Music has flowed through Nashville, Tennessee, long before the Grand Ole Opry became a staple of radio or the studios that dominate Music Row were built. With venues such as the Johnny Cash Museum and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum preserving the past, alumni arrive with the hope of putting their own spin on the long songwriting and performing history of Music City. They draw on the city’s collaborative spirit and cultural traditions while reaching beyond its country bent into rock and indie music, among other genres.
After a recent resurgence of vinyl record sales, United Record Pressings, which produces a large percentage of all American-made records, is doubling in size. The popular television series Nashville shows off the city and, being filmed locally, helps provide new jobs and attract talent. Rolling Stone has a bureau in the city, Jay Z's Roc Nation management firm has an office there, and even the tech industry is laying down roots in Nashville, with Spotify and a variety of startups borne of the incubator Project Music setting up shop.