Chasing The Dream: Aspiring Musicians Come to Nashville


Just a few miles from the bright lights of Broadway, inside a dark dive bar on Music Row, struggling musicians are giving their all trying to get their big break.

At Bobby's Idle Hour, you won't see country music stars walking the red carpet--rather average Joes carrying their own instruments across the concrete floor.

"I'm always dreaming big like anybody," aspiring musician Richard Kincade.

Oh yes, the dreamers. They come to Nashville every day with stars in their eyes and often without a backup plan

"I'd rather be a struggling musician than be successful at something that I don't have love for," said Joh Slimack, who recently moved from Ohio to Nashville to chase his dream of playing music professionally.

But instead of playing for a paycheck, Slimack and Kincade are singing their hearts out for free. And with the CMT Music Awards and CMA Music Festival in Nashville this week, this duo is dreaming of making it in the music industry.

"I could see myself up their one day," Kincade said of performing on a big stage. "Every time I see someone up there I say, 'Man, that could be me.' If the right person heard the right song at the right time."

Time isn't on Ann Tiley's side. She moved to Nashville in the summer of 1979 and has been playing music here ever since.

"The whole place was filled with people coming here with their dreams and coming here to make it big," she said.

Thirty seven years later, Tiley says Nashville hasn't changed much. And despite the odds stacked against them, she still believes in the dreamers.

"It's never too late," Tiley said. "Grandma Moses was in her 80s before she got famous."

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