Indie Nashville

The capital of country music is a city that still feels like a small town, combining old-fashioned Southern hospitality with a vibrant music and arts scene.

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Where music stars get their start
Where music stars get their start
Wildhorse Saloon, which offers nightly line-dancing lessons.
Let's start with the music. For every tourist-oriented nightclub like B. B. King's Blues Club, there are local favorites, such as the Bluebird Cafe and Tootsies Orchid Lounge. These spots almost always offer live performances. And near Music Row you'll find Wildhorse Saloon, a restaurant, dance hall and musical venue rolled into one - with free line-dancing lessons every night.

But you don't even need to venture into a club or a bar to hear music; you can watch the street musicians, often top session players, who offer impromptu free concerts most nights in the District, along lower Broadway.

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