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Why Nashville Now

Why Nashville Now

When I first landed a dream assignment to write about the hot live music scene in my hometown of Nashville — leading with growing up with my dad Bob Montgomery, who was a legend on Music Row — Dad was alive. I had never written about him and his career even though I’ve been a journalist for 30+ years. Dad was always modest about his accomplishments. I was hoping to be able to share with him my first published piece that pays some homage to him. Sadly, he passed away in December 2014, shortly after I got this assignment. The focus of my story in “Private Clubs” was on the best new music listening venues with a few classic updates. My friend best-selling author Robert Hicks served as my guide. When I visited the Ryman Auditorium, a display honoring Patsy Cline, who was our neighbor when I was a baby and toddler, and Marty Robbins, who Dad produced, made me weep. At RCA Studio B, where Elvis recorded, the guide mentioned Dad’s first big hit as a producer with Bobby Goldsboro in his patter. I had memories of being in that studio when I was a little girl. Everywhere I went there were reminders of Dad. I hope my writeup of his town would make him proud, and I am grateful that it was recognized by my peers and won the 2015 North American Travel Journalists Association’s Gold award for Best Lifestyle story. 

P.S. Dad loved great food, and I think he would have liked the restaurants I mentioned, too.

P.S.S. Thank you to my editor Don Nichols for the assignment and my Nashville friends and especially House of Gold Music alumni who consulted on this piece. 
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