Nashville, the county seat of Davidson County is the capital of Tennessee State and is located on the banks of the Cumberland River. This “Music City” also houses many educational and healthcare centers alongside transporting, publishing and banking industries.
What?s the reason behind its name? Nashville used to be the place where music genres like country music, R&B, blues, gospel, and even pop flourished and became popular during the 1940s to 1960s. It even had several clubs where famous artists like Little Richard, Jimi Hendrix, Ray Charles, Ike and Tina Turner played. Louis Armstrong, Lil Hardin and Jimmie Lunceford made Nashville the home place for Jazz. Long before the Second World War the dance orchestras entertained people. While on air a WSM radio jockey, David Cobb, named Nashville the “Music City USA”.
You can hear diversified music in Nashville over the years. In addition to the local music of Nashville’s famous country music and bluegrass, the classical lovers can enjoy chamber and symphony orchestras. Nashville is also famous for some outstanding gospel quartets and church choirs. Besides all these traditional music you can hear pop, rock, and hip-hop start to burgeon in Nashville, which is also called as the “Music City.”
At present, over 130 music publishers, 80 record labels, and over 180 recording studios are all based in Nashville. Nashville also boasts over 100 live music clubs that showcases various artists from different music genres. In fact, three engineers from WSM started Castle, the first recording studio in Nashville, in 1946. However, it was in 1955 when Nashville became known as a recording center thanks to Owen and Harold Bradley who opened their own studio on 16th Avenue South. This studio later expanded by including the Quonset hut located behind the building as part of the studio. This Quonset hut is quite legendary, since this was where popular artists recorded. Patsy Cline, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly, Loretta Lynn, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Simon & Garfunkel, REO Speedwagon, and Johnny Cash were some of the artists who recorded here.
A recording studio named 615 Music, which is well known for its impressive music contribution in the field of advertising apart from television and radio, is situated in Nashville. It was even presented with about 90 national and international awards for its musical talent in television and advertisements. Creation of the scores of the famous television shows such as “King of the Hill,” “Dateline,” and “Today” was done in this studio. It is also the creator of music for the advertisements of the companies such as Wendy?s, FedEx, and Busch Beer.
A point to note is that vinyl records are still created in Nashville. United Record Pressing, one of the few remaining vinyl manufacturers in US is located here in Nashville. Since its setting up in 1949 United Record Pressing has created many vinyl records for many artists. Some of the noted among them are Elvis Presley, Britney Spear, Lionel Richie, N?Sync, and Christina Aguilera.
Of course, among the most popular attractions in Nashville are also related to music. A trip to Nashville is not complete without a visit to the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
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