February 10, 2002 |
The $37-million Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which celebrates its first anniversary this spring, devotes more than 50,000 square feet to the colorful history of country music, but nothing illustrates that story more vividly than a single sheet of Chaves County, N.M., courthouse stationery. Showcased in a crowded display case near the front of the downtown museum's exhibition area, the 1947 handwritten letter is from a promising honky-tonk singer named Lefty Frizzell to his wife.
February 9, 2002 |
First in an occasional series about venues where aspiring artists go to be discovered. NASHVILLE--A steady rain on a chilly night might hurt the turnout at some music clubs, but Bluebird Cafe regulars are true believers, and they flock to the room like parishioners to a church. Some of the seats in the back of the intimate room are even old pews. Like the row of stools at the bar and the chairs at nearly two dozen tables, the pews fill up quickly once the doors open for the 6:30 p.m.
May 16, 2001 |
It's large and contemporary, the kind of urban building in which country boys like Jimmie Rodgers or Hank Williams might have hesitated to tread in their day. But study the $37-million, 135,000-square-foot Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which opens Thursday in downtown Nashville. Notice how the building is shaped like a water tower at one point. What could be a radio transmitter or the steeple of a country church pokes the sky.
September 26, 1999 |
A vintage plane circled a downtown Nashville, Tenn., neighborhood and clipped trees before crashing between two houses and bursting into flames. Two men in the plane died. Fire Chief Buck Dozier said it was miraculous that no one on the ground was killed.
April 21, 1998 |
Most of Nashville's 70,000 downtown workers returned to skyscrapers patched with plywood and tarpaulins following tornadoes that virtually shut down the office district for three days. President Clinton declared six middle Tennessee counties disaster areas, making federal money available for repairs and temporary housing. Eight buildings remained "red-tagged" as unsafe. Most were small commercial businesses and restaurants occupying three- to four-story buildings.
September 13, 1992 |
At the exclusive Nashville City Club, whose gray-suited members only recently opened their doors to women, it's easy to forget that this is the capital of country music. There's nary a rhinestone in sight, much less a bale of hay. And the doleful expressions on diners' faces have more to do with failed business deals than broken hearts.