104+ Best Nashville Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and home to Vanderbilt University. Legendary country music venues include the Grand Ole Opry House, home of the famous “Grand Ole Opry” stage and radio show. Profoundly inspirational Nashville quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Nashville Quotes

Being in Nashville was not me, and I needed to go home and reset before I got in over my head. — Brantley Gilbert

I didn’t really know you could make a living in songwriting. I was just very fortunate to have the opportunity to play a few songs for a guy there named Jimmy Ritchey. Through that meeting, I met another couple guys and ended up getting a publishing deal in Nashville. — Sam Hunt

I come from this really small town near Nashville, Tennessee, where everything was la-di-da and normal. — Miley Cyrus

I make Eric pick up from this little local place in Nashville that has really good honey whole wheat bread. It’s near where he works out in the morning, so I make him pick up a loaf, and the kids eat it, too. I’ll just keep passing out toast all morning. The kids just walk around with crumbs everywhere; we don’t care. — Jessie James Decker

The only reason I wound up in Nashville and went to Belmont University is because that’s where I needed to be. — Brad Paisley

When I started out, I was what they called corny. After a week in Nashville they were calling me hillbilly. — Vera Lynn

Nashville is my home, and the reason why I get to do what I love. — Taylor Swift

I grew up listening to everything. I was in rock n’ roll bands and punk bands, and I loved bluegrass and country music, too. Then, when I moved to Nashville, I put out a very traditional country record because that’s just what you do. I had a bunch of very traditional country songs. Next thing you know, you’re a country singer. — Sturgill Simpson

I’m from Tullahoma, TN which is an hour south of Nashville, and I grew up and wanted to be like Garth Brooks, so I moved to Nashville when I was 18 to chase a dream. — Dustin Lynch

There’s been a lot of talk about Jack White wanting to work with me, and I’ve always admired him, and of course, he lives in Nashville, too. — Dolly Parton

I’ve definitely received a lot of support in Nashville; it’s a huge music town. I like country music. Like any genre I’m largely unfamiliar with, there are elements I really enjoy and elements that go over my head. — Hozier

My stuff lives in Nashville but I live wherever my children are. — Rhiannon Giddens

I think the defining moment in my career is the day that I moved to Nashville – September 1, 2001. That’s the biggest step to getting here is making that move. Anything that happens, the wonderful opportunities that happen to you, can’t happen until you make that move. — Luke Bryan

My favorite thing about Nashville is the parks. — Ann Patchett

Everyone has their own path in life, no matter if it’s being a celebrity or a singer. Quite frankly, I didn’t move to Nashville and tell myself I wanted to be a singer because I wanted to be a celebrity or I wanted to be somebody that people admired. I wasn’t about that. I just loved music. — Jake Owen

There was a time when I was – after my very first record from Nashville, I thought I might not be one of those who actually really makes it, and I may end up back in Canada, just playing clubs. And that might – this might have just been it. — Shania Twain

The big stadiums get totally packed, and everyone knows the words, and it’s screaming young girls. I met a whole bunch of great Nashville musicians, and they accepted me in their community. Classic rock and country music go well together. — Joe Walsh

Nashville is one of the greatest places for the best songwriters in the world. It’s been fantastic to live there and to raise our family there. It’s a great town. — Faith Hill

To all my people back in Nashville who have been there from the start, you put your faith in me. You were there for the long haul. — Sam Hunt

I grew up listening to Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, so arriving in Nashville in the ’60s was really exciting for me. — Kris Kristofferson

All I knew when I moved to Nashville was that I wanted to make music in whatever shape and form I could. — Hunter Hayes

I live in Nashville, and I love to sing. When I’m on stage, I feel like a performer for sure. I know people are looking at me and taking pictures and singing along, and that part’s wonderful, but I do live in Nashville. I live the most boring life away from what you see me on camera doing. — Carrie Underwood

I studied the philosophy and the discipline of non-violence in Nashville as a student. And I staged a sitting-in in the fall of 1959 and got arrested the first time in February 1960. — John Lewis

Dylan’s relationship with Johnny Cash was the biggest influence on Nashville in my lifetime – they opened up country music. — Kris Kristofferson

You have different stages in your career where you have different things to prove. And early on, like most people who move to Nashville, I wanted to prove that I belonged here, that I belonged in this format, that I had a love for it. — Brad Paisley

