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Nashville Quotes


"Theres nothing like Nashville for making records." - Carol Channing

"Nashville, man. That's the place to be." - Willie Geist

"Nashville will never be the same." - Larry Gatlin

"There's nothing like Nashville for making records." - Carol Channing

"Holland is to dance music what Nashville is to country." - Afrojack

"I think Nashville could use some better shopping!" - Carrie Underwood

"L.A. was never me. Nashville is my home." - Jana Kramer

"I get my gossip from 'Nashville' on ABC." - Caitlin Rose

"My album was recorded in Nashville. It used to be all about "We're from Texas, forget Nashville," well you'll never hear me say that. Nashville isn't bad as long as you're true to yourself." - Cody Johnson

"I see interracial couples all the time in Nashville. I'm a Jew in Nashville. I'm a gay person in Nashville. It's a non-issue in most of the time. That's a huge leap forward." - Janis Ian

"I love Nashville, and I love the South, but on a professional level, I had started feeling smothered by the Nashville way of doing things." - Deana Carter

"Im Sorry was one of the first songs to come out of Nashville using strings." - Brenda Lee

"In Nashville, as in every other city, there's no substitute for hard work." - Bill Anderson

"Today the most outlaw thing you can possibly do in Nashville, Tennessee, is play country music." - Marty Stuart

"I probably had the most fun recording For Richer For Poorer in Nashville." - Marc Edwards

"I fell in love with Nashville. I got lots of work." - Dan Fogelberg

"Everybody now thinks that Nashville is the coolest city in America," - Dave Grohl

"I probably had the most fun recording For Richer For Poorer in Nashville." - Mark Edwards

"If I needed to record, I'd head to the coast or Nashville, one or the other." - Wanda Jackson

"I'd definitely love to play in Nashville again. That would be really good." - Roy Ayers

"There is nothing else to do in Nashville except for write songs." - Jessie Baylin

"I've always been a big fan of Nashville, and I have friends that live there." - Eric Close

"If you went to school in Nashville, you were aware of all those '60s rockabilly people." - Kim Dickens

"It used to be that Nashville would work to develop promising artists." - Crystal Gayle

"Nashville used to have more integrity than just looking at the bottom line." - Crystal Gayle

"Real folk music long ago went to Nashville and left no known survivors." - Donal Henahan

"I love the show 'Nashville,' I mean, that's a show that's pretty incredible." - Nick Jonas

"'I'm Sorry' was one of the first songs to come out of Nashville using strings." - Brenda Lee

"The Nashville Network, that's all I would watch as a kid." - Shane Mcanally

"Over the years I've had more and more of an association with Nashville." - Don Mclean

"I wanted to live in Nashville. I wanted to sing country." - Ronnie Milsap

"But it's just been recently that Nashville has started to feel like home." - Suzy Bogguss

"L.A. to me feels like music industry, and Nashville to me feels like music community." - Sheryl Crow

"Since I was a kid I just wanted to be in Nashville." - Keith Urban

"My absolute favorite meal in Nashville is sweet-potato pancakes at Pancake Pantry." - Taylor Swift

"Nashville is my home, and the reason why I get to do what I love." - Taylor Swift

"I want to go to Nashville and get cracking on this album." - Scotty Mccreery

"I'm from Tullahoma, TN which is an hour south of Nashville, and I grew up and wanted to be like Garth Brooks, so I moved to Nashville when I was 18 to chase a dream." - Dustin Lynch

"I had never heard much about Nashville before coming out here, and that's why it's so surprising, because I'm the biggest enthusiast on the city of Nashville now. I'm looking for a place out here to live." - Garrett Hedlund

"To me, songwriting is the backbone of Nashville. Looks can go, fads can go, but a good song lasts forever." - Alan Jackson

"I realize I was more of a curiosity to the older Nashville artists than the new ones." - Charley Pride

"I'm from Tennessee. My mom lives in Nashville. I'm born and bred country. That's all I listen to." - Lucy Hale

"There was a period when I wrote in Nashville for Maverick and then Warner/Chappell, and it was interesting." - Benmont Tench

"Nashville has a great creative atmosphere. It's a small, close-knit music community that you can't find anywhere else." - Kim Carnes

"If you can't play guitar and sing in Nashville, you might as well just be a construction worker." - Patrick Carney

"'Nashville' songs and country music have always been about storytelling and about the heart and confessionals. They're monologues." - Chip Esten

