There's no Nashville experience more authentic that hearing songwriters perform in listening rooms. No frills. No drum solos. No pyro. Just pure poetry set to music. They're a draw for both locals and visitors, especially in-the-round performances featuring three or more songwriters swapping songs and stories. I asked artist/songwriter-on-the-rise Lockwood Barr to make a list of... Continue Reading →
If things are crowded on the so-called Honky Tonk Highway, take to the backroads. Let's take a look at the ones in the immediate area, then a few worth the drive. Off Broadway Famous Saloon @110 2nd Ave. N. To be honest, I'd never heard of the Famous Saloon. I give them points for a... Continue Reading →
I visited all the honky tonks and live music venues on Broadway to provide you profiles, tips and recommendations. For starters, there's no cover charge at honky tonks but the musicians survive on tips and most take requests. Most honky tonks are open to all ages until 6pm. Staying current is tough but I try to keep... Continue Reading →
Have a great time at the 2018 CMA Fest (CMA Country Music Festival) but be smart. Last year 782 people visited the medical tents for a variety of reasons including dehydration, sunburn and blisters. Don't add to the number this year. Here are some tips from CMA Fest veterans. Beware the heat. Dress in lightweight,... Continue Reading →
I asked three downtown police officers for tips on how to have a safe, fun time in the city. Here's what they told me. Police vigilantly enforce all traffic laws so make sure you’re parked legally. Observe signs for loading zones, restricted parking and fire hydrants. Your parking ticket may be as little as $10... Continue Reading →
We're blessed with an astonishing variety of songwriters who regularly perform at listening rooms, hotels, restaurants--even hair salons. Many step out of the shadows and perform their hits or try out new material. Most songwriter nights at listening rooms are a combination of old pros and newcomers. All offer the opportunity for a grand night... Continue Reading →
Some of the city's finest showcases are found at indoor live music series. Most are multi-artist events--some bringing together diverse musical styles, others keeping things more focused. Americana at the Ryman New for 2018, the season runs every Sunday night, July 15-August 19. Each show features multiple artists and the series roster includes Buddy Miller... Continue Reading →
No state or city income tax, lower-than-average cost of living, free college tuition--just a few of the reasons people love living here.
From spring through fall, you'll find a great variety of free live music performances around town and beyond. Get in the know with some of the biggest events and links to other music happenings.
Thirty years ago, Nashville sightseeing tours focused on homes of the stars. Today most stars live in serious seclusion or in homes so ordinary that you might not even want to photo-bomb them. Sure, you can find your way to the grand old mansion owned by Kings of Leon, John Rich’s fortress, or the high-rise... Continue Reading →