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Nashville is one of the hottest cities in the country right now. It is enjoying an influx of new residents, new businesses and new talent.
Singer-songwriter John Rich enjoyed a front-row seat to the show.
He arrived in the music city shortly after graduating from high school in nearby Dickson, Tenn. in 1992 – and Rich quickly proved to be one of the top talents on Music Row.
He performed and wrote songs for the hit-making act Lonestar, teamed up with Big Kenny to form Big & Rich, one of the most dynamic duos in country music, and today also has a successful solo career while continuing to write hit songs.
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Rich’s latest single “Progress” zoomed to no. 1 on the Apple iTunes worldwide sales chart in July after being released on Truth Social and video sharing site Rumble, according to the New York Post.
Rich wrote no. 1 singles for Jason Alden, Faith Hill and Gretchen Wilson, while working with most of the biggest stars in country music today.
He provided Fox News Digital with insight into his favorite places to see in and around Nashville.
Gruhn Guitars, 2120 8th Ave
It’s “my favorite instrument store,” Rich told Fox News Digital of Gruhn Guitars.
“They’re considered the No. 1 vintage instrument store in the U.S., and everyone from the Rolling Stones to Ricky Skaggs have bought guitars there,” he said.
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He added: “It’s a time capsule!”
E3 Chophouse, 1628 21st Ave. south
“My favorite restaurant in Nashville right now,” said Rich of E3 Chophouse. “The owners get their meat from their own grass-fed cattle in Kansas.”
Nashville’s dining scene is booming with nearly 20% more diners in 2022 than in pre-pandemic 2019.
The multi-level restaurant features an outdoor bar and a menu that includes, in addition to steaks, fresh seafood, an excellent caviar bar – and in an ode to its farm-fresh ingredients – real honeycomb on board his food.
Ryman Auditorium, 116 5th Ave North
“Always one of my favorite places to see a concert,” said Rich of Ryman Auditorium, Nashville’s downtown landmark of American music.
“This is where the Grand Ole Opry began.”
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Perhaps most importantly, Rich added, “I also married my wife on that stage.”
The Grand Ole Opry today is located outside of downtown Nashville.
Both the Opry and the Ryman are must-sees for Nashville visitors.
The Outpost Armory, 1132 Beasie Rd, Murfreesboro
“America’s greatest gun store,” said Rich of the Outpost Armory, the expansive firearms store and shooting range located about 30 minutes southeast of downtown Nashville.
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“It is the property of my friend Ronnie Barrett, who is also the inventor of the world famous Barrett .50 Caliber sniper rifle.”
Redneck Riviera, 208 Broadway
“My absolute favorite place to hang out is the best honky-tonk in Nashville, Riviera Redneck!” the country music star said.
Rich might be a little biased: He owns the country music hot spot, just steps from the Cumberland River in the bird’s seat on Lower Broadway—the heart of Music City’s world-famous live music scene.
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The bar boasts three levels of entertainment and many salutes to the USA and its veterans.
Check out the awesome beer can American flag behind the second floor bar.