Douglas Corner Cafe began in 1987 when Recording Engineer, Mervin Louque, partnered with businessman, Rick Martin, to create a music venue aimed at showcasing new singers and songwriters in Nashville. It soon grew to become a well known “Home Away From Home” for Nashville’s top songwriters and future music stars. It is a place for writers and performers to come together in an intimate environment with the common goal of hearing and creating great music. At Douglas Corner, you will often be entertained by future hit songs long before they are even heard by the artists who will eventually record them. It is also where one might often witness an impromptu jam session with legendary artists, players and writers.
Douglas Corner is for songwriters and aspiring artists, what the world famous “Improv” is for comedians. It has been a showcase venue for such artists as Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Marc Collie, The Kentucky Headhunters, Billy Dean, John Berry, Blake Shelton and many others.
Garth Brooks played Douglas Corner as a songwriter and held his very first fan club party at the venue performing with his band to a jam packed crowd. He presented Mervin with the printing plate that was used to make the Fan Fair posters for the event. That plate still hangs in Douglas Corner today.