• Nashville's Son: The Life and Death of an Indie-Rock Prince

    Nashville's Son: The Life and Death of an Indie-Rock Prince

    Not long ago, Nashville had an indie-rock prince, and his name was Ben Todd. Todd loved local music, the cartoon Adventuretime, and Peach Nehi soda. He didn't drink and never went to bars. He car-surfed from convertibles and wore a suit to Gabby's Burgers, a local favorite, on Friday nights. He committed suicide last year at the age of 24.Friends described Todd as a quiet and benevolent force, connecting people to each other, to music, and to the city he loved."You can't talk about independent Nashville music without talking about Ben Todd," said Whit Smith, one of Ben's friends. Todd ran a record label and a website, in addition to booking the best underground shows in Nashville. He founded Freakin' Weekend, a three-day music festival that went on without him earlier this year.

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