Ode to Nashville
Words from the ones who make them.
"...coming to a place like Nashville, which is just music music music, it's always been such an influence on me. And there are so many interesting songwriters out there, and it's such a crazy business and so many people are trying to do it, and it's all right there in Nashville."
- Sandra Bernhard, with the Nashville Scene October 16, 2014.
Sam Smith visited the TODAY show on October 15, 2014, and told Matt Lauer that his favorite place he's been in all his travels is: Nashville! Watch the clip:
"I chose Nashville because No. 1 the musicianship is as good as it gets. Nashville is not about just banjos and fiddles. Its cellists and violinists and brass are equal to what I find in L.A. and London."
Steve Schnur, worldwide executive for music and music marketing for Electronic Arts, with The Tennessean on October 17, 2014, on moving the bulk of EA's video game scoring to Nashville
“There is such a cool vibe in Nashville. It is has the excitement of a big city, but also has this amazing small town feel. I have definitely come to call it my home, and have my favorite go-to spots. But most of all it’s the people. The southern charm, and hospitality. And some great shopping never hurts. As fun as Music City is during the day, the real magic happens at night … The lights, the energy, the music, how could you not love this town?” – Hayden Panettiere, with Neutrogena
"Nashville may be famed for its country music, but this may well be the capital of rock and roll music in the United States of America."
-Paul Stanley of KISS, during KISS's Bridgestone Arena concert in Nashville July 16, 2014
"This is the city that taught me how to write all of these cool songs. Yeah, you guys definitely need a royalty."
-Katy Perry, at her Bridgestone Arena concert in Nashville June 27, 2014
"Nashville has always felt perfect. I don't think Third Man Records could exist in any other town that I know of in America. Anything smaller or larger than the size of Nashville, and also the music — the attention that's paid to music in that town is sort of the right kind. It's not too hipster and it's not too fake; it's something in the middle, which is really good ground for a place like Third Man Records, that aims to be genre-less. It's great to be able to have that kind of access."
-Jack White, to Nashville Scene
"There's an energy about Nashville that I love and I miss. And it's so awesome right now. It has a new energy that's so cool."
-Trisha Yearwood, to CMT
"I admire this town a lot. They take care of their own. There's not a lot of places in the world, much less America, that do that. It's just a great place."
-Justin Timberlake, to The Tennessean
"I definitely think that with music my favorite thing about Nashville is that it's a music hub that accepts and allows all genres to be present, and I think there's been a kind of fusing of genres lately that for me makes me really happy and excited."
-Taylor Swift, to the AP
"We felt like being back in Nashville we can make a different in the community, it's accepting and supportive in a way that you can do something really unique and awesome. There's a cross-pollination in arts forms and creativity. People can say 'you're a foodie and I'm a musician, how can we do something together? Let's create something cool.' And then it happens. The restaurants here rival a lot of those in L.A., hands down. It's because In Nashville you are inspired and feel the energy around you, the positive energy – which others want to be a part of."
-The Watson Twins, with Music City Eats
"It wasn't until I moved [to Nashville] that I realized what an amazing community it is. It's the thing I've been missing my whole career, the feeling of being able to sit around with a guitar and have people know each other's songs and know songs from people who've influenced all of us. When I moved here pretty early on Vince Gill started calling me to do guitar pulls, and I thought, gosh, this is just like heaven on earth down here."
-Sheryl Crow, to the Chicago Sun Times
"Nashville, man. That's the place to be."
-Willie Geist, on TODAY
"...Nashville is such a fantastic city, with this great creative music energy. Then there's that Southern hospitality, you can't beat that."
-Sam Palladio, to Bello
"I love Nashville. I've been here so many times....oh man, I would stay here for a year if I could. It's just so much fun."
-Jimmy Fallon, to The Tennessean
"L.A. to me feels like music industry, and Nashville to me feels like music community."
-Sheryl Crow, to Wall Street Journal
It's a holy city for music"
-Hugh Laurie, to The Tennessean
"From the moment I stepped foot in Music City I have had a love affair with the people and burgeoning culinary scene. This city's long, highly-respected cultural history, coupled with the recent growth and development is inspiring. I could not be happier with my decision and I'm truly excited to call Nashville my home."
-Maneet Chauhan, on opening her first restaurant in Nashville. Read the press release.
"Contrary to received wisdom, the world's most thriving independent music scene isn't clattering away in the rehearsal rooms of east London or propping up the dive bars of Brooklyn, it's in the heart of Tennessee - Nashville to be precise."
