The country revolution
So much creativity in a handful of streets caused a radical evolution. European music was abandoned, voices were no longer only heard in churches, barn dances began and guitars joined the sound of banjos. Honky Tonk, the Nashville, Bakersfield and Outlaw Country sounds and Country Pop had all been born.
It doesn’t matter what time it is: the locals on Broadway and its adjacent streets always offer rock, pop, jazz, blues, country and even gospel concerts. The noise pollution is welcome outside. It allows you to choose a venue or improvise a musical ‘speed date’, jumping between places as if you had a random playlist. All of these venues look very similar: open-brick walls, gloomy lighting, limited capacity (around 60 people) and a handful of vintage records, instruments and autographed photos hanging on the walls.
The musical awakening of the city happened at the end of the 1920s. As records weren’t popular, artists used to travel to radio stations and perform their songs live. The most influential show was undoubtedly the Grand Ole Opry show on the WSM station in Nashville, presented by the legendary George D. Hay. With the passing of time, it brought together so much talent that during the Second World War its caravan of artists (the Camel Caravan) did a tour of the military bases of the United States that people listened to all over the world. It caught the attention of record labels and companies, which began to do business in the city, turning it into what is now known as ‘Music City, USA’.