It's called a "geographic cure." That's when musicians (or anybody else, for that matter) move from one place to the next in hope that things will instantly become better for them.
It happens all the time here in Nashville. People move into town and expect to turn the city on its head with their great music. And when that doesn't happen...they move to LA, or New York, or Chicago, or ANYWHERE where they believe the "scene" doesn't suck.
Well, the "scene" is a direct reflection of the people involved in it. If you're not getting out a few nights each week to support local music, don't bitch when nobody else does it either.
Any city in the United States could be "the next Seattle."
What was it about Seattle in the early 90s that so many record labels consumers found attractive?
There's more to it that than just going out to see shows. You've also got to be willing to take chances, stop living on past success, and not wait around for somebody else to make the first move.
Seattle didn't wait around. They had their own style, put out their own records, and didn't worry about what other people were doing.
It's so easy to make a scene happen and the results are incredible, yet most cities never do a thing.
Memphis was one of those places. They used to live in the 70s; everything was based on Elvis, Stax Records, and the city's past accomplishments. The city looked like a third-world cesspool, clubs were dying, and anybody with money moved out to the suburbs.
But that's changed in the last few years. In fact, Memphis now wants to be the capital of independent music.
If there is hope for Memphis, there is hope for anybody. It has to start locally though.