"I come from this really small town near Nashville, Tennessee, where everything was la-di-da and normal." - Miley Cyrus

"Whenever I've seen shows or films set here, they just don't feel like the real Nashville to me." - Callie Khouri

"Nashville is the business center. They forget that the bottom line of it all is still the song." - Jerry Jeff Walker

"Because Olivia Newton-John wasn't from Nashville, they didn't like her winning our awards. I've got no complaints." - Loretta Lynn

"Recording in Nashville was absolutely essential to get the sound, the musicians, the atmosphere, the warmth... There are just cult places like that in the world, like Chicago for the blues or New York for jazz. Nothing sounds the same in Nashville as it does elsewhere. Nashville is the Mecca of country music and everyone knows it." - Roch Voisine

"My publishing deal is out of Nashville, my management is split between Nashville and Texas, but we are also getting to play eight other states as well as Canada and Europe this year. I don't want to pigeon-hole myself. When people ask me if I'm Texas or Nashville, I tell them I am just Cody Johnson." - Cody Johnson

"It's something that Cory Morrow said to me a long time ago - "Don't ever forget why Nashville is Nashville. The Opry is there for a reason. Country music lives there. Don't be bitter. And don't ever treat Texas or Nashville like either one isn't important."" - Cody Johnson

"As far as in my adult life, it kinda started (with) writing first 'cause I went to school in Nashville. I mean, not Nashville but close to Nashville, and I met my managers in L.A. at a convention randomly. And then, it kinda just started from there. And then, I got my publishing deal." - PJ Harvey

"When I went, I hadn't had very much time to have hopes or expectations. I knew very little about Nashville, and I think that was probably good. When I was there, I got really lucky - I ended up with people that just were amazing musicians, and that's the Nashville that I experienced. That is a big part of Nashville - there's a lot of musicians, and that makes it a very special place and shapes the city." - Anna Ternheim

"I'm trying to make records where people don't feel cheated. Nashville has been guilty of insulting the Country Music audience for years and years." - Steve Earle

"When I first got to Nashville, somebody said that [Kris Kristofferson and I] were the only two people who could describe Dolly Parton without using their hands." - Tom T Hall

"The enticing allure of Nashville is that there is always something new coming down the pike. Put this record on and you'll hear footsteps." - Tom T Hall

"Everybody wants to write a hit song, but in Nashville people want to write the best song, which was my original intention as a singer/songwriter." - Melissa Manchester

"My first place in Nashville was like Animal House. The whole band lived under one roof, and most nights the jam sessions ended close to sunrise." - Charlie Worsham

"The enticing allure of Nashville is that there is always something new coming down the pike. Put this record on and you"ll hear footsteps." - Tom T Hall

"I love Nashville. It's such a great town, and I'm a huge country music fan. That's what I listen to on the radio in the car." - Joanna Garcia

"Every July, I look forward to taping a Christmas show - in July in Nashville. In 98-degree weather. I love it." - Larry The Cable Guy

"You know, when you're an actor, you want to go to Hollywood. When you're a musician, you want to go to Nashville." - Richie Sambora

"I think it took me a while to convince Nashville that what I do is genuine and my heart's in the right place, and I love country music." - Keith Urban

"That's what I love about Nashville and the music community - seeing kids around acoustic music and bluegrass picking parties is the best." - Dierks Bentley

"I was in Nashville, Tennessee, and I saw - we talk about crumbling bridges - I saw one, concrete literally falling onto the underpass below, threatening auto traffic." - Anthony Foxx

"One of the magical things about Nashville is just how many incredibly talented people are here and the way they support each other." - Callie Khouri

"Nashville is the place where I first realized how impossible it is to look at someone and know what is inside them, what special something they possess." - Callie Khouri

"I was told 'no' a lot when I first got to Nashville, but I'm pretty stubborn! That's one of my faults and qualities." - Dustin Lynch

"When I first came to Nashville, people hardly gave country music any respect. We lived in old cars and dirty hotels, and we ate when we could." - Loretta Lynn

"Most of my friends in Nashville - almost all of them - seem to have had hits in the '70s, either as artists or songwriters or producers." - Dan Hill

"Nashville may be famed for its country music, but this may well be the capital of rock and roll music in the United States of America." - Paul Stanley

"There's an energy about Nashville that I love and I miss. And it's so awesome right now. It has a new energy that's so cool." - Trisha Yearwood

