In Tennessee, it's hard to go wrong when choosing a place to listen to live music. From back porches to stadiums, and everything in between (even karaoke in a double wide trailer is good!), we'd love to give you a glimpse into the wide variety of music and venues that truly makes Tennessee “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.”
The Station Inn - Jeff White & Friends
Among the new, thriving Nashville neighborhood, the Gulch, sits an old building that has been celebrating the best bluegrass musicians since 1974. As I walk into the Station Inn, there are a couple hundred people seated around tables with old friends and some new friends (such is Nashville), quietly and intently listening to every note and delighting with every harmony as Jeff White & Friends play some of the best bluegrass you'll likely hear in your life. I shook hands with the owner, JT, who's been keeping this place strumming along for more than 36 years. Behind the bar are a couple making handmade pizzas, and pimento cheese plates, while pouring some local drafts from Yazoo Brewery. I left Station Inn knowing I'd be back very soon, only wondering why it took me so long to get here in the first place.
Mercy Lounge - Thee Rock & Roll Residency
Nashville has a way of keeping you on your toes, as you never know who is going to hop on stage. I've been to many different types of shows at Mercy Lounge (Cannery Ballroom, High Watt), from top celebrated pop artists, folk, rap, dance parties...Heck, I even had my wedding reception there, where I played a tune on stage. But never had I seen a show like this. Thee Rock & Roll Residency threw me right into the 70's, 80's, & 90's rock & roll scene like I've never witnessed. In the spacious upstairs room of the Mercy Lounge, people packed in with their bell-bottom jeans and their leather jackets to catch a hair-whipping performance you can't catch many other places. The best thing to do is to grab an ice cold PBR and enjoy the show.
Music City Roots
Down south a bit from Nashville, in the historic town of Franklin, a musically various show embraces our state's foundation of Americana and roots music and shares it over the airwaves. Music City Roots is broadcast live over WMOT/Roots Radio 89.5 FM from Middle Tennessee State University and webcast in Livestream. The show felt like a celebration of music, from new on the scene to the experienced. Be sure to get here early to grab a good seat and a hot meal before the show!