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Yes please Not now. At the time, visitors to Nashville spent most of their time touring Music Row or visiting Opryland attractions on the outer edge of town, said Butch Spyridon, president of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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The near closure of the Ryman Auditorium in the early s was a low point, Spyridon said. But the historic venue's revival in the middle of that decade brought new life to the area. Capping the renaissance was the opening of what is now the Bridgestone Arena. It also is among the most competitive. John Taylor, entertainment director at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, said he receives to 1, emails a week from people who want to entertain at the Broadway honky-tonk.
He auditions 30 to 40 artists a week, sometimes for just a single open slot.
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Many of them are encouraged by the stories of artists like Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts, who cut their teeth at clubs on Lower Broadway before making it big. It took Mathews five years to land a spot on the Benchmark stage, working his way to the spotlight from a job behind the bar. Other people will spend time hanging from bar stools hoping to befriend performers in a position to offer them a spot on-stage should a band mate get sick or go on vacation.
Artists angling for a slice of prime time can range from so-called front guys, who come to town hoping to become the next big thing, to road musicians looking to get gigs to sustain them when they aren't off with a headlining act, to session musicians. Otherwise we would just be bars on the street. That unique offering has not gone unnoticed.
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The Convention and Visitors Bureau, for instance, hosts meeting planners, reporters and other groups on Lower Broadway as part of its efforts to sell them on Nashville, Spyridon said. I would say it's our museum by day and our theme park by night," Spyridon said. From the person that thinks they would never listen to and like country music to the most die-hard fan, they are blown away by the talent of the musicians and the energy of the clubs. On a recent weekend, tourists decked out in New England Patriots jerseys, women wearing T-shirts bedazzled with the words "bridesmaid" and "bride" and families dressed in matching denim shorts and cowboy boots were among the hundreds of people wandering Lower Broadway, stopping occasionally to listen to music wafting out of bars.
As a group paused outside the window of Benchmark, Mathews was showing off his guitar skills on Pat Green's "Wave on Wave. That's what I wanted to do.
But there is money to be made in entertaining tourists with country standards and the occasional pop hit in this set it's George Michael's "Faith. Sometimes he sneaks in one or two of his own pieces, depending on the crowd. Mostly though, Mathews croons thousands of words written by other people.
He keeps his iPhone on a stand raised to eye level just in case he forgets the lyrics. They want to come to town to hear the old Johnny Cash songs.
Mathews is aware of the important role he and other musicians play in helping to boost the city's coffers.