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John Bohlinger with his club rig in downtown Nashville on a Monday afternoon.

I've been gigging in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, for over two decades. Here's an inside look at Music City's club scene.

Within Nashville's club scene, there are roughly 100 stages crammed into 40-plus clubs stacked side by side along and around lower Broadway. Every day, these bars run four consecutive, four-hour sets of live music starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 2:30 a.m. One band stumbles off and the next group is up and playing in as little as 15 minutes. The music and chaos never stops.

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John Bohlinger gives his best advice to aspiring musicians. Spoiler: Wear those earplugs!

If you knew the amount of chaos, heartbreak, and frustration in my white-knuckled career, you'd understand my reluctance to advise anyone on being a professional musician. That said, I've been doing this music scam for a long time and, much to my surprise, it's actually worked out pretty well. I make a decent living and have a lot of fun. If you're an aspiring musician, here are a few tips that might help you toward that modest goal.

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