Nashville is known for their unique and exceptional local businesses. We’re also known for our music and venues. After all, Nashville has the nickname “Music City USA” for a reason.
Some of the greatest country musicians of all time have graced the stages of Nashville with their presence.
From Loretta Lynn to Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, some of the most legendary musicians made their homes in Nashville. While the music scene here might not be the same as it was back in the day, they’re still doing some incredible stuff without the “big names.”
If you’re a fan of the music scene in Nashville, today’s blog is for you. In a continuation of our local business reviews, we’re going to talk about a local music venue in Nashville. We’re not going to talk about the obvious venues, like the Opry or the Bluebird, either. We’re going to talk about a hidden gem located around the most famous honky tonks in the world.
Layla’s Bluegrass Inn for Good Live Music
Layla’s Bluegrass Inn in Nashville hosts some of the greatest live shows in town. They show music from a variety of twangy genres, like country, hillbilly, western, rockabilly, bluegrass, Americana, and newgrass.
Some of the greatest country singers of the 20th century have jammed out on Layla’s stage. Hank Williams III, the Drive-By Truckers, Gail Davies, and Chris Scruggs are just a few of the big name acts that play at Layla’s.
At the same time, they’re not shy about featuring up and coming artists that haven’t “made it big” yet. They play downhome live music and serve tasty food and drinks. While they’re a self-proclaimed “hillbilly music bar,” Layla’s is always playing good music with southern rock sounds.
On any given night, you’ll find bands playing country western, classic rock, or old timey soul music. The sounds of Layla’s Place take you back to good simple music, like the Allman Brothers or Lynyrd Skynyrd. Their sounds are authentic, and the bands they feature play “real” country, unlike some of the venues in Nashville that are partial to pop country.
They also host some of the best bluegrass bands of our generation. Some of the best standing bass, fiddle, mandolin, and banjo players in Nashville frequent their stage. If you like to dance, there’s always an empty spot on dance floor to move your feet.
The space is a decent size, so you can juke as much as you want without feeling claustrophobic. As far as seating goes, there are a handsome amount of tables along the wall, as well as bar seating. The inside is humble, and the staff here is friendly and helpful, if you have any questions.
The actual atmosphere at Layla’s is quaint and divey. It’s not as grungy as a lot of the honky tonks in town, but don’t be surprised if your drink comes in a plastic cup. The crowds are high-energy, yet not too rowdy, and the food and drinks are reasonably priced. If you plan on partaking in libations, they offer an extensive list of local beers that’ll keep your pipes from rusting.
If you’re looking to get away from the mainstream music scene in Nashville and see something new, we recommend checking out Layla’s Bluegrass Inn. Listen to some music with some soul here. Small local venues like Layla’s on broadway give Nashville the color that makes it one of the greatest cities in the United States.