Our History

The Listening Room Café was founded in 2006 in historic Franklin, Tennessee. Our founder and owner, Chris Blair, is a singer/songwriter himself. As he played around town, he realized he couldn’t find a local venue that he felt had the sound and atmosphere that Nashville artists deserved.  

The Franklin location quickly became a local favorite, pulling in huge songwriters from Music Row that started calling it “the Bluebird Café outside Nashville.” As the venue gained traction, Blair decided to move the location closer to downtown Nashville and Music Row. He opened the new location inside the historic Cummins Station building in September of 2008. It was there that the Listening Room really built its name and started attracting the biggest songwriters and artists in the industry 

After four successful years in Cummins Station, Blair closed the doors in August 2012 to begin a sixmonth build out of our current location in the growing and vibrant “sobro” neighborhood. We celebrated our grand re-opening on February 9, 2013, and have continued to grow our reputation as a destination for great food and drink in a true listening atmosphere.