

Paradise Trailer Park Resort Past Perfect Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack Rolf & Daughters San Antonio Taco Company Silo Sole Mio The Southern Steak & Oyster Stock-Yard Restaurant Swett’s Restaurant Two Twenty-Two Grill

Chago’s Cantina Fido Jackson’s Bar and Bistro Pancake Pantry PM Sportsman’s Grill Sunset Grill Taco Mamacita

West End / Sylvan Park / Elliston Place 1808 Grille BrickTop’s Café Coco Caffe Nonna Goten Flemings Jimmy Kelly’s MAmbu McCabe Pub Midtown Café Miel Restaurant Park Café Prime 108 Rotier’s Suzy Wong’s House of Yum Tin Angel Valentino’s Ristorante



Celebrating Excellence An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee



The country’s first university performance of Les Miserables

The inaugural season of McAfee Concert Hall

Guests performances by Denyce Graves, Alexander Korbin, Fred Hersch and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra

You Have More Choices Than You Think Hope Clinic for Women provides men and women with a safe environment for medical care, counsel, and practical support.


Event details and ticketing available at

For more information call 615.460.6408 or visit

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MICHAEL MCDONALD • October 31, November 1 & 2 STRAVINSKY’S FIREBIRD • November 7, 8 & 9 THE IRISH TENORS CHRISTMAS SHOW • December 5 HANDEL’S MESSIAH • December 12 & 13


CHRISTMAS WITH AMY GRANT & VINCE GILL • December 19, 20 & 21 ROBERTA FLACK • January 16, 17 & 18 RAVEL & SAINT-SAËNS • February 7 & 8 BEN FOLDS’ PIANO CONCERTO • March 13, 14 & 15




Visit for a complete schedule of events. BUY TICKETS AT: AMY GRANT & VINCE GILL 615.687.6400

March An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee


Red by John Logan Johnson Theater, TPAC

Winner of the 2010 Tony Award for Best Play, Red paints the vivid picture of master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko who has just landed the biggest commission in the history of modern art.


A timeless story of everlasting love, adapted from the hit film with a fresh pop/rock score by Grammy® winners, Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard.

Feb. 15 – Mar. 1


Jackson Hall, TPAC Feb. 25 – Mar. 2


Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Championship Bridgestone Arena Mar. 5 – 8


Franklin Art Scene

The first Friday of every month, a free tour featuring artists and studios with work ranging from handcrafted jewelry to antique prints and original art to mixed media and live music.


Number The Stars

Through the terrified eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles seven thousand people across the sea to Sweden and safety. But Annemarie finds it isn't enough to just watch history unfold.

Downtown Franklin

Nashville Children’s Theatre Feb. 20 – Mar. 9

Sister Act


Jackson Hall, TPAC

Mar. 11 – 16 The story of Deloris Van Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look – a convent. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.


Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Ben Folds’ Piano Concerto Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Co-commissioned by the Nashville Symphony, Ben Folds brings his knack for memorable melodies and sophisticated musicianship to the stunning sound of a full symphony orchestra.

Event details and ticketing available at

Mar. 13 – 14


Main Street Brew Fest

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day on historic Main Street! From food vendors to dance and music, this free festival features all things Irish. At night, enjoy sampling import and specialty beers.


Bank of America Pops Series: Kenny Loggins

Still at the height of his powers, Kenny Loggins remains a brilliant singer-songwriter and guitarist with an unquenchable passion for music. Get ready for a magical night when he joins the Nashville Symphony.

Downtown Franklin

Schermerhorn Symphony Center Mar. 20 – 22


Cheekwood in Bloom

Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art Mar. 20 – Apr. 30


Johnson Theater, TPAC

The clashing sounds and pulsing rhythms of New York City underscore this landmark multiple Tony Award-winner, considered by many to have inaugurated the modern era of musical theatre.

Charlie Daniels Scholarships for Heroes Concert

Join Charlie Daniels and friends in a city wide celebration of our veterans. Proceeds from the event provide scholarships for qualified veterans.


Back by “Popular” demand! Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete, and completely satisfying, new musical in a long time” (USA Today).

Stephen Sondheim’s Company Mar. 22 – Apr. 12


Experience spring to its fullest as Cheekwood offers a month full of seasonal activities amidst unparalleled views of spring’s glorious arrival. This year’s blooms will deliver a bountiful dose of a spring classic, with more than 55,000 tulips.

The Allen Arena at Lipscomb University


Jackson Hall, TPAC Mar. 26 – Apr. 20




March 27

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Southern Women’s Show


Music City Center

Mar. 27 – 30 Fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, beauty tips, health screenings, decorating ideas and personal growth opportunities — all tailored especially for women — as well as celebrity appearances.

Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Sibelius & Elgar Schermerhorn Symphony Center

A radiant piece overflowing with emotion. The composer dedicated the piece to his secret love, and it calls for some of the most jaw-dropping violin technique in the classical repertoire.

Mar. 27 – 29


Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Larry Keeton Theatre

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams.

