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Black Dog Market in Rudderville, Tennessee

Nashville’s Best Kept Secrets! Personalized Music Venues

Black Dog Market in Rudderville, Tennessee

Black Dog Market in Rudderville, Tennessee

Nashville has been known as the Country Music Capital of the World for a long time. Musicians from all over come to our city to try their luck and share their passion with the world. So it should be no surprise when you hear of music being performed in Nashville in unusual places and at odd times of the day. Live music can be seen and heard every day and night of the week. The honky tonks located on Broadway offer live music 365 days a year, and with numerous music venues around town ranging from large arenas and theaters to small clubs featuring all kinds of music, it’s easy to see why Nashville is considered the city of music.

When you take a closer look you find some music venues that almost seem like they’ve been personalized for you.

Honest Joe's Produce

Honest Joe’s Produce

Just off Interstate 24 and about 10 minutes northwest from Nashville is a place called Honest Joe’s Produce. If you can get up early enough on a Saturday morning, stop by for breakfast and some great bluegrass music. And while there are a few booths along one side, the best part seems to be the few tables that run down the center of the small room where everyone sits to eat together and talk about the week’s events. The picker’s form a circle up front and take turns singing tunes from the days when country music was really made by folks from the country.

The atmosphere at what is also referred to as just “Joe’s place” is friendly and laid back. If you decide to join in with the pickers, no one cares if you miss a lick, but if you don’t know the song just smile and pretend to be playing, because you’ll probably pick up on the next song. At the end of the morning, someone will ask you to come back and play again. So some Saturday morning when you’re in the mood for a little good music and some good eats, you should stop by. But make sure you make it before 9 a.m. because that’s quitting time. They tell me the music starts at 6 a.m., but I’ve never made it before 7:30 a.m. But I can vouch for the food and the music being great, and because it’s so unique in an old-fashioned sort of way, it’s also a lot of fun.

If you’re not a morning person, but still a traditional country music lover, there are other places you can enjoy some of the forgotten country of yesterday. The Long Hollow Jamboree is really fun way to spend a Tuesday or Saturday night. The highlight is the dancing, but if you don’t dance, it’s still fun to just sit and watch the group line dancing or a few of the couples as they fashion out some fancy swing moves.

Long Hollow Jamboree

Long Hollow Jamboree

The Long Hollow Jamboree is a place you would not hesitate to bring the whole family, according to owner, Eugene Hardison. The facility is alcohol free, and they have real country music Tuesday and Saturday nights from 5 p.m. till 11 p.m., and you never know what country star might be performing, so stop by sometime and enjoy yourself.


Star Cafe

Star Cafe

If original music is what you like, Nashville is well known for its songwriter’s nights. But there are some small quaint places you might consider your own personalized spot. The Star Cafe in Goodlettsville has a songwriters night on Saturday Nights from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m., and they have really great food as well.

The feel of the room also offers a cool experience with kitchen-style tables dressed with blue jeans on their legs, among other unique, artistic touches.


Richard's Cafe

Richard’s Cafe

Richards Cafe’ in Whites Creek has regular songwriters nights featuring some of Nashville’s best, and if you like Cajun food, this is your place.

If you head west on I-40 to Kingston Springs, there is a songwriter’s venue called The Filling Station. And if you favor a more beach-like-atmosphere, then you might try the Rusty Nail, located in Hermitage just east of Nashville.

Another great venue you might check out is The Black Dog Market, located in Rudderville just up from Franklin, Tennessee. They might be considered a grocery store and deli, but the music seems to be endless. They even have an outdoor stage, great food, and a country style setting. This would be a great way to spend a weekend.

There are really too many small intimate venues around Nashville to mention, but these are a few to check out and hopefully you’ll find your perfect place or even a few perfect places. So the next time your out and about in Nashville, pay attention to the small venues…you might find your own “best spot in town”, that one place that seems like your own personalized music venue.

The Rusty Nail

The Rusty Nail

The Fillin' Station

The Fillin’ Station