It’s funny when I tell people I’m from Nashville, because of course it conjures images of grits, Walmart, Chevy pick-up trucks, and Nascar. While there is all of that, there’s a lot more to the great city. Over the years I have come to be proud of where I am from and appreciate the heritage that comes with the south.
One of the best things about the city, no doubt, is of those is certainly music, and while the popular country radio over the last couple of decades has unfortunately erased or at least clouded the traditional country, rockabilly, and bluegrass of the region; you can still find it lurking around honky tonks such as Robert’s, Tootsie’s, and so many others.
The man, the legend, Hank Williams is in many people’s minds the king of traditional country, hands down. I am one of those people. Having hit song after hit song through his short career, it’s easy to see how incredibly gifted he was. Since then, the man has very rarely been surpassed in song writing, performances, or recording.
Unfortunately, he only made it to the age of 29. Passing in a Cadillac from a drug overdose, the world lost one of it’s most talented. I could go on and on about Hank, but I’ll leave it to you to track down the best in traditional country.