Wildsam Nashville Field Guide

Since its founding, Nashville has always been a southern crossroads traveled by many – native tribesman and river transients, gospel charmers and country dreamers, Fugitive poets and heroes of the civil rights movement. Decades of these independent histories distill down into a one soulful heritage that, today, booms like no other city below the Mason-Dixon. Whether it’s the indie bent of east-side entrepreneurs or the thriving fashion and food scenes, Nashville’s star continues to rise.

Table of Contents:

  • Essentials

    Hotels picks, annual calendar, city stats and more

  • Bests

    A curated list of coffee houses, taprooms, drive-ins, guitar shops, open mic nights and more

  • Almanac

    Timelines, how-to’s, articles, telegrams, journal entries and other historical hearsay

  • Maps

    Hand-illustrated maps of live music, comfort food, makers, the art scene, the great outdoors and city history

  • Interviews

    Conversations about trout fishing, growing up Cash, running for Senate and more

  • Essays

    Stories about neighborhood history, the fear of snakes, an icy road and debutante dresses


Tony Earley - fiction writer
Rosanne Cash - musician and writer
Senator Bill Frist - physician
Alicia Henry - artist
Matt and Carrie Eddmenson - fashion designers
Jessie Baylin - musician
Jim Sherraden - letterpress printer
J. Wes Yoder - writer
Thad Cockrell - musician
Tandy Wilson - chef
Libby Callaway - writer
Courtney Jaye - musician
Nick Dryden - architect
Paul Clements - historian
Chelsea Crowell - musician

Illustrations - Lucinda Rogers

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