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Editorial: Letters to the Editor, Our Staff


Been There, Done That: New Artists and Old Legends


Featured Column: Music Diversity in Nashville


The Legend Lives On:


Featured Artist:


Writer’s Block: Featured Writer: Jennifer Adan


Everybody Out: Family Fun


For the Benefit of: Charity Events Around Town


Read My Lips:

John Hagar, Loren Newton

Darius Rucker

The Old Man and The Cat by Lance Smith

:Theatre Spotlight




:Restaurant Spotlight


:Pamper Yourself


The Matador, A New Album, A Book of Some Kind



IEBA Conference





:Number Ones




Richard the Third

Blue Bar Unwritten

Boutique Spotlights

This Month’s Events and Happenings BMI, ASCAP

Crossword Puzzle, Horoscopes, Classifieds

Darius Rucker

History in the Making

by Krys Midgett

Darius Rucker’s new song, Don’t think I Don’t Think About it, hit number one in only two weeks. The song is off his debut album ‘Learn to Live.’ Since Charley Pride’s last number one Night Games in 1983, there have been no other commercially successful AfricanAmerican country singers. That is until Rucker hit the scene. Rucker wrote his first Number One with Clay Mills. Mills wrote such hits as Beautiful Mess for Diamond Rio and She Thinks She Needs Me for Andy Griggs, among a long list of other hits. For his debut album, Rucker has written songs with some of Country’s top songwriters. Rivers Rutherford, Frank Rogers and Clay Mills are a few of the writers on this album.

it. I made a joke about how everybody feels that way and I made a joke about missing my 5th grade girlfriend. We laughed about it. We wrote a different song but we came back the next day and that was on his mind. He was like ‘we should write that’ and I said cool. We wrote it and it was my first single … my first country number one,” says Rucker.

Rucker has a very successful career as the lead “Clay and I met and came in with some friends and singer of Hootie and The Blowfish. Their first album started talking. He [Clay’s friend] said that his girl- Cracked Rear View remains the 12th best selling in friend had just left him and he was very upset about music business history. All their albums combined


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have sold over 25 million. After 22 years, he decided to do something he has always dreamed of, make a country album. Hootie and The Blowfish will still tour but are taking a break from recording. “I’ve always liked country music. When I discovered Radney and those guys, it was really something that I got into a lot. I have been saying for years that I was going to do it. I was going to do it in my little studio in Charleston, and then I got the deal. I was going to make the record, have fun with it and then Capitol got involved with it. I realized how much this could be a career, and that I could make a lot of country records. That’s a cool feeling knowing I can make a lot of records.” With Rucker’s influences including legends such as Radney Foster, Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett and Dwight Yoakum, traditional country music lovers can look forward to something more than a pop crossover. “Learn to Live” has songs featuring some of country’s musical greats. Alison Krauss and Vince

“ I think there is something good happening and everyone is happy with the record. That is important to me.” Gill sing on “If I had Wings”, an inspirational song. Brad Paisley sings on the humorous “All I Want.” This collaboration opened more doors for Rucker. “Brad Paisley plays on my record; we are going to go out on the road in January. Me, Brad and Dierks [Bentley] are performing. I am doing three weeks of the Paisley Party Tour in January. That is something I am looking forward to immensely. That is going to be a fun, fun time.” As lead singer of Hootie and The Blowfish, Rucker came into country with a huge fan-base. But how have his rock fans taken to the crossover? “I read online a lot of people saying “I didn’t think I’d like country music till I got this album. That was pretty cool to read. I think they might listen to country and give it a shot. I think if you listen to country radio for a while you are going to find something you like or a lot of stuff you like. I think there is something good happening and everyone is happy with the record. That is important to me. “ Country music fans took to his debut album with a very welcome response; taking his first single to number one. Rucker was not expecting the overwhelming response; he was hoping to be in the Top 15, at least. strum magazine ~ introductory issue


genres is the way artists and fans interact. “That was a shocker. I told my producer, Frank Rogers, we were talking about singles and I said I don’t care what song they put out, I just want them to pick a song they think they can take to number one. He stopped me and said hey man at least the top 15 cause number 1; you guys don’t really get number 1, from that point on that wasn’t something I was trying to get a hold in. If we got a top 15 or a top 10 single people will take it seriously but to go to number was incredible and the span over 2 weeks was even better. That was a great feeling it was awesome” says Rucker.

