This week’s featured Nashville door and prominent building is Station Inn. Did you guess correctly last week?
Station Inn – which has been regarded as one of the best bluegrass venues around – has called Nashville home since 1974 when it was opened. It was opened after six pickers decided Nashville needed a stage to jam! Shortly after, the Station Inn doors opened to the public and to pickers nationwide.
A few years after its opening, it moved from its location on West End to where it sits today, close to downtown in the quickly growing, popular neighborhood the Gulch. J.T. Gray, who still owns/operates the venue today, purchased it in 1981. Just a year later, Gray promoted a show by the Bluegrass Cardinals and packed the house. Successful shows continued and paved the way for concerts by big names including the Johnson Mountain Boys, Peter Rowan, Ralph Stanley and more.
With an intimate setting that allows guests to really slow down, turn off the busyness of the day and enjoy the tunes, it is no surprise that Station Inn has also played host to some pretty famous listeners, including Sheryl Crow, Mel Gibson, U2, William Shatner and even the U.S. Secret Service, who accompanied then 1st Daughter Amy Carter.
Country Music singer Dierks Bentley was recently quoted in an article featured on CMT.com as discussing the impact that Station Inn has had on his career. He explained that boarded-up windows and mismatched chairs aside, it’s his favorite bar in Nashville and the place that represents everything that’s great about music. In fact, he admitted, he may not have gotten into the music industry if it wasn’t for the Inn.
If you haven’t paid a visit to Station Inn yet, make sure to add it to your To-D0 list. You may just enjoy a secret show (Mumford and Sons surprised fans there with a secret show in Nov. 2010) or run into an A-list celebrity. Station Inn is located in the Gulch at 402 12th Ave. S. Click here to see a calendar of upcoming shows.