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Blues Venues

West Tennessee may be the home of the blues, but it’s not the only place to find it in Tennessee. We’ve got you covered from one end of the state to another.


Hear some of the best blues on either side of the Mississippi, right here in Tennessee.

Start celebrating the blues at the Chattanooga Blues Festival. Follow that up with a visit to Bessie Smith Hall, a tribute to the life of one of the blues greatest singers. Finally, stop in at Blue Orleans, for a taste of jazz and blues as well as authentic creole food.

Then head north to Knoxville for a night out Sassy Anns House of Blues, where the crowd is friendly and diverse, the music surprising, and the house itself like something out of a movie. While youre near downtown, stop on Market Square and see whos playing at Preservation Pub. Its a tiny place with big music, well loved by the locals.

If youre in Music City, the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar is the place to be for great blues. Past winner of the Blues Foundation Keeping the Blues Alive Award, they have live music every night, plus Cajun food. Since youre already in Printers Alley, stroll around and take a listen you never know who might show up at any of the music venues there. And dont forget the Nashville version of B.B. Kings Blues Club, where theres always good music.

In Jackson, home of the Shannon Street Blues & Heritage Festival, Sonny Boy Williamson, Carl Perkins and Big Maybell and other blues greats, check out grunge blues band Ruacamole and others at the Downtown Tavern. Then stop by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame for a lesson on music fusion.

Then its on to Memphis, home of the blues, where just about any place in the Beale Street Historic District will be serving up some great blues. Try Alfreds on Beale, Black Diamond and, of course, BB Kings. Spend some time at the Center for Southern Folklore on Main Street, a blend of museum, nightclub and coffee shop, where you can browse exhibits, hear some lunch-time music and stick around for the evenings entertainment.