Sociologist Daniel Silver of the University of Toronto says when compared with the music scenes of Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York and Portland, Ore., Nashville's music scene offers a far less diverse scope of offerings, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Sunday.
R&B songwriter Shannon Sander said country music in particular remains a dominant force in the Nashville music world.
"Country is so strong. Because country makes Nashville a home exclusively, it's almost a problem for everybody else," Sanders said.
"You're going to always be a stepchild," he added regarding non-country music attempts in the Tennessee city.
Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Rick Vito agreed any attempts to go outside the city's traditional musical focuses have been met with a lack of enthusiasm.
"It's very much a songwriters town, but it seemed like if you weren't country, they weren't interested," he told The Tennessean.