Hidden History of Music Row, a new book from Arcadia Publishing and The History Press, features the hidden secrets and little known gems about Nashville’s Music Row. The book was written by Elizabeth Elkins and Vanessa Olivarez, (aka the alt-country singer-songwriter duo Granville Automatic,) along with historian/museum consultant/writer Brian Allison.
The book sets out to tell the full, unadulterated story of the heart of Music City, and digs into the dreamers, doers, architects, madmen, ghosts, and hitmakers that made these avenues and alleys world-famous.
Between its covers, readers will find never-before-seen photos of Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Kris Kristofferson, and Shel Silverstein and interviews with multi-Platinum writers and performers, all painting a picture of Music Row’s beautifully gritty boom.
“Getting the opportunity to write a book was a real surprise for us as a band,” co-author Elkins explains. “An editor at the History Press found us through an article in The Bitter Southerner about our last album Radio Hymns. That record was all about Nashville’s lost history and he felt it would be interesting for two songwriters with a love of history to team up with a historian and tell the stories of this extraordinarily complicated, mysterious, and mythical place, warts and all.”
Hidden History of Music Row is now available for purchase here.
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