With just three short years in Nashville, Sam Varga has already established himself as serious writer and dynamic performer. Coming up in the fast paced punk scenes of his high school days and the Blues of Austin TX, there is an edge and energy that makes his songs stand out in Music City. He has quickly come up through the writing ranks and can frequently be seen playing staples in town such as Whiskey Jam, Buscall, and The Listening Room. His first year in Nashville saw the release of his debut single “Sex & Whiskey” and the release of his EP “Light Me Up.” He released his newest single “Fall Down” on September 16, 2021.
Sam Varga's Top Six
What makes Nashville special to you? My co-writers. My compatriots on this ridiculous quest towards fame/cents on the dollar of the songs they’ve poured everything into at the sacrifice of their twenties (lol).
Most underrated thing about Nashville? Bourbon Street Blues Bar. I think it’s the best escape from downtown, and one of the few places you get a different setlist. It’s just more authentic than Broadway. And the musicianship and soul you hear there is amazing.
Say you had a completely free day in Nashville—no work allowed. What would you be doing? Wake up slow. Wander into Carter’s Vintage guitars for a bit, hit the new Gibson Show Room, grab a Baja Burrito, find some live music, then walk into Red Door and not leave :)
What are some of your favorite Nashville restaurants? I recently took my girlfriend to a date night at The Optimist in Germantown. And uhh yeah that blew my mind. Urban Grub is a great place, they have everything you could want. Skulls doesn't get enough credit for how amazing their food is. And its location is great. I’m also a huge Red Door and Mickey’s rat.
Of course we love your style, any favorite Nashville shops? Just snagged some suede boots from the Tecova shop at 5th and Broadway. We have some Killer vintage shops in Nash like Black Shag. I’ll tell you though, Savannah Yarborough is an amazing designer here in town. Her brand is called Savas...tons of rockstars/nashville heavy weights have been rocking her stuff lately and it’s just beautiful. Just above my “up and coming budget” at the moment haha.
If someone is coming to Nashville for the first time, where do you take them? Tough question. First-timers really want the broadway experience. I’d probably go Skulls for dinner, A toast at the top of the Bobby for the view/insta, then hit Robert’s Western World, maybe hit an Aldean’s or FGL, then end at Bourbon Street Blues. But if they were coming my way out in East Nashville, I’d hit Chopper for some fun tiki drinks, then party at the new Rosemary for their awesome treehouse set up, and shut Mickey’s down.
One Thing About Nashville
What is one way Nashville has influenced your music? The craftsmanship. The songwriting. Nashville can’t give you something to say. You need to have that and the desire/need to scream it into a microphone before you come here. But Nashville can teach you the best way to say it, get it down to 3 minutes so that more people might hear you.
Favorite music venue? I just went to Nashville Bowl for the first time to see Maggie Rose and it was incredible!
Favorite grocery store to shop: Porter Road Butcher Shop. Go there. See Ralph. Spend all the money. Support local. Feel better about where your meat comes from. And your belly will greatly thank you.
Favorite Nashville Chef? Matt Bolus @ The 404 Kitchen. He’s epic and the food is stellar. Easily one of the best spots in Nash and handily the best bourbon selection. Matt gave me a job when I first got to town. I was an atrocious server but I could talk/sell bourbon really well. Forever grateful. Best place to grab a beer? Red Door. Best Broadway bar? Robert’s Western World. There are just so few really authentic country bars down there now. So many legends have graced that stage and I love the feel.