Another key part of Elliston Place’s celebrated “Rock Block,” the renowned Exit/In has a history that includes everyone from Steve Martin to The Police — and their names are all there on the wall. (Yes, that’s where Keith Carradine sings the Oscar-winning “I’m Easy” in Robert Altman’s Nashville.) Good sound, good sight lines and a fully stocked bar.
It’s a cornerstone of the Elliston Place Rock Block, and if the walls of this decades-old, lovably gritty punk rock Petri dish could talk, they’d tell stories of sweaty gigs by Sleater-Kinney, Superchunk, Hank III, Be Your Own Pet, a Cage the Elephant music video shoot and The White Stripes’ first Nashville show.
The trifecta of rooms on Cannery Row is the Three Bears of Nashville’s rock-club scene. The smallest venue (The High Watt) and the mid-size room (Mercy Lounge) host comedy, rock, country, hip-hop and pop shows on a nearly nightly basis, while the biggest (Cannery Ballroom) opens up for shows a handful of times per month.