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Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium is the backdrop for a story Garrison Keillor tells pretty frequently.

In 1974, the New Yorker magazine dispatched him to document the Grand Ole Opry. The show was moving out of the decaying "Mother Church of Country Music" and into new digs near Opryland. The experience changed his life. Within months, he was creating his own radio variety show. And 43 years later, Prairie Home Companion still airs every Saturday night, though now with a new host.

WPLN's Blake Farmer spoke to Garrison Keillor, who is performing at the Ryman this weekend  to celebrate the venue's 125th year.

Tony Gonzalez

Having a singular interest in something particularly nerdy can be isolating. But Chris Lee, who lives in Nashville and has loved the Star Wars franchise ever since he saw A New Hope in 1977, has found a community of people around the country who share his passion. He talked to WPLN’s Emily Siner during a live taping of our podcast Movers & Thinkers about finding his tribe. 


Erin Logan / WPLN

Four tall concrete walls now stand in the park in front of Nashville’s city hall.

Photographs depicting the city’s Civil Rights history are printed and embossed on the new public art project. The artwork was unveiled Friday, during the week of the 57th anniversary of the bombing of the home of a Nashville civil rights attorney.

One day in late February, the five members of Front Country were warming up for their record release show at the renowned bluegrass club the Station Inn, in their new home base of Nashville, Tenn. They'd never played most of these songs live before.

Photos courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Country Music Hall of Fame announced its 2017 class Wednesday morning. The trio includes a guitar hero turned movie star, a songwriting legend and a honky tonk revivalist.

Manuel Cuevas moved to the U.S. from Mexico in the late 1950s to pursue his calling as a tailor.

He started sewing when he was 7 when most kids were occupied with other things, such as playing.

"The guys at school were more about playing ball and the slingshots," 78-year-old Manuel explained to his daughter, Morelia, at StoryCorps in Nashville. "That never interested me. I was really an outcast. I'd go to bed and I'd dream about fabrics and leathers and about the things that I'm going to make the next day."

Nashville Repertory Theatre

Nashville playwright Nate Eppler's comedy about a tabloid queen who used to be a champion figure skater is on the shortlist for American Theatre Critics Association's New Play Award.

Studio Tenn

Franklin-based theater company Studio Tenn announced next season's shows today. The lineup features the return of an original work and new productions of stories audiences may find familiar.

September 7-17, 2017: The Battle of Franklin: A Tale of a House Divided

Courtesy of The Bush Center

A retired sergeant major from Fort Campbell is among the wounded veterans painted by President George W. Bush in a new book released this week, called Portraits of Courage.

Photograph: Ilpo Musto, By Permission From Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

When musician and poet Leonard Cohen died last year, there was little mention made of the time he spent in Tennessee. But the songwriter lived for nearly two years in a remote cabin outside of Nashville in the late '60s and early '70s, where he worked on songs like "Bird on the Wire" and "Famous Blue Raincoat."

Those who did mention of Cohen’s Tennessee period always brought up the cabin, which was located near Leiper's Fork. 

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