Browsing articles tagged with " Nashville"
Oct
7

NASH Icon is Now Beating Bobby Bones in Nashville

October 7, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Podcasting/Radio  //  27 Comments

Hold the presses. This whole Nash Icon / country music format split business just got a hell of a lot more serious and interesting. On Monday (10-6), the ratings for radio stations were released for Nashville and other locations, and within those numbers was a bombshell for the country music radio world. In Nashville, the NASH Icon affiliate beat the biggest pop country station.

Sep
5

Nashville’s Independent Artists Speaking Out About City’s Growth

September 5, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  40 Comments

It’s that penultimate moment—that tipping point—when a town or neighborhood known for it’s cool, rich, and creatively-vibrant culture becomes so awash with interlopers, gentrifying hipsters, and retiring baby boomers that the critical mass point is reached in redevelopment, rising rents, and real estate prices and the entire thing implodes.

Aug
6

What About A Public Or Private Institution Purchasing Studio ‘A’?

August 6, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  3 Comments

So now the question is, who, if anyone, would be in a position to purchase the property with the intent of preserving the Studio ‘A’ space, and potentially the building it occupies? As Bravo Development has stated, the building is in poor shape. All indications are that financially, the most feasible move for most any developer would be to demolish the building and build on the property footprint.

Aug
1

Ben Folds Being Forced Out Of Historic Studio ‘A’

August 1, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  8 Comments

The saga to save Nashville’s historic Studio ‘A’ and other Music Row landmarks sees another setback as Ben Folds says he’s being forced out of the space he’s spent over a decade renting and spent over $1 million on in renovations. Because of raised rent of 124% from the new ownership, Ben Folds says he’s planning to vacate Studio ‘A’ by November.

Jul
30

Caitlyn Smith, Garth Brooks, & The Song “Tacoma”

July 30, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  29 Comments

This is where Garth Brooks could shake up the country music industry beyond simply packing sold-out stadiums. There are reams of amazing songs out there going unheard, and Garth is one of the very few people with the star power to take these songs and make them hits. And this rising tide could raise all boats, taking an artist like Caitlyn Smith to the greater notoriety her talents deserve.

Jun
30

How Nashville’s Economic Boom Could Kill Its Creativity

June 30, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  22 Comments

The draw of traditionally-poor East Nashville as a haven for musicians looking to make it in music and collaborate with like-minded artists has been one of the ingredients not just to Nashville’s current output, but to its allure. But all that is in jeopardy now as development bulldozes much of the city’s affordable housing inventory, and rents and real-estate prices continue to spike.

Jun
24

Ben Folds Is Trying to Save Nashville’s Historic Studio ‘A’

June 24, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Causes  //  3 Comments

Singer, songwriter, and record producer Ben Folds is trying to save what is arguably the most important, and most historic studio in the history of country music. RCA’s famed “Studio ‘A'” located on Music Row in Nashville is were many of country music’s finest classic records were recorded by a dizzying list of the genre’s stars.

May
9

ABC’s “Nashville” Renewed for 3rd Season

May 9, 2014 - By Trigger  //  News  //  23 Comments

Talk at one point had the show moving to Texas or Los Angeles to continue production, if the show continued at all. As the week drew on and the announcements came down for other shows, the fate of Nashville remained in limbo. Finally late Friday night, right after midnight Eastern Time, at tweet from ABC Music Lounge confirmed, “It’s official! @Nashville_ABC renewed for Season 3!!!”

Mar
13

Country Music Reality Shows Tanking Left & Right

March 13, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  39 Comments

Everywhere you turn, people are trying to take advantage of the rising interest in country music and Nashville. It seemed like only a matter of time before reality TV got on the “gone country” kick, and it has recently with a slew of new shows. But unfortunately for country music’s small screen offshoots, all’s not right in TV land.

Jan
7

Grand Ole Opry’s Newest Members Not Paying Their Dues

January 7, 2014 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  78 Comments

Membership to the Grand Ole Opry is seen a one of the most prestigious accolades a country music artist can be bestowed, and the recognition is sought after by performers both big and small, mainstream and traditional because it is one of the hardest gets in music. But the cavalcade of mainstream pop country music stars recently added as members are not fulfilling the Opry obligations.

