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  • Barbecue: A Lifestyle, A Community – Carey Bringle

    Pitmaster and owner of the Peg Leg Porker restaurant, Carey Bringle, has been “cookin’” barbecue for over 30 years. Having been born and raised in Nashville, slow cooking pork in the company of friends and family has always been a huge part of Carey’s life. To him, barbecue isn’t just about the food, it’s truly…

  • Doing What You Love for Who You Love – Telisha Cobb

    As a young adult, Telisha Cobb witnessed an event that has become all too familiar in the U.S.: her father’s job of 30 years was shut down and moved overseas, where labor is cheap and laborers are plenty. The hardship which followed, both in her family and in the community around her, drove Telisha to…

  • I’ve Never Really Liked the Word “No” – Ted Crockett

      From a distance, Ted Crockett is probably one of the most unassuming people you’ll ever see. Growing up on a farm, his childhood was serene but isolated. You can sense that he appreciates peace and quiet. But start to talk with Ted and you’ll realize that he’s a mover and shaker, a go-getter who…

  • You Don’t Have to Live Out of a Van to Do What You Love – Scott Anderson

      I had met Scott before I asked him to be a part of The Nod, but only briefly. He was clearly an easy going guy, very polite and easy to get along with. I knew that he was the co-owner of a business called Slow Wide Turns, but I was clueless as to what…

  • The Need Is Great, but the Community Is Strong – Brittany Mullins

      Country music put Nashville on the map as Music City, but it’s not the only genre you’ll hear in this town. If you listen hard enough, you’ll notice an undercurrent of hard and fast rhythm sections, syncopated with distorted guitars and melodic leads. This is the underground music scene: a hodgepodge of punk, grindcore,…

  • In Nashville: I Want to Be Original and Unique – Jurry Smith

    Shopping for clothes can be a frustrating experience. You could spend hours looking for a piece of clothing that fits perfectly–a pair of jeans, a nice shirt or jacket–but often times you simply don’t find anything that works. You settle for something that fits generically and that’s the way it is. Jurry Smith wants to…

  • Good Wood Preserves the Past in the Now – Dave Puncochar

    Dave Puncochar has an eye and a heart for the past. It’s often the case that the wood he finds is covered in bugs and rot and other decays of slow-passing time. And without someone like Dave, who looks past the first layers of grime and into the soul, the wood would remain undiscovered, and…

  • It’s Not Just a Tattoo; It Can Get Intimate – Russ Hickman

    From the outside, The Quill doesn’t look like much. Unassuming, it sits sandwiched in a small strip of stores off Woodland Ave in East Nashville. It’s a small tattoo shop. And inside is Russ Hickman. Only Russ Hickman. That’s because he’s starting from scratch, taking his experience and knowledge accumulated from other tattoo shops to…

  • In a Busy City, We Slow Down for Good Food – Laura Lea Goldberg

    Laura Lea Goldberg has made cooking and creating healthy, delicious food for people to eat her top priority. Why? Despit the rapid growth in food culture, the idea of taking time to share holistic, fulfilling meals is nothing new. Eating has always been a way for people to focus on things that truly matter–people, community,…

  • We Want Better Beer & We Want It Now – Kurt Strickmaker

    In Tennessee, when a brewery and a distributor agree to work together, it’s a big deal. That’s because once the contract is signed between the two parties, they’re stuck that way for life. The brewery and the distributor are married to each other. And don’t get me started on the divorce process. Let’s just keep…