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Midland Toasts First Career #1 with "Drinkin' Problem"

Oct 12, 2017


NASHVILLE, TN (October 12, 2017) – Nashville came out strong yesterday (10/11) to celebrate Midland’s first career No. 1 for their certified-GOLD debut single “Drinkin’ Problem” at the Sutler Saloon. Midland co-wrote Country Music’s definitive drinking tune of 2017 with hit tunesmiths Shane McAnally (GMR) and Josh Osborne (ASCAP) and recorded alongside esteemed producer, Dann Huff. The feat marked Osborne’s 14th no. 1 and McAnally’s 25th ascend during the celebration hosted by ASCAP and BMI.

Midland follows the chart-topper with their new optimistic tune, “Make A Little” from their critically-acclaimed debut album on Big Machine Records. Touted as “the year’s best Country album” by The Washington Post, ON THE ROCKS earned the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Country Album Sales chart.

Fans can catch Midland this weekend at Austin City Limits Music Festival and out with Jon Pardi on CMT On Tour this fall. In early 2018, the trio will take the stage with Little Big Town and Kasey Musgraves. For more information about new music and a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit

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Jake Owen and Writers Celebrate 'American Country Love Song'

Sep 5, 2017

Exactly one year after topping the charts, Music Row, friends and family assembled at The Sutler Saloon in Nashville on Tuesday (Sept. 5) to celebrate Jake Owen's sixth No. 1 single "American Country Love Song."

Written by BMI's Ross Copperman and ASCAP's Ashley Gorley and Jaren Johnston, the close friends - who cumulatively boast over 50 No. 1 hits - shared many laughs as they rejoiced in their second shared chart topping hit.

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Best Brunch Spots In Nashville

Jul 5, 2017

Read the full article from Nashville Guru here.

Nashville has become a city full of culinary talent providing locals with amazing restaurants. While dinner often steals the spotlight, we are highlighting the BestNashville Brunch Spots! We define the best brunch spots based on menus, originality, and atmosphere. All of the following restaurants are locally owned and operated.


  • Neighborhood: Melrose
  • Brunch Days & Times: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • What to Order: Sweet Potato Pancakes
  • Good to Know: It’s Bluegrass Brunch! Bottomless Mimosas are $15.

View The Sutler’s Brunch Menu

Lauren Alaina and Writers Celebrate ‘Road Less Traveled’

Jun 14, 2017

Friends, family and fans of Lauren Alaina packed the Sutler May 24 in a “number onesie” celebration for BMI singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina and the co-writers of her #1 hit “Road Less Traveled.” Written with BMI writer Jesse Frasure and writer Meghan Trainor, the song hit #1 last month. “Road Less Traveled” is also the title track of an upcoming movie starring Lauren and featuring six original songs written and performed by the rising star.

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Michael Ray and Writers Celebrate ‘Think A Little Less’

Jun 14, 2017

The Sutler Saloon saw a crowd of friends, family, and industry executives converge on June 13 in celebration of “Think A Little Less,” which recently soared to number one on the country charts. Written by BMI talents Thomas Rhett and Barry Dean with writers Jimmy Robbins and Jon Nite, the song is the second number one for Warner Music Nashville artist Michael Ray. Fresh off the heels of his moving performance at CMA Fest with Randy Travis, Ray has a new music coming soon and a summer full of tour dates across the country. Congratulations to the country music stars!Read the full article here.


Best Brunch Spots In Nashville

May 24, 2017

Nashville has become a city full of culinary talent providing locals with amazing restaurants. While dinner often steals the spotlight, we are highlighting the Best Nashville Brunch Spots! We define the best brunch spots based on menus, originality, and atmosphere. All of the following restaurants are locally owned and operated!

When: Saturday & Sunday (10:00am to 3:00pm)

Drink Specials: Bottomless Mimosas for $15

What to Order: Chicken Fried Chicken Biscuits

Read the full article on Nashville Guru.

‘Guy With A Girl’ Celebration Held by BMI

Mar 1, 2017

The Sutler Saloon was packed February 28 in celebration of BMI artist Blake Shelton and the writers of “Guy with a Girl.” The chart-topping song was written by BMI songwriter Bryan Simpson and songwriter Ashley Gorley and is the fourth single off Shelton’s tenth studio album If I’m Honest. Shelton has a stacked lineup of tours throughout the spring and summer, hitting everywhere from Kentucky to Colorado.

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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

Amanda Virgillito
Squeaky Wheel Public Relations