Blake Shelton and Ryman Hospitality are opening a honky-tonk downtown Nashville named Ole’ Red, after Blake’s famous prison-break single about a hound dog. Ryman will spend $20 million on the space at 300 Broadway with the goal of opening Ole Red in early 2018.
A second Ole Red bar will be located in Shelton’s hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma.
“It’s amazing to me to see a song that’s been such a big part of my career come to life in the plans for Ole Red,” Shelton said. “Nashville and Tishomingo are both places that are important to me, and it’s great that each location is going to have its own personality inspired by one of my favorite songs. It’s always been a dream of mine to create something like this where people know they’re going to have a good time as soon as they walk in the door, and I couldn’t be more excited that my friends at the Opry and Ryman Hospitality Properties are making it happen.
The bar will join other artist-owned venues alongside Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks and John Rich.