By David B. Pruett
In October 2001, an not likely collecting of musicians calling itself the MuzikMafia came about on the Pub of affection in Nashville, Tennessee. "We had all been beat up lovely strong through the 'industry' and we instructed ourselves, if not anything else, we'd in addition be taking part in muzik," explains huge Kenny of huge and wealthy. For the subsequent 12 months and a part, the MuzikMafia played every one week and garnered an ever-growing, devoted fan base.Five years, numerous nationwide excursions, six Grammy nominations, and 11 million bought albums later, the MuzikMafia now incorporates a relations of artists together with founding participants gigantic and wealthy, Jon Nicholson, and Cory Gierman besides Gretchen Wilson, Cowboy Troy, James Otto, Shannon Lawson, Damien Horne (Mista D), Two-Foot Fred, Rachel Kice, and a number of other extra in development.This booklet explores how a suite of shared ideals created a bond that reworked the MuzikMafia right into a renowned song phenomenon. David B. Pruett examines the artists' coalition from the interior standpoint he won in 5 years of operating with them. all facets of the collective, MuzikMafia files the issues encountered alongside the ascent, together with enterprise problems, tensions between individuals, disagreements with checklist labels, and miscalculations artists necessarily made prior to the MuzikMafia unofficially dissolved in 2008. a last part examines desire for the long run: the beginning of Mafia kingdom in 2009.
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Jon first met John Rich in 2000 at Déjà Vu, a local strip club located at 1214 Demonbreun Street near downtown Nashville—a meeting that Kenny had arranged. John had just left the country group Lonestar and had been hired as a songwriter for Sony-Tree. Soon thereafter the three began musical collaborations that included songs for Broadvision and Kenny’s solo album. Cory Gierman is the only one of the four MuzikMafia godfathers who does not regularly perform on stage. A music publisher by trade, Cory oversaw many of the business-related matters of the community.
The godfathers’ conversations concerning the MuzikMafia name took place over several meetings at a club called 12th and Porter located in downtown Nashville across the street from the Pub of Love. Cory later told me: “We wanted to screw ‘the man’ for having all of the power. We [John, Jon, Kenny, and I] all felt as if we had been beat down by the system. We’re gonna keep doing what we’re doing . . let’s just do it together. Let’s go play music ’cause we want to play music and see what comes out of it.
One of the Rock Block’s first significant musical establishments was the Exit/In, which in the 1970s catered primarily to Nashville’s counterculture. Other music venues at Elliston Place include the Gold Rush, which attracts 24 the nashville scene a diverse clientele and musical talent, and The End, where one can hear punk rock, ska, and reggae on a regular basis. I will discuss these and other clubs associated with Nashville’s rock scene later in this chapter. Nashville’s music scene is not limited to these districts.