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Music Row’s Hidden History

New book Nashville’s Music Row

Hidden History of Music Row

New Book Out Now

Hidden History of Music Row is a new book which sets out to tell the full story of the fabled Music Row suburb of Music City Nashville (via Arcadia Publishing & The History Press).

The book reportedly covers a wide, complex and colourful palette – an adulterous French fur trader, an adventurous antebellum widow, early Quonset hut recordings, various hit makers to record labels in high-rise glass towers.

The book was written by Elizabeth Elkins and Vanessa Olivarez (better known as the alt-country singer-songwriter duo Granville Automatic), as well as professional historian, museum consultant and writer Brian Allison

Readers are promised in the media release “never-before-seen photos of Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Kris Kristofferson and Shel Silverstein, together with interviews with multi-platinum songwriters and star performers, all painting a picture of Music Row’s beautifully gritty boom.” 

“Getting the opportunity to write a book was a real surprise for us as a band,” co-author Elkins explains. “An editor at the History Press found us through an article in The Bitter Southerner about our last album Radio Hymns.” Elkins continues, “That record was all about Nashville’s lost history and he felt it would be interesting for two songwriters with a love of history to team up with a historian and tell the stories of this extraordinarily complicated, mysterious, and mythical place, warts and all.”

Hidden History of Music Row is now available for purchase at this link

Hidden History of Music Row

By: Brian Allison, Elizabeth Elkins and Vanessa Olivarez

ISBN: 978-1-4671-4456-8

More About The Authors: 

Elizabeth Elkins is a professional songwriter and writer. She holds degrees from the University of Georgia and Emory University and has written for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Creative Loafing, Art & Antiques and many others. She is president of Historic Nashville Inc. and the author of the upcoming Your Cheatin’ Heart: Timothy Demonbreun and the Politics of Love and Power in Nascent Nashville (Vanderbilt University Press).


Vanessa Olivarez is a professional songwriter and vocalist. A Top 12 finalist on the second season of American Idol and received a Dora Award nomination for her work in the Toronto, Canada production of Hairspray. She had a Top 10 pop hit in Canada, and was a correspondent for E! Entertainment news. 

Brian Allison was born and raised on stories of country music. His father, Joe, was a producer, songwriter, radio personality and pioneer, and without his stories, this book would not have been possible. A professional historian, museum consultant, and writer, Brian is the author of two other books for The History Press, Murder & Mayhem in Nashvilleand Notorious Nashville. He lives in Nashville.

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