The Street That Music Made
Many have called Nashville’s Lower Broadway the “street that music made.”
It’s home to some of the most famous honky tonk bars, including Robert’s Western World, the Second Fiddle and Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. It’s a short walk from the Nashville Convention Center and is probably one of the most important streets in American music.
The atmosphere is saturated with music history and pays tribute to the huge stars that graced its sidewalks and the guitar cases of talents who strived to be stars.
Sixty years ago, Willie Nelson first pitched the song "Hello Walls" to Faron Young across the alley from the Ryman at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, paving the road for all the starving Nashville songwriters after him.
The environment is contagious. It’s enough to make anyone a country music fan, with high-energy classic country covers flooding the row of neon-lit bars and the swarms of passionate musicians in the glow of spotlights.
There’s no other street in the world like Nashville's Lower Broadway. You won’t find it in Austin, Chicago or New Orleans.
In addition to the old greats, Nashville’s home to tons of contemporary musicians, including Robert Plant, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. And it’s not uncommon to see stars walking the streets and jumping on stage. Just ask ESX attendee, John Colehower.
"Last time ESX was in Nashville, I was sitting with other ESX attendees at the corner table in Tootsies on Broadway. I was next to the front window and elevated for a great view of the band," says Colehower, managing director of Mergers and Acquisitions LLC. "After about an hour, a 6’2” bouncer informed us that we would have to move. Being fairly well behaved, we protested, but to no avail. It was clear that he would not take no for an answer."
"As we got up to leave, a new group occupied the table, Colehower continued. "It turned out to be Cher and her entourage. We later learned that this table was frequently reserved for the Nashville VIP’s, so you never know who you will see there (or when you will be asked to move)."
With an abundance of great spots, it’ll make decisions for the unofficial ESX Social Chair, John Knox, pretty tough. Stay tuned for the announcement of his selected three ESX Crawl locations!
The 2012 ESX Club Crawl is sponsored by Goldleaf Data and requires no registration.
Here's a great video look at "The Street that Music Made."