Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues, 1945-1970 (CMF RECORDS/LOST HIGHWAY/UNIVERSAL)

To coincide with an interactive exhibit currently on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, this two-disc, 30-plus track set gives listeners an idea of why Nashville is known as Music City, and where it all began. But it also addresses the other Nashville music scene, meaning non-country tunes. A sonic history lesson if you will, Night Train compiles some amazing R & B, boogie, and soul recordings of big-name and little-known artists like Christine Kittrell, Gene Allison, Etta James, Joe Henderson, Ruth Brown, and others. Who knows? You may learn something.