lifeblood: songs: background: nashville


amy ray quote from 1992-05: rites of passage, epic records press release:

"this is a song from 1984 which never exactly fit in with an album before. i wrote it when i was in college at vanderbilt university, not exactly a hotbed of liberalism. in fact, there were some very racist and sexist things happening on that campus, and i found the city reflected those same qualities to an extent... as a songwriter trying to be heard, i found it extremely competitive and oppressive. as a southerner, i feel free to criticize from 'within the family.' i could say some of the same things about atlanta that i'm saying here about nashville."


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