The Best Live Music Venues for Travel Nurses in Tennessee

Travel nurses who love music will love Tennessee.

Nicknamed “Volunteer State,” Tennessee is famous for its rich music history. Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Otis Redding, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and countless others became stars from the legendary songs they created and performed there.

Today, Tennessee maintains its status as one of the preeminent music centers in the nation, and its music venues regularly host some of the best musicians in the world.

Music is everywhere in Tennessee, and who doesn’t love music? Read on for our list of the best spots to experience live music while you’re on a travel nursing assignment in Tennessee!


Long considered the “Home of the Blues” and the birthplace of rock and roll, Memphis is filled with unique venues that pay homage to classic American music.

On world-famous Beale Street, stop by Handy Park to hear local bands play impromptu performances for passing crowds. For great live blues music in an old school setting, Wild Bill’s will satisfy you until the early hours of the morning.

Check out the Hi-Tone to mingle with the locals and enjoy genres ranging from metal to hip-hop.

Pigeon Forge

Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede will grab all of the headlines, but Pigeon Forge is home to a number of unique venues worth visiting.

If you’re a fan of bluegrass, there are few places better than the Ole Smokey Moonshine Barn Stage, with a nightly lineup of the best acts in the nation. Country Tonite offers two shows every evening and has been named one of the best live country show in the US.

The Memories Theatre is a great place to experience a bygone era of classic American music, offering tributes to historic artists like Elvis, Conway Twitty, and Johnny Cash.

Finally, a stop at the Smoky Mountain Opry is a must, with virtually every genre represented at the venue’s nightly shows.


Nashville styles itself as “Music City, U.S.A.”, and its many venues offer every flavor of music. It all starts with a stop at the Ryman Auditorium, dubbed the “Mother Church of Country Music.” Artists like Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, and George Jones have all graced its iconic stage.

The Grand Ole Opry is one of the most famous music venues in the world, and its legendary performance space has been played by thousands of artists.

For a more intimate setting, the Mercy Lounge offers two venues – the Cannery Ballroom and the High Watt, both popular with locals for hosting regional and up-and-coming acts.

The Bluebird Cafe is a country music institution, legendary for the superstars who commonly surprise audiences with impromptu performances.

Finally, don’t miss out on the Station Inn, a grungy performance space that has hosted bluegrass, country, and rock n’ roll icons.


Designated by the U.S. Congress as the birthplace of country music, a trip to Bristol is a journey into the heart of Tennessee itself.

The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival attracts thousands to the city every September.

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum chronicles the life of the genre from its infancy to the present day, and regularly hosts live shows.

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