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A Musician’s Guide to Nashville

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Brittany Howard and Zac Cockrell of Alabama Shakes perform at The Basement in Nashville (credit: Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

As we noted on our last podcast, Nashville has far more to offer than country music, and we’ve put together a list of places you might want to check out when you visit, courtesy of Sarah’s friend Matthew Perryman Jones. He lives in Nashville and just released a new album called Land of the Living ( ). Here are his picks in his own words:

Songwriter venue: The Basement (more indie vibe)
Record store: Third Man Records (Jack White’s record store) or Grimey’s New & Preloved Music
Recording Studio: Blackbird Studio — not historic, but legendary…it’s huge and amazing – [clients range from Martina McBride to Kings of Leon to Ke$ha]. But RCA Studio B is badass [Classic country hits like Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” and Elvis Presley’s “It’s now or never” were recorded here]
Bars: The Patterson House
Boutiques: Imogene & Willie in 12 South (they do designer jeans and clothes as well as host shows in the back — past performances by The Black Keys, the Civil Wars…just a cool place)
Coffee shop: Crema or Frothy Monkey (at Frothy Monkey it’s not uncommon to sit next to Taylor Swift or Nicole Kidman…but Crema is a better quality shop)
Restaurant: City House in historic Germantown

To sample some of the non-country music coming out of Nashville, check out  Ten out of Tennessee.

Practical Info
Getting there
:  A number of major U.S. airlines, including Delta and American fly to Nashville International Airport.  You can also fly to Atlanta or Birmingham, Ala. and drive the four hours to Nashville.
When to go:  With a mild climate, Nashville can be enjoyed year round but spring, summer and fall are the best times.
Upcoming events: Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue – Oct. 27; A Country Christmas – Nov, 16 – Jan. 1.
More events:

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