City Winery Presents “The Tour” w/ Host Ted Canova! Episode 4: Craig Finn

Welcome to episode 4 of the City Winery podcast with Ted Canova! In this episode, Ted sits down with Craig Finn of The Hold Steady! The two met backstage before Craig’s Paul Stanley – themed halloween show at City Winery.

Craig shares with Ted how music opened his world, going from nerd to “cool kid” to pioneering two bands with urgent lyrics and driving guitars, the strategy of releasing 4 albums in 5 years, feeling scared when he went solo, and the future for The Hold Steady.

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City Winery Presents “The Tour” w/ Host Ted Canova! Episode 3: Alejandro Escovedo


Welcome to episode 3 of the new City Winery podcast, “The Tour” with Ted Canova! In this episode, Ted sits down with Mexican-American singer/songwriter and legend of the Austin, Texas music scene, Alejandro Escovedo.

Alejandro opens up to Ted about heartache and death, elusive love, racism in music, the mystery of songwriting in his “secret place”, an amazing “last supper” alongside the  immortals Townes Van Zandt and Rick Danko, and a come to Jesus with his therapist. (HEADS UP: Some language may offend some listeners)
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Announcing our 2017 AmericanaFest Lineup!



Limited number of tickets available to the public at $25 per day. On sale now!

Open to AMA conference registrants and wristband holders.

AMERICANAFEST℠: The Americana Music Festival & Conference

The 18th annual AMERICANAFEST℠ will take place Sept. 12-17, 2017. The event will once again bring together fans and music industry professionals alike, offering six days of celebration through seminars, panels and networking opportunities by day and raw artist showcases by night. The Americana Honors & Awards Show is the hallmark event of the week’s festivities and will take place at the historic Ryman Auditorium on September 13.

Tickets to these events are off limits to house seat ticket vouchers.

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Rockabilly Red: City Winery Wine Release Party featuring The High Jivers


Join us as we celebrate the release of three newly bottled City Winery wines beautifully crafted by our in-house winemaker, Bill Anton. Enjoy an afternoon of light bites and live music while we sip and savor on our outdoor patios with stunning skyline views of Nashville. Enjoy this exciting day filled with delicious food, fantastic wine and dancing! Rockabilly music provided by Nashville’s own The High Jivers!

Price of ticket includes a tasting of the three featured wines and light bites. Click here to purchase your ticket.

Hyland Reserve, Willamette Valley, Oregon 2015

Rockabilly Red, North Coast, California 2015

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California 2015

Steve Earle January Residency: Solo & Acoustic


We’re very excited to have the legendary Steve Earle playing a January residency here at City Winery Nashville all month long! Joined by Langhorne Slim, Colter Wall, Buddy Miller and Emily Earle, each show will be solo, acoustic and absolutely unforgettable. Meet & Greets are available for each show, too! Click here to purchase tickets!

Almost twenty years ago, Steve Earle and I took a ride through South Nashville. It was down those mean streets that Steve had spent his famous “hiatus” in the early 1990’s mostly shooting dope. It was a crazy, unprecedented thing. Here was a guy – the supposed “new face” of outlaw country – who had already put out a near unbroken string of instant classics, including chart hits like “Guitar Town,” “Someday,” and the immortal “Copperhead Road.” And he just up and disappears, drops from sight for four years, making no records, playing no shows. Many thought he was dead.

By the time we met, Steve was on the way back, through his sixty-day stint in the Davidson County Jail, firmly in recovery. He’d already released a couple new discs, the masterly acoustic Train A Comin’ and the defiantly electric I Feel Alright. But you could tell, he wasn’t all the way back. Clean and sober can be a transitory thing, the ghosts of the old days are far from fully vanquished, if they ever will be. Steve wasn’t sure he wanted any more of South Nashville, but being Steve, which is to be an adventurer and a sport, he agreed to take the tour.

In matters of the heart, Steve Earle has always been an optimist. There are several better-known tunes on the “Guitar Town” album, but when it comes to young(er) love all you really need is “Fearless Heart.” With Whitmanesque exaltation of his own resiliency, the singer sings: “I got me a fearless heart/ strong enough to get you through the scary part/ its been broken many times before/ a fearless heart just comes back for more.” Whatever happens, he’ll bounce back; all previous failures are only recon so as to guide His Own True Love Of the Moment across the “scary part.” Back then, Steve had faith in his ability to fall in love again, no matter what. It was a strange dichotomy. With an unmatched talent to describe the heartbreaking (as with the doomed Billy Austin, “twenty-nine years old, quarter Cherokee I’m told”) the singer largely avoided his own heartbreak.

“I’m patient, but I’m focused. There’s a lot to do. I’d like to write a musical, I’m working on a country record. I think a lot people this age feel like this. And if there’s one thing I know about songwriting, it doesn’t matter if it’s a love song, a song for my kid, or about an issue, something I saw on TV – people don’t give a fuck what I think about it, what they do give a fuck about is what experiences we have in common. As a songwriter, that’s where I want to go, to touch that place between me and you.”

