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       Muses on The Music

Nashville Byline, Part II

My previous blog post was about our Wednesday activities in Nashville. We had tickets for a show on Friday, but no plans for Thursday. But Jeanne enjoyed the Amy and Vince show so much that she decided to do a do-over; I loved it, too, but wanted to hear something else. So I took off on my own, and ended up initially at another one of those 25-by-whatever-storefront honky-tonks. The band playing that night at Redneck Riviera — sorry, didn’t get their name, and I’m not sure they ever announced it — mostly played something other than “country.” Wasn’t there that long — enough for two drinks (decent bourbon on the rocks, in a plastic cup, $10 a pop) — but their set list during that timeframe mo

Nashville Byline, Part I

Following up on this blog’s previous post, our visit to Music City USA spanned several genres, and uncovered some interesting items. As noted previously, Nashville, Tenn., is intimately associated with country and western music, with good reason. But how many people know why it is called “Music City”? According to an exhibit at the Musicians Hall of Fame, it can be attributed to no less than Queen Victoria, empress of “the sun never sets on the” British Empire. Fisk University, a Nashville center of higher education founded in the wake of the emancipation of America’s African slaves, early on had a glee club that toured the world and performed before the crowned heads of Europe. Old Queen Vi

Rock Gone Country

I started to write this from a hotel in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the perfect place to reflect upon the influence Music City USA’s No. 1 product has had on the subject of this blog — The Music, rock and roll. Most everybody thinks “Nashville = Country and Western.” The C&W Hall of Fame is here, after all, and “the Mother Church of Country Music,” the Ryman Auditorium, home for many years (and still for a few days a year) to that uniquely American musical institution, the Grand Ole Opry. Also, lots of record companies producing country music, and scads of honky-tonks where C&W wannabes practice their craft. And places that sell cowboy hats, boots (buy one pair, get two pair free, one sign sa

Was the White Album the Right Album?

Fifty years ago last month, an album was released that telegraphed — or should have — the coming breakup of the biggest act in rock and roll at the time. The Beatles, more commonly known as The White Album, dropped Nov. 22, 1968. That was about 90 percent of the way through a year that saw the assassination of two major political figures in this country, the U.S. in an unpopular war, and this and other countries worldwide in turmoil. It was the first album release in a year and a half for the band that gave the LP its name, an act that had cranked out albums and singles like clockwork for five years. In that year and a half, the Fab Four had gone from the multi-level artistry and imagery of

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