"... Nashville is such a fantastic city, with this great creative music energy. Then there's that Southern hospitality, you can't beat that." - Sam Palladio

"I love Nashville. I've been here so many times... oh man, I would stay here for a year if I could. It's just so much fun." - Jimmy Fallon

"I just had to find all my friends that used to be in the business. As I say, the music business didn't die, it just moved to Nashville." - Lionel Richie

"One of my pet peeves about Nashville is that it tends to be copycatted. I don't want to do that. I've got to be different." - Blake Shelton

"There's been a lot of talk about Jack White wanting to work with me, and I've always admired him, and of course, he lives in Nashville, too." - Dolly Parton

"The Smithsonian should box and preserve Tim McGraw's Nashville den for a future exhibit entitled 'Early 21st Century American Man Cave.'" - Stephen Rodrick

"I moved to Nashville at 17 to make music, and since then I've put everything I have into doing it right." - Blake Shelton

"My first place in Nashville was like 'Animal House.' The whole band lived under one roof, and most nights the jam sessions ended close to sunrise." - Charlie Worsham

"All I knew when I moved to Nashville was that I wanted to make music in whatever shape and form I could." - Hunter Hayes

"The big influence on me was Robert Altman, who, especially in 'Nashville,' transformed my sense of dramatic structure and showed how you could handle overlapping stories." - Tony Kushner

"There's more women stars in Nashville all the time. They're proving they can do the job the same as a man." - Loretta Lynn

"Nashville was totally different than I ever dreamed. I had only seen the music business on television and been to a couple of concerts. I had no clue." - Faith Hill

"I was always drawn to the roots music, bluegrass, blues, early rock - Sun Records, Elvis [Presley]. And I still love that music to this day. Memphis never gets the credit. It's much more musically rich than Nashville ever will be. Nashville manufactured that hokey-hillbilly image way back." - Steve Young

"I live in Nashville, and I love to sing. When I'm on stage, I feel like a performer for sure. I know people are looking at me and taking pictures and singing along, and that part's wonderful, but I do live in Nashville. I live the most boring life away from what you see me on camera doing." - Carrie Underwood

"... coming to a place like Nashville, which is just music music music, it's always been such an influence on me. And there are so many interesting songwriters out there, and it's such a crazy business and so many people are trying to do it, and it's all right there in Nashville." - Sandra Bernhard

"I was interviewed for a Grammy television show, and they asked me about Nashville, and I talked for three minutes and when I finished, I was teared up. The whole room was crying. Nashville has given me a home, where I never had a home before." - Janis Ian

"One of the reasons I wanted to do a show about Nashville in Nashville was because when I lived here, the hardest thing to go out and hear was country music. Country was taking place inside the studio and it was an export." - Callie Khouri

"We're trying to tell a very full story of 'Nashville' and these characters in Nashville, and I'm really hopeful that we're going to be able to do something as innovative as 'American Horror Story' and 'Friday Night Lights.' And I think so far, we're on the right path for that." - Connie Britton

"Pauline Kael had seen Nashville, and she loved Nashville. When I called her, she immediately responded to me because we had become friends, and I told her how great this film was, and she told me, "Well, I'll have to see it for myself." So I showed it to her, and she flipped." - Jerry Weintraub

"I didn't come to Nashville to put on a cowboy hat and pretend to be a country singer. My attraction to Nashville as Music City is the variety and flexibility: the fact that there's so many musicians at your disposal, so many amazing studios and talented people that you can draw from. ... I try to be myself, but at the same time I'm learning a lot, and I'm pulling from not only from the well of inspiration that I'm getting from Nashville, but I'm pulling from my roots." - John Oates

"If actors are making a little film with me at 2am in Nashville, they're not doing it to get paid. They're doing it because there's something special about the characters, which helps the film become more interesting." - Dito Montiel

"I could get drunk and run around Nashville naked. But I won't because I want to set a good example for my fans. I think they deserve to have a role model." - Taylor Swift

"The Hank Williams Syndrome: Come to Nashville, write some good songs, cut some hit records, make money, take all the drugs you can and drink all you can, become a wild man and all of a sudden die." - Waylon Jennings

"In the tradition of the classic songwriter rooms like The Bluebird in Nashville, Strange Brew is a gift to the music community in Austin, for artists and audiences alike" - Christopher Cross

