One of the BEST recommendations I have as a Nasvillian is to go into the DIVE honky tonks (the places that look a little grubby and aren’t full of people)! Those places are where I have personally seen big stars show up unannounced and just start playing! I have never seen this at the big shiny clubs with lines out the door, packed with people. Two examples of the many I have witnessed: Hank Jr just walked up and took over a set with some band I’ve never heard of. Also, I walked into another dive bar to grab some greasy french fries and realized that The Band Perry was performing unknown songs on the tiny, run down stage. The locals on the street are kind and helpful, just ask a few of them where to go!!