Fully updated in 2018 with new Nashville selections, interviews, maps and essential intel. The Music City is changing, yet carries that same old tune.
"It’s within a day’s drive of over 75% of the entire U.S. population. That’s why all the bands, whether Bessie Smith or the Beastie Boys, play Nashville. It’s the damndest thing. "
LOCAL STORIES, TRAVEL INTEL AND MODERN LORE, INCLUDING:
An interview with Freedom Rider, Patricia Jenkins-Armstrong
The top meat-and-three lunch spots in town
Recommendations on live music joints
A longform essay by Ann Patchett about the flood
Novelist Tony Earley on East Nashville lore
Songwriter Rosanne Cash remembers a cold winter’s night
Record shop owner Mike Grimes on how the Music City is evolving
Varying reactions and reviews of Nashville hot chicken
Natural wonders within a few hours drive
THESE ARE AWESOME BOOKS. IF YOU WANT A LAUNDRY LIST OF EVERYTHING TO DO IN A CITY, GET A SOMETHING ELSE. IF YOU WANT TO TRULY GET TO KNOW THE HEART AND SOUL OF A CITY, PICK UP A WILDSAM.
- TOM S.
Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums that have earned four Grammy Awards and nominations for 11 more. She was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015. We reprinted her Oxford American essay, “The Most Human Sound,” in the Nashville field guide.
Nashville native and longtime friend of Wildsam, Coates teaches art and drawing at The Ensworth School. In 2012, with her family, Evie founded Twelve at the Table, a roving communal supper series. One of their earliest shindigs was the launch of our first field guide five years ago, held under starry skies in East Nashville. Coates’ pencil drawings and watercolors hang in homes throughout the city.
STORIES - NASHVILLE