"In Nashville, there is a historic tendency to work the lyric to death while settling for music that works. In pop or rock, it can be the other way around." - Michael Kosser

"I think country music is a champion of women. That stuff coming out of Nashville now wants to see a woman looking good in the kitchen whipping up some biscuits." - Ketch Secor

"I think in the world of rock music or whatever it's called - anything outside of Nashville - there's a lot more freedom within that industry to do whatever you want to do." - Lucinda Williams

"Sometimes I have parties at my house in Nashville and it's clothing-optional, and we just body-paint each other and run around, and I have a giant bed. I'm very much in touch with that side of myself." - Kesha

"I hate to go out on a limb after only one viewing, but Nashville strikes me as Altman's best film, and the most exciting dramatic musical since Blue Angel." - Andrew Sarris

"Fancy a novel about Chicago or Buffalo, let us say, or Nashville, Tennessee! There are just three big cities in the United States that are 'story cities'- New York, of course, New Orleans, and, best of the lot, San Francisco." - Frank Norris

"I was in Nashville and I was having just the most amazing time there, discovering who I was as an artist because that is such a music city. Everyone there is so friendly and inspiring and down to jam." - Lisa Origliasso

"When I was in Nashville, I went to our Macy's and went and tried on all the Hannah Montana stuff. Then I said, 'This is weird, I'm wearing my face." - Miley Cyrus

"I have two sons, ages 38 and 25 in Texas, and my wife and seven year old daughter here in Nashville. On New Year's I'd rather be with them." - Delbert McClinton

"I may yet move [from Nashville], and where would I move if not Texas or New Mexico? I couldn't afford a home in California. I need to travel out of there occasionally." - Steve Young

"I've learned after doing a couple records that if it feels good and it's easy, then that's usually a good sign. And that feeling sorta went with us to Nashville - everything was just natural." - Anna Ternheim

"In college, I thought I wanted to be solely an artist, and then when I got here, to college, I was like, "Okay, well I want to be a songwriter," 'cause it was like close to Nashville." - PJ Harvey

"I grew up listening to everything, and when I got signed to a record deal out of Nashville, that was my introduction to what was happening in country music." - Mary Chapin Carpenter

"I should be the one to say what I do. It's just not done that way anymore in Nashville, and I can't do it the other way. That's how our record label came about." - Charlie Daniels

"I knew what I wanted to be, but I didn't know exactly how to get there. I thought you move to Nashville, you sing downtown, and someone discovers you, and you become a country music star. I had no idea." - Tyler Farr

"The best compliment I ever had is, one day I was in Nashville, some disc jockey said, Hey, that sounds like a Tom T. Hall song. Up until then there hadn't been any such thing." - Tom T Hall

"I wrote 'Happy Man' with a couple of boys of mine. I have been writing in Nashville for a long time. Of course I was writing songs back in Oklahoma when I was a kid." - Christian Kane

"I like to sing. I write music. Country songs. You have to if you're in Nashville. It's part of the lease. You sign a lease that says, I will write country songs and pay my rent on time." - Jim Varney

"I did enjoy Nashville a lot of the time, because I made really good friends who were really good songwriters, and they would be a joy to hang out with." - Benmont Tench

"I love chocolate, and I love to shop - just give me a good boutique. I like mall scenarios, too, because there's more right there at hand. I think Nashville could use some better shopping!" - Carrie Underwood

"I have no regrets. I feel very grateful for the life that I had - you know, family I live with; and I've been doing work that I love, ever since I came to Nashville." - Kris Kristofferson

"I've been writing songs all along, and since moving to Nashville in the late-'80s, I'd begun writing something like 15-20 songs a year, instead of the typical three or four in previous years." - Bernie Leadon

"Going to Nashville to meet the in-laws was the first time when I'd been in America and not been seen as some sort of eccentric character with a cute accent." - Nick Lowe

"I like this town, it's really great. They've put me in The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. This town is about music. It's about the kind of music I like." - Otis Blackwell

"I've always been in love with the States. When I was a kid, we would take these long summer holidays in Texas, Nashville, and all over. I fell in love with the people, the food, even the smell." - Ed Weeks

"I wanted to be great. And I loved Nashville, so that made it easy. I loved the music business. It made it easy for me to stay and make a life here." - Brandy Clark

"I feel, with the women in Nashville, there's a real team spirit there. Just wanting to get our voices heard, and there's no reason why we can't all be heard." - Brandy Clark

