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Bulger's Beat: Retired policeman lives music dreams of long ago

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Much like Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison, country music and criminal behavior often wind up together in song. That combo is very much a part of the repertoire for one Nashville musician, whose second career is now coming on strong.

Like so many, Bob Nash came to Nashville in the 1970s with guitar dreams. But the singing career wasn't enough to pay the bills.

"It just didn't happen," he said.

A wannabe always needs a plan B, so Nash signed up with the Metro Nashville Police Department to continue his own family tradition.

"My brother was a police officer and my uncle," Nash said. "I tell folks it's not that much different. You find alcohol involved in a lot of dealings in both, on stage and in law enforcement."

He certainly earned his stripes, recently completing a 33-year career in law enforcement as commander of the East Precinct. But in the honky tonks and on the stages of country music, he is very much still Commander Nash.

"I came up during the cowboy era - Gene Autry, Roy Rogers. Those were guys with the white hats, and you wanted to be on the good side of the law," Nash said.

Now, with a new CD and well-earned new stage name, Commander Nash has his songs filled with stories straight from his police career scrapbook.

"He's a modern day lawman, still wears a badge and a gun. His pride in facing life's dangers where lesser men pick up and run," Nash sings.

While the big stage may not still be in his future, Nash is still living those guitar dreams.

"I don't think the world's looking for a 60-year-old breakthrough artist," Nash said.

And like Gene and Roy, he'll keep singing.

"Modern day lawman, still knows right from wrong," he sings.

For more on Commander Nash, visit: http://www.commandernash.com.

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