Can you believe it? Our little magazine is all grown up!

(L-R) Joe Matthews, Managing Editor and Randy Matthews, Owner/Executive Editor. Photo by Bob Coan, New Media Edge.

This month, Nashville Music Guide will be celebrating sweet 16 with an epic bash on Nov. 19th at the Hitching Post Saloon in Portland, Tenn. The party will be catered and will feature performances by True Blood, Big Joe Matthews and David Ray, who was featured on the cover of October’s issue of Nashville Music Guide. In addition to celebrating the 16th anniversary of the magazine, the event will also be a benefit for Willie Grissom of Franklin, Ky., who recently had a heart attack.

The magazine has come a long way from when it was first published in 1995—remember the old newsprint copies? Since then we’ve expanded into Texas and Canada and gone glossy, all the while featuring stories on the best up-and-coming acts and some of the biggest names in country music from Music City and beyond.

But don’t worry; we have no intention of resting on our laurels. The magazine that you’ve come to for the last 16 years for articles about country music and musicians is only going to get bigger and bigger.

“I only hope we achieve more,” says owner and Executive Editor Randy Matthews. “More readers, more subscribers, more sponsors, more independent artists, more stories, more everything.”

But getting bigger won’t mean that the magazine will lose its focus.

Nashville Music Guide is important to independent artists, and that’s the reason why we do it,” Matthews says. “That’s why we will continue to do it, for the unsigned artists that have a hard time getting any attention. I hope that past and present subscribers, advertisers, and supporters come out to join the party and listen to our bands, True Blood, Big Joe Matthews and David Ray, and help get involved with our cause to publicize artists and songwriters that don’t get attention.”


By Andrew Miller

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