Nashville Has the Country's 'Best Music Scene' According to Rolling Stone



  • Scan courtesy of Larry Mell Morgan
From The Department of National Publications Crushing on Nashville — a department in which Nylon Magazine previously filed an entry — comes some noteworthy news for us locals: In its April 28 issue (on newsstands now), Rolling Stone bestows Nashville with the honor of "Best Music Scene." You have to pay to read the content online, but Cream reader Larry Mell Morgan was kind enough to scan Nashville's entry in RS's dead-tree edition for us. Have a look by clicking that image over there on the left, or download the PDF.

With a subhed reading, "Jack White, Kings of Leon, the Black Keys, Ke$ha and Taylor Swift have all moved here — this is why" — wonder where they heard that — the feature profiles Nashville in five parts: venues, bars, restaurants, clothes and record stores. Stone gathered quotes from locals and semi-locals including Ke$ha, Taylor Swift, my boy Patrick Carney, Nathan Followill, Cage the Elephant's Lincoln Parish and ambassadress — by transitive property — Karen Elson regarding the hottest spots in town. The Ryman, Exit/In, 12th & Porter, The 5 Spot and Station Inn all landed mentions in the venues department, while Springwater, Mas Tacos, Arnold's, Losers and Patterson House were mentioned in the restaurants and bars categories. What local music retailer was unanimously agreed upon as "the spot for indie and vintage nuggets"? Where else? Only one of Rolling Stone's "Best Record Stores in the USA," Grimey's. Well, Elson obviously prefers a different joint.

Also, in case you didn't know, "daytime booze is a time-honored tradition in Nashville." When I wondered aloud, "Where isn't it?", fellow Creamer Adam Gold responded astutely: "I mean ... Salt Lake City?"

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