A few months back, I sat down with singer/songwriter Josh Grider for a Best in Texas interview. One of the questions I asked him was, “Does Nashville suck?”
I was just attempting to be silly with the question, but it was one of the interviews I received the most feedback about. I can’t remember Josh’s exact answer to that specific question, but it was something along the lines of how it reminded him of catching a Baptist in a liquor store…
Well, Josh has some great stories to tell about living in Nashville and he has agreed to share them with us. Check back every TUESDAY to read Josh’s FROM BEHIND FRENEMY LINES.
It’s been just over a year now that I’ve been paying rent here in Nashville, TN. What a ride it’s been! Believe it or not, I’ve yet to see the alter where they sacrifice musical integrity for the almighty dollar, suck the soul out of country music, and make you swear you’ll sing about how big your truck is. I know I’ve been close though, I’ve heard the screams.
Truthfully, moving to Nashville has been the second best thing I’ve ever done for myself musically.* It has made me a significantly better writer and guitar player. I’ve learned more about myself, what I believe, and hope to do with my career in the past 13 months than I had in the previous 10 years. So it should come as no surprise that all these things have led me to some pretty interesting realizations. I know those always come with age, but moving out of your comfort zone and trying something new is also a pretty good way to learn a lot about yourself real fast.
This is your intro to what will be a weekly blog. I’m going to share my perspective on a lot of different things; what I’m doing in Nashville, how this town seems to work, the relationship between the independent and corporate music environment, and life in general. In the end, however, I hope to make this blog about something far more important. Me. Ha!
I hope you’ll log on and check it out. Stay tuned…
*I would have never made it to Nashville , or had a chance at surviving once I got there, without the musical raising Texas gave me.