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File #: RS2021-803    Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 2/19/2021 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 3/2/2021 Final action: 3/2/2021
Title: A Resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Exit/In.
Sponsors: Brandon Taylor, Jeff Syracuse, Tanaka Vercher, Sean Parker, Brett Withers, Kyonzte Toombs, Nancy VanReece, Freddie OConnell, Courtney Johnston, Tom Cash, Robert Swope, Emily Benedict, Joy Styles, Zulfat Suara, Colby Sledge, Kathleen Murphy, Erin Evans, Thom Druffel, Russ Pulley, Sharon Hurt, Bob Nash, Larry Hagar, Tonya Hancock, Jennifer Gamble, Ginny Welsch, Burkley Allen, Russ Bradford, Steve Glover, Jonathan Hall, Gloria Hausser, Angie Henderson, Antoinette Lee, Bob Mendes, Delishia Porterfield, Kevin Rhoten, Mary Carolyn Roberts, Dave Rosenberg, John Rutherford, Sandra Sepulveda, Zach Young


A Resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Exit/In.


WHEREAS, this year marks the 50th anniversary of one of Nashville’s oldest rock clubs the Exit/In, which has been an integral part of the city’s music history; and

WHEREAS, opened in 1971 by Owsley Manier and Brugh Reynolds, the listening-room style music venue was named the Exit/In for its main rear entrance; and

WHEREAS, the Exit/In is located on Elliston Place, one of Nashville’s oldest streets and the city’s counterculture epicenter, near Vanderbilt University. It is a cornerstone of “The Rock Block”, which has housed other iconic locations like The End and Gold Rush, which closed in 2019; and

WHEREAS, the legendary venue has hosted many famous musicians and groups, many before they became famous, including Jimmy Buffet, Etta James, Linda Ronstadt, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, R.E.M., Talking Heads, The Police, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Keith Urban, to list only a few; and

WHEREAS, Robert Altman filmed a pivotal scene in the 1975 film Nashville at the venue; and

WHEREAS, in the 1980s, the venue also hosted Music City’s first “in the round” singer/songwriter performance during the filming of the television program Nashville Skyline. Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, and Vince Gill were one of the many trios that performed for the series; and

WHEREAS, after a host of acts and owners, Chris Cobb became the sole owner of the venue in 2019, after being a partial owner for seven years; and

WHEREAS, preservation efforts have been underway to help uphold and maintain the area’s history, including the 2020 installation of a Metro Historical Commission historical marker on Elliston Place honoring the Rock Block; and 

WHEREAS, the Exit/In holds a special place in the history of Music City. It is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan County Council honors and celebrates 50 years of the Exit/In in Nashville.


Section 1. That the Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as recognizing the 50th anniversary of the Exit/In, one of Nashville’s oldest rock clubs, and wishes the venue continued success.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.