How Underground Nashville Bands Are Reclaiming Music City
For years, big labels were the gatekeepers in Tennessee's capital city. They had the keys to the recording studios and the funds to push singles out to the radio. But in the shadow of the country-music empire, DIY artists have been rising up to find their own voice. Beyond Music Row and the Honky Tonk Highway, underground musicians are building their own scene – and it's one that spurns the traditional studio system. "A lot of [the Nashville mentality] is anti-establishment," says Olivia Scibelli, lead singer of Idle Bloom, a band currently writing its second full-length album from Scibelli's East Nashville basement. "It's kind of about taking out the middleman."
As you can see, Nashville is the place to be! And with all the free fun you can have in Music City, including free music all day every day, Nashville is the best all around. Start planning your trip now.