How Underground Nashville Bands Are Reclaiming Music City

For years, big labels were the gatekeepers in Tennessee's capital city. They had the keys to the recording studios and the funds to push singles out to the radio. But in the shadow of the country-music empire, DIY artists have been rising up to find their own voice. "If bands are willing to put the effort forward now, they can make the money themselves," says Jeremy Ferguson, founder of Nashville's Battle Tapes recording. "You don't have to rely on some dick in a fucking suit who's going to tell you what to do." Beyond Music Row and the Honky Tonk Highway, underground musicians are building their own scene – and it's one that spurns the traditional studio system. "A lot of [the Nashville men

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