5 Things You Didn’t Know About Nashville (and Can Explore with Regional Interest Books)


When most people think of Nashville, they immediately think of music, and with good reason. Nashville is aptly nicknamed the Music City, thanks to the hundreds of successful artists it’s spawned over the years. (Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker, and Willie Nelson are just a few well-known examples.) However, Nashville is a heck of a lot more than a travel destination that should be on every music lover’s bucket list.

Here are just a few of the things you ought to know about Nashville, whether you live there, plan to visit, or simply love this iconic city for everything that it is. Regional interest literature from Arcadia Publishing can help you learn more about any one of the following, and more.

1. Nashville is just as serious about brewing as it is about music.

In addition to its unparalleled reputation for knowing music backward and forward, Nashville also possesses a rich and long-standing brewing history. We’re talking about a history that goes back more than 100 years. (Several different breweries of note sprang up during the late 19th century, but the William Gerst Brewing Company was one of the largest and longest running.)

Regional interest literature on Nashville’s brewing past can introduce you to this important but little known slice of Nashville’s history as a city. Learn more about prominent breweries, check out fascinating vintage photographs, and more. Then promise yourself you’ll enjoy a local Nashville beer the next time you’re in the neighborhood.

2. Nashville was one of the first Southern cities to desegregate public establishments.

Music City is also historically significant when it comes to the ongoing fight for equality. From February through May of 1960, hundreds of African-American students fought for their civil rights by staging sit-ins at various locations all over town. However, while these were far from the first examples of non-violent protest, they may well have been some of the most successful. They resulted in Nashville being the first American city in the South to do away with segregation of public establishments.

Learn more about the history of the civil rights movement in the South, and in Nashville in particular, with fascinating local interest books on the subject. Follow the evolution of the civil rights movement in the South all the way from its humble beginnings to today.

3. Nashville is responsible for spawning numerous literary greats.

Nashville’s history when it comes to the music industry is so well known that a lot of people don’t realize that it’s also responsible for several notable writers as well. In fact, the city has been considered a major pioneer when it comes to southern literature for several generations running. (Cormac McCarthy and Robert Penn Warren are just two famous examples.)

Find out more about Nashville’s contributions to the wide, wonderful world of literature with regional interest titles that shine a spotlight on the subject. Explore the backstory of Pulitzer Prize winner Peter Matthew Hillsman and marvel at his personal journey. Find out who else has Nashville to thank for their literary beginnings. You may even discover a few new authors to love.

4. Nashville is firmly on the map when it comes to sports history.

If you’re a sports fan and are unaware of Nashville’s rich sports history, then it’s high time you started exploring it. Music City has been a major player when it comes to baseball, football, and more, for well over a century.

Enjoy in-depth looks at Ty Cobb’s practices with Vanderbilt’s football team. Relive the iconic moment when Babe Ruth hit his legendary home runs out of Sulphur Dell Ball Park. Horse racing fans can get an intimate look behind the scenes at the Nashville Race Course. Delight over time-honored writings from Nashville’s most important sports writers, view beautiful vintage photography, and much more.


5. Nashville is a major destination for food lovers as well.


Here in the age of the celebrity chef, it’s not at all uncommon for people to plan entire vacations around restaurant experiences and regional cuisine. It’s not just about sit-down dining venues, either. These days, street food and food trucks are just as big a deal.

If you’re a foodie and haven’t yet considered making a trip to Nashville, regional interest literature can introduce you to all the reasons why you should. Explore the history of regional Nashville specialties like hot chicken. Find out why Nashville is just as important a location when it comes to food truck culture as Los Angeles is. You’ll definitely be glad you did!