Nashville Bob

Friday, May 31, 2013


How do you get to Nashville's famed Bluebird Cafe, the launch pad of dozens of country music's biggest stars? If you're Bob Garfield - and you're trying to make it big in country music in less than 36 hours - "practice, practice, practice" is not an option. Luckily, Bob has chutzpah, and a brilliant song, just waiting for a record exec to bite. In this piece from 1996, Bob goes on a journey to pen the next country music hit.

To hear the full piece, click here.


Senator Lamar Alexander, President Jimmy Carter, Rivers Rutherford and Jody Williams

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [8]

Hal from Syracuse, NY

Just heard this piece from 17 years ago! Is there anywhere to download the Willie Nelson recording? I can't seem to find it anyehere on the 'net. Thanks!

Jun. 17 2013 10:50 AM
Ray from Sydney, Australia

I absolutely loved the story, and especially the song! Is there anywhere we could download the Willie Nelson version?

Jun. 17 2013 03:59 AM
Katie from Columbia, MO

I really enjoyed this story. I love Jimmy Carter and Willie Nelson! Thank you for a opening a small window into the Nashville music scene.

Jun. 04 2013 01:04 PM
deserthackberry from Belton, TX

I liked the song, but then, here in Texas, it's not uncommon to hear country music lines in the course of everyday conversation. The other day, my co-worker dropped a gem that sounded like the title of a country song: "All the men with teeth are taken". Ain't that always the way?

Jun. 02 2013 12:01 AM
Ellen from Washington DC

I loved that Willie Nelson song and I can't seem to find it. I can't believe he'd take the trouble to
sing it and not record it. Where can I find the song?

Jun. 01 2013 08:52 PM

Self-indulgence is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose. We actually enjoyed the double surprise ending of this episode: (1) Bob reveals that he himself once had a Plimpton-esque episode in Nashville trying -- unsuccessfully -- to get a song even considered for publication, and then (2) a chance encounter on an airplane with former President Jimmy Carter led to Bob's song being recorded by Willie Nelson and friends.

Jun. 01 2013 08:07 AM
marty from Lansing, Michigan

I thought the song was cute, myself. I like quirky country music. And it actually proved the point one interviewee made, that getting a song recorded depends on politics and whom you know, as much as on other factors. After all, "Tag, You're It" has been both recorded and broadcast...because the singer/songwriter is good friends with the host of this show. N'est-ce pas?

Jun. 01 2013 08:00 AM
Mike DeLong from Santa Fe, NM USA

Is it okay, given earlier segments, to call this segment self-indulgent?

May. 31 2013 06:42 PM

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