Nashville was totally different than I ever dreamed. I had only seen the music business on television and been to a couple of concerts. I had no clue. — Faith Hill

Broadway is a very different kind of place. It’s kind of like Nashville in that there’s a certain amount of people that are involved, and those people are what run it. — John Mellencamp

I went to L.A. to be Brad Pitt; now I just want to be Gene Hackman. I came to Nashville to be Kenny Chesney. I’d be very fortunate to be George Strait. — Christian Kane

I was told ‘no’ a lot when I first got to Nashville, but I’m pretty stubborn! That’s one of my faults and qualities. — Dustin Lynch

If it hadn’t been for Johnny Cash, I’d probably have been a Nashville songwriter because that’s what I had done for almost five years. — Kris Kristofferson

I drove to Nashville a few times, met with some people and hung out, went to the Opry, and that kind of stuff. I made the decision – you’ve got to be present to win, so I packed it up and moved out here, and it’s been great. It’s been the best decision I ever made. — Luke Combs

The big influence on me was Robert Altman, who, especially in ‘Nashville,’ transformed my sense of dramatic structure and showed how you could handle overlapping stories. — Tony Kushner

When I first came to Nashville, people hardly gave country music any respect. We lived in old cars and dirty hotels, and we ate when we could. — Loretta Lynn

Over the years I’ve had more and more of an association with Nashville. — Don McLean

To get me in to the Army underage, my mother signed me in saying that my birth certificate was lost in a fire in Nashville, so I got in underage. I was 16. She did because I begged her to do it. — Robert Downey Sr.

I had a drummer I really wanted to move to Nashville with me, and he’s like, ‘Naw, I can’t go, man.’ He never could pull the trigger. It’s a big move. You just gotta be diehard – you gotta give it your all, you know. — Jon Pardi

Ooooh, I love Nashville! It seems like everywhere you walk, there’s great music coming out of every wall. — Imelda May

The great thing about Nashville back in the day was that the old guys hung out where the young guys were. The established writers like Harlan Howard and Jack Clement gave us encouragement and passed the guitar, you know? Chet Atkins let me sit in on his sessions. Everybody was good to us, and everybody loved the music. — Kris Kristofferson

My dream was to go to Nashville. I had my sights set on my dream. I used to have an ’89 Toyota Ford truck. On the front of the truck, I had this license plate with cowboy boots and a guitar that I had airbrushed at Wal-Mart. It said ‘Chasin’ A Dream.’ That was kind of my motto. — Josh Turner

‘Band Played On’ is a good one. Barbara Orbison, who was Roy’s wife, was involved in publishing in Nashville because she oversaw Roy’s publishing, and she had a company in Nashville. She had a whole bunch of writers assembled, and they got together every day and wrote, and they write for everybody in Nashville. — Joe Walsh

I think I first realized I wanted to be in country music and be an artist when I was 10. And I started dragging my parents to festivals, and fairs, and karaoke contests, and I did that for about a year before I came to Nashville for the first time. I was 11 and I had this demo CD of me singing Dixie Chicks and Leanne Rimes songs. — Taylor Swift

In Nashville, if people don’t like someone, they say, ‘I don’t really like him,’ then add, ‘bless his heart.’ In Hollywood, they kind of leave that last part off. — Brad Paisley

It was just like a dream. I could have ended up with an album that’s not all that different from anything else coming out of Nashville. Mutt made the difference. He took these songs, my attitude, my creativity, and colored them in a way that is unique. — Shania Twain

Nashville only thrives when talented people from out of town move here from somewhere else. — David Berman

There’s more women stars in Nashville all the time. They’re proving they can do the job the same as a man. — Loretta Lynn

In Nashville, everybody just wants to write the best songs. So it’s a very inviting songwriting community. — Brett Young

Nashville, there’s people that are ten times more talented than me, ten times better singer than me, song writer than me, but for some reason you get the ball, and now – and now you run with it. And you do the best you can. — Garth Brooks

I’ve just signed a contract to make records in Nashville. It won’t amount to much at first, but after a year or so, I will really be in the money. — Hank Williams

I like to sing. I write music. Country songs. You have to if you’re in Nashville. It’s part of the lease. You sign a lease that says, I will write country songs and pay my rent on time. — Jim Varney

My biggest extravagances are also investments. I have several houses in California, a house in Nashville, an office complex, and I bought the old home place in Tennessee. They are different places for me to write, but I can turn right around and sell them. — Dolly Parton

