Nashville things about which I’m clueless

Nashville things about which I’m clueless: I didn’t even know there was a concert last night in Nashville. Much less, that 47,000 people would attend a “country” music concert here. If you live somewhere else, this may seem counter-intuitive. However, for as long as I can remember, the conventional wisdom was that Nashville is not a good market for large “country” music concerts. The big “country” music festival (formerly called Fan Fair) held here every June draws tourists, but the long-held belief was that the Nashville area is so jaded — or that, outside the industry of “country” music, the genre is not that popular here — that “country” acts often by-passed the area for fear of not looking good for the industry-folks. This has gradually changed over the years, however — the big acts like Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw and others have packed the downtown arena here over the past few years. I guess Nashville is finally like every other place: There’s a massive audience here for the formulaic and contrived suburban-friendly “music-product” that is ironically called country.

Also in the Tennessean this morning, an analysis of D&B data by a group called Americans for the Arts claims that “Nashville-Davidson County ranked No. 6 in the number of arts organizations per capita, behind Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, Minneapolis and Scottsdale, Ariz. In terms of sheer numbers of arts entities, Nashville ranked No. 11, with 2,465 businesses employing 13,722 people. Many of the cities ahead of Music City in that ranking were much larger markets such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.”

[Note to those who don’t read the rexblog that often: While I’m a skeptic when it comes to such statistics, I always give them the benefit of the doubt when they make the hometown look good. ; ) ]

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