Granville Automatic, the historic-minded duo comprised of BMG Nashville songwriters Elizabeth Elkins and Vanessa Olivarez, are hard at work on their forthcoming studio album, RADIO HYMNS. The project, similar in approach to the lauded 2015 record AN ARMY WITHOUT MUSIC: Civil War Stories from Hallowed Ground, will focus on the city of Nashville and the historic buildings and spaces that are being threatened by the area’s unprecedented growth. By focusing on the stories that make those vanishing landmarks sacred to Nashville, the girls hope to unearth a new perspective on an area that was forging a unique identity long before it became known as Music City, USA. Conversations are currently underway with prominent Nashville songwriters and producers who have expressed interest in leaving their thumbprints on what will be a heartfelt love letter to the history of the city they call home.


  1. SAINT BETHLEHEM: Gus Hyatt leads a dynamite-fueled, murderous escape from the old Tennessee State Prison.

  2. SHOEBOX: There's beauty in holding on to keepsakes from the past.

  3. THE THING: This is the story of Church of Christ “traitor” JB Ferguson, ostracized for seeing ghosts.

Song topics may include:  

  • The ghosts haunting Music Row’s famous RCA Studios A and B
  • The day the Ryman Auditorium rose from the near-ashes of certain demolition
  • Andrew Jackson’s marriage to the already-married Rachel Donelson
  • The duplicitous affairs of city founder Timothy Demonbreun
  • A plantation-turned-sanatorium on Charlotte Avenue where victims of the opium-alcohol blend “Blood Medicine” tried to recover
  • A notorious gentleman’s hotel on Printer’s Alley

An Army Without Music [click here to listen]

"Haunting tales of sorrow and perseverance.”– The Associated Press

"An almost magic transformation of history into modern songwriting. A quiet, intricately researched and captivating effort that haunts long after the first listen. This is storytelling, songwriting, and musicianship at its creative best." – No Depression

"Music is one way the stories of the war can be told and re-told, even if many of the battlefields in Atlanta, Nashville and other cities are now buried by neighborhoods and business districts." – The New York Times

"Somewhere between a harvest moon and a soft bed. Gorgeous." – Daytrotter

"Nashville luminaries who write songs about history and war with heart-wrenching narrative weight."  - Flagpole


Granville Automatic: Elizabeth Elkins |
BMG Nashville: Daniel Lee |
Rock Ridge Music: Cynthia Cochrane/Tom Derr |
Historic Nashville Inc.: Katie Galaz |