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Songwriter Clubs in Nashville

A Guide to finding the Best Songwriters, Clubs & Venues in Nashville


One of the main differences that sets Nashville apart from most other cities is that, in Nashville, it really is all about the music and that includes not only enjoying the final performance or product but also by exploring intricate makings of the music.
Songwriter Clubs in Nashville provide a vital part of the music and as do our local songwriters.

Back Alley Diner

Back Alley Diner is a restaurant and music venue that is located in the business district of downtown Nashville. They currently host Singer/Songwriter nights on Tuesday & Thursday nights starting at 7pm. and also have live bands that play every Friday night starting at 8pm.
Location: 217 Arcade Alley
Phone: 615-251-3003

Billy Block Show - Nashville

Every week Billy Block plays host to The Billy Block Show; Nashville's longest running, premier concert series for up-and-coming country and roots music artists. While the venue has changed over the years you can bet that Nashville's next big star will no doubt have performed at one of Billy's shows. This show is normally free and usually held on Tuesday nights.

Billy Block Blues Show - Franklin

Beginning in 2013, Billy Block and his blues group will be taking the stage every Thursday evening in downtown Franklin for a live performance at Puckett’s Boat House on East Main Street.
Location: 94 E. Main Street
Phone: 615-790-2309

Bluebird Cafe

If you know anything about songwriting, you know this is the place for it. It's tiny, always packed, and if you talk while someone's playing you'll get shooshed, and probably get a few dirty looks too.
Location: 4104 Hillsboro Rd
Phone: 615-383-1461

Cafe Coco

Open 24 hours with a variety of foods and beverages, Cafe Coco has singer/songwriters on Monday and Thursdays nights, with an open mic on Thursdays. The club features all types of music with a mostly college-age crowd.
Location: 210 Louise Avenue
Phone: 615-321-2626

Commodore Grille

The Commodore Grille is located in the Holiday Inn (Nashville-Vanderbilt) but don't let the location fool you because the Commodore Grille is a great Nashville music destination when one wants to listen to local songwriters. The Commodore Grille lounge hosts live entertainment each night Tuesday through Sunday.
Debi Champion hosts aspiring songwriter nights on Tuesday through Thursday and the Stewart's Songwriter Showcase is held every Friday and Saturday nights.
Location: 2613 West End Avenue
Phone: 615-327-4707

Crescent Cafe & Oyster Bar

The Crescent doesn't feature rounds as such, but does present original singer/songwriters at least four nights a week. Since it's across the street from Vanderbilt it's popular with the college crowd and features alternative and eclectic performers.
Location: 416 21st Avenue South
Phone: 615-321-2522

Doc's Songwriter's Showcases

Every week Doc hosts several Writer's Nights in the Franklin/Cool Springs Area. Usually you will find these showcases and local songwriters at Dan McGuinness Cool Springs Irish Pub (on Tuesdays) and the Bunganut Pig Franklin (on Wednesdays).

Douglas Corner

This club is a mainstay of Nashville's songwriting community, where the up-and-comers sometimes perform with legendary writers. And like the Bluebird, you will get the evil eye from someone if you talk during a performance.
Location: 2106-A 8th Ave South
Phone: 615-298-1688

Edgehill Studios Cafe

Singer/songwriters from the eclectic to country music industry veterans perform several nights a week. It's a popular place because it's close enough to Music Row that you never know when a big name might drop in for a drink or a song.
Location: 1201 Villa Place
Phone: 615-301-8539

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