Country flavor in the city!

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There’s a whole lot of country coming into the city.

In the last couple of years country music has been coming strong in NYC. First, it was Billboard announcing record sales (at the time, Billboard’s Wade Jessen acknowledged a possible connection: “New York City is a very demanding place to live, country music is a great way to put the brakes on a lot of the noise in people’s lives.”). Then it was the new all-country radio station “The Nash” being born, alongside its “Taste of the Country” summer festival. Later, it was time for the unearthing of a wide group of NYC-based country, honky tonk, bluegrass and folk singer-songwriters (check out: http://www.gothamholler.com/blog/ for details). And -finally- the scene is being completed recently by the opening or rediscovery of a series of bars, restaurants and taverns that offer live music almost every night of the week for fans and newcomers alike! It is definitely a great way to spend a date night with that special someone (or that someone you wish will become special): dance, get some Tex Mex and beers, and don’t forget to shout!

Some options:

Skinny Dennis
Address: 152 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn
Phone: (212) 555-1212
Website: http://www.skinnydennisbar.com/
Price: Shows are usually free

The Living Room
Address: 154 Ludlow St (between Rivington St & Stanton St)
Phone: (212) 533-7235
Website: livingroomny.com
Price: Depends on performance (has special performances for kids)

Hill Country Barbecue Market
Address: 30 W 26th St
Phone: (212) 255-4544
Website: www.hillcountryny.com
Price: Depends on performance

TIP: If you want some matching cowboy boots, the best place we’ve been told of is the Boot Hideout, NJ. A little far away, but our cowboy friends say it’s definitely worth it! (http://www.boothideout.com/)

So, what do you think ?