10. The Grey Eagle (Asheville, NC)
A good listening room-style club in United States. They attract a lot of touring national and regional artists in all styles of Acoustic music: Bluegrass, Zydeco, Folk, etc. It is a centerpiece in Asheville’s folk music community.
9. Tin Angel (Philadelphia, PA)
This is an intimate acoustic venue. Right from the opening night, Tin Angel has presented an wonderful array of stars from the world of blues, rock, folk and country. This has long been a perennial favorite among Folk acts in the country.
8. White Eagle (Portland, OR)
It is good to see a venue supporting local musicians where many established venues do not. The interesting tibit is that the club is also a small inn run by the McMenamins Brewing Company.
7. The Bitter End (New York, NY)
They host songwriters night along with national touring acts. The venue has lived through generations of folk singer-songwriters.
6. Cactus Cafe (Austin, TX)
This has been a main stay for the venerable SXSW Music Conference, which takes over Austin, TX every March. It’s schedule indicate the who’s who in the singer-songwriter world.
5. Douglas Corner Cafe (Nashville, TN)
This venue was created for showcasing new singers and songwriters in Nashville. It soon grew to become a well known “Home Away From Home” for Nashville’s top songwriters and future music stars. It host open night for songwriters. It has been a showcase venue for such big stars as Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, The Kentucky Headhunters, Billy Dean, John Berry, Blake Shelton and many others.
4. The Living Room (New York, NY)
This venue is great for acoustic musicians in an intimate stetting. This space generally imposes a one-drink minimum per set and the standard passed bucket of tips. Touring acts will tell you that this venue is a best kept secret for great selection of live music and reasonably priced drinks.
3. Club Passim (Cambridge, MA)
This is a non-profit, smoke-free, all-ages venue has become the centerpiece for one of America’s most lively and talented communities of traditional and contemporary acoustic acts. They host regular open mic night, and always attracts great touring acts. They also host campfire series for Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. Club Passim has served as a launching pad for several legendary folk musicians such as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell.
2. Eddie’s Attic (Decatur, GA)
Eddie’s Attic is located just on the outskirts of town of Atlanta. They host open mic nights as well as national touring acts. Shawn Mullins got his start here before hitting the big time. Touring acoustic acts will tell you that this is a “must play” for their gigs.
1. Bluebird Café ( Nashville, TN)
The legendary Bluebird Café takes the top spot of the best venue for a reason. There’s nothing particularly aesthetically special about the place which is located in an ordinary strip mall in Nashville. However, A&R representatives from record labels can tell you that it is one of the best places to check out talent. Songwriters from all over can tell you that they want to perform in the cool venue so bad. The famous ‘Songwriters-In-The Round” was invented here by Amy Kurland, founder of the Bluebird Café. They host regular writers night where you can hear the orginal songwriters performing on their hit songs, what a better place to listen to your favorite songs right from the source!
Source: In Acoustic