ABC's TV show 'Nashville' show putting spotlight on the real Music City

May 22, 2013 8:21:30 PM PDT
With the spotlight from ABC's hit show "Nashville," and an influx of A-list celebrities, Music City has turned into a real boomtown.

Music, fashion, celebrities -- and now with it's own hit show, the biggest star in Nashville may be the city itself.

A quick visit makes it clear. The city has left its country twang in the dust. Dubbed "nowville" by GQ Magazine, Nashville has become a Mecca for edgy fashion and trendy restaurants. And more and more stars are calling Nashville home.

"That negative stereotype I think is definitely gone away and now it's a cool, hip place to be," talent agent Lance Alleman said.

That's why Alleman, a Houston native, made the move.

"It's unbelievable how much it's grown even in the past five, six years that I've been here," he said.

Aspiring musicians and music royalty alike frequent the hot eateries and chic boutiques.

Grammy-winning musician and single mother Sheryl Crow moved to the area seven years ago.

"It's normal, you know. There's no paparazzi, I get off the airplane with my kids and nobody cares. And it's a great, it's just a great way to live," Crow said.

Major building and development projects are spurring the growth. The 19-acre Music City convention center opens this month.

"I think definitely the show 'Nashville' should be credited with kind of putting us out there and shining the spotlight a little bit more on the city of Nashville and bringing more people here and creating tourism," Allman said.

"I don't know how long the anonymity will maintain here because the outside world is getting hip to it and now it's becoming a very desirable place to live. And 'Nashville,' the TV show, is being shot here and there are probably enough celebrities now that it won't be long. But right now, it's idyllic," Crow said.

Sheryl crow will be in Houston, performing with Martina McBride for our Freedom Over Texas celebration. You can watch it all right here on ABC13.

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