Music Monday: celebrating Black History Month
👋 Nate here. My earlier stint as the music business reporter at the Tennessean served as an education in how African American artists altered the course of music history from right here in Nashville.
- I learned about the Fisk Jubilee Singers, the reason we earned the reputation as Music City.
- I was taught by Lorenzo Washington, curator of the Jefferson Street Sound Music Museum, about how that road was Nashville's original and authentic Music Row.
- I learned how Dobie Gray recorded "Drift Away" in what was then called Quad Studios (now Sienna Studios) in Midtown.
Why it matters: We didn't want Black History Month to pass without paying respect to Nashville's heritage.
- The very seeds of rock and roll were planted in Nashville when Little Richard played in clubs on Jefferson Street and up-and-coming guitarist Jimi Hendrix had a short stint as a hired hand in his band.
- It's a history that stretches back to DeFord Bailey playing regularly on the Opry stage and one that continues today, with an artistic revolution in the country and Americana genres spearheaded by Black women like Mickey Guyton, Yola and Allison Russell.
This week's Music Monday playlist celebrates Black History Month in Nashville by featuring artists with ties to the city.
📬 Please follow our playlist on Spotify and reply to this email with song picks for future playlists!
More Nashville stories
No stories could be found
Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Nashville.