Amp up your excitement for Nashville with these online shows, podcasts and a documentary sure to whet your appetite for a visit. Unless otherwise noted, they’re free.
With Coronavirus-19 shutting down so many Nashville venues, I thought you might enjoy these online shows as options. Some have archives; others are temporarily shuttered. A growing number of artists are cranking things up with feeds such as Facebook Live and other video apps so do some scouting.
NEW: Scroll to the end for a list of virtual experiences offered by local attractions.
Nashville is known as a songwriter’s town and this documentary showcases many of them–some famous, some you only know if you read album liner notes. It’s funny, touching, insightful and crammed full of great songs. Great production values throughout.
Also check out the documentary called Bluebird which tells the story of the little music room that could–its humble beginnings to a word synonymous with Nashville songwriters. It’s available through a number of cable and online services; you can also order the DVD.
Hosted by Buzz Brainard and found on SiriusXM Channel 56 “The Highway,” the radio show airs live every Friday, 3pm-7pm Central, from Margaritaville on Lower Broadway. Buzz spins tunes, interviews emerging artists and high-profile guests ,and chats with the audience. If you’re in town and want to be in the audience, the line forms early so be there by at least 2pm. No reservations taken. SiriusXM subscription required to listen.
Coming to you from Acme Feed and Seed (now renovated as a restaurant/bar) at the corner of 1st Avenue S. and Broadway, this online radio station airs live performances, interviews and programming blocks that range from gospel to hip hop. It’s also home to a YouTube channel of past performances.
While the legendary Station Inn specializes in bluegrass and roots music, it’s gone newfangled by creating a no-frills on-demand online TV channel. The cost is $8.99 a month or $99 for a year with a free two-week trial period. The ever changing line-up includes some of Nashville’s most revered pickers as well as talented folks on the rise.
Although it’s shuffled venues through the years (and is building a permanent home due to open in 2020), the show always delivers a variety of top-notch artists. You can tap into “Roots” in several ways: via YouTube with clips of past performances, the app Roots Radio (in cooperation with WMOT-FM), or LiveStream the show. Admission charged. (Currently it seems to be on hiatus.)
Every Friday at noon, revered club Third & Lindsley plays host to this two-hour radio show that airs live on Roots Radio WMOT-FM. Most weeks feature three or four Americana-ish acts. Scroll through the calendar to see who’s playing. The eats are pretty good there too. Doors open at 11am and admission is FREE.
Nashville music journalist Craig Havighurst conducts with an array of notable artists including Buddy & Julie Miller, Ricky Skaggs, Nick Lowe, Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell. You can listen online to previously recorded interviews. WMOT-FM also features the show as part of its weekly schedule.
Real cave. Real good music. This PBS television series puts artists including Brandi Carlile, Kathy Mattea, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Amanda Shires and Sam Bush in the spotlight in one-hour concerts. Check local listings or you can become an NPT supporter and take advantage of the Passport on-demand feature. Admission charged.
Presented by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, this interview podcast has archived a truly engaging collection of music business folk including Linda Ronstadt, Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Kane Brown, Dierks Bentley, Sierra Hull, Ray Stevens, Larry Gatlin. Twenty episodes so far.
Visit the website to listen to “Route 650 24/7 Americana Radio” with its longstanding online shows of the Grand Ole Opry and Ernest Tubbs’ Midnight Jamboree as well as podcast interview online shows “I Played the Ryman” and “Ryman Memories.”
Now available online with a limited roster (typically 3 performers) carrying on the longstanding tradition of live country music. Artists thus far have included Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Brad Paisley, Ashley McBryde, the Gatlin Brothers, Trace Adkins, Terri Clark, Kelsea Ballerini and Keith Urban.