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Nudie's Honky Tonk Coming To Broadway (March 11, 2016)
The owner of downtown's Johnny Cash Museum plans a new Lower Broadway honky-tonk, which will be themed after a deceased country music tailor who designed glittering rhinestone-covered suits and jackets.
Nudie's Honky Tonk is expected to open this summer at 409 Broadway, said owner Bill Miller, who has a license to use Nudie Cohn's personality rights.
"When people walk into Nudie's Honky Tonk, they're going to feel like they're walking into a museum that happens to serve cold beer and food," Miller said. "We would love to be opened by CMA (Fest)."
Within a month, renovation should start to the former Lawrence Record Shop, which Miller bought for $5.5 million a month and a half ago. The overall Nudie's Honky Tonk project will cost roughly $10 million, including improvements to the building and rare memorabilia and artifacts.
The three-floor, 12,000-square-foot honky-tonk will have three stages featuring live music. It will have several bars, including one more than 100 feet long that Miller sees being the longest bar in Nashville. The honky-tonk will also have a full kitchen featuring Southern style comfort food.
Jamie Nudie, Cohn's Granddaughter
Jamie Nudie, Cohn's granddaughter and owner of his name, image and likeness, expects the new honky-honk to help to keep his legacy alive.
"My grandparents would be so excited knowing their artistry will now be on display in Music City for so many people to enjoy," she said. "I have always said for years I want our younger generation to be educated on the Nudie story. Like Nudie they can come from nothing, work hard, be creative, and live their own version of the American Dream."
The interior of Nudie's Honky Tonk will be decorated with vintage Nudie suits, which belonged to stars ranging from Johnny Cash to Hank Williams Sr. The collection also includes rare instruments and vintage Nashville-related country music artifacts and memorabilia.
Bongo Java coming to Johnny Cash Museum space
Cohn’s personal $400,000 Cadillac El Dorado “Nudiemobile”, which was recently featured on CNN, will be suspended on the honky-tonk’s interior entrance wall to provide a dazzling effect on guests.
Miller opened the Johnny Cash Museum at 119 Third Ave. S. nearly three years ago. The Cash museum is roughly two blocks from the former Lawrence Record Shop building.
"Our motto is to protect, preserve and promote history like what we've done with the Johnny Cash Museum and what we plan to do at Nudie's," Miller said. "We do have plans to continue to invest in Nashville in ventures that fit our philosophy."
Cohn, who was born in Ukraine, made "Nudie Suits" and other elaborate outfits for famous celebrities of his era. He also became famous for his outrageous customized automobiles.
One of Cohn's most famous creations was Elvis Presley's $10,000 gold lamé suit. The deceased rock-and-roll singer wore that suit on the cover of his "50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong" album.
Among others, Cohn designed the iconic costume that actor Robert Redford wore in the 1979 film "Electric Horseman." That suit is now owned and exhibited by the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Cohn also created Hank Williams' white cowboy suit with musical notations on the sleeves. He also designed Gram Parsons' infamous suit for the cover of the Flying Burrito Brothers' 1969 album "The Gilded Palace of Sin," featuring pills, poppies, marijuana leaves, naked women and a huge cross.
(Courtesy: Getahn Ward - The Tennessean)