Mar. 27 – Apr. 12

Boutique Shopping / Home Décor / Gift Shops Utilize this neighborhood guide to find the latest trends at local boutiques including clothing, shoes, antiques, home décor, gifts, and more. From Green Hills to East Nashville, there is something for everyone’s style.


Belle Meade / Sylvan Park / West Meade

East Nashville

Belmont / Edgehill Village Hillsboro Village

Green Hills

Imogene + Willie Katy K’s Ranch Dressing Leona Moda Serendipity Emporium

Blush Boutique CoCo Nashville Fabu Katy’s Hallmark Jamie Pastiche

A Thousand Faces Ecology Fire Finch Ivey Boutique Local Honey Natural Selection Pangaea Social Graces Urban Patio

Berry Hill

Curious Heart Emporium Retropolitan

American Apparel Fire Finch Ilex for Flowers Karma Boutique Off Broadway Shoes

Goodbuy Girls Hip Zipper Vintage Metropolis Antiques & Gifts Moss Clothing Old Made Good Urban Décor

Ash Blue Bella Linea Betsy’s Corzine and Company Gus Mayer H. Audrey Habit Happiness Place Hemline J. McLaughlin Kendal Boutique Perfect Pair Posh Ten Thousand Villages The Cotton Mill The Dotted Line

The Gulch

Apricot Lane Kenny and Co. Kocktails & Kouture Two Old Hippies

West End / Elliston Place Boutique Bella Cumberland Transit Ginette’s Boutique J. Michael’s Clothiers Katy’s Hallmark Muse Boutique Scarlett Begonia Smack Clothing Studio 615 The French Shoppe United Apparel Liquidators

An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

12 South

Shopping Malls

Cool Springs Mall – Brentwood/ Franklin Hill Center at Green Hills – Green Hills Indian Lake Village – Hendersonville Opry Mills Mall – Nashville Prime Outlets – Lebanon Rivergate Mall – Goodlettsville The Avenue – Murfreesboro The Mall at Green Hills – Green Hills



April An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee


Tin Pan South

Various Live Music Venues

America's largest music festival dedicated to songs and songwriters. Produced by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, the festival features hundreds of songwriters who perform approximately 100 shows over the course of the week.

Bank of America Pops Series: The Midtown Men

Favorite ’60s classics by The Four Seasons, The Beach Boys, Motown and more. A sensational, one-of-a-kind concert experience with top-shelf choreography, noteperfect harmonies and dynamic onstage chemistry.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center Apr. 3 – 5


The Firebird

Using puppets, masks and magic, Enchantment Theatre Company presents the classic Russian folk tale of The Firebird. Featuring Stravinsky’s dazzling music, this performance will captivate young and old alike. Part of the Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Children’s Series.


Mule Day

Downtown Columbia

A tradition since 1840, thousands partake in activities ranging from working mule and best of breed events, to horse shows, arts & crafts booths, flea market, and a Saturday parade.

Maurice Durufle’s Requirem with Orchestra

The Lenten concert of the Chancel Choir of West End United Methodist Church will feature Maurice Durufle’s “Requiem” for choir and orchestra under the direction of Don Marler.

NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Final Four

Favorite ’60s classics by The Four Seasons, The Beach Boys, Motown and more. A sensational, one-of-a-kind concert experience with top-shelf choreography, noteperfect harmonies and dynamic onstage chemistry.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center

Mar. 31 – Apr. 6


West End United Methodist Church


Bridgestone Arena Apr. 6 – 8


I Hate Hamlet

Andrew Rally, while struggling with taking on his dream role of Hamlet, is visited by the ghost of John Barrymore, who, clothed as Hamlet, has come back to earth for the sole purpose of convincing him to play the part.

Steeple Players Theatre Apr. 10 – 20


Lyle The Crocodile

Nashville Children’s Theatre

The Primm family moves into their new New York City apartment to find a crocodile living in the bathtub – and what a croc he is! He's caviar-eating, saxophone-playing, loveable Lyle the Crocodile.

Vanderbilt Rites of Spring

The Rites of Spring Music Festival is the perfect celebrations of warm weather and great music from some of the hottest talents.

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Apr. 10 – May 11


Vanderbilt Alumni Lawn Apr. 11 – 12



Shakespeare’s famous play about a great leader destroyed by his own uncontrollable jealousy and desire is matched by one of Verdi’s greatest musical scores to create an unforgettable evening of opera.

Polk Theater, TPAC Apr. 11 – 15

Nashville Film Festival



Regal Green Hills Stadium 16

Apr. 17 – 26 Attracts enthusiastic film lovers from the region and has been praised by filmgoers and filmmakers alike for its unique combination of big city film festival atmosphere and southern hospitality.

Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto Schermerhorn Symphony Center Apr. 18 – 19




Big, bold and beautiful, Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto was a turning point in the composer’s brilliant career.

April Eggstravaganzoo and Bunny Breakfast

Get the kids together, and hip hop over for the annual Eggstravaganzoo. Featuring egg hunts for children ages 10 and under, prizes, free games, bunny breakfast, and a special visit by the Easter Bunny.