I was interviewed for a Grammy television show, and they asked me about Nashville, and I talked for three minutes and when I finished, I was teared up. The whole room was crying. Nashville has given me a home, where I never had a home before. — Janis Ian

I came to Nashville to go to Belmont. I went to school to be a student. — Ryan Hurd

I experimented and explored ways to find my own niche in Nashville, and I was having trouble with it for a while because stylistically, I didn’t feel like I necessarily fit in. — Sam Hunt

Our creative communities in Nashville, in L.A. and New York, and in Austin, those are communities you want to see stay viable. — Marsha Blackburn

I visited Minnie Pearl’s home down in Nashville, and I liked it so much I asked the same man to help fix up my place. — Jim Nabors

Most of my friends in Nashville – almost all of them – seem to have had hits in the ’70s, either as artists or songwriters or producers. — Dan Hill

I loved Nashville. I was amazed by the whole place. — Shawn Mendes

I grew up in Nashville, born and raised. I’m a country girl, and I love country music. I had a dream I was going to be the first black female country music star, but then that wasn’t the case. — Adrienne C. Moore

My route is a little bit nontraditional. A lot of the people working in Nashville, they have a model. I don’t really fit into that. — Sam Hunt

I moved to Nashville to be a songwriter. I found out that was a job, that someone would pay you to sit in a room with a guitar and make up songs! It is the greatest job in the world. I wrote three or four songs a day. That’s what I lived for. — Chris Stapleton

I see interracial couples all the time in Nashville. I’m a Jew in Nashville. I’m a gay person in Nashville. It’s a non-issue in most of the time. That’s a huge leap forward. — Janis Ian

I love the show ‘Nashville,’ I mean, that’s a show that’s pretty incredible. — Nick Jonas

My absolute favorite meal in Nashville is sweet-potato pancakes at Pancake Pantry. — Taylor Swift

Every July, I look forward to taping a Christmas show – in July in Nashville. In 98-degree weather. I love it. — Larry the Cable Guy

I should be the one to say what I do. It’s just not done that way anymore in Nashville, and I can’t do it the other way. That’s how our record label came about. — Charlie Daniels

Oh, Diane Nash deserves her own film. Diane Nash is a freedom fighter who is still alive and kicking. She was one of the leaders of the desegregation of Nashville, basically. She was a student at Fisk University who was one of the founding members of SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. — Ava DuVernay

‘Neil Young Heart of Gold’, that was a valentine to Nashville and country music in the Grand Ole Opry tradition and Hank Williams. — Jonathan Demme

My tour manager, I met him at Boot Barn. He was selling me a pair of boots… and he said, ‘I moved to Nashville to be a tour manager, and I need work right now,’ and I said, ‘Man, I don’t even have a tour manager. So you can tour-manage me.’ — Luke Combs

I was pretty gung-ho about music and pursuing that and figuring that whole thing out, so I was wide-eyed and ready to go when I moved to Nashville. I never looked back. — Sam Hunt

Nashville is only a couple of hours from New York, and people just move at a slower pace there – and they don’t care who you are or what you do. — Dakota Johnson

You don’t meet too many actors in Nashville. — David Berman

Because Olivia Newton-John wasn’t from Nashville, they didn’t like her winning our awards. I’ve got no complaints. — Loretta Lynn

I went to my dad when I was 17 and said, ‘I want to be a country music star.’ Which every dad loves to hear. And he said, ‘I want you to go to college.’ So we had a discussion. And I’m pretty stubborn. I’m a lot like him. And he said, ‘If you go to college and graduate, I’ll pay your first six months of rent in Nashville.’ So he bribed me. — Eric Church

I had been on the road for a long time and was not really getting anywhere. Bob Johnston, a friend of mine, had taken over Columbia in Nashville. He asked me if I wanted to come down. I did – thank God I did. — Charlie Daniels

If you go in RCA A, you’ll realize that it’s not just a Nashville thing. It’s a studio that belongs to music. — Chris Stapleton

I love chocolate, and I love to shop – just give me a good boutique. I like mall scenarios, too, because there’s more right there at hand. I think Nashville could use some better shopping! — Carrie Underwood

I love the story of the guy coming to Nashville and then kind of getting set down and told, ‘This is how the town works,’ which, I’ve totally been there. But the coolest thing about ‘Out of Style’ is it’s a song within a song. — Jon Pardi

