Tag: Nashville

Interview: Dispatch

What happens when a band cares so deeply, they make helping causes a huge part of who they are? We asked the members of Dispatch about playing music with a higher sense of purpose.

Posted in Interviews, Music and Activism

Nashville Needs Our Help

Although I’m a native New Yorker, now residing in Texas with stints in St. Louis and Los Angeles in between, there is “no place I’d rather be” than Tennessee. Memphis and Nashville have been frequent vacation destinations and logical road trip stopping points for me over the last near-decade of my life. This is not…

A Spring Fling to Remember

With the end of school approaching, many students and graduates find themselves in a transitional stage while moving home, starting a new job or simply having a summer of freedom. If that’s you, then it’s also the best possible time to give a little of your free time and volunteer for a cause. Maybe you’ll…

Feds Raid Gibson Guitars For Madagascar Rosewood

Federal agents raided Gibson Guitars‘ Nashville factory yesterday, seizing wood, guitars, computers and files. Sources told the Nashville Post that Gibson is suspected of violating the Lacey Act by helping to illegally import Madagascar rosewood into the U.S. via Germany. Clearcut logging has destroyed thousands of acres of lemur habitat unique to the island, threatening…

Posted in Sustainability and Climate Change, Food and Farm Policy

Nashville’s Ticket Troubles

NewsChannel 5 in Nashville has been airing a sobering investigative report this week on the high cost of tickets to see country music stars such as Keith Urban and Taylor Swift. Ticket scalping is endemic through the concert business, but since when did the “workingman’s blues” cost a second mortgage on the family trailer? Reporter…

Posted in Trends in Music and Society

Music City Council

Be forewarned, aspiring young pedal-steel virtuoso with your sights set on the the Nashville skyline — you just might end up becoming a politician. Well, not quite… but the Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has tapped Emmylou Harris, Kix Brooks and Jack White (the Michigan native with a million bands has lived in Nashville for years)…