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Lonnie's Western Room is a tiny joint with an enormous amount of country music memorabilia and dozens of autographed photos. Folks line up to express their devotion to their favorite country music artists. You see, the only live music here is provided by the patrons themselves. A small stage, a loud Karaoke system and "Garth Brooks style" headset microphones provide the perfect setting for the wannabe superstar to croon the latest hits. The weekend crowd is healthy, the beer is cold, and there is never a cover charge.
Located in the historic Cannery building, Mercy Lounge has an interesting past. It began its journey in 1863 as a flour mill and later became a coffee grinding shop. In 1957, the Dale Company took over the building and manufactured processed food items, such as jams, peanut butter and jelly. In the early 1970s, a restaurant and theater sprang up in the building. Famous artists such as Jimmy Cliff, Iggy Pop, Lenny Kravitz and Robin Trouer have performed at this venue. The lounge has a seating capacity of 500 and an adjacent room that has pool tables and pinball machines. The Mercy Lounge opens its doors at 8 in the evening every day except Sunday.
If you like the blues then you have to head to this place. The B.B. King's Blues Club is one of the best places to enjoy a night of good blues with some awesome bands like The B.B. King's House Rockers, The B.B. King's Soul Brigade, Burning Las Vegas, and The Soul Searchers. Even if you are not into the blues thing but are a complete foodie, come here for a taste of Southern Cuisine. There is something for everyone with well-marbled New York strip to fried catfish. Your visit would be incomplete without trying the impressive drinks on the bar menu. The B.B. King's Blues Club can put together a customized special package for you if interested in hosting an event here.
What might be overlooked by most passers-by is the greatest bluegrass club in Nashville, maybe even the world. Bluegrass musicians all over come to the Station Inn to entertain die-hard bluegrass fans every night. Special guests have included Dolly Parton, Gillian Welch and Randy Travis, and you can always count on the sounds of these singers to take you back in time to an era of pure mountain music. Admission prices vary, depending on the performer.
Tin Roof is a favorite nightspot for locals who love live music. Six nights a week live tunes fill the air, while patrons enjoy their beers and cocktails from the bar. A menu filled with sandwiches and quesadillas is also available.
The Exit has long been the source of live entertainment in the Elliston Square area, but over the course of its history it has suffered neglect. It is amazing that a club that was featured in movies and books, and even Rolling Stone magazine, could fall into such disrepair. Unwilling to see the club close down, Ned Horton stepped in and took over ownership. Today, after much renovation, including a new sound and lighting system, Horton has rebuilt the Exit's reputation as a premier music venue. Changing the name to Exit/In and booking a more eclectic mix of artists, Horton brought this little club, as well as the entire Elliston Square area, back to life.
Ever heard of Garth Brooks? That's right, his first performance was at the Bluebird. And it is this mystique that calls young singers and songwriters looking for their chance at stardom. Monday nights are open-mike, so take your chances with the unknown acts. This is a haven for the struggling artist and the established country star, making it a Nashville tradition for both locals and tourists.