Features /// There are women music writers in this town. Read their work.

In honor of International Women's Day, we compiled some stories from our favorite music writers around Nashville - who happen to be women.

I didn’t strike today. It’s not that I didn’t think about striking – I did, long and hard – but, in the end, I ended up here, in front of my computer, working while my two children went to daycare. I didn’t strike because, as a woman, I don’t really have the luxury of making myself unheard, even for just a day, in a male-dominated industry. I didn’t strike because, for Donald Trump, a day without women in the workforce is – let’s be honest – his ideal day. I didn’t strike because one more unpaid day, after having two babies and getting no maternity leave compensation, is something I cannot afford. As our friend Shira pointed out, “the privilege of taking off work is the opposite of intersectional feminism.” But, as a woman-run and founded blog, we’re certainly not going to spend the day quiet, either. Especially since there are amazing women who write about music in this town, and you should know about them – and read them. So here are some of them, and a story to click on. I hope you’ll dive deeper than just that. Please let us know who we left out, and we’ll get them on here speedily.

– Marissa

Megan Seling: “War Ensemble: Downtown Boys Put Politics Back in Punk,” from the Nashville Scene.

Jewly Hight: “Brantley Gilbert Doubles Down On Bro Country,” from NPR

Katy Lindenmuth: “Dierks Bentley Explains Why New Single ‘Riser’ Is a ‘Once In a Career’ Song,” from Billboard

Brittney Mckenna: “Dolly Parton: American Hustler,” from American Songwriter 

Kelly McCartney: “Square Roots: TIFT MERRITT ON THE FEARLESSNESS OF LINDA RONSTADT” from the Bluegrass Situation.

Alison Abbey: “Sunday With Reba McEntire” from Parade 

Ann Powers: “The Problem With The Grammys Is Not A Problem We Can Fix,” from NPR

Beville Dunkerley: “Jack Ingram on Self-Realizations, ‘Selfish’ Music Behind New Album,” from Rolling Stone Country 

Juli Thanki: “Sunny Sweeny Stays Gold With Trophy,” from The Tennessean 

Ashley Spurgeon: “Duran Duran and Nile Rodgers bring long-term bromance, plus hits, to Nashville,” from the Nashville Scene

Lauren Tingle: “Life Is a Record on Charlie Worsham’s “Cut Your Groove,” from CMT.com 

Lorie Liebig, “Caroline Spence Finds Her Voice on Stellar New Album, ‘Spades & Roses,” from Wide Open Country

Holly Gleason: “Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway Review,” from Paste

Cindy Watts, “Brandy Clark Never Forgets About Home,” from the Tennessean

And here’s a favorite recent one of mine, on Margo Price.  And the archives of our women bloggers, for Katie, Kimberley, Emily and Shanning.

Picture above, of Ellen Willis, courtesy of University of Minnesota Press

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