Nashville is Hollywood for country people
Aspiring actors, filmmakers and reality stars dream about making it in Hollywood, but folks hoping for a career in country music have their own Tinseltown…Nashville. GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS’ own Sherrié fills us in on living the Music City dream.
Anybody who has ever dreamed of singing or writing country music has imagined the day when they’ve saved up enough to buy that golden plane ticket to the land of cowboy hats, guitars and honkytonk dreams.
In my case it was a much longer ﬂight, but as strange as it may seem to some people, Australians love their country music! If you think about it, it actually makes a lot of sense. We are a tough, outdoorsy, down to earth, been through some hard times kind of nation. Country lyrics have always been highly relatable.
Our Garth Brooks was a man named Slim Dusty. Sure he may have sung about kangaroos and pubs more then horses and honkytonks, but you get the picture. I grew up on Johnny Cash (I was his opening act when he toured Australia), Dolly Parton, Skeeter Davis, Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline and all of the country greats.
I had this magical, pink cloud idea of what Music City would be like. You know, singing on the Grand Ole Opry (made my debut in 1997), running into country stars at the grocery store (which actually happens all the time) and just living the neon life. In actuality, I arrived during a blizzard with two names on a piece of paper and enough money for three months. I was completely unprepared, but just innocent enough (or ignorant enough, still not sure which) to believe I could “make it.”
Over the years I’ve developed a love/hate relationship with this deceptively complicated, big-little town. But, no matter how many times I’ve left…I’ve always come back home.
At this point I’ve lived here longer than in Australia and my Crocodile Dundette meets Dolly Parton accent is proof enough of that. Seventeen years after I got off that plane, I’m still here and just released my ﬁfth album, Circus Girl.
Unlike the real Hollywood, where people get chewed up and spit out to make room for the newer, flashier hit of the moment, this town welcomes a little living, a bit of struggle and second chances for its artists.
Roll out the red carpet y’all, this is the Hollywood of the South…Nashville, Tennessee and we’re just getting started!