Why is Nashville, Tennessee Called Music City?

Music City USA: NAshville is the home of country music but the quality of musicians that are attracted to move to Nashville means that there are all sorts of styles here.

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Why is Nashville, Tennessee Called Music City?

Posted by Gary Ashton: RE/MAX ADMIN on Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 at 11:14pm.

Have you ever wondered how Nashville, Tennessee earned its moniker as Music City USA? What's so special about the music scene in Nashville that it warrants being capital of continental music culture? Haven't just as many musicians passed through cities like Las Vegas and New York?

Well, Tennessee has been known for some world-class fiddlin' all the way back since its roots in the 1700s, but it really started to earn recognition in 1824 when a hymnal, called Western Harmony, was published out of Nashville. The hymnal's popularity spread like wildfire, and set the scene for Nashville's later musical significance.

Fast forward to the late 1800s when what is now known as Ryman Auditorium first began to draw crowds. It quickly became one of the country's premier auditoriums because of its phenomenal natural acoustics and by-then-central location. It didn't take long for Ryman Auditorium to become recognized as the Carnegie Hall of the South.

In 1925, Nashville's position of national significance became cemented in place when radio station WSM chose Ryman Auditorium as the location for its Grand Ole Opry radio show. Today the Grand Ole Opry is the oldest still-running live radio show in existence, which should also tell you something about the demand for country music and its quality.

Finally, we come to the year 1950 when Nashville was officially dubbed Music City USA by WSM's announcer at the time, David Cobb; the name stuck, and that's how we see the city today. Many people make the mistake of assuming that the name primarily refers to country music, but this actually isn't the case at all. Nashville always has been and always will be a diverse and open musical culture… From jazz to bluegrass to country to R&B to rock to gospel, Nashville has had a hand in it all. 

The muscians that move to Nashville to look to further their career in music bring with them all their local and cultural traditions, which then go towards the rich cospomolitan melting pot of all the Nashville residents. The relocation of the Nissan head quarters to Franklin also added to the influx of Californians who have all brought their own pice of the LA lifestyle.  It's no coincidence that the number of restaurants has dramatically increased!

In short, Music City USA earns and keeps its name because unlike other big cities in the USA, music isn't just part of the culture, it IS the culture.


Gary Ashton

The Ashton Real Estate Group of RE/MAX Advantage

The #1 Real Estate Team in Tennessee and #4 RE/MAX team in the world!


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