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Musicians Corner Keeps the Market Cornered on the Best Local Music in Nashville

by Rich and Laura Lynch

On Saturday, June 4, 2022 Nashville Mayor John Cooper made a surprise appearance at Musicians Corner in Centennial Park to congratulate the organization on its successful return following a two year absence due to COVID-19 restrictions. Since 2010, Musicians Corner has provided free public access to live music in the heart of Music City. Located in beautiful Centennial Park, the series generally takes place in May / June and returns in September each year and features an impressive slate of hot local and national talent. Cooper was also on hand to point out the recent improvements of the Centennial Park Conservancy properties at the Parthenon and Centennial Park.

Gabe Dixon at Musicians Corner.

GABE DIXON: A true Tennessean, Dixon has been plying his trade for a longtime from local bands before officially flying solo in 2010. Gabe's talent and professional touch has always been recognized and when the keyboard position opened up in the top-level Tedeschi Trucks Band Dixon seamlessly slotted right in. In fact, his handiwork is all over that band's summer release project consisting of four full length albums. Plus, he had time to work on a considerable amount of his own music during the downtime including his new "Lay It On Me". His set at Musicians Corner on June 18, 2022 was our favorite performance yet at the venue.

Will Hoge at Musicians Corner.

WILL HOGE: Hoge - born and raised in Franklin, Tennessee - is another much loved local boy made good who now hangs his hat in East Nashville where he is constantly making new music. His songs were once the domain of domestic ire and motor scooter angst but he has more recently turned his disgust to the world of politics, gun violence and the Confederate Flag. At Musicians Corner on June 4, 2022 he pointed out that his catalog is full of "happy" songs as he brought an appropriate amount of righteous indignation to his solo slot with meaningful renditions of "Thoughts & Prayers" and "Still a Southern Man".

Lilly Hiatt at Musicians Corner.

LILLY HIATT: The talented Hiatt shares a last name and the trade as her musical father. She also shares in the experience we all went through since the unthinkable happened in 2020. As a way of coping and catharsis, Lilly remained mostly inside the confines of her East Nashville home and composed music to help her get through the rough times wrought by the lockdown. At least something good came from the experience in the form of her new record Lately that she shared with the Musicians Corner crowd on May 28, 2022. Hiatt also made it a point to point out just how much she missed watching the young children dance to her groovy tunes as they were doing during her late spring headlining slot in Midtown.

Mayor John Cooper at Musicians Corner.

Related Links: For more information on MUSICIANS CORNER and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - Musicians Corner | Gabe Dixon | Will Hoge | Lilly Hiatt


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