Last year, a Curious Nashville reader noticed an unusual sign on the side of the road. Like many of the most intriguing questions we receive, answering it demanded a visit to the site. WPLN News contributor Tasha Lemley took up the search.
There are more paintings than furniture in Omari Booker’s studio in Nashville. His works are bursting with color, illuminating images of family and Black men. One painting, “The Black Bird,” captures his time in prison.
The Nashville Symphony is canceling its upcoming season and furloughing staff and musicians after a tough year caused by the coronavirus. The move will suspend concerts and event activity until July 31, 2021, and furlough 79 musicians at the start of this July.
Live music has been back in Nashville for a week, and pandemic-related rules are already evolving.
The state of Tennessee is now allowing restaurants and retail businesses to increase capacity, so long as social-distancing recommendations can still be met.
Nashville musicians are still wondering when it’ll be safe to take the stage in front of a live audience again. Local leaders began easing “Safer at Home” restrictions on Monday, but it may be months before singers and performance venues are included in the reopening plans.
For Nashville’s songwriters, social distancing has posed some unexpected challenges. Artists who typically spend their days creating music together are now trying a new approach: virtual co-writing.
For the fourth year in a row, WPLN News gathered music experts to answer the question: What did Nashville sound like? Writers Brittney McKenna and Andrea Williams were asked to go beyond a “best of” list and look at the themes and ideas that really stood out in the city’s music scene.
Listen / The Barbershop Harmony Society is inviting women to be full members of the organization for the first time, effective immediately. The Nashville-based umbrella group says the decision is part of a “new strategic vision” meant to be more inclusive and welcome people of all races, sexual orientations, political opinions and spiritual beliefs.
Listen / Songs can go extinct. Lose track of the words, or the tune by which to sing them, and the oral tradition of passing on folk songs can become a precariously thin thread through history. But one family — even one singing amongst themselves way out in the country — can do a lot […]