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The Music Row district in Nashville.

Music Row is an area just to the southwest of Downtown Nashville, Tennessee that is home to hundreds of businesses related to the country music, gospel music, and Contemporary Christian music industries. Centered around 16th and 17th Avenues South (called Music Square East and Music Square West, respectively, within the Music Row area), along with several side streets, Music Row is widely considered the heart of Nashville's entertainment industry. In this area, one will find the offices of numerous record labels, publishing houses, music licensing firms, recording studios, video production houses, along with other business who serve the music industry, as well as radio networks, and radio stations. Sometimes the words "Music Row" are used as a metonymous nickname for the country music industry as a whole, just as "Madison Avenue" often refers to the advertising industry.

Points of interest

Historical sites such as RCA's famed Studio B, where hundreds of famous musicians have recorded, are situated on Music Row. Country music entertainers Roy Acuff and Chet Atkins are memorialized with streets named in their honor in the area. The Country Music Hall of Fame was once located at the corner of Music Square East and Division Street, but the building has since been torn down and the museum moved to a new state-of-the-art building eleven blocks away in Downtown Nashville in 2001. One area of Music Row, along Demonbreun Street, was once littered with down-market tourist attractions and vanity "museums" of various country music stars. These began to disappear in the late 1990s after the closing of Opryland USA theme park (and subsequent reduction of tourist traffic) and the announced move of the Hall of Fame. The strip sat largely vacant for a few years, but has been recently redeveloped with a number of upscale restaurants and bars serving the Downtown and Music Row areas.

At the confluence of Demonbreun Street, Division Street, 16th Avenue South, and Music Square East is the "Music Row Roundabout," a circular intersection designed to accommodate a continuous flow of traffic. Flanking the intersection to the west is Owen Bradley Park, a very small park dedicated to notable songwriter, performer, and publisher Owen Bradley. Within the park is a life-size statue of Bradley behind a piano. Inside the roundabout is a large statue ("Musica") depicting nude dancers. The statue was the subject of a controversy upon its 2003 unveiling, spurred by religious, parenting groups, and other organizations who were offended by the portrayal of the nude human forms in the statue. At the other end of Music Row, across Wedgewood Avenue sits the Belmont University campus, and Vanderbilt University is also adjacent to the area. Belmont is of particular note because of its Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business (CEMB), and a major program in commercial music performance.

References to Music Row

The district is the subject of a number of songs, including the Dolly Parton song "Down on Music Row" on her 1973 album My Tennessee Mountain Home, 1982's "16th Avenue" by Lacy J. Dalton, and the George Strait and Alan Jackson collaboration "Murder on Music Row" from 2000.

Hank Williams III, a popular country/rock performer, often references Music Row as well as Nashville in general, in a derogatory manner due to its reliance on commercially popular acts.

In 2007, Swedish country singer Jill Johnson went to Nashville to record a cover album named Music Row.

While many of the print publications that, for decades, covered the business that is conducted in the area sometimes referred to as Record Row have disappeared (Country Song Roundup, which began publication in the 1940s and Music City News which began publication in the early 1960s among them), fan publications have largely been replaced by Internet sites. Of these, Stacy's Music Row Report is unique in that, unlike others that rely on the support of publicists, records labels, the Country Music Association and the Country Music Foundation, Publisher/Executive Editor Stacy Harris boasts a Paul Harvey mix of news and opinion coupled with a Mike Wallace investigative bent. (talk) 18:45, 13 March 2010 (UTC) (talk) 04:09, 14 March 2010 (UTC)



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