When LaRue Cook left his editor’s job at ESPN in Connecticut and returned home to Tennessee, he made a living as an Uber driver — and wrote the upcoming book, Man in the (Rearview) Mirror, from which we excerpt this essay.
Fifteen years ago, Sandlin Gaither took a job tending bar at the Grey Eagle Tavern, a music venue in Asheville, North Carolina. He still serves drinks — but he also has become a photographer of national renown for his portraits of the musicians who play the beloved nightclub.
Historical fiction is a thing. Why not music? Country songwriters Elizabeth Elkins and Vanessa Olivarez, collectively known as Granville Automatic, have turned Nashville’s history of deception, debauchery, love, and war into an album.