NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Music City. It’s the nickname for Nashville, but also a description of what happens in Nashville every single day: Music of all genres is being written, recorded, and performed.
“There’s a lot of great music being made here in Nashville,” SHANNON SANDERS, a 2-time GRAMMY Award winner, said, adding that it’s not just Country Music. “A lot of big hip-hop records are getting made here in Nashville, and people have no idea.”
SANDERS works with artists from numerous genres, and he said it’s incredible to see the talent in Nashville, and how Nashville has grown into an even more diverse scene than before, all while remaining the Country Music Capital of the country.
“It’s no secret that the Country Music industry has branded itself with Nashville, and it’s amazing what they’ve done here in Nashville. When people say Music City though, Music City speaks more to the breath and range of all of what the city is and has to offer, and everything is here, I mean, there’s so much music here.”
There’s also plenty of music fans in Nashville, and not just of Country, as evidenced by the news that Wu-Tang Clan will be playing a show at the Ryman Auditorium on June 9.
“I think it’s befitting, because we’re talking about a legendary hip-hop band at a legendary Music City venue.”
According to Ryman Auditorium officials, Wu-Tang Clan will be the first hip-hop/rap act to ever perform at the Ryman Auditorium.
SANDERS thinks it’s only right that the genre barrier is broken at such a legendary venue with such a legendary group.
“You talk the Ryman, you’re talking about the Hollywood Bowl, you’re talking about Madison Square Garden, you’re talking about the Carnegie Halls.”
And another part of the story that people are excited about: The show is happening on the final day of Country Music’s largest festival: CMA Fest.
“It’s dope that you can come and enjoy CMA Fest, but then at the same time, be able to go to the Ryman and take in Wu Tang Clan while you’re here. C’mon man, it’s crazy!”
Tickets for Wu-Tang Clan at the Ryman go on sale on Friday.