"My favorite place in the whole world is Nashville. Because it's my home, it's Music City. It's like, everybody there is so artistic and so creative, and nice! Everybody's really friendly."
-Taylor Swift - on Good Morning America
"The thing about Nashville is, it's not just country music...There's rock & roll, there's every kind of music. It's just a music town...There's so much fun stuff to get in to."
-Connie Britton, star of new ABC drama "Nashville"
“My stay in Nashville is coming to an end, but I know I'll be back soon. In my week here I've discovered a group of artisans rooted in Southern traditions, each tackling his or her thing—be it food, fashion, or music—in a fresh, inspiring way. I've seen a place that embodies New South cool, mixing country and city, high and low.”
“I didn’t come to Nashville to put on a cowboy hat and pretend to be a country singer. My attraction to Nashville as Music City is the variety and flexibility: the fact that there’s so many musicians at your disposal, so many amazing studios and talented people that you can draw from. … I try to be myself, but at the same time I’m learning a lot, and I’m pulling from not only from the well of inspiration that I’m getting from Nashville, but I’m pulling from my roots.”
“Music City offers more than honky-tonk, with an indie rock scene that has The Black Keys, Karen Elson, and Jack White all calling this town home.”
“It [Nashville] s basically a city of songwriters and that’s what gives it it’s strength, that’s what gives it its lasting ability. You’ve got people making all different kinds of music and that’s what attracts me to Nashville as Music City.”
-Emmy Lou Harris
“The common word in Music City goes something like this: It’s not just about the country anymore.”
It really is a town of all genres of music that are represented here and have been forever.
“Blame the ubiquitous hum of country music, but we fell hard for the Southern capital’s rugged denim spots, indie record stores and– yep –vintage cowboy-boot dealers.”
-Lucky Magazine, Jenna Gottlieb
"I just had to find all my friends that used to be in the business. As I say, the music business didn't die, it just moved to Nashville."
“Nashville may be best known as ‘Music City’, but its food and drink scene is starting to have just as much soul and rock’n’roll swagger.”
-The Guardian, Rosie Birkett
“I think I had the same notion most people have, which is it’s simply a town that percolates around country music. Though country-music history is deep and richly steeped throughout the city, this is a place that’s been expanding musically and culturally…People coming from Europe and Canada-there are all kinds of different cultures and different music being represented here. It continues to blossom.”
-Joy Williams of the Civil Wars
“Nashville, Tennessee moves beyond its country roots and embraces a new, multifaceted role as one of our country’s leading arts-and-entertainment cities.”
“You have a proximity of some of the best studios in the entire world; a proximity to some of the best musicians in the entire world; and some of the best songwriters in the entire world…It’s kind of an easy call to come here.”
-Paul White of the Civil Wars
“Nashville’s youngest stylists are spinning fresh interpretations on the city, making an eclectic, fun stopover with dazzling shop finds, ingenious, even gusty cuisine and one of the nation’s most impressive live music scenes.”
People think it (Nashville) is all about country music, and I know a lot of country music has come out of there, but like Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dillon was recorded there. A lot of great records; R&B records, jazz records. It’s a lot of great players and great studios.”
"Where the ethos of community, culinary adventure and tattooed kitchen culture are coming together to define a new kind of Southern cooking that doesn't forgo its roots, but allows chefs to transcend them,"
-The New York Times
“Since I was a kid I just wanted to be in Nashville.”
“Nashville, Tennessee, used to be just a city of ten-gallon hats and the Grand Ole Opry. Now it’s the most electric spot in the South, thanks to a cast of transplanted designers, architects, chefs, and rock ‘n’ rollers.”
“There’s really no place like Nashville left….songwriters are still waking up every day, banging on guitars and pianos, staring at a blank piece of paper and coming up with what they think will be the next big hit. It’s very unique, I can’t think of another place in the world that’s quite like it.”
“Nashville has long embraced its history as well as the newcomer looking to make a mark. And whether in music or in food, the new is informed by the old.”
-The New York Times
“It’s the warmest, loveliest community I’ve ever set foot in. For me, it’s the perfect place to live. It’s the best part of America.”
“It’s funny how certain cities get under your skin. I’ve been around, but there’s something captivating about Nashville, Tennessee – a ‘crazy town’, as locals call it, bursting with culture, history and Southern charm (the kind of charm that prompts locals – easily the friendliest people I’ve ever encountered.”