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SoulShine: Waverly Tennessee Has A Brand New Music Venue 1000 667 Chase Jennings

SoulShine: Waverly Tennessee Has A Brand New Music Venue

The town of Waverly, Tennessee is a perfect snapshot into a life most thought long gone. Small, charming, neighborly, real; all values that harken back to times gone by, but as neighbors greet one another in the street, families throw celebrations together, and the brand new music venue boasts a “Bring Your Own Picnic” option to enjoy your own kind of supper while music radiates from the stage, these values are alive and well in living color.

SoulShine, a joint venture between Tayla Lynn, Jon Cody Finger, and Robby & Jerri Lynn Sims and Anthony & Kayla Sims, is a labor of love dedicated to the town of Waverly- where each business partner chooses to call home and raise their families. SoulShine isn’t just another jukebox joint ripped from Broadway down in Nashville; the business partners have purposely cultivated a relaxed atmosphere for live performances including an 18+ age limit to promote date nights, a unique bring your own food and drink option, and a wide range of musical stylings in their performers. Robby Sims commented on wanting to open the venue because “live music in a small, up-close and personal setting is one of my favorite things and I wanted to bring that to downtown Waverly.” Jon Cody Finger added that “one of our family’s greatest passions is music, from all sides. Writing, performing, and how it can be used to bring people together [is important to us]. Waverly is full of talented musicians and lovers of music, but it was lacking a place for people to gather and enjoy that music as a community.” With nine children between the three couples, all four business partners understand the need for a place to go out that is comfortable, safe, and relaxed – that isn’t all the way down in Nashville. A main goal of the partners was to create a space for Waverly’s citizens to relax and have fun in their own town, putting their hard earned money right back into something in their community that would be a direct benefit for all.

Tayla Lynn, granddaughter of Miss Loretta Lynn who’s Hurricane Mills ranch is just up the road in Humphreys County, has a deep connection to Waverly and an even deeper desire to give back to the town that has given her family so much. “My family has roots here and my grandparents started a small business up the road, so Waverly is in my blood. My mama met my daddy here. Their love story started in this town. Both sets of grandparents raised their kids here, and my cousins grew up in this place. Waverly is home, and this community is loyal, fun, helpful, and full of integrity. I’m a performer, an entertainer, and most of all a lover of people. Bringing people together in the name of music in Waverly is a blessing.” Anthony and Robby Sims were born and raised in Waverly, and Anthony shares the same sentiment about the town, “I love this small town community where people love people.”

In addition to Lynn’s musical background, the other three  business partners have been involved in music for much of their lives. The Sims brothers grew up in a household with their father playing guitar and banjo, and both play the guitar today. Finger brings a different kind of experience in music: “I have a background in researching how music influences people and how music can be used to link artists, listeners, and brands together. In the past I’ve assisted in building companies that are business music providers, such as Spotify Business. I also worked with Amazon, providing global development services.” Today, however, Finger focuses on their beloved hometown, now running a goat farm and putting the majority of his time into getting SoulShine up and running.

Anthony and Robby Sims have high hopes for SoulShine music venue in the community of Waverly. When asked what their hopes for the future in Waverly were, Anthony commented “I really wanted to provide a place for people to have a good time with great entertainment and to give back to our community,” while his brother Robby added “My hope is that our little venue becomes a sought after ticket and continues to grow. I’m not necessarily concerned with the profit standpoint, but I want this place to become a spot the community is truly excited about.”

SoulShine is hosting artists from all musical genres and hopes to offer concerts on a weekly basis on Friday and Saturday evenings. The venue is open to outside food and drink, so grab a ticket, pack a picnic and your favorite drinks, and head to downtown Waverly for a night of excellent music and friends. Tayla, more than likely, will be there to welcome you with open arms and her thousand-watt smile. Jon, Robby, and Anthony will be sure to give you a pat on the back and a good conversation. After all, in Waverly, everyone is family. Head on down to SoulShine, a spectacular place of community, love, and music, and stay a while.

Upcoming Events:

Waverly Local Band Concert: January 18th

Bobby Tomberlin: January 19th

Bluebird Cafe & Tennessee Tourism Open Mic Night for Songwriters: February 23

Don’t miss SoulShine’s Flash sales for the storefront every Monday and Friday on FB Live at 10:00 am with Tayla Lynn Music!

For more information and tickets, head to the SoulShine Facebook page or to

Originally posted on by Jasmine Rochelle on January 8, 2019

The Story Behind SoulShine 1000 667 Chase Jennings

The Story Behind SoulShine

My Mama and my Aunt Cissy at Coon hunters event with their daddy’s in Waverly Tennessee when they were 12 years old. They quickly became best friends. Mamas daddy, Tommy Stewart and his family all lived in Waverly as well as my Dad’s parents.

Mama started spending tons of time over the Big House and ended up falling in love with my Daddy 💑

She loved her dad’s family and her new Best friends family. This town is where she felt at 🏠 Home.

Mama became a part of this place. When she died she died happy because she was on that Ranch. In this town.

4 years ago I was at a cross roads 👩🏻‍💻I knew I needed to come home but I didn’t know what home looked like anymore.

Franklin is where I grew up, 👩🏻 where all of my friends are raising their kids and their lives.

It’s where my brother and his family are. Our family home 🏡 still stands on the land where it was built almost 75 years ago.

One day i was out jogging by Lake Washington and God 📿 whispered so vividly i can still hear it now. He said “you can take them home”

I was hit with