What Things Do Nashville Music Venues Have to Offer?
As a novelist who wanted to learn how to write songs, I had been intrigued with the idea of visiting Music City for a long time before I actually made the trip. Music City is the perfect moniker for a town so steeped in songwriting and music-making culture. One of the best ways to experience that culture is by visiting such places as the Bluebird Café, the Listening Room Cafe, Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant, Douglas Corner Café and 12th and Porter.
What things do Nashville music venues have to offer? Here’s a list of 5 great reasons to get on down to Nashville and check it out for yourself.
- New talent. The singer-songwriter you hear playing in a round at the Listening Room Café today may be the next star on the rise. Most anyone serious about making it in country music eventually ends up in Nashville where opportunity for growth and career advancement is a given. During one of my visits to the Listening Room, I heard a brand new singer named Hunter Hayes playing there. He was seventeen at the time, and his voice left little doubt that he was going places fast. A year later, I wasn’t surprised to hear him on the radio singing the single “Wanted”.
- Pro Songwriter Nights. You really never know who you’re going to get to hear at the Bluebird Café on any given night. It is a wonderful place for music lovers to hear the “heroes behind the hits”. One night I heard a favorite writer of mine – Rivers Rutherford – play in a round with other professional songwriters. His When I Get to Where I’m Goin’ cut by Brad Paisley is an all-time favorite. Listeners not only got to hear him sing the song himself, but also heard the touching story of how his grandfather had inspired him to write the song.
- A glimpse into how great songs are written. Many young writers try out their new material at places like Douglas Corner and 12th and Porter. Great writers work at their craft, honing and perfecting and often using audience response to a new song to judge what tweaking might need to be done.
- An opportunity to surround yourself with true music lovers. As a member of the audience at a place like the Bluebird Café, you soon realize that the people around you truly love music. The attentiveness and respect given a performing writer indicates just how seriously listeners take what they are hearing. It’s a pretty special thing to be a part of.
- Inspiration. If you aspire to write songs yourself, there is nothing more motivating than witnessing real artists at work in the Nashville community. The level of skill and commitment found among the songwriters and performers in Nashville is a clear visual for exactly how high the bar is set. Greatness is something to aspire to. Greatness abounds in Music City.
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I love books and music. I write both fiction and song lyrics. I can usually be found tinkering with one or the other. My love for songwriting and the Nashville community led me to start a fictional series called, of course, Nashville. I hope you’ll check it out.
Nashville – Part One – Ready to Reach. Buy it at Amazon.com
Young singer-songwriters going for the Nashville dream! Nineteen-year old CeCe Mackenzie leaves Virginia for Nashville with not much more to her name than a guitar, a Walker Hound named Hank Junior and an old car she’d inherited from her grandma called Gertrude.
But Gertrude ends up on the side of I-40 in flames, and Nashville has never seemed farther away.
Help arrives in the form of two Georgia football players headed for the Nashville dream as well. When Holden Ashford and Thomas Franklin stop to offer CeCe and Hank Junior a ride, fate may just give a nod to serendipity and meant to be.
Nashville – Part Two – Hammer and a Song. Buy it at Amazon.com
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5 Stars. “Her car catches fire, 2 smokin’ hot guys stop to help. . . .the rest is history.” – Amazon.com Reviewer
5 Stars. “This book captured my attention from the very start! The characters are each unique yet seem to fit together. I love each of them, especially Hank. I was reading this on a plane and was so disappointed when I turned the page and realized I was going to have to wait to find out what happens. Excellent! I definitely recommend Nashville!” – Bookishblonde – Amazon.com Reviewer