How to Stay Updated With Music in Nashville
Nashville first gained international music recognition as early as the 1800s when its first traveling music group, The Fisk Jubilee Singers went on a world tour. Soon after the group had performed for the Queen of England she had been so pleased by the singers’ talents, she declared that they must be from a truly musical city. Before long, the queen’s complement stuck, giving Nashville its nickname “Music City”.
Today, there are a plethora of ways to stayed informed on the different outlets pertaining to music in this city. For instance, the local radio stations still provide a major source of information on the various events that happen here. The stations are responsible for introducing new artists to the area and the world at large, an accomplishment, made possible by the support of local radio’s partner in crime, the Nashville AT&T U-verse services center, which transmits their signal over the airwaves, for public entertainment. Another resource for keeping up-to-date on music in the city is through its local attractions. Places like the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum on the south side of 5th Ave. and the Ryman Auditorium at the north end, keep postings of music related events on their websites and on posters, billboards and brochures inside the buildings all year long. Since both of these buildings are located in the heart of the downtown area, they are probably the most convenient way to get indirect information on the new faces in country music.
However, if you’d like to find out first-hand about the latest in musical talent, then you should visit Nashville during the spring when the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum hosts its “Signature Series”. This is an intimate gathering between a small audience of curious listeners and singer/songwriters who are trying to get their music recognized by other artists or agents who are looking for a fresh voice. Another opportunity to see new talent up close and personal is at the CMA Music Festival (early summer). During this time you can see, meet and get autographs from new talents, as well as some of the more seasoned favorites. If country music isn’t your cup of tea, however, do not worry. Nashville’s famous bars and saloons pay homage to many genres and backgrounds of musical culture, all you have to do is come on over and explore it.