Nashville is known by many as Music City, but many residents and visitors don't know why. Of course, the music scene is booming within the city and that is part of the reason. However, there are many other reasons for the name, Music City.
The History of the Name
When the city was settled, in the lake 1700s, it was quickly celebrated with fiddle tunes and buck dancing. Davy Crocket was the first celebrity of the city and he was a fiddle player with all types of colorful stories.
The 1800s brought more reasons for the nickname of Music City. Nashville grew and became a national place for music publishing. Fisk Jubilee Singers came from Nashville's Fisk University and they were the first musical act to tour around-the-world. The Queen of England may have been the first to call Nashville the "Music City." She said that the Fisk Jubilee Singers must come from the "Music City."
Throughout the history of the city, many musical venues have been added to the landscape. Ryman Auditorium was one of the first, while the Grand Ole Opry was added in the early 1900s. Both of these venues give the city a good reason to remain known as the "Music City." Of course, there's more to the story.
The Legacy Continues
Today, Nashville is one of the first places serious musicians consider moving to, if they want to make it big. It has become known as the "Songwriting Capital of the World" and remains known as the Music City to most of those throughout the world.
Bluebird Cafe has been a famous spot for songwriters to show off their talent, along with the many festivals, such as the Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. The city has music in its' blood. Many artists have made their music in Nashville including:
- Black Eyed Peas
- Bon Jovi
- Michael Buble
- Kid Rock
- Sheryl Crow
- Jack White
- Michael McDonald
- Kings of Leon
- And Many More!
The city will forever be known as the Music City because of more than just the venues and concerts. The history of music runs deep in Nashville and it's the capital of the world for live music performances, music festivals and songwriting.
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