Guide to Nashville Online Shows: Radio, Podcasts and Films

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.

It All Begins With A Song

Songwriter documentary
Photo credit: NCVC

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.

Music Row Happy Hour

Logo for Music Row Happy Hours
Photo credit: SiriusXM

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.

 

Acme Radio Live

Acme Radio live logo
Photo credit: Acme Feed & Seed

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.

Station Inn TV

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.

Music City Roots

Logo for Music City Roots radio show
Photo credit: Music City Roots

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.)

 

Finally Friday

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.

The String

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.

Bluegrass Underground

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.

Voices in the Hall

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.

WSM Online

650 WSM logo
Photo credit: WSM-AM

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.”

The Grand Ole Opry

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.

VisitMusicCity.com, the online presence of the Nashville Visitors and Convention Corporation, has compiled a list of links to virtual experiences from local attractions including the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Cheekwood, Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, The Hermitage, Tennessee State Museum and others.

Other music-centric posts
→ Hear songwriters perform their finest in these listening rooms.
→ Discover hidden treasures for live music that are off the radar of most travelogues.
→Browse all the honky tonks on Lower Broadway

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