Quite obviously, Nashville is known as "Music City USA" – an entertainment hotspot full of exciting venues, tasty restaurants, historical sites, and fabulous shopping. However, do you really know Nashville? Mason Douglas, a local songwriter breaks down the city and many of its intriguing attractions in his debut book, “Now You Know Nashville.”
“Now You Know Nashville," which was released on Nov. 3 is described as, "the ultimate guide to the Pop Culture sites of Music City, USA, Whether you’re traveling to Nashville for vacation…or maybe new to town…or even if you’re a long time resident, "Now You Know Nashville" is the most comprehensive guide to the must-see history of the city.”
Maybe you’re a fan of ABC’s “Nashville,” and you want to find those exact shooting locations....this book will lead you to those hotspots. Perhaps you enjoy seeing celebrity homes – once again, “Now You Know Nashville” makes this possible. What’s more? Movie locations, spots where hit songs were penned, and areas with interesting history are all revealed in this must read guide.
What led Douglas to embark on this special project?
“I’m a bit of a pop culture junkie – every time I go somewhere new, I have to know “What happened here?! What was filmed here?!” shared Douglas.
“I like to know all that goofy, but cool stuff. Living in Nashville, I’m always hearing stories of music history from songwriters, and I guess I just filed away too many of these stories into my brain. It got to the point where I wanted to put them down on paper so I wouldn’t forget them…and then it literally just took on a life of its own!” he added.
Still, the busy songwriter never exactly planned on devoting time to a book.
“I’ve always been an avid reader, but I’ve never thought I’d had the patience to sit down and write enough pages that would be defined as a “book.” I never planned on writing a book at all! However, once I got the general format of it down, it became a much less daunting task as I realized that I literally just had to fill in the blanks. It actually became entertainment to me as well – as I researched items, it would open up other items and snowball to the point where I wanted to find more and more stuff!” said Douglas.
“I had to finally draw the line, otherwise I’d still be working on it, but I’ll be adding more stuff in the next editions,” he added.
That’s right folks. This is just the beginning of Douglas’ informative books. It seems as though he is venturing somewhere that no one has exactly gone before. Sure, there are “guides” and historical books out there, but as an active member of the Nashville songwriting community, Douglas provides the inside scoop on areas we don’t typically hear about.
Though Douglas undoubtedly loves music city, he of course has some favorite spots. He also writes his book in a way that it will appeal to all people and their different areas of interest.
“Part of the fun of the way the book is set up is that you can find topics and locations that interest you more than others – you might not be into the gravesites but you like the Civil War sites so you can just browse that section,” said Douglas.
“I personally like the songwriting sites: I got stories and locations from songwriters like Jim McBride and the house where he wrote “Chattahoochee”, Shane McAnally with “Somewhere With You”, and Kim Williams with “Papa Loved Mama” and “Three Wooden Crosses”. My personal favorite site in Nashville, if I had to pick one, is an old house on Warfield Drive where Kent Blazy and Garth Brooks wrote “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and where Garth and Trisha Yearwood met for the first time,” he added.
Though Douglas has been in Nashville for a good while, he stays intrigued as there is always more to learn.
“Ask anyone who has lived here long enough, and they’ll agree that Nashville is constantly changing! Part of the challenge of the book was trying to bring to light buildings and structures that are no longer there – many houses are completely different houses now and some major historical structures have been reduced to parking lots, etc. So I’m not sure if I even really totally know Nashville now – I think the book has just scratched the surface on certain aspects of how Nashville used to be, how people remember it, and how it is now,” he shared.
When it comes to Douglas’ goals with “Now You Know Nashville,” more than anything, he just has a true passion for our beloved city, and enjoys sharing the facts.
“Now You Know Nashville” has definitely been a labor of love – I just wanted to get the information down on paper first…and then I wanted to see it in print. But I’ve never had any crazy “#1 Bestseller” goals with it…I just hope it gives some visitors a fresh spin on Nashville and opens some eyes to the unknown and forgotten history here,” he shared.
This resourceful guide is now available on Amazon (paperback or eBook). It also can be purchased at Ernest Tubb Record Stores, Fontanel giftshop, and the Beveled Edge. It will likely be available at additional stores in the near future.