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Nashville’s music scene features more than country, if you know where to look

The venue 3rd and Lindsley is just one spot where you can catch R&B, alternative rock and more

Nashville is the epicenter of the country music industry, but artists who perform a variety of genres call Music City home, too. To hear musicians playing all that Nashville has to offer, avoid the crowds and venture from the bars that line the Broadway honky-tonk district.

The 5 Spot, offering “Sunday Night Soul,” and rocker Jack White’s Third Man Records are shining examples of Nashville’s often-overlooked music diversity. Audiences are hungry for genres other than country, and venues and record labels promote R&B and alternative rock throughout the city.

3rd and Lindsley is a club featured in By The Way’s City Guide to Nashville, which highlights places that fly under the radar of most tourists, and it supports local, touring, established and up-and-coming artists. In partnership with radio station Lighting 100, 3rd and Lindsley’s Sunday night series offers sets from acts who “aren’t anywhere near country,” says Santo Pullella, the venue’s talent buyer. The series has featured such artists as Anderson East, Train, Andra Day, All Them Witches and Devon Gilfillian.

Country music is still king, “but it all works here,” Pullella says. “I know people are trying to listen, they are trying to discover something new.”

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