NASHVILLE – May 19, 2014 – CMT (Country Music Television) hosts the exciting cable premiere of the award-winning film For The Love of Music: The Story of Nashville on Wednesday, May 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CMT TV. To check local listings for CMT TV in your area and by your television provider just go to CMT TV channel listings (click here.)
Nashville, Tennessee established itself as Music City as long ago as the 1880’s - more than 130 years. Anyone who loves and follows music knows immediately that “Music City” is Nashville. The center of Country music has seen triumphs and failure, music awards and tears. Now, with CMT’s cable premier of For The Love of Music: The Story of Nashville, the personal stories of this thriving metropolis will be told.
Just knowing that Music City’s story begins in the 1800s when the Fisk Jubilee Singers* traveled across continents spreading their music and their historic stories up until today, is a treasure for those who did not know of Music City’s beginnings. The film continues all the way to present day Nashville with this new one-hour documentary unfolding the blooming of this vibrant Music City.
As the film continues, it moves on to showcasing those artists that built the foundation of country music, such as Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash and more. Nashville’s evolution continues with its metamorphisis to a mixture of traditional and new country music. These new artists are breaking barriers and boundaries and are now rooted and sprouting up in the fertile ground of the Nashville scene. Artists like the Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Eric Church and many more have added even more richness to our beloved Nashville “Music City.”
CMT’s hosting of the new documentary developed by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation, captures the essence of Music City through the personal stories and interviews of musicians, songwriters, producers and artists who live and breathe Nashville. It will also include previously unreleased interview footage of Keith Urban.
A stellar cast of artists featured in For The Love of Music: The Story of Nashville includes: Fisk Jubilee Singers, Gabe Dixon, Duane Eddy, Emmylou Harris, Jessi Alexander, Charlie Daniels, Bill Anderson, Kris Kristofferson, Marty Stuart, The Black Keys, Eric Church, The Civil Wars, Billy Cox, Steve Cropper, Trent Dabbs, Ben Folds, Peter Frampton, Vince Gill, Tommy Sims, Michael W. Smith, Amy Stroup, Damien Horne, Brett James, JEFF the Brotherhood, Kings of Leon, Manuel, John McBride, Martina McBride, Tim Nichols, Jon Randall, Rivers Rutherford and Keith Urban.
There is even a phone app, The Story of Nashville iPhone app available for downloading the documentary. Automatically listening for and syncing with the film, the app offers enhancement to the story with some great bonus content. Walk in the shoes of Nashville’s most famous musicians. This app is part tour guide, part film companion and can take you on a personal tour of Nashville’s music hotspots letting you interact with exclusive content while you watch the documentary, “For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville." Within the Nashville city limits, the app recognizes your location and becomes a walking tour guide, alerting you when a popular rock star hangout or historical hotspot is nearby.
Originally, in late 2013, "For the Love" premiered at the 2013 Nashville Film Festival and aired on ABC (American Broadcasting Company) last fall. To learn more, visit www.visitmusiccity.com/storyofnashville. Created by Butch Spyridon, Chuck Creasy, Deana Ivey and John Gosey.
As CMT describes the documentary, “In the end, this is a film rooted in authenticity. It is a story filled with passion and truth. It is a film made simply for the love of music.” It’s everything you want to know and love about where dreams can come true – “Music City” Nashville, Tennessee.
For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville is produced by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.
CMT, (Country Music Television) is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT.com and CMT Radio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and are the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.
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* The original Jubilee Singers introduced ‘slave songs’ to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unique American musical tradition known today as Negro spirituals.