Then, simply because Steve has too much hellraiser in him to leave it like that, he invoked the name of Willie Dixon, writer of some of the greatest modern blues songs, tunes like “Back Door Man,” “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Spoonful,” “You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover,” which were recorded by people like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley. Asked why he wrote and played the blues, Dixon, three hundred pounds and crusty sharp, reputedly said, “money and women, what else is there?”

City Winery Nashville 2016 Concert Highlights

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Patty Griffin

We had Patty in the City Winery Nashville venue for the first time on behalf of an edited showcase during AmericanFest in 2015. It was really exciting to have her return for a couple full shows a year later. Both of her shows in November of 2016 were sold out, what a crowd! For her first show, she was joined on stage by Buddy Miller, and for her second, she did a song with Emmylou Harris. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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Emmylou Harris Residency benefiting Bonaparte’s Retreat

In May, we had four shows with Emmylou Harris and a rotating list of some of the best musicians in Nashville including Sam Bush, Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller, ending the four-play with her longtime duet partner, Rodney Crowell. In addition to a night of legendary songwriting, we were able to donate $80,000 for Emmylou’s charity.

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Maynard James Keenan

In November, we hosted the amazingly popular and eccentric Tool frontman, Maynard James Keenan. This was the first of a run of shows that he has never done before – Q&A in support of his new biography. No questions that were being asked were discussed prior to the show with Maynard, making the evening completely spontaneous. The show sold out in minutes, and the audience clung to his every word. No music was played at all, simply two hours of Maynard speaking in-depth about his book.

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Graham Nash

In April, we had two nights of Graham Nash. This was an absolutely surreal evening. Graham was very comfortable, open and full of stories. It was great to hear him discuss the songwriting process and memories of each song. To top it all off, he came out on stage and played the entire show barefoot.

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Jimmy Webb/Glen Campbell Birthday

We were honored to host The Campbell family for Glen’s 80th birthday celebration in early May. The show was a retrospective, intimate, personal story-telling of the long-time and productive musical collaboration between Webb and Campbell. Jimmy sat at the piano all night playing his best known creations recorded by Campbell while images of the two of them displayed across a screen for the audience to enjoy. He told many stories about his relationship with Campbell, some humorous and some touching.

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The Zombies

This was City Winery Nashville’s first time presenting The Zombies, and they did not disappoint. They played their show, all the old hits and new songs alike, with the same excitement and preciseness they’ve done for the 30 years of their career. Solid, impressive show.

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Peter Wolf

For years, we had been trying to get Peter Wolf to play City Winery Nashville. After we opened the City Winery Atlanta location, we finally had the opportunity to host him. Thank goodness for Atlanta, or we may still be waiting to bring Peter down south! His show did not disappoint.

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Ani DiFranco

We had a two-night run with Ani at the end of June. Not only were Ani and her staff personable and easy to work with, but her shows were amazing. Simple, intimate, and different than any show she’s ever done in Nashville previous to her last City Winery tour.

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We frequently host shows similar in style to Ambrosia…Atlanta Rhythm Section, Firefall, Pure Prairie League. We’ve always thought of Ambrosia as a top tier band from this era. Although we initially had difficulty finding a fitting date, City Winery Atlanta helped the Nashville location bring them down in December. There was an abundance of excitement having them in town. The crowd really enjoyed their music, especially the harmonies!

Pop-Up Show: Alanna Royale 12/5


6 members, 5 beards, 2 horns, 1 lady. Get into it, Nashville! We added a surprise last minute show with local favorite Alanna Royale TONIGHT 12/5! Don’t miss this. Doors at 6PM, show at 8PM. $5 gets you in the door. Click here for tickets and more information.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at City Winery Nashville!


Celebrate New Year’s Eve at City Winery Nashville! This year, we’re bringing Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives back for early & late shows. Tickets are available by clicking here. Start your evening off in style with our Intimate NYE Champagne Dinner in the Winery. Tickets are very limited, purchase yours now! On New Year’s Day, join us for our 3rd Annual New Year’s with Langhorne Slim & Friends. Click here to purchase tickets and learn more information. Happy 2017, Nashville!



Madeleine Peyroux at City Winery Nashville 11/10

Madeleine Peyroux released this teaser trailer for Secular Hymns. Take a look and then buy your tickets here for her show on November 11th! We’re lucky to have her in our venue and this a performance you do not want to miss.

Back To The Garden 9/5

Come to City Winery Nashville on September 5th to see Back To The Garden: The Music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro! Melissa Hammans will be performing these iconic songs alongside a fantastic band. Tickets are still available here or you can buy them at the door, while supplies last.