Nashville

MUSIC ROW:
Nashville’s Most Famous Neighborhood

MUSIC ROW: Nashvilleʻs Most Famous Neighborhood

 

MUSIC ROW: NASHVILLE’S MOST FAMOUS NEIGHBORHOOD tells the story of how a group of unremarkable bungalows became the heart of the country music industry, and led to Nashville’s title as Music City USA. Narrated by singer-songwriter Pam Tillis, the documentary focuses on the rise of the Grand Ole Opry and the subsequent opening of recording studios in the downtown area. It also looks at the beginning of Music Row and how it developed into a complete neighborhood housing the full spectrum of the music industry – from session musicians and recording engineers, to record labels and entertainment lawyers. Chronicled through vintage photos and archival footage, as well as interviews with a range of industry professionals and musicians, the hour-long film also recounts the establishment of Nashville’s musical community and reflects on what Music Row means today in the changing music business.

 

 

 

The Mission of Reaching Far and Deep

 

CEO Message

 

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawai‘i President and CEOThe theme of human connection ran alongside the subject of digital media strategies at the PBS Annual Meeting last month in Nashville, Tennessee. Which felt just right. What we strive to do in public media is combine the power of touch and the reach of tech to serve our home states.

 

Why meet in Nashville? Because PBS representatives from around the country need to meet somewhere – and Music City was a great setting for renowned filmmaker Ken Burns to share his newest epic, Country Music.

 

He spoke in a hotel ballroom two blocks from a boulevard of windows-thrown-open, live-music honky tonks. The eight-part, 16-hour film premieres on PBS stations nationally on Sunday, September 15.

 

At the conference, Burns said the film isn’t only for country music fans. At the heart of this American art form are honesty, vulnerability and real life. It’s about the joy of love and family, the hurt of betrayal, loneliness, regret, resilience, toil, faith, independence and the lure of the open road.

 

The Mission of Reaching Far and Deep

Leslie at Nashville conference with national PBS figures (right to left)
news anchor Judy Woodruff, commentator David Brooks and
(far left) arts adviser Jane Chu

 

I had the privilege of taking part in a discussion on stage with heavy hitters: (right to left) PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff; NY Times Op-Ed columnist/PBS NewsHour commentator/author David Brooks and (far left) PBS Arts Adviser Jane Chu. We looked at how the arts reach deep within people and we considered Brooks’ proposition that the neighborhood, not the individual, is the essential unit of social change. And we talked about using local knowledge to determine the best ways to convene and authentically engage communities of diverse voices.

 

Just as there’s no quick fix for the broken heart in a country song, there’s no manual for success in the rapidly changing media industry. The spinning evolution of tech choices, viewer options and fragmented audiences requires media makers to be agile and relentlessly purposeful – and that still doesn’t assure success.

 

Here’s an industry expectation that’s a safe bet: In three years or less there will be as many digital screens as live TV screens being used to view programming.

 

PBS KIDS viewing is already there. Digital screens dominate in front of young children, who also use them to play PBS educational video games.

 

Back from Nashville, our local team knows that we need more than quality programming going for PBS Hawaiʻi; we need to offer easy availability. You as a viewer want to be able to watch what you want – when and where you want it. Our Passport streaming service and our website on-demand programs are a start.

 

If PBS Hawaiʻi’s digital strategy goals were a country music song, the title would be “I’ll Go Anywhere With You.”

 

Aloha Nui,

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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS
Kacey Musgraves / Lukas Nelson

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Kacey Musgraves / Lukas Nelson

 

Live it up with contemporary country from Kacey Musgraves and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Nashville-based Texan Musgraves essays tunes from her widely acclaimed album Golden Hour. Son of outlaw country legend Willie Nelson, roots rocker Lukas Nelson and his band present songs from their self-titled release.

 

Preview

 

 

 

BARE FEET WITH MICKELA MALLOZZI
Where Asia Meets Europe – Turkey

 

Join Emmy® Award-winning travel host, producer and dancer Mickela Mallozzi on her adventures as she experiences the world, one dance at a time! From re-discovering her family’s roots in Southern Italy to exploring the diverse regions of Central Asia in the hills of Turkey, Mickela’s travels explore the traditional dances of every culture while connecting with the local community through celebration.

 

Turkey
Turkey is a country that crosses two continents, full of rich dance and music, from the bustling city of Istanbul to the fairy caves in Cappadocia. Mickela’s magical journey through Turkey connects her with the locals through the universal language of dance.

 

 

AMERICAN MASTERS
Patsy Cline

 

Celebrate the life and legacy of the singer who defined modern country music. Narrated by Rosanne Cash, this documentary features interviews with LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire, Beverly D’Angelo, Wanda Jackson and others.

 

SOUNDSTAGE
Old Dominion

 

This versatile five-man group, based in Nashville, burst onto the country charts with their single “Break Up with Him,” which quickly became a Top 10 Billboard hit and country radio staple. Old Dominion’s songwriting prowess helped get them noticed through their work for country greats such as Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and more.

 

MOVEABLE FEAST WITH FINE COOKING
Nashville, Tennessee

MOVEABLE FEAST WITH FINE COOKING: Nashville, Tennessee

 

This series combines flavorful ingredients, top chefs and beautiful locations for the ultimate dining experience. In the third season of the Emmy-nominated series, Australian Chef Pete Evans goes coast-to-coast, and across the sea, traveling to Nashville, Louisville, Miami, San Antonio, Hawaii and other US locations to meet the best chefs in each area and cook a delicious meal that incorporates local and seasonal ingredients.

 

Nashville, Tennessee
Host Pete Evans hits the road with Nashville food legends Matt Bolus and Trevor Moran. First stop is the Rocky Glade Farm in Eagleville where Pete learns about this local family farm and sources fresh produce for the night’s feast. Then they head to Wedge Oak Farm in Lebanon to collect eggs, mushrooms and duck. The menu features: baby collards and Swiss chard salad with gribiche and grilled onions; grilled suckling pig stuffed with green onions and green garlic; fire-grilled vegetables with sorrel salsa verde and smoked farm eggs; wood-fired roasted duck with wild farm greens and beer yeast sauce, served with fried duck eggs; and chamomile ice cream for dessert.

 

MOVEABLE FEAST WITH FINE COOKING
Culinary Institute of America

 

This series combines flavorful ingredients, top chefs and beautiful locations for the ultimate dining experience. In the third season of the Emmy-nominated series, Australian chef Pete Evans goes coast-to-coast, traveling to Nashville, Louisville, Miami, San Antonio, Hawaii and other locations across the United States to meet the best chefs in each area and cook a delicious meal that incorporates local and seasonal ingredients.

 

Culinary Institute of America
Pete joins three award-winning chefs – Germano Minin, Bruno Difabio and Tim Reardon – at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York for an Italian feast. First stop is Arthur Avenue Marketplace in the Bronx to pick-up some wonderful Italian ingredients, then on to Sprout Creek Farm in Poughkeepsie to source some local goat cheese. On the menu tonight at the CIA: classic caponata with prosciutto, grilled octopus salad, sun-dried tomato gnocchi and Bruno’s famous pizzas.