Much-loved, family-owned independent Nashville venue the Exit/In is marking a significant anniversary with the publication of the new book Exit/In: Fifty Years and Counting.
The book has a foreword by Jimmy Buffett, who played at the Exit/In early in his career in 1971. It goes on to feature striking photography, much of it previously unseen, of other performers in the club’s illustrious half-decade on the Nashville scene at 2208 Elliston Place in Music City’s “Rock Block.”
There are images of such notables as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and John Prine, alongside interviews with many other artists who hold the venue dear to their development, such as Margo Price, Darius Rucker, and John Hiatt. The book also recognises the importance of the Exit/In to artists from beyond the realms of country, with performance shots of The Police, The Ramones, Garbage, and metal heroes GWAR.
The regular edition of the book is available at $50, and is complemented by a Limited Edition priced at $199. This features a gold foil-stamped slipcase and autographs from Hiatt, Price, Marshall Chapman, Rodney Crowell, Jason Ringenberg, Rucker, Moon Taxi, and All Them Witches.
Both editions are available at the venue website, which itself contains extensive background on its unique story. Exit/In: Fifty Years and Counting can also be bought in select retail locations, including Hurry Back, Gifthorse Nashville, Parnassus, Grimeys, and Nashville with Love.
The venue has also played host to such huge names as Johnny Cash, his daughter Rosanne, Etta James, Billy Joel, Kings of Leon, Linda Ronstadt, Talking Heads, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Lucinda Williams, R.E.M., the Allman Brothers Band, and countless others. As the website notes, “while the list of names is long, the worldwide list of clubs with this much history is very short.
“Exit/In and clubs like it are disappearing due to gentrification, development, and corporatization. We are dedicated to preservation of the past. One that informs a vision of the future that cherishes and nurtures local live music ecosystems.”