“The relationship between the fans and the artists, It’s crazy how program directors and artists are friends and they text each other and hang out. You go to CMA Fan Fair and it’s amazing how you just see people walking around and doing whatever and talking. I’ll never forget Vegas and seeing Kix

On the making of his debut album, Rucker had full control of what he wanted to record. “They [Capitol] let me choose whatever I want to put on the record. I just deliver the record. There was even one point where I was going back and forth between two songs. The president of the label had sent me the one song and the other song I had written with a friend of mine. He called me up to tell me in no uncertain terms, do what you want to do, this is your record, don’t think I am tied into this song. If you want to do it, do it. I thought that was really cool and it’s my record. If it is successful or unsuccessful, I can say I made the record I wanted to make.” Rucker says the biggest difference between the

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Brooks walk into the MGM and hanging out, talking to all the fans and I was like man that is cool, that guy is huge. He was just hanging out, taking pictures. I thought that was awesome.” Rucker made his first appearance as a country artist on The Late Show on October 1st. He also performed ‘Don’t Think I Don’t Think about it’ on The 42nd annual CMA Awards on November 12th. “Letterman is always special for me. Letterman was where that rocket that was 1994, 95 and 96 had the songs take off. Letterman is a special show for me. When they called and said they wanted me to come on, that was really cool. Every time we play there it is just awesome. When I play Letterman, I am thinking wow this is really happening. Watching it so much growing up and being a big fan of it now, getting to play it as many times as I have now is incredible.”

“I have had a blast, done things I never thought I’d get to do. I played the Grand Ole Opry twice...I have met people I never thought I’d get to meet.”

Since entering the country scene, Rucker has made some memories and plans a long career in country music. “It has been a lot of fun. I have had a blast, done things I never thought I’d get to do. I played long as I want to be in it. That’s really the only goal the Grand Ole Opry twice. You know I have met I have.” people I never thought I’d get to meet. It has been cool. I just want to keep on having fun. I want to be Rucker is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. around a long time. I want to make as many records He believes in helping his home state through the as I want to make. I want to be in the business as charity he and his fellow Hootie band mates established in 2000. The Hootie and The Blowfish Foundation is a private, non-profit organization that was created to benefit children of South Carolina through education and supporting school music programs nationwide. Hootie and the Blowfish is creating an opportunity for grants by establishing a fund with the Central Carolina Community Foundation. It benefits the education of South Carolina’s children of today, and well into the future. For more information or to make a donation to this foundation go to and click on Foundation. There is definitely more to come from Darius Rucker. Check out his website and add him at strum magazine ~ introductory issue


Comedy and Romance are Alive in Nashville

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by Rachael Herron

For where is any author in the world Teaches such beauty as a woman’s eye? Learning is but an adjunct to ourself. Love’s Labour’s Lost, 4. 3

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pest is part of Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest and Love’s Labour’s Lost, will be supported by grants from the performed every weekend at Tennessee Arts Commission and Shakespeare in the Park. Denice The Metro Arts Commission. Hicks is directing this year’s production. The festival is open to the public at no cost. “We’re really, really “Love’s Labor’s Lost is a very sil- excited about being able to presly, frivolous, extremely romantic ent professional theatre to the comedy. I see it as a play about public at large, at no cost.” the “birds and the bees,” so consequently we’re going to have They also hosts a reading of a some fun creating some stylized different play each month called movement based on the court- Shakespeare Allowed. They will ship rituals of birds,” says Hicks. be reading every play in the order they were written. Plays are Shakespeare in the Park will read on the first Saturday every be held August 19-September month at the Nashville Public 12. Throughout the year, the or- Library and the third Saturday at ganization puts on productions the Brentwood Public Library. and has readings through Shakespeare Allowed. So bring your swords, old English accent, scandal, a copy of the The most recent production, The script and join in on the reading. Tempest, was held at the Trout And yes, nerdiness is allowed. Theatre at Belmont University in January. To find out more about Shakespeare Allowed and Shakespeare The Nashville Shakespeare Fes- in the Park go to www.nashtival’s production of The Tem-



The Listening Room


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Just off Dmonbreun, at the end of Cummins Station, sits an intimate music venue. THe sounds of hit songwriters like Bob DiPiero, Kent Blazy, Victoria Shaw and Alex Call echo in the walls. Featuring great food and amazing sound, The Listening Room. Chris Blair and Mark Craven partnered together at the Franklin, TN location but moved to the downtown location three weeks later. In June of 2008, Blair bought Mark out to become sole owner. Since then he has added a new chef, made additions to the menu and offers catering services. The new menu includes everything from wraps and salads to burgers and quesadillas. As far as beverages, they have a full bar and a wide variety of wine choices. In the coming months, Blair hopes to build the catering division up and bring in a bigger lunch crowd. Two words: Lunch Specials! Happy hour is every day from 3-6pm and there are $2 drafts every day, all day long. Great food is an important factor but music is the main focus. In a little over a year since Blair has owned it, a number of hit singers and songwriters have graced the stage. “I want the music to always be first and foremost...and hope that with that, everything else will continue to grow,” assures Blair. “It has been a pretty amazing ride this first year.” Fans and musicians all share the same opinion of The Listening Room. “It has the best sound in Nashville of all the writer’s nights. Also a great new menu and great people,” says Pete Sallis, singer/songwriter.

Restaurant Spotlight

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Tootsies Orchid Lounge

Nashville is known for it’s famous venues. The Ryman Auditorium may be the most famous venue, but what the world may not realize is some of the most famous venues are actually bars. Tootsies Orchid Lounge may be one of Nashville’s word-known bars. Perhaps Tootsies is best known for all the famous faces that walked through the door. What the world doesn’t know is the good-hearted woman who ran the bar we know as Tootsies. Originally known as Mom’s, Tootsies was bought by Tootsie Bess in 1960. Tooties got its name “Toosies Orchid Lounge” from a painter who painted the bar orchid. Tootsies was a sanctuary for the hungry musicians on Broadway looking for their big break. Musicians knew that no matter what Tootsie would feed them and probably slip a $5 or $10 dollar bill into their pocket. With the Ryman sitting at the rear of the bar, it wasn’t (and still isn’t) uncommon for big names to come and wet their whistle after a show. Rumor has it Tootsie had a ciguar box full of IOU’s behind the counter from handing out food and drinks to the starving musicians. They say the many of the Opry performers would scrape up the money and pay Toootsie so that she wouldn’t loose the money owed from the IOU’S. Many famous musicians like Willie Nelson got their first break at Tootsies. Many believe Roger Miller wrote “Dang Me” with in the famous orchid walls. Tooties is know to have served famous faces that include Willie Nelson, Charlie Pride, Roger Miller, Kris Kristofferson, Faron Young, Mel Tillis, Patsy Cline and Waylon Jennings just to name a few. Famous moves such as “W.W. & the Dixe Dance Kings,” “Coal Miners Daughter,” and “The Nashville Rebel,” where filmed at the famous joint. Today, Tooties resides in three locations: the original location on Broadway in Nashville, the Nashville International Airport, and Panama City Beach, Fla. It sill is home to starving musicians trying to catch their break, strum magazine ~ introductory issue


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