Justin Moore Shoots Music Video at The Sutler

Jan 16, 2017

The Sutler was chosen as the backdrop for Big Machine recording artist, Justin Moore's latest music video! “Somebody Else Will” is Justin's second single from the album Kinda Don’t Care.

Check out the music video below.

The behind the scenes look at the making of “Somebody Else Will” music video.


Music video by Justin Moore performing Somebody Else Will. (C) 2017 Big Machine Label Group, LLC

An Open Letter To Anyone Who Cares About Melrose Billiards

Aug 22, 2016

An Open Letter To Anyone Who Cares About Melrose Billiards:

It’s no secret that change is afoot in Melrose. My company, A.Ray Hospitality, which owns M.L.Rose and The Sutler was offered a new lease on the Melrose Billiards space beginning in October 2016, and we have accepted. I do not own the building and I did not make the decision whether to let the current tenants stay. I was presented with the opportunity to take over the space, and my decision to take it on has not been an easy one. I accepted this challenge knowing that it could otherwise go on the open market for lease.

You’ve undoubtedly heard that Melrose Billiards will close next month. That’s a bit misleading. It will close temporarily for some building updates and careful tweaking, and then reopen. As funny as I think the tiki bar rumor is, it isn’t true. It will be a gritty, well-loved, worn-in bar where you can still drink cold beer out of a plastic cup, play ping pong and pool, listen to great music, and get a decent drink (served by someone who will pay attention to you, but not wearing suspenders). We want you to walk down those stairs in a few months and still get that soothing feeling that you are “home”, leaving the surface world behind.

I don’t know what this pool hall was like when it first opened in 1942. The current operators didn’t own it then, and neither did I. I do know the place decomposed enough over some period of time to become known as a dive bar – and I like dive bars. It took 70 years of Nashville to make this place what it is today, through changes in neighbors, customers, economies, and ownership. Now it’s my charge to carry the torch forward and make sure it’s around for another 70 years. If I do it right, I won’t own it forever either.

A lot of us wish we could turn the clock back in Melrose. A little back story on the building that I think it’s important to understand - the current owner of the building bought it from someone else who, between [roughly] 2008 and 2012:

• Evicted and razed Melrose Lanes with no apparent plan to replace what was there
• Evicted the original Sutler
• Was working on a deal to put a Starbucks in where locally owned Sinema is today
• There was a deal being considered to demolish the entire building and put a major grocery store and new retail center in

In 2008, I risked everything I had to open M.L.Rose when there was almost nothing nearby, besides Melrose Billiards, but fast food places, corporate pawn shops, and other places that can truly destroy the culture of a neighborhood. The M.L. location in Sylvan Park salvaged a 1920’s era service station when it would have been more cost effective to demolish it and start over. Whether you like what we did with The Sutler or not, it was dead and gone for 8 years before we took a chance on that project. The memory of the place was all but gone. We reopened - not as the same place - but as a place that pays homage to the 30-year history there.

There are several physical factors at the Billiards space that will allow us to stay pretty close to the current vibe, which is exciting to me. I don’t expect everyone to like the finished product. When you do anything to a long-beloved dive bar it will set some people off, and I get that. I’m willing to take the hits. It’s that important to me.

I was born at Baptist Hospital, grew up about a mile from Melrose, went to Hillsboro High, and bowled with my family and friends at Melrose Lanes as a kid. Now I’m emotionally and financially invested in, like it or not, a “new Nashville” market that requires us to make money and pay higher rents to stay alive. The meteoric change in Nashville isn’t happening in the way we would all like it to. It can’t. Change comes whether we like it or not, but sometimes we get lucky enough to influence how it happens and keep some things alive that might otherwise fade away forever.

I hope to see you down those stairs in a few months and I also hope you take the rumor mill with a grain of salt. This has all happened quickly and we’re working hard to get the details right. All I ask is for a little trust from my fellow natives in the meantime.


Austin Ray

BMI Aims For Rising Songwriters With Young Guns Showcase Series

Jul 19, 2016


BMI will continue a new monthly showcase, known as Young Guns, at The Sutler Saloon, sponsored by Pickers Vodka, with sound by Bose Professional.

Open to the public, the free showcase will highlight the top up-and-coming country singers and songwriters in town, chosen by BMI.

