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No Music In Music City?

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Nashville, the capitol of Tennessee, aptly nicknamed Music City, USA and host to the popular television show by the same name- you’d think people coming to visit would expect nothing less than to hear music. Dating back as early as 1950 when a radio broadcaster first called it Music City, Nashville has been home and host to countless talented artists spanning multiple genres. The city itself hosts a vibe other cities can’t even touch. Between Lower Broadway and Midtown, and many surrounding areas, this city boosts numerous live music venues. To music lovers, this city is a dreamland of opportunities- history has proven as much.While with any growth comes some expected changes, older buildings are torn down to improve the city, up come condos and residential towers to host the new growth population to the area.


Now being a Native Floridian, I am well aware of what we in Orlando are known for- Disney World. I live about 25 minutes from Disney, and while I can hear a faint noise, friends of mine live so close to the back gate of Magic Kingdom that it sounds like bombs going off every night around 10pm when the Firework production is in procession. No one can complain- they knew when they moved there Disney was there and everyone who decided to move so close to an amusement park would have to deal with the noises incurred by the park.

So wouldn’t you imagine if you moved to a Downtown area of Nashville that you would expect to hear music events amongst the other noises that fill the downtown areas of any large city? Well for some, complaining is the answer, just in the last few days it has been splashed on social media that Soulshine Pizza Company and other surrounding venues hosting live music follow a city noise ordinance. Has anyone heard such ridiculousness? Where has society come to when people start trying to change a city that’s very foundation is music? These venues have been known to take their events well into the night, I would imagine when searching for a home you’d do your research before picking up the keys to your new abode before assuming the area would be quiet at a certain time of night.


Well Red Roots LLC agrees and has started a petition to at the least amend the current noise ordinance in order to combat these venues from having to cease live music on their porches. If you feel as passionate as we do about keep MUSIC in Nashville then click HERE

Would someone move to New Orleans and expect the jazz bands to keep it down or to New York, the city that never sleeps, and expect them to change? Nashvillians and those passionate to stand in unison with their brothers and sisters in that city need to speak up to have their voices heard!


Sammy Boots
I am a country music loving asphalt cowgirl with a passion for helping kids with cancer. I was born and raised in Orlando, FL where I currently reside. Although I was born and raised in the city don’t let that fool you. If you run into me, there’s no doubt you will find me wearing one of my many pairs of cowboy boots! There’s really not a time I can recall as a child where I wasn’t jammin’ out to country on the radio with my mom and two sisters in the car. Country music has always been a strong part of my life; recalling when I was 5, I sat on Santa’s lap and all I asked for was an Alan Jackson CD. Who knew a year later I would attend my very first concert to see Mr. Jackson. When not submerged in country music, I am a professional photographer, social media junkie, and most importantly spend my time devoted to my involvement with children with cancer. My passion started when a family friend was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at the tender age of 12. What began with putting together some material, making her a blanket and wanting to get involved, turned into making blankets through her organization for her friends and other kids at a local hospital. One day I picked up a crochet book and decided to add crochet hats to the packages. Pairing that decision with my passion to help eventually turned into my own organization, “Unraveled by Samantha Dawn”. Word started to spread about what I was doing and parents began contacting me to crochet hats and wigs for their own child suffering from cancer. From 2012 to 2016, I’ve crocheted almost 200 hats and wigs, and just added dolls in the last year that have shipped to kids all over the United States, England, Holland, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil and Canada. I have been fortunate enough to meet a number of the kids and their families here in Orlando, in Nashville and along road trips to North Carolina. Jesus has blessed me with this opportunity and I am forever thankful for it. I look to Country Music for comfort, joy, and relaxation. It’s cool to be part of the very best fan base ever! I’m so lucky that my passion for these kids has effortlessly paired with my love for this genre and I hope one day to start a program to get these down to earth artists involved in more children’s hospitals around the US.
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