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Will McFarlane is a member of the Musician's Hall of Fame. He spent six years playing guitar with Bonnie Raitt, from 1974 to 1980. McFarlane left Raitt to move to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, playing on records for Bobby Blue Bland, Little Milton, Etta James and Johnnie Taylor as part of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.…
 
In this episode we sit down with Nashville music scene veteran, Chris Rodriguez. His debut album, Beggar's Paradise, was released by Sony in 1999, by which time he had collaborated on projects with country and CCM acts such as Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Wynonna Judd, and Shania Twain. Chris continues to be in demand as a session musician with oth…
 
Dave Pomeroy has been on the cutting edge of Nashville's music scene for nearly 40 years as a bassist, bandleader, and producer. From 1980 to 1994, Pomeroy toured and recorded with country music legend Don Williams, and has since performed live with Steve Winwood, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Peter Frampton, Mose Allison, and many other major artis…
 
In this week’s issue of the Scene, we explore the impending mayoral election in several parts. We look at the race’s best known candidates, examine those who are vying for Nashville’s conservative vote, explore prominent local figures who are conspicuously absent from the ballot and more. On this week’s Scenecast, we sit down with staffers Steven H…
 
Dave Cleveland has established himself as one of the world’s premier guitarists, having recorded and toured with a “Who’s Who” of top artists, including Steven Curtis Chapman, Point of Grace, Michael W. Smith, Twila Paris, 4 Him, Crystal Lewis, Michael O’Brien, Cindy Morgan, Anointed, Russ Taff, Steve Green, Wes King and Out Of The Grey,…
 
This week's issue of the Scene is our annual Summer Guide, in which we point to the most enticing events going on this summer, and take a look at interesting folks from all over town. That includes artists, a drag queen and a very charismatic chef. But on this week's Scenecast, we talk about the 49th annual Nashville Film Festival, which takes plac…
 
"World-class guitarist" doesn't do Gordon Kennedy justice. A multi-Grammy Award winning songwriter and producer, he is a visionary at the forefront of Nashville’s music community. He has co-written "Change The World" for Eric Clapton that won "Song of the Year" at the 1997 Grammys, among many others for artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks, a…
 
In this week’s issue of the Scene, contributor Erica Ciccarone explores the art scene in historically black North Nashville. She speaks with members of the artists’ group Norf Art Collective, as well as business owners and community members who participate in the monthly Jefferson Street Art Crawl. Erica’s story focuses on the role of art in creati…
 
Musicians Hall of Famer, Jimmy Capps, has a resume a mile long. Capps can be heard on classic songs like "Stand By Your Man," "The Gambler," "Smoky Mountain Rain," "He Stopped Loving Her Today," "Amarillo By Morning," "Elvira," and "Here In The Real World." As prolific as they come, at one time, Jimmy averaged 520 recording sessions a year.…
 
On May 1, Nashville will conclude one of the most significant public referendums it has ever held, on the most expensive municipal project the city has ever proposed: a citywide transit overhaul. The initiative, called Let’s Move Nashville, includes upgrades in the bus system and the building of light rail on the city’s major corridors. The plan al…
 
Songwriter John Prine has been making records for nearly 50 years. He’s won Grammys and Americana Music and Honors Awards, and over the years his avowed fans have included the likes of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and modern-day collaborators like Brandy Carlile, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires and The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.On Friday, April 13th, Prine wi…
 
A lot of hockey fans probably saw the Predators’ historic run to the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals as a fluke, a lucky break for the goofy catfish-throwin’ Southern town. But Smashvillians knew better. As tens of thousands of fans filled the streets of downtown Nashville to watch the team make history, they knew this was likely the start of something big…
 
This week's issue of the Scene covers a lot of ground, beginning with the eighth annual Nashville Fashion Week. NFW kicks off on April 3 at OZ Arts, and NFocus editor and Scene Contributor Nancy Floyd chatted with all six designers featured in this year’s opening-night designer showcase. Among those designers is Maria “Poni” Silver, the recipient o…
 
For the Scene’s second annual food-industry survey, we made a list of chefs, general managers and owners at many of the best restaurants in town and made them a deal — we give you a list of questions, and all we ask is that you respond with honesty. The participants run the gamut from experienced veterans with decades in town to talented newcomers,…
 
This week’s Scene cover package features two items — one looking at Nashville’s new mayor, David Briley, and another looking back on the scandal that brought down our former mayor, Megan Barry.For the latter, we spoke to NewsChannel 5’s Phil Williams, who was first on the story and responsible for more than one of its juicier twists and turns. Scen…
 
This week, we at the Scene present our annual People Issue, in which we talk to some of Nashville’s most interesting folks.You’ll meet mother and future student Seana Arrechaga, a soldier’s widow who doesn’t like how some people have appropriated her family’s grief. You’ll meet Nashville sideman and drummer extraordinaire Jerry Pentecost, and stude…
 
In this week's cover package, we have a look at the state’s long and complicated relationship with cannabis — both industrial hemp, which can be grown by licensed farmers as part of a state pilot program, and marijuana, the use of which is still illegal both for medical and recreational purposes. Pick up a copy or visit nashvillescene.com to read m…
 
