416 Broadway, Nashville, TN | Directions 3720336.160709 -86.777868
Awesome Music – Thank God some things don't change. I went with a group of friends, and after making our way down a very changed Broadway, we felt at ease at Roberts. What has happened to Nashville? Broadway is now getting the giant, Money driven, Corporate style places ruining the downtown like every other American city.
Don Kelly Band Superb – I wandered in off Broadway on a Thursday and heard the Don Kelly Band at Robert's Western World. The band and the bar seem to be preserved pretty much intact from the days of Merle Haggard and George Jones. Place is comfy and music was superb. Very tight band with great pacing. I congratulate the owner for keeping this place traditional and this band playing regularily. I haven't heard any of the other bands that play there yet, but if they're anywhere near as good... I too had heard the stars hire their lead guitarists from Don's band. Drummer Artie's playing stings just right, like a good whiskey going down. Dave, the bass man has a beautiful touch, deep and rich. Don is a superb, experienced musician with a great list of songs. I know this is supposed to be a critique about the bar, so I'll add I don't see anything wrong with the bathroom; it's part of the ambience. There's a nice upstairs area in the back for parties as well that exits out to the Ryman. Gail was my server; yep, she's pretty. Are the boots for sale?
Don Kelly Band is a treat! - he knows good musicians and ALWAYS has 'em in his band! – Premier time on Broadway in 6:30-10pm when the best musicians and most professionals play. Like "The Don Kelly Band". My boyfriend and I have been listening to these guys for about 4 years when we come to Nashville. There's no one who plays real country music better. The country stars in town come to see the Don Kelly Band when they want to hire a new lead guitarist! What does that tell you?!
Don is a skilled guitar player and a vocalist as well and does some non-traditional songs that will take you to another place in time, like "The Weight" and "Everybody's Talkin'". And don't forget bluegrass; he knows it and can play it. But country songs are number one. He has a CD too. These guys have been musicians all their lives and it shows.
Some city folk and people from other lands hear a lot of western and pop western and think "That's country." But when your bass player is from Johnny Cash's band, and you've played in a lot of real Texas bars like Don Kelly, then you know what real country music is. Don can put together a string of country songs for a good set like nobody! And they're fun to dance to.
The sign of a good band like Don Kelly is one that brings in crowds consistantly, and one that brings in the money as well. One time some dancers from the Grand Old Opry came across the alley from the Ryman and danced for the crowd impromptu. Wonderful!
Gayle is the sweetest, most thoughtful server you'll ever had. And remember, she and the band get paid by your tips.
Good musicianship first. You won't leave feeling let down with Don Kelly's band.
Best bar and talent in the World – If standing room only and lines out the door trying to get in at 1:00 am is any indicator of how good a place is.... then Roberts Western World and the Rockabilly band Brazilbilly is truly the best in the world. It is tradional country music at its best. I was glad I came early, around 10 pm, and stayed late until 2:30 am because if I had arrived later I would most likely not have been able to sit and would have had to stand up 4 hours to listen and watch a fantastic traditional country music, eat great cheese sticks and the best cheeseburger I have ever had. (Actually, I have stood and watched Brazilbilly for 4 hours and never regretted a minute of it after all if they can perform 4 hours without a break I can surely stand around and lean on the bar that long.) The PBR is a gotta have, too! Some stars and lots of good looking people walk through the doors, constantly. Anyway...back to what I meant to talk about....All the staff is very friendly and helpful. I do not understand why I have never heard the Brazilbilly band and the fearless and highly talented leader, Jesse Lee Jones, on the radio or on tour. He is the real deal! He has it all...looks, voice, vocal range, yodel, whistle, energetic, stage presence, small rythm guitar, and......I could go on and on. I am certain this group is going to outshine its predecessor BR-549 by 4-1. If you are in Nashville on a Friday or Saturday night...you have to go to Roberts Western Wear! Any other night is is great too.... it is just that Brazilbilly is only there on Friday and Saturday nights. Roberts Western Wear is true experience of what Nashville is all about.
Best Honky-Tonk on Broadway! – Robert's Western World is the real deal. The only place in town safe from horrendous covers of Rolling Stones songs and Kenny Chesney want-to-be's. Grab yourself a Pabst Blue Ribbon, leave your puca shell necklace at home, and get ready to hear non-stop Marty Robbins, Elvis, Merle Haggard, Roger Miller, and every other COUNTRY CLASSIC in the book.
Best bar in town – Roberts Western World is the best bar in Nashville. It is a must see for anyone looking for good music, good fun, good service and good history.
Famous downtown spot attracts music fans and celebs for its traditional country and rockabilly. – In Short
Popular with young locals and curious tourists alike, Robert's features some of Nashville's best rockabilly and country artists playing seven nights a week. Music giants like Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Hank Williams III and Kid Rock have all stopped in for a burger or a PBR and enjoyed the tunes. The narrow room includes a long main bar and a small dance floor. An assortment of boots that are for sale lines the walls.
Always the first stop – It's $1000 to get there but a few cold Millers and a few hours of Don Kelley makes it worth it. A great, friendly crowd and staff always makes us feel welcome. Highly recommend.
PAPPY!!!!!!! – Robert's is home of "Good Old Traditional Country Music." It is the best bar on Broadway. Make sure to go on Friday/Saturday nights to see Brazilbilly and my favorite fiddler, Pappy. They have a strange mix of young and old local groupies. Friendliest bar tenders and doorman; plus the cheapest mixed drinks on Broadway and PBR in cans. I have never left Robert's without a smile on my face. Robert's never disappoints!!!
Quintessential honk tonk – Great music, especially Don Kelley Band and Brazilbilly. Food and PBR are also outstanding. Classic, wonderful honk tonk.
(Can moderator add the Y to honk? The board wouldn't take it with the Y.)
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