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Why It'll Probably Take You 7 Years to Break in Nashville

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Thousands come to Nashville every year with the hopes of making it big in a couple months. More often than not, they go home disappointed – not necessarily because they aren't talented, but because their expectations were completely out of proportion.

In my years here, I've heard repeatedly that Nashville is a “seven-year town,” and from what I've seen in my career, and that of others, the reality bears this out. In this article, I'll delve into why that's the case and what you might be able to expect.

The 3 Rules You Need to Survive in Nashville

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Nashville can be a strange place. Many people come from all over the world jump in with both feet and think they'll be discovered in six months at the latest. In the meantime, they fail to understand the culture and/or why they aren't welcomed with open arms.

Some of it may have to do with talent, but some of it may have to do with breaking the unspoken rules of Nashville without realizing it. Here are just a few to keep in mind the next time you visit Music City.

You've Just Moved to Nashville. Now What?

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Hundreds, if not thousands, of aspiring artists and songwriters flood the city of Nashville each year with dreams of hitting it big. Although Nashville can be a pretty friendly place (Southerners are just so darn nice and approachable!), it's easy to get overwhelmed and not know what's next. Here are a few career-oriented tips to help you hit the ground running.

The 6 Best Nashville Showcases for Performing Songwriters

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If you're a songwriter in Nashville, you do songwriter rounds. These are a little more laid back than a full-fledged “show,” and you'll hear many writers who perhaps aren't the most skilled in terms of playing or singing. Artist showcases are a different beast altogether – typically reserved for artists who are also songwriters (and generally competent players and singers).

Some venues are content with letting the artists accompany themselves. Others have a more strict policy, requiring at minimum a backup musician doing harmonies and percussion. Here are just a few of the places you're going to want to check out. Click each venue link below for information on how to book there, if you're interested!

The 5 Best Venues in Nashville to Play Original Acoustic Music

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So you've done it. You've taken the plunge and made the trip to Nashville. Perhaps you went all in and moved, or maybe you're just scoping things out and hoping for an open door. Either way, you're in town with a guitar in your hand, and ready to show off some tunes. But where should you go? Make sure these five places are on your immediate to-play list.