All About the NFL Draft in Nashville

We're expecting 300,000 football fans to rush into Nashville for the ALL-FREE 2019 NFL Draft festivities Thursday, April 25-Saturday, April 27. That's in addition to the roughly 30,000 runners who will participate in the St. Jude Rock'n'Roll Marathon on Saturday. Plus, there's a Jimmy Buffett concert Saturday night at the Bridgestone Arena where thousands of Parrotheads... 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. DOWNTOWN Kid Rock's Big A--... Continue Reading →

Off-Broadway Honky Tonks

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 →

2018 CMA Fest Survival Guide

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 →

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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