Boots, Bars and Beautiful Music

NASHVILLE! ~ Music City! Lower Broadway is the “Honky Tonk Highway” and it’s nothing but Boots, Bars and Beautiful Music! Every bar and Honky Tonk has live music and no cover charge! Music flows from every doorway and they all have tons of talent!

“Don’t rock the jukebox! I wanna hear George Jones! My heart ain’t ready for the Rolling Stones!” Take a side step off Broadway and visit George Jones Museum and Bar. The 3 story building is full of memorabilia from Jones’ life. The view of the Cumberland River from the rooftop bar of George Jones Museum is spectacular and the live music is great! High 5 George!

As we are dancing our way to the door, our “theme song” is being played by the featured band at George’s Rooftop bar! Just can’t wait to get on the road again! Rock it boys!


This town is loaded with “wanna be’s” so this is very appropriate for a karaoke bar where you can sing your heart out and maybe, if you are very lucky, you’ll get discovered!

You gotta have a pair of boots for every outfit to be styling in Nashville! There are no shortage of boot shops and they range from some real bargains to the high end beauties like Lucchese. According to an article in 1977 from People magazine, “Lucchese’s Boots are for the Rhinestone Cowboy in Everyone”.

Oh yes, Jimmy Buffet began his musical career in Nashville, Tennessee, during the late 1960’s. He developed a style that is all his own to reflect a Gulf Coast country kind of flavor. You can eat, drink and inhale all things Buffet right on Broadway. Loved the sign ‘cuz “Changes in Latitude” is one of my favorite Jimmy Buffet songs!


Tootsies Orchid Lounge! Where every big name in country music sang at one time. In the back ground is the Ryman Auditorium, the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. George Jones used to sneak out of the Opry, during a performance, for a few cocktails at Tootsies across the alley. On more than one occasion he never came back. That’s how he earned the nickname “No Show Jones.”

According to legend, a painter mistakenly painted the exterior orchid purple. The owner, Hattie Louise “Tootsie” Bess, liked the color, decided not to change it and orchid became Tootsie’s signature color. We happened to be in Nashville at the same time as the CMA (Country Music Awards) 50th Anniversary Show! We saw Robin Williams of Good Morning America taping an intro for the next day’s show.


What a view of Broadway from Rippys across the street from Tootsies, Second Fiddle and Laylas! AJ’s Good Time Bar (named after his 2008 song by the same name) is right next door. “I always wanted to own a honky tonk that plays real country music on Broadway that I could put my name on,” Alan Jackson said.

Honky Tonk Central, Tequila Cowboy, and Paradise Park Trailer Resort….kinda feels like home!

Don’t feel like hoofing it around town? Then a carriage ride is the way to travel and learn about downtown Nashville in style. You might even meet a man with a dog! 🙂

Every time I hear a great drummer, it makes me think of my brother Brett, ‘cuz he is one! He would love roaming the streets of Lower Broadway in Nashville!  “Ba-da-bum-CHING” (that’s a drum roll rimshot for all you non-drummers) They don’t call Nashville “Music City” for nothing!

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