June 22, 2017

A Music Publisher Makes A Home On Nashville's Music Row

  • By: Katherine Flynn

Nashville’s Music Row, a National Treasure of the National Trust, has been the heart of the city’s music industry for 70 years. With its concentration of offices and studios, many housed in midcentury architecture, it’s one of the most desirable locations for those in the biz. However, that hasn’t stopped it from being the target of real estate development in the past few years.

Dan Hodges, owner of music publishing business Dan Hodges Music, had been working on Music Row and living in nearby Franklin, Tennessee, for the past 15 years, but with three young children at home, the 30-minute commute was wearing on him. Last year he and Susan, his wife and business co-owner, purchased a circa-1887 home near Music Row, in the city's nearby Edgehill neighborhood, providing them the space to house their home and office under the same roof.

Hodges and his family now live on the house’s second floor, with two rooms dedicated to offices on the first. One of the house’s previous owners, a songwriter, renovated the first floor while preserving some key elements, like transom windows, pocket doors, and original hardwood flooring. The couple that Hodges and his wife purchased the house from had removed the original second story and replaced it with a more modernized version, covering it with hardie board that melds in with the first story on the exterior.

“It allows us to be able to have that work-life-family balance that we were lacking before,” says Hodges, whose company owns the publishing rights to songs recorded by country hitmakers such as Faith Hill and Luke Bryan.

Scroll below for a few views from this Music Row home office.

Katherine Flynn is a former assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores, and uncovering the stories behind historic places.

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