McKamey Manor, just an hour south of Nashville, holds frightening intrigue for thrill-seekers from all over the world. The notoriously extreme haunted house subjects willing visitors to activities that push them to their mental and physical limits, which are then broadcast to eager fans across the internet. This week, editor D. Patrick Rodgers and …
 
Staff writer Amanda Haggard talks to journalist Radley Balko, who investigated the work of a Mississippi medical examiner named Steven Hayne, along with his dentistry sidekick Michael West. Balko discusses Hayne’s history and impact, which is darkly fascinating, as he testified in close to 80 percent of homicide trials in Mississippi for 20 years –…
 
The Scenecast is back to celebrate the pinnacle of love in America: The Bachelor. Staff writers Steven Hale and Stephen Elliott and NFocus editor (turned resident Bachelor expert) Nancy Floyd sit down to talk about Bachelors and Bachelorettes past and present and why so many of them have roots in Nashville. They discuss heartthrob Luke Pell’s music…
 
This week the Scene named the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee our 2017 Nashvillians of the Year for their work in supporting the nonprofit sector in Nashville. Executive Director Ellen Lehman talks with staff writer Steven Hale and editor Steve Cavendish about The Big Payback — their annual day of giving that has raised $9.3 million for ch…
 
On today’s podcast, we talk to David Drobny, one of the people behind the Nashville Severe Weather Twitter account. A lawyer by trade, he turned his fascination with the weather into one of Nashville’s most viewed Twitters and, during severe weather events, one of the most useful. You can find it online @NashSevereWX. There’s a reason it’s been vot…
 
Paul Kuharsky has spent the past two decades covering the Titans for The Tennessean and ESPN. And though he spends a few hours every day delivering his opinion on sports for 104.5-FM The Zone, he’s a Columbia Journalism School grad who, first and foremost, has been a journalist. So when huge ESPN cuts came down this year, Kuharsky was forced to mak…
 
After two-term incumbent Bob Corker announced his retirement earlier this fall, Tennessee has turned into one of the most interesting Senate battlegrounds in the country. Staff writer Steve Hale and editor Steve Cavendish sat down with Nashville attorney and Democrat James Mackler to talk about his candidacy to replace Corker.…
 
On this week’s bonus Scenecast, managing editor D. Patrick Rodgers talks to longtime local country singer Margo Price about her powerful second solo record, All American Made, out now via Third Man Records. The two talk about the sophomore slump (or lack thereof), politics in country music, touring the country in 2017, hanging out with Willie Nelso…
 
One of our favorite local bands, Bully, is releasing a new album this week — Losing will be out Fri., Oct 20 on Sub Pop — so culture editor Megan Seling sat down with singer/guitarist Alicia Bognanno to talk about the new music, the upcoming album release shows at Mercy Lounge, how the band picks their obscure cover songs and, of course, Bognanno’s…
 
In the wake of the NFL player protests during the national anthem, we talk with Andrew Maraniss, the author of "Strong Inside," the story of Perry Wallace and breaking the color barrier at Vanderbilt in the 1960s. The issues which faced Wallace — and many of the names he was called just for being black — echo much of the criticism of NFL players. M…
 
On today’s pod, we’ve got a fascinating interview with attorney and local historian David Ewing, who’s been part of the Ryman Auditorium 125th anniversary project. Ewing talks to us about what he’s found, why the Ryman moved the "Confederate Gallery" sign out of the main auditorium and some of the stuff he’s uncovered while digging into the Ryman’s…
 
Depeche Mode, the British band that played a key role in shepherding synth pop into the mainstream, hasn’t visited Music City since an under-attended stop at Starwood Amphitheater in 1988. But they had no trouble selling out Ascend Amphitheater for Monday’s gig. Music editor Stephen Trageser sits down with two of the biggest DM fans we know — forme…
 
Amanda Shires is one of the most interesting people in music right now. She released her fifth solo album "My Piece of Land" to great acclaim last year, while maintaining her gig as a talented side player in her husband Jason Isbell's band. Ahead of this year's AmericanaFest — where she's nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year — she tells us abo…
 
The Scene’s Steven Hale and Nancy Floyd debrief after the the penultimate week of "Bachelor in Paradise," breaking down Dean’s weapons-grade stupidity and our dashed hopes of #WellsForBachelor. Also, twins, the sadistic monsters that run this show and, with the finale coming next week, is it even possible to make predictions about Paradise?…
 
We talk to James Peisker and Chris Carter of Porter Road Butcher about the state of meat in Nashville. It's been more than five years since they opened their independent, whole-animal butcher operation in East Nashville. What have they learned? What does Nashville like to eat? What don't people know about the meat they buy in grocery stores? Then, …
 
Writer Steve Haruch talks about Nashvillian Koganada's new film "Columbus," the first feature from the local director. It's generated great critical buzz. How did a quiet movie about architecture in Indiana get made? And then Editor Steve Cavendish discusses Chinese food with Ashley Brantley, who reviews Tánsuŏ (the new Maneet Chauhan restaurant) i…
 
The solar eclipse is coming and Nashville is in its path. Managing Editor D. Patrick Rodgers talks about the hordes descending on Music City, the shadow snakes you might see, how to not burn your eyes and, most importantly, one astrologer's claim that the eclipse might herald some huge changes — goodbye President Trump? Then, Music Editor Stephen T…
 
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