Curious Nashville: The Year Jimi Hendrix Jammed On Jefferson Street And How It Still Reverberates

A new mural, one of several on Jefferson Street, shows Jimi Hendrix jamming with guitarist Johnny Jones. The mural is by Woke3 and ArJae of Norf Art Collective. Credit: Chas Sisk / WPLN
A new mural, one of several on Jefferson Street, shows Jimi Hendrix jamming with guitarist Johnny Jones. The mural is by Woke3 and ArJae of Norf Art Collective. Credit: Chas Sisk / WPLN

Before he was an international superstar, Jimi Hendrix spent a year on Nashville’s Jefferson Street. It’s a chapter in Hendrix’s musical life that many biographers gloss over. In our latest episode of Curious Nashville, we explain why he came here — and what it says today about the city’s most prominent African-American neighborhood. (more…)

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Curious Nashville: ‘Water Witching’ And The Search For Unmarked Graves

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This episode wanders into supernatural territory in the search for unmarked graves. It began innocently enough: A listener asked us about Nashville’s oldest structures. But as we visited some of the city’s oldest homes, we found family graveyards that date back 200 years or more — and some owners, it turns out, relied on a generations-old practice with mysterious power to find unmarked graves. Which led us to the question: What’s up with “water-witching” in Nashville?

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