I have no regrets. I feel very grateful for the life that I had – you know, family I live with; and I’ve been doing work that I love, ever since I came to Nashville. — Kris Kristofferson

‘I’m Sorry’ was one of the first songs to come out of Nashville using strings. — Brenda Lee

I was writing and playing in California for 11 years before I moved to Nashville. — Brett Young

I wrote ‘Happy Man’ with a couple of boys of mine. I have been writing in Nashville for a long time. Of course I was writing songs back in Oklahoma when I was a kid. — Christian Kane

I moved to Nashville with the same kind of mindset that I had in L.A., and that is to make sure you don’t get outworked by anybody and make sure you’re always writing songs and take every opportunity to play that you can. — Brett Young

You know Nashville, there’s people that are ten times more talented than me, ten times better singer than me, song writer than me, but for some reason you get the ball and now – and now you run with it. And you do the best you can. — Garth Brooks

Obviously I love Nashville, I love Tennessee. It’s a great organization to play for. — Marcus Mariota

I have a special place in my heart for Nashville because it saved my life back in the day. — Kris Kristofferson

I still consider myself working in Nashville. I visit Hollywood. — Brad Paisley

A creative space is an important thing. There are so many studios that feel like doctor’s offices in Nashville. I couldn’t write there. — Brad Paisley

There’s this sort of model that exists in Nashville that we think we have to abide by: You put out a record, and in two years you have to put out another one and have three or four singles. There are all these rules that I’ve just sort of thrown out the window. — Sam Hunt

In the mid-1970s, I even decided to make my own country album. I put the idea to my record company, thinking we’d just go into the studio in the U.K. and make a novelty album. But instead, they suggested I go to Nashville. I was flabbergasted. I hadn’t expected that at all. — Vera Lynn

I think Nashville could use some better shopping! — Carrie Underwood

There’s a system in place in Nashville, and for a long time, I was trapped in this idea that the only way to do it was to come to town, get a record deal, and do it the way they say. And that system works. But it caters to a specific kind of artist, and I didn’t necessarily fit that mold. — Sam Hunt

I will always really work hard to write as much as I can, but I also love sitting back and waiting on those big Nashville songwriters to send me some great songs, too. — Luke Bryan

I’ve been asked a million times to move to Nashville, but I just can’t seem to do it. — Brantley Gilbert

It’s good to get out there and kind of move the body around a little bit, play some hockey, enjoy Nashville as a city and spend some time with family and friends. — Patrick Kane

The greatest thing about Nashville is that it’s welcoming. — David Berman

When I was growing up in rural Alabama, it was impossible for me to register to vote. I didn’t become a registered voter until I moved to Tennessee, to Nashville, as a student. — John Lewis

A lot of people in Nashville think that the best song is the catchiest or the one that sells the most copies. They’re editing songs in a way that make them seem more consumable, I guess. I’m trying to edit them in a way that makes them more honest. — Jason Isbell

Nashville is wicked. It’s like a proper music community, but it’s also quintessentially American. You bump into people there with cowboy hats that spit in jars and call you ‘boy.’ I just love that. — Ed Sheeran

I started writing rather late in the game. I was fascinated about the story about how Bob Dylan, for ‘Nashville Skyline,’ wrote between takes. So I’d try to sing new songs off the top of my head. I had rather less than spectacular success on that. But a lot of my songs were done that way. — Leon Russell

There was a period of time when I first moved to Nashville, like the first couple of years, that I was just simply lost. I didn’t know who I was; I didn’t know really what I was doing here. I was meant to be a singer, but I just felt lost. That’s when I went on the search for my birth family. — Faith Hill

I knew I would always be an artist, but when you move to Nashville, this is a writer’s town. I moved here to focus on that and started pitching demos and immediately was asked to be an artist. — Brett Young

I remember in the ’80s, Randy Travis was my guy. He’s the reason I moved to Nashville, and I just loved him. But at some point when he was winning everything, you find yourself pulling for other people. — Garth Brooks

I can only say the first thing that pops into my mind is I remember, years ago, seeing kind of a has-been country singer working – when I first moved to Nashville – in a bar in a Holiday Inn. — Jimmy Buffett

If you had told me when I was starting out that I would be coming down to Nashville, kind of weaving in and out of the country scene, I never would’ve thought that in a million years. — Kid Rock

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