12 Mar 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.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.