Wendy Rene would record only a handful of songs before retiring, yet can be seen as one of the most thrilling figures of classic soul. Rajiv Mahabir traces the roots of her southern soul and unearths the mystery of a musical legend, and her recent resurgence.
Cormac McCarthy’s unsettling works have reinvigorated the Southern Gothic genre of literature by taking the archetypal Cowboy narratives of the Southern States and turning them into something uniquely bleak and apocalyptic.
Located in the historic Belle Meade area of Nashville, this gallery features original works by artists from the Southeast and beyond, from emerging talent to the well established. It has earned a strong reputation for its selection of fine art.
Seedspace describes itself as a lab for site-specific installation, sculpture and performance-based art. The small gallery is supported by a program of public talks and commissioned critical essays, and aims to develop the careers of emerging artists.
David Lusk Gallery, based in Memphis, represents artists both of national reputation and at the beginning of their career. Begun in 1995, the gallery showcases a range of media from painting to glass, and regularly hosts receptions and educational events.
Run by artist and collector Gary R. Haynes, the two galleries are based in Franklin and Nashville. The collection includes some of the finest work of American Realism from the 19th to the 21st century, including John Singer Sargent and the legendary Wyeth family.
Worth visiting for its location alone, The Hunter Museum offers an exceptional collection of American Art that ranges from the colonial period to the present day. Visitors can see works by such artists as Thomas Hart Benton, Louise Nevelson and Robert Rauschenberg.
The exhibitions schedule has new art shown in the magnificent Art Deco building every 6 to 8 weeks, ensuring the museum has become a magnet for Nashville’s visual arts scene. Exhibitions range broadly from art of the Ancient Americas to contemporary installation.
The KMA is an important institution that presents new art and new ideas to Knoxville, through exhibitions and a rigorous events program. Exhibitions focus on artists of East Tennessee, and its permanent collection taps into the rich cultural history of the area.
The Brooks is one of the largest art museums in the South, housing an outstanding collection of art from antiquity to the present. Since its beginnings in 1916, The Museum has aimed to provide visitors with diverse travelling exhibitions as well as in-house shows.
Since its opening in 1967, the museum has aimed to identify and preserve the evolving history of country music. The collection displays the story of its origins up to present day, and regular events and performances are housed in the iconic building.
Echoes of Nashville offers a side of Nashville rich in history and culture. Operated by two public historians, the tour includes sites such as Tennessee State Capitol, Downtown Presbyterian Church, and Fort Nashborough.
This walking tour is designed for music lovers who want to know the real story of how Nashville came to be Music City. The tour calls in to some of the most renowned music venues in the city, such as Printer’s Alley, Ryman Auditorium, and Skull’s Rainbow Room.
The tour is designed to give visitors a taste of what the Music City’s growing food scene has to offer, while also learning about the history of the city. The tour winds along Broadway through the heart of downtown Nashville, taking in local food establishments en route.
With its mid century decor and renowned 1808 Grille, this relatively new hotel has quickly earned a strong reputation. Located in Nashville’s West End, it is ideally placed among a number of the town’s cultural attractions and museums.
Opening in 1910, the Hermitage has been an intrinsic part of Nashville history for over 100 years. It is the last remaining public building in the Beaux Arts style throughout Tennessee, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Peabody’s rich history and Renaissance style, designed by architect Walter H. Ahlschlager, has ensured the hotel is a destination in its own right. Founded in 1869, the current building dates from 1925, and the hotel- and its ducks- hold a national reputation.
Cork and Cow, a new restaurant in Franklin, cites its focus as great steaks and great wine. Chef Jason McConnell offers an extensive menu of locally-sourced beef, and its extensive wine list and cocktail menu have made this a downtown Franklin destination.
The reputation of The Southern Nashville spreads nationwide, known for its simple, authentic cuisine. With its oyster bar and wood-fired grill, its classic southern menu nonetheless offers more than just the steak and oysters for which it is famous.
Based near the historic Overton square in downtown Memphis, Restaurant Iris has garnered rave reviews since it was founded in 2008. The menu, inspired by southern and French-creole cuisine, specialises in local and seasonal ingredients.
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A Southern State with a deep cultural tradition, Tennessee is famous both as
the cradle of blues and rock and roll and as the home of the ‘Southern Gothic’
style in literature. Dominated by the Mississippi River on its western border
and the Appalachian Mountains to the east, the state is renowned for the
richness of its agriculture and the musical atmosphere of its cities, in
particularly Memphis and Nashville.
Cormac McCarthy is a leading proponent of the ‘Southern Gothic’ style
which he uses in his own inimitable way to create profoundly bleak and
visionary works. His most famous works set in Tennessee include The
Orchard Keeper and Child of God. Robert Hicks on the other hand is one of the most
prominent writers in the historical fiction genre and his novel The Widow of the South depicts
Tennessee in the times of the Civil War.
Tennessee has played a vital role in the progress of rock and roll and has
produced artists including Jerry Lee Lewis, Dolly Parton and of
course Elvis Presley, who is
memorialised at his former home, ‘Graceland’, in Memphis Tennessee.
Nashville is also considered to be the home of country music in America, partly
because the ‘Grand Ole Opry’ is based in the city.