Nashville Center of Unique American Music
It is possible for a visitor to Nashville not to fall under the spell of the country music scene. But it is not likely. After all, this is a city where the professional baseball team is called the Sounds, the signs in the airport welcome tourists to “Music City, U.S.A.” and the featured attraction is the venerable country music institution, the Grand Ole Opry. The country music business pumps about $1 billion a year into Nashville's economy. At last count, 22 record companies had offices in town. Nashville also has 42 country music recording studios, 60 record producers, 25 independent record promoters, 33 country talent agencies, more than 300 country music publishers, and 19 public relations agencies—not to ...