"Nashville is only a couple of hours from New York, and people just move at a slower pace there - and they don't care who you are or what you do." - Dakota Johnson

"The thing I like about 'Nashville,' it just happens to be about musicians, and all the music is practical, meaning it's performed at a concert or during a rehearsal." - Will Chase

"I was pretty gung-ho about music and pursuing that and figuring that whole thing out, so I was wide-eyed and ready to go when I moved to Nashville. I never looked back." - Sam Hunt

"My favorite place in the whole world is Nashville. Because it's my home, it's Music City. It's like, everybody there is so artistic and so creative, and nice! Everybody's really friendly." - Taylor Swift

"The thing about Nashville is, it's not just country music...There's rock & roll, there's every kind of music. It's just a music town...There's so much fun stuff to get in to." - Connie Britton

"It's basically a city of songwriters and that's what gives it it's strength, that's what gives it its lasting ability. You've got people making all different kinds of music and that's what attracts me to Nashville as Music City." - Emmylou Harris

"Nashville is wicked. It's like a proper music community, but it's also quintessentially American. You bump into people there with cowboy hats that spit in jars and call you 'boy.' I just love that." - Ed Sheeran

"If you had told me when I was starting out that I would be coming down to Nashville, kind of weaving in and out of the country scene, I never would've thought that in a million years." - Kid Rock

"Mark Winchester has left the band. He's decided that he's tired of the road and just wants to concentrate on his career in Nashville. I don't blame him at all. He'll certainly be missed." - Brian Setzer

"We have been so pleased with the response to our unique schools in the Nashville area, and we are confident that other areas will embrace our concept, as well." - Scott Thompson

"And to me, I had come out of Texas, and during that time was when I realized that a lot of people in Nashville, their idea of what country music was was not the same as mine." - Lee Ann Womack

"Nashville is one of the greatest places for the best songwriters in the world. It's been fantastic to live there and to raise our family there. It's a great town." - Faith Hill

"I studied writing at NYU. I graduated high school in Nashville and then went to the creative writing program, and in the first year, that's when I wrote 'Kids.'" - Harmony Korine

"When I went to Memphis and Mississippi and Nashville, I learnt the blues is a whole way of life. I don't really have the blues, but I can appreciate the honesty and the simplicity of it." - Gin Wigmore

"Robert Altman's 'Nashville' is my all-time favorite film because it covers all the bases - it's original, moving, and has something to say, but also funny and incredibly entertaining." - Douglas Wood

"I can only say the first thing that pops into my mind is I remember, years ago, seeing kind of a has-been country singer working - when I first moved to Nashville - in a bar in a Holiday Inn." - Jimmy Buffett

"The people I used to have around me from Nashville was showing love to the Cash Money clique on the strength of Buck trying to make it; making sure Buck gets to where he gots to go." - Young Buck

"I will always really work hard to write as much as I can, but I also love sitting back and waiting on those big Nashville songwriters to send me some great songs, too." - Luke Bryan

"I remember in the '80s, Randy Travis was my guy. He's the reason I moved to Nashville, and I just loved him. But at some point when he was winning everything, you find yourself pulling for other people." - Garth Brooks

"In terms of 'American Horror Story' and 'Nashville,' what attracted me to those, and 'Friday Night Lights,' for that matter, is that they felt like something innovative and something that we hadn't seen before. As an actor, that's exciting." - Connie Britton

"My dad is in the music business in Nashville. I was the third child born in my family, and there are three notes in a chord, so that's how they came up with my name." - Chord Overstreet

"Take of London fog 30 parts; malaria 10 parts, gas leaks 20 parts, dewdrops gathered in a brickyard at sunrise 25 parts; odor of honeysuckle 15 parts. Mix. The mixture will give you an approximate conception of a Nashville drizzle." - O Henry

"After Nashville sushi and a long debate on Bob Dylan, we went into Woodland Studios at 10 pm that night for a look around, and jammed for 5 hours solid." - Robyn Hitchcock

"I went to L.A. to be Brad Pitt; now I just want to be Gene Hackman. I came to Nashville to be Kenny Chesney. I'd be very fortunate to be George Strait." - Christian Kane

"Music leaves such a big impression. I always wondered, 'Man, if I grew up in Nashville, would I be making Country records now?' I honestly feel like Chicago had such a big impact on me." - Kaskade