They Don’t Call It Country and Western Anymore

They Don’t Call It Country and Western Anymore

ABC Studios is going to do a television series called Nashville. The show will, appropriately, be about the country music scene. Nashville is the home of country music. In fact, the city calls itself "music city." It is the home of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, and the CMA Music Festival. Garth, Reba, Loretta, Johnny and Hank all lived there. Nashville is synonymous with country music. What you probably did not know is that Nashville has the largest Kurdish population in the United States. And Oprah, yes that Oprah, lived in Nashville. Curiously, Nashville is also known as the Athens of the South. I always thought that Athens Georgia was the Athens of the South.

If you were going to make a television show about country music and call it Nashville, where would you film it? Detroit? Portland? Honolulu? I am thinking that you would want to film in Nashville. So ABC Studios and its partner Lionsgate do what everyone else is doing and asks Tennessee for help. ABC and Lionsgate, despite being multibillion dollar companies need the help. Tennessee decides to give ABC $7.5 million in cash if they will film Nashville, a show about country music, in Nashville the epicenter of country music. For once, I would like to see a politician say, "No, big rich studio, we are not giving you any money to do what you are going to do anyway." What are the Tennessee pols afraid of? That ABC will film this in Cleveland? Of course, Dwight Yoakum and Johnny Paycheck are both from Ohio. Still, there is no reason for Tennessee to give a dime to ABC or Lionsgate.

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