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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Movers & Thinkers #8: When Interpreters Can’t Translate Everything

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Interpreters live at the intersection of disparate languages and cultures, and sometimes they are the only people who can make communication happen. How does that affect their identity? And what happens when they encounter boundaries they simply cannot cross? Featuring banjo player Abigail Washburn, Spanish-English interpreter David Morales and sign language interpreter Scott Baker.

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Curious Nashville: How We Got Left With A Nice Station And No Passenger Train

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The Floridian passes through Union Station in 1978, the year before the line was cut as part of an Amtrak reorganization. Credit: Jay T. Thomson / Courtesy Robert W. Thomson

The Curious Nashville inbox has received several variations on the same question: What happened to passenger rail service in Nashville? Residents are right to be curious. Nashville is one of the largest cities in the country to have no rail connection to another city.

So here’s the inquiry from retired school teacher Sharon Lorenz of Gallatin:

Nashville used to be an Amtrak destination. It is a perfect central location between many cities. Why did that end?

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