Nashville Demystified

“New Nashvillian” Alex Steed uses being a total outsider as an excuse to unearth the city’s rich history.

Alex Steed

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Nick Gulas was Nashville’s King of Wrestling

As a teenager in 1920s Birmingham, Alabama, Nick Gulas left his job at a bakery to learn the ropes (pun intended) of working in the wrestling business. Once he knew a thing or [...]
Posted: Wed July 1, 2020
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Rabid Dogs, Spanish Flu and Acid Attacks: 1918 Was Wild

A Spanish Flu adjacent episode in which pieces from the Tennessean from that time are visited.
Posted: Wed May 6, 2020

Sex in the Time of COVID-19

I took a break from heavy stuff this week to talk sex in the isolation age with Tessa Lowe of Primrose Path Boutique.
Posted: Thu April 2, 2020

The 1998 Nashville Tornados: Dark, Mile-Wide Wall

A piece about the day of the 1998 tornado itself. K-Ci & JoJo were huge and the winds were catastrophic.
Posted: Thu March 19, 2020

The 1998 Nashville Tornados: The Invisible Hand

Part 1 of a three part miniseries about the 1998 Nashville tornadoes.
Posted: Thu March 12, 2020

Music City Tales from the 1980s: Lower Broad and the Ascendance of the High Class Drunk

How did Lower Broad manage to ascend into a tourist destination in the later half of the Reagan Era? Also, a few words about that fucking tornado.
Posted: Thu March 5, 2020

Music City Tales… Companion: Deporting Sex Workers, Legalizing Prostitution and Bombing Strip Clubs

A bit about sex work during the Civil War and some unbelievable tales about The Classic Cat II, Nashville’s longest running, and probably most storied, strip clubs.
Posted: Wed February 26, 2020

Music City Tales from the 1980s: Meet Hoot Jackson [Lower Broad Part I]

How Lower Broad went from being the sort of place most folks didn’t engage with after dark to becoming a budding tourist destination.
Posted: Thu February 20, 2020

One time Carlene Carter was Awarded a Key to the Jail

Today we talk with the wonderful Carlene Carter. This is not an official installment of Music City Tales from the 1980s, though it’s strongly related. Let’s say that it’s a [...]
Posted: Wed February 12, 2020

Music City Tales from the 1980s: From Rural Purges to All Nashville All the Time

In March of 1983, WSM launched The Nashville Network, TNN for short. Today we look at how televisions show like Hee Haw, and a phenomenon called “The Rural Purge” made all of [...]
Posted: Thu February 6, 2020

Music City Tales from the 1980s: Growing Up Opryland

If you were a kid in Nashville in the 1980s, you will forever have THE ultimate insider Nashville conversation starter in your back pocket; Opryland USA.
Posted: Thu January 30, 2020

Music City Tales From the 1980s: Prologue: Last Ticket to Bonertown

Alex Steed introduces a new 10-part series about Nashville in the 1980s by having a look at the infamous Mayor Bill Boner and his Donahue appearance.
Posted: Wed January 22, 2020
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