Monday, September 7, 2009

Please Pass the Tip Jar

By Magnolia
Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to Robert’s Western World. Shame on you if you’ve never been, especially if you are a Nashvillian. It just happens to be one of my favorite spots in the world and a great place to take out of towners. Located on Lower Broad in Nashville, Robert’s is a legendary honky tonk where at any given moment you will always find great country music and loads of talent.

Jesse Lee Jones owns the joint and also heads up the House Band known as Brazilbilly. They pride themselves on playing traditional country music like Marty Robbins and George Jones, not the country/rap (C-RAP) versions that you hear today. There’s always lots of dancing, too many Pabst Blue Ribbons and plenty of people watching. Sportsfan likes to partake in the “Stimulus Package”—all beef hot dog, Lays potato chips, a moon pie and a Busch beer all for $5.



Sunday mornings at Robert’s are also a treat. It’s a combination of fantastic country gospel with a little bit of preaching about being humble like Moses and keeping both hands on the plow. On our last visit, we left with the CD in hand and Junior telling us that’s where he’s going to “church” every Sunday for the rest of his life. Now Little E knows every single word to the set and gladly takes performance requests.


The artists equally impress with their rapport with the crowd. Last night after playing a blazing rendition of “Orange Blossom Special” the lead singer urged the crowd to put some money in the tip jar. Seems he has four children that need to buy cigarettes.

You better believe that tip jar was full.

Now do yourself a favor and go visit our friends at Robert’s. You won’t be sorry.

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