Supporters Rally to Save Music Row

Posted at 9:05 PM, Jul 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-24 23:28:54-04

Supporters gathered on Music Row for the latest push to preserve the area.

A "Rally the Row" event was held at Bobby’s Idle Hour Tavern.  It is one of five sites on 16th Avenue South that is in danger of being torn down to make way for a new office building.

Panattoni Development Company, Inc. is proposing to build an office building on the site.

People purchased t-shirts that read “Save Music Row,” and signed a petition they intend to pass along to city leaders.  Money collected will also be put into a new Music Row Preservation Fund.

Representatives from Historic Nashville and The National Trust for Historic Preservation organized the event.

“There isn’t any other place like Music Row anywhere in the world,” said Carolyn Brackett, a Senior Field Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  “It’s important to our economy.  It is also important to our culture and heritage.  It’s important to who we are as a city.”

People crammed into Bobby’s Idle Hour Tavern to enjoy music from local musicians.  Many say the watering hole has played a big role in Nashville music history.  It has been showcasing local songwriters and live music for decades, and many don’t want to see that go away.

“We have such a large fan base,” said Lizard Tom Case, Owner of Bobby’s.  “We have people who write to us from across the country.  They come here once, and they write back to say it’s the best experience they had in Nashville.”

Supporters plan to continue collecting signatures on a petition that they ultimately want to take to city leaders.