Pure hillbilly and proud of it, Layla’s is a stalwart of the strip. In addition to hosting hillbilly and rockabilly acts, the cozy venue hosts country, Americana, bluegrass, and even progressive “newgrass” musicians. Its vintage cowgirl/cowboy decor harkens back to Nashville’s first heyday in the 1940s, and now that Tootsie’s is under problematic management, Layla’s is even more of a go-to for locals who want to support what’s still good about downtown.