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They Came to Nashville

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  84 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Marshall Chapman knows Nashville. A musician, songwriter, and author with nearly a dozen albums and a bestselling memoir under her belt, Chapman has lived and breathed Music City for over forty years. Her friendships with those who helped make Nashville one of the major forces in American music culture are genuine and heartfelt, her insights unsurpassed. In her new book, T ...more
Hardcover, 282 pages
Published October 30th 2010 by Vanderbilt University Press (first published January 1st 2010)
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Tim Lowe
Nov 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Seemingly, Marshall Chapman knows everyone. And if you ever see her in action you understand why...she seems like an awful lot of fun to be around. Chapman, a songwriter and music journalist, has parlayed those relationships into an enjoyable book of short interviews with songwriters and performers, THEY CAME TO NASHVILLE (Vanderbilt University Press).

With interviews of Kris Kristofferson, Rodney Crowell, Emmylou Harris, Miranda Lambert, John Hiatt, Willie Nelson and others, this book is a fast
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Echo Garrett
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
As a kid who grew up around Music Row and the music scene in Nashville, I found Chapman's rollicking account of what went on with the artists who descended upon our town with their dreams in tow a fascinating read. She's funny, has a great memory and her interviews with songwriters and singers I've long admired held my attention. Thanks, Marshall. ...more
Michaela
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
So far it's brilliant! I had the honor of meeting Marshall not too long ago and she's every much a character in real life as one would think. You can't be in the same room as Marshall Chapman and frown. Not possible. ...more
Betsy Phillips
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a fun book. Of course, I'm biased. ...more
Glen
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
My wife found this book and bought it for me mainly because I love Emmylou Harris and she is one of the figures profiled in this volume. The fact that I am going to Nashville for a training in a few weeks pushed it to the top of my "read next" list. Marshall Chapman is well-known in country music circles as an energetic and fiery performer and songwriter, and this book is as much about her as it is the 15 people she interviews and discusses in this book, from the well-known (Kris Kristofferson, ...more
Jerry Oliver
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm sure not everyone would give this book five stars, but if you're a musician/songwriter/fan who has lived here for ten years and been living the struggle and is in it for the long hall win or lose, you will probably fall down in fits of tears and laughter loving every moment of this book. ...more
James R. Martin
Jun 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I was really disappointed with this book. I was really looking forward to some inside stories about my Nashville favs. Instead I got a book that was mostly about Marshall Chapman. She seems to have been the "Zelig" of Nashville. She was at all the events and places, and like Zelig, to no particular ends. She certainly seems smitten with herself, but I'm not. I don't care about her life story.

Her literary devices were less than helpful- a series of the same lame questions to everyone. " When did
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Owen
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A must read if you know Nashville well. It was very interesting to hear the references to places in town from people in the music industry and their time moving to Nashville.
David Ward
Aug 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: music, non-fiction, art
They Came To Nashville by Marshall Chapman (Vanderbilt University Press 2010)(781.642)is a series of interviews by the the author (a little-known singer in Nashville, Tennessee) with a number of minor and a couple of very major musicians about their early days in Nashville. Each chapter, which was told in the first person, was introduced by a series of the author's reminiscences and experiences with the musician to be interviewed. I became annoyed by this technique by the second chapter when I r ...more
John
Jan 17, 2011 is currently reading it
enjoyed reading the Eddie Angel interview. excerpts:

"After our brief conversation, [Emmylou Harris] wrote down the names of three CDs I should buy for the trip – Acadie by Daniel Lanois, Yellow Moon by the Neville Brothers, and Oh Mercy by Bob Dylan – all produced by Lanois."

"When I first heard the message, I thought one of my friends was playing a joke. But then the truth dawned. Shit! This really is Duane Eddy! Kiss my ass, I'll never smile again! These kinds of things often happen in Nashvill
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Sarah Key
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
When people tell me they want to become a writer, I will say it's probably a bad idea and advise them to become a musician instead. Musicians are cooler. They have more friends. They make better playlists and party guests. If anything, Marshall's They Came to Nashville is evidence of my argument. I would recommend her book to anyone who loves Nashville or has ever loved Nashville. Check out an excerpt from the chapter on Emmylou Harris at Chapter 16. ...more
Chip Patton
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I met Marshall Chapman after her performance at the Auburn Writers Conference last year (2012). She's a presence. Cool. And awesome. And this book is the same. It probably helps that Nashville is only a couple hours from where I live, but anyone with an interest in musicians, artists or country music should find this an easy time. I had loaned this copy to my dad first and as a long time casual country music and people stories fan, he enjoyed it. The author autographed this copy to me. ...more
Artie
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Borderline between 3 and 4' It gets a bit repetitive and some of the name dropping is tiresome but it's entertaining and informative. ...more
Teri
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book if you are interested in the history of music and songwriting.
Stevelvis
Nov 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
The chapters on Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson were interesting. Otherwise, very poorly written and mainly of interest to Nashville music completists.
Bud
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Fun read.
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