Nashville Earth Day Festival

Family-friendly event with live entertainment. This year’s festival will help the community take another step toward Mayor Karl Dean’s goal of making Nashville the greenest city in the Southeast.


River & Spires Festival

This three day outdoor event features a night of patriotic tribute to military heroes, seven stages of entertainment, an International Streetfest, Kidz Zone, car show, marketplace, arts and more.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Centennial Park

Downtown Clarksville Apr. 24 – 26


Lee Greenwood American Patriot

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Traces the artist's personal and professional life from his musical childhood in California to his award-winning music career. The exhibit also places a special focus on Greenwood's most beloved song, "God Bless the USA," and his work with military and veterans organizations.

Aegis Sciences Classical Series: Rock Me Amadeus

The Nashville Symphony pays tribute to one of the greatest geniuses in the history of music! Mozart expert Bernard Labadie leads a program that explores three different periods of the composer’s life.

Closes Apr. 25


Schermerhorn Symphony Center

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Apr. 25 – 26


St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon

Over 25,000 participants, 50 live bands, hundreds of cheerleaders, and thousands of spectators – one racing event you don't want to miss. Events preceding race day are a kids’ marathon and a two-day expo.

Franklin Main Street Festival

The 31st annual Main Street Festival brings more than 200 artisans and crafters, three stages, and two carnivals to the historic Public Square and Downtown District of Franklin.

Centennial Park


Downtown Franklin Apr. 26 – 27

Ben Folds Project with Nashville Symphony Orchestra & Nashville Ballet An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Jackson Hall, TPAC

May 2 – 4 A daring combination of new art from Ben Folds and two beloved 20th century ballets demonstrates the diverse talents of Music City’s dance and musical communities.

Live Music Venues 3rd and Lindsley 12th and Porter 12 South Taproom & Grill Anthem Arrington Vineyards B.B. King’s Blues Club Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar Bunganut Pig Cannery Ballroom Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Dan McGuiness Irish Pub Douglas Corner Café Exit/In F. Scott’s Restaurant and Jazz Bar Foobar

Frist Center for the Visual Arts Grand Ole Opry House Grimey’s New and Preloved Music Hard Rock Café Reverb Room Layla’s Bluegrass Inn Legends Corner Limelight Loews Vanderbilt Hotel Marathon Music Works Margaritaville Nashville Music City Bar & Grill Nashville Municipal Auditorium Nashville Palace National Underground Puckett’s Grocery

Red Rooster Bar & Music Hall Ri’chard’s Cafe Rippy’s Smokin’ Bar & Grill Robert’s Western World Rocketown Ryman Auditorium Sambuca Second Fiddle The 5 Spot The Basement The Big Bang Dueling Piano Bar The Bluebird Café The Commodore Grille The End The Family Wash

The Fontanel Mansion & Farm The High Watt The Listening Room Cafe The Loveless Barn The Mercy Lounge The Owl Farm The Pond The Rutledge The Stage on Broadway The Station Inn The Stone Fox Tin Roof Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge Two Old Hippies Wildhorse Saloon



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By Matthew Landon Glover

Rosewood Tucker’s Point


his was said to be a favorite hangout of Beatle John Lennon. He didn’t come to Bermuda to escape civilization but to rediscover it, as he sought to redefine himself, post-Beatles. Spending time with his family during a lengthy stint on the island, he managed to write with a new frame of mind. “Beautiful Boy,” an endearing song about his son, Sean, was written here. And it was in this song, inspired by ocean breezes and daily trips to the Botanical Gardens, that Lennon coined the phrase, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” A four-hour and thirty-minute trip from Nashville International Airport takes you to 180 picture-postcard-esque islands, offering 75 miles of pink sand beaches and peaceful coves. Your stay includes a nightly symphony of tree frogs and the friendliest people on earth. This is Bermuda. Bermuda is rich in British manners and traditions. As a British Overseas Territory—technically, owned by the Queen of England—you almost

expect to see Buckingham Palace atop one of the rugged cliffs with crashing waves below. Tucker’s Point, by far the most superb resort on Bermuda’s islands, fully incorporates both European culture and Bermuda’s tropical splendor. The largest privately owned property in Bermuda, the resort’s unique

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location and breathtaking views offer guests a dramatic beach club nestled on the Atlantic, championship golf and clay-court tennis center with an extraordinary spa and, of course, preeminent dining. This is the toast of Bermuda. John Lennon and Sean didn’t have the pleasure of staying at Tucker’s Point back in the 80s but local accounts indicate they did make

plenty of priceless father-and-son memories on the island. Lennon once told a friend that he focused on raising Sean hands on, “so that he knows who his father is, unlike my other son [singer Julian Lennon].” The relaxation and solitude of Bermuda provided Lennon and Sean the ideal setting to build their relationship. Bermuda is the perfect place to let life happen. Lennon was recorded saying, “I guess it’s time to say goodbye to paradise,” as he boarded his flight at Bermuda airport. If Bermuda is paradise, then Tucker’s Point is the pearly gates. Don’t be too busy to let life happen in Bermuda.

John and Sean Lennon



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