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THE NASHVILLE PALACE
The Nashville Palace first opened its doors in 1977 when John A. Hobbs became the founding father and served as its owner for two decades. Jerry Reed was a frequent performer at the venue, performing from the stage over 30 times in the first year alone. It was known as Jerry Reed’s Nashville Palace. The Palace helped launch some of music’s finest artists, including Lorrie Morgan and Ricky Van Shelton, and became the hotspot for Opry legends to pop into following their performances at the Opry House located across the street. Other artists who have performed at the Nashville Palace over the years include Randy Travis, George Jones, Roy Acuff, Mel Tillis, Jack Greene, Porter Wagoner, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings and many more.
“The Nashville Palace has such rich history and I didn’t want it to be forgotten,” says Jesse Lee, who hopes to bring the famed venue back to where it used to be. “Some of the biggest country stars have performed there and their music played a major role in helping make Music City. That history needs to be shared and celebrated with country music fans from around the world, and especially the local people who live here in our beautiful city.”
Coming from a destitute home in Brazil, music couldn’t always be in the forefront of Jesse Lee’s mind, but thankfully for country music and Nashville, his circumsances eventually changed. While the lyrics as a whole were foreign to him, the melodies and orchestral styling caught his attention in no time. Once he made the move to the United States, fate landed him in Nashville where he worked on the General Jackson Showboat, scrubbing floors. As he became more established in town, he took an opportunity to become the owner of Robert’s Western World in downtown Nashville where he has helped revitalize downtown. Over time, Jesse Lee worked on his own craft as a musician and entertainer and is now readying the release of a new album early next year.
In taking over the reins at the Nashville Palace, Jesse Lee’s primary goal is to bring the Palace back to the “Golden Era” of country music, bearing in mind the stars that were born in that very place. It is also a priority to promote and perpetuate traditional country music and its history. It is Jesse Lee’s belief that this is the music that made “Music City” and it is befitting to maintain and keep alive this artform that was born in Bristol, Tennessee, the birth place of country music, but made popular worldwide right here in Nashville.
The Nashville Palace presented by Robert’s Western World is now back open with the musical integrity that everyone has come to expect and appreciate when visiting Robert’s Western World.
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