Hidden Treasures of Live Music

With dozens of honky tonks on or near Lower Broadway, you might think these are your only options for live music in Nashville. Not true. Friends helped me curate this list of hidden treasures that won't be found on most "visit Nashville" websites. Mouse over the headers to find links to the websites. Although these... Continue Reading →

Free Music and Events for Summer 2019 in Nashville

Free music is everywhere in Nashville. Just drop in almost any honky tonk, bar or club. Even restaurants, hotel lobbies and the airport concourses are venues for live music. In addition to the daily offerings, here are some special summer (and fall) concerts and family-friendly events to enjoy. (Photo credit: Live on the Green) Click... Continue Reading →

Looking for Alternatives to Country Music?

Nashville has many alternatives to country--rock, pop, EDM, Americana, metal and more. They just don't get as much publicity. Most venues survive by booking a variety of acts. Organized by location, here are some of the venues that have strong cred, are high profile or offer something a bit distinctive. (Photo credit: Will Trotman Band)... Continue Reading →

Your Guide to Off-Broadway Honky Tonks

If things are crowded on the so-called Honky Tonk Highway, take to the backroads. Unlike the bars on Broadway, you're likely to hit upon lower drink prices and happy hour specials. Let's take a look at the ones in the immediate area, then a few worth the drive. (Top photo: The George Jones 1st floor... Continue Reading →

How to Enjoy Songwriter Nights in Listening Rooms

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 →

Indoor Live Music Series: Something for Everyone

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 →

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