“We love The Sutler,” says David Preston, Director of Writer-Publisher Relations, Nashville. “It’s the perfect backdrop for top new country songwriters to show their skill.”

Starting at 8 p.m., three acts will play each showcase, held on the last Wednesday of every month. The next showcase, to be held July 27, will have Brandon Green, Painted West and Jet Black & The Cadillacs performing. June’s kick-off featured Tristen Smith, Ashla Taylor and Todd O’Neil.

“We’ve taken the time to build a dynamic live music program at The Sutler that is a hat tip to its rich history, as well as a commitment to Nashville’s current music scene,” says The Sutler’s General Manager Kevin Jones. “Bringing Young Guns to the stage is especially exciting because our guests will get to hear music from talented artists that are hand-selected by the experts at BMI.”

Read the full article here.

10 Spots in Nashville to Get Down with a DJ!

Jul 12, 2016

It's no secret that Nashville's known for its live music scene and happening honky tonks, but if you're a local who wants to go beyond two-stepping and get down with live DJ sets, I've got the destination for you! Whether it's a monthly themed dance party, throwback session or all-night affair, you'll find it all here.

The full list can be found here.



Get low at Friends in Lo-Places at The Sutler every Thursday night at 9pm. Click here for more info.

If Friday nights are more your thing, don't miss Friday Night Shakedown at The Sutler. This late night dance party start at 11pm, and don't forget your comfy shoes...you'll definitely need them. For the details on Shakedown, click here.

Nashville Eats & Treats: Fried & True Edition

May 23, 2016

The Sutler’s triple pork-fat fried fries are stellar. Out of this world. Perfectly crispy and amazingly flavorful, and yet, despite the name, they don’t taste like bacon or pork (which I consider a good thing). Pure flavor. Gimme gimme!

Love & Olive Oil | Read Full Article

Carrie Takes a Smoke Break at The Sutler!

Mar 1, 2016

"The Sutler Saloon in Nashville turned into a celebration spot for BMI songwriter Carrie Underwood and her co-writers on the number one hit “Smoke Break,” writers Hillary Lindsey and Chris DeStefano." - BMI


Read more about this event here...




Share an Oatmeal Skillet Cookie with your Sweetie

Feb 10, 2016

The Tennessean rounded up some shareable bites, including our own Oatmeal Skillet Cookie - chocolate chips nestled inside oatmeal cookie dough, baked in a cast iron skillet until perfectly gooey, then topped with vanilla ice cream. It's certainly a dessert for two - or one. We won't judge.

Bluegrass Brunch Begins

Feb 6, 2016

"The Sutler rolled out a new brunch you should definitely check out. Bluegrass Brunch at The Sutler will take place every Sunday from 10:00am until 3:00pm.

Nashville Guru got a chance to experience it first-hand, and let’s just say, we’ll be back. Not only were we fans of the bottomless mimosas ($15), the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar ($2 + pick your vodka), and delicious food options, but the live bluegrass band on stage made the experience truly special. The menu includes everything from chicken and waffles to breakfast tacos to sweet potato pancakes. The first couple weeks have been very successful, so get there early!"

Thanks, Nashville Guru!

15 Nashville Brunch Spots

Jan 30, 2016

"the sutler bluegrass brunch on sundays is the authentic music city experience. live bluegrass music 10am-3pm combined with smoked brisket, chicken & cornbread waffles, biscuits & gravy all pair well with $15 bottomless mimosas or their bloody mary bar."

Read more at ispeaknashville.

Brunch alert! Brunch alert!

Jan 29, 2016

"Brunchers, listen up! There’s a new option to add to your local brunch rotation. The Sutler‘s Bluegrass Brunch is now in full swing and takes place every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Serving up a truly Nashville brunch experience, guests can enjoy live bluegrass, $15 bottomless mimosas, a Mary from the impressive Bloody Mary bar starting at $2 (with add-ons costing additional) and a stunning brunch menu, complete with chicken and waffles, breakfast tacos, hash plates and more Southern favorites. Bear in mind that there will no longer be dinner service at The Sutler on Sundays, but brunch … BRUNCH!"

Read more at StyleBlueprint.

Amanda Virgillito
Squeaky Wheel Public Relations

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