The World Cafe crew recently traveled to Nashville, Tenn., the sixth destination in our Sense of Place series. We got to spend an entire week getting to know the musicians of this legendary city, including two of our favorite artists Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. As you'll see, we spent almost as much time eating at amazing local restaurants as we did visiting Nashville's musical hotspots, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 6:26 pm
Today's guest, Leagues, provides a perfect start to World Cafe's week-long visit to Nashville, because it perfectly encapsulates the change going on there. A new rock band, Leagues was formed by an amazing singer, Thad Cockrell, who'd been so disenchanted with his alt-country career that he was ready to leave the music business altogether.
Picture a tiny town set along a creek in West Virginia. A mountain rises from the town's eastern edge, overlooking the 1,400 people living below. Then, July comes — and 50,000 people arrive on that mountain for the National Scout Jamboree.
The town is called Mount Hope. I've heard some call it "Mount Hopeless." The town went through the long, downward slump from the boom days of deep-mine coal, when it was a grand, small-town capital of coal mining.