For music venues in Music City, the competition for both artists and audiences is stiff. But Ron Brice and his 3rd & Lindsley crew -- which includes the same door man, head chef, and sound engineer since the club's opening -- have made a successful go of it for the past 25 years. Along the way, they've enjoyed a weekly residency with the Time Jumpers (featuring Vince Gill), a 20-year partnership of weekly broadcasts on WRLT-FM, a talent buyer (Santo Pullella) whose first confirmed act was Chris Stapleton, and a calendar filled with legends -- and legends in the making.
Here, Pullella selects some of the artists the club is proud to have hosted:
The Wood Brothers -- “Postcards From Hell”
Chris and Oliver Wood blew us all away with their 2006 debut album, Ways Not to Lose, and a performance at 3rd & Lindsley. Now, they’re an international success and one of the world’s best bands.
Sturgill Simpson -- “Brace for Impact (Live a Little)”
Sturgill’s name and music had been on our radar, but when he opened for the Devil Makes Three in 2013 on a cold January Lightning 100 Nashville Sunday Night, it looked like the world would know him soon.
The Devil Makes Three -- “Do Wrong Right”
We think about whiskey and dark places when we hear this band, and seeing them live is only a real good time.
Nikki Lane -- “Seein’ Double”
She is living proof that it is "always the right time to do the wrong thing," and it really works for her! She’s just cool with always being herself -- and that’s a unique woman.
Chris Stapleton -- “Might as Well Get Stoned”
Chris is a man who worked so hard for so many years in Nashville until it all seemed to tip in his favor, all at once. We’re really happy for him ... and even proud.
Lucinda Williams -- “Can’t Let Go”
The legendary songwriter has no fear of digging deep into herself and showing it to the world.
Ray Wylie Hubbard -- “Mother Blues”
Ray, the National Treasure! Storytellers do not get any better than Ray.
Paul Thorn -- “Pimps & Preachers”
Paul is a part of the family here at 3rd & Lindsley. He walks in and its non-stop one-liner jokes and stories until the night is done. Killer band, killer show.
The Mavericks -- “All Night Long”
When these guys got back together a few years ago, it was like a legendary athlete showing up at halftime, telling the coach he’s going in, and then taking over. And none can make their sound.
Sam Lewis -- “3/4 Time”
We’ve been watching him for the past year, and he’s someone everyone should be watching with his style of blue-eyed country soul. There’s some Van Morrison, James Taylor, and a whole lot of Sam Lewis here! He’s doing a lot of dates this year with Chris Stapleton. The future is very bright for him.
Lake Street Dive -- “Call Off Your Dogs”
We’re very happy for Rachael Price and the band. Many, many years of hard work is paying off.
Margo Price -- “Hands of Time”
Another artist we’re so proud to see achieving what they deserve. Her two-night run this June sold out fast, and it doesn’t appear there is a limit to her success.
Lede photo: Lee Ann Womack performs during the 16th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference at 3rd & Lindsley on September 18, 2015 . Photo credit: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Americana Music.