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The 6 1 5 Featuring Julia Cannon

Julia Cannon is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter and music producer who is hard to forget. Her soothing, honeyed voice and quirky personality offer a pleasing contrast to the bittersweet honesty of her lyrics. Her newest single “The Shore” will be released on May 14th all streaming platforms.

Julia Cannon's Top Six

What makes Nashville special to you? The thing I’ve always loved about Nashville is the sense of community. I’m from a small town in Alaska so no matter where I go I always crave that sense of community. It’s competitive, but not cut throat. It’s busy, but if you drive 20 minutes in any direction, you’re out of the city. It’s got a good balance. Most under-rated thing about Nashville? Kings Market in South Nashville. My momma’s Filipino so I had to do my digging for the good Asian food when I got here. Everybody needs to know about them.

How would you say your hometown of Wasilla, Alaska differs from Nashville? Wasilla is a small town with not a lot to do and the most gorgeous mountains in every direction that you look. There really is no comparison. It’s a completely different world up there. I’d say Nashville has considerably less moose. What are some of your favorite Nashville restaurants? The aforementioned Kings market. I love me some Hattie B’s and Hellen’s Hot Chicken. I’m a huge fan of Graze in East Nashville as well! Sunflower bakehouse in Donelson is my go-to for coffee and vegan pastries!

Of course we love your style, any favorite Nashville shops? Thank you! Music City Thrift all the way! Southern thrift usually has some good pieces too. I love shopping second hand. I was raised poor so I got really good at finding the diamonds in the rough. Every new school year when kids would head to the mall for clothes, we’d head to Value Village. If someone is coming to Nashville for the first time, where do you take them? First, we’re going to get the Broadway experience out of their system. I’m an anxious person so I can’t do that for too long. Next, we’re heading over to Miss Kelly’s Karaoke in Printers Alley, which I think is the best karaoke bar in town. So diverse and always fun. Then, we’ll walk across the pedestrian bridge downtown and watch the tourists take selfies with the gorgeous view.

One Thing About Nashville

What is one thing that excites you most about the Nashville music scene right now? I think that living through such a difficult year together has strengthened the community in ways that we can’t even fathom yet. I’m excited to see the ways that we come together after being so humbled. For me personally, I am ready to start over with less fear and hesitation. I’m ready to have some fun.

Five Favorites

What’s your favorite place to go for ice cream in Nashville? Jeni’s Ice Cream 100%. I’m a simple woman. They always hit the spot.

What’s your favorite place for breakfast in Nashville? My house. I’m known for my home fries and I can fry a mean egg. I cook a lot. I’m the mom friend, so breakfast is always at home. Do you have a favorite music venue? I can’t pick just one. The Basement East is such a great venue and I’ve seen so many cool shows there, but I feel the same way about Exit/In and my last show as there – so, I’m biased. I mean, the 5 Spot is perfect as well in every way too. Three way tie. Favorite place to go on date night? Graze in East Nashville followed by Jeni’s ice cream right next door and then out to see a show at the 5 Spot. I cannot WAIT for that to be the reality again! Date night the past year has been watching trash TV and ordering takeout.

Best place to grab a beer? I love stopping by Tennessee Brew Works for a beer and some live music. They’ve also got some really good food. Smith & Lentz is also high on the list. The staff there is so great and I love the ping pong table.

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