"Chapman is a great storyteller and has a knack for turning these sometimes rambling narratives into compelling portraits of musicians' lives as well as a tribute to Nashville."
--The Library Journal
"It's sometimes too easy to assume our musical heroes are somehow superhuman, but every one of these interviews, and the chapter on Willie Nelson, reveal just how human and normal they really are. Sure, talent is something special, but Chapman realizes that great insights can be generated after remembering details about the car driven for the first time to the city where music dreams were accomplished."
"Only Marshall Chapman has the talent and fabulous reputation in the music business to author this book. They Came to Nashville
is the book to own about the music business. Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, Don Henry, Willie Newlson and Beth Nielsen Chapman are just a few of the stars who share with Chapan the ups and downs of why they came and stayed or not in Nashville."
"Hearing bold-letter names narrate their humble first days in town can be charming and disarming, and the book is in a lot of ways about chasing dreams, told by a lineup of people who actually caught them (it's less hokey than it sounds)."
"the chronicle that dreamers with guitars on their backs and music in their hearts will want to keep close as they reach for the bright lights of stardom."
"Reading these wide-ranging interviews is like sitting in on intimate conversations between old friends reminiscing about good times and bad in a city where the promise of a music career inspires musicians to persevere doggedly in pursuit of their dreams."
"What is impressive about Marshall Chapman is that she is a champion listener."
"The result is a fascinating if episodic, picture of the Nashville music scene, especially along the creasees whre country and rock once overlapped and, to an extent, still do."
"I didn't read this book as much as I inhaled it ... great insights into the ways of 15 great American creators."
--William McKeen, author of Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson
"Chapman brings us memorable Nashvillians and nails that 'coming to town' experience in funny, charming, honest ways."
--Barry Mazor, author of Meeting Jimmie Rodgers
"Who but Marshall could have brought back these living, breathing tales from the other side of Nashville?"
--Chet Flippo, Editorial Director, CMT/CMT.com