Dec
23

Bobby Bones – The Face of Country Radio Consolidation

December 23, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  33 Comments

The Bobby Bones Show started on the WSIX flagship station being syndicated to 15 other stations across the country, and in less than a year is already up to a total of 50 stations. With his current position at WSIX and Clear Channel’s big nationally-focused plan for country radio, Bobby Bones isn’t just poised to become the Gerry House of the next generation, he’s poised to become the biggest DJ in the history of country music.

Dec
20

Justin Timberlake Not Just “Blowing Smoke” About Country Move

December 20, 2013 - By Trigger  //  News  //  44 Comments

Last month Justin Timberlake got the country music universe titillated when he said he may take a stab at country music in the future. Well now Timberlake is doubling down, and delving even deeper into the country music conversation, and what he’s saying is hinting that his move would be a more “adult” approach to country, even more akin to the classic modes of country he grew up with

Nov
26

Has The Tide Turned For Country Truck Songs?

November 26, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  31 Comments

Remember back in the 80’s and 90’s when the big stereotype about country music was that it was all about losing your job, your spouse leaving you, your truck breaking down, and your dog dying? Well now there’s a new set of negative stereotypes being engraved in the face of country music. Songs about beer and trucks are becoming our generation’s vilified country caricature.

Nov
18

George Jones Receives Monument in Nashville

November 18, 2013 - By Trigger  //  News  //  11 Comments

A monument dedicated to country music legend George Jones was unveiled today (11-18-13) in Nashville at the Woodlawn Roesch-Patton Funeral Home and Memorial Park at 660 Thompson Lane in the Berry Hill portion of southern Nashville. The event was open to the public, and also included a special presentation by George Jones’ widow Nancy Jones. George Jones died on April 26th, 2013.

Oct
3

The Lessons Viewers Are Learning from ABC’s “Nashville”

October 3, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  16 Comments

ABC’s Wednesday night drama Nashville just entered its second season, and though like many network television dramas, the drama can feel over-the-top and contrived, the show’s impact on a wide range of issues that fall under the charge of Saving Country Music is undeniable, if not unprecedented. Though I wouldn’t necessarily recommend the show, it’s still important to understand Nashville’s impact.

Sep
16

12 Reasons to be Positive About Country Music in 2013

September 16, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  25 Comments

Country music in 2013 feels like the best of times, and the worst of times. While a few top male performers perpetrate untold atrocities on the integrity of the genre, the rise of independent music and infrastructure in the marketplace is now almost to the point where it equals its corporate counterpart. Quality songs and worthy artists are beginning to see more and more support…

Jul
7

Lindi Ortega: Frida Kahlo Meets Wonder Woman Meets Johnny Cash

July 7, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Reviews  //  27 Comments

Exquisitely antiqued and strikingly original, old school country singer and native Canadian Lindi Ortega is the northern emissary for country music’s current female revolution. A class act all around that is regarded just as highly for her self-penned songs as her heavenly (or devilish) voice, Lindi is a creative maelstrom that sends the room spinning from her ability to expose the most blinding beauty from life’s inherent darkness.

Jan
22

ANTI-Nashville / Music Row / Pop Country Song Compendium

January 22, 2013 - By Trigger  //  Outlaw History  //  121 Comments

Anti-Nashville, anti-Music Row, and anti-pop country songs have a long and proud tradition in country music that stretches almost all the way back to the beginning of the genre. As long as there’s been country music, there’s been folks arguing about how to define it, what it should sound like, and speaking out when they think it’s going in the wrong direction.

Dec
26

How Nashville Surprisingly Tackled The Talent Glut in 2012

December 26, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  17 Comments

One of the most remarkable music events of 2012 must be how Nashville and some of its biggest, most bloated and notorious corporate citizens did the inexplicable: they began to tackle the issue of the massive talent glut in American roots music. All of a sudden the big boys in the media business are playing a part in re-populating the country and roots music farm system that for years has been anemic and ignored.

Nov
21

Reasons To Be Thankful For ABC’s “Nashville”

November 21, 2012 - By Trigger  //  Random Notes  //  30 Comments

So what positives could come from the show? If you take away all the drama between the characters that’s really the central focus of the series, what you have is the biggest inside look into the business of country music ever released to the public through popular media and a vehicle for presenting new music to millions of folks. The ugly trappings of Nashville go with out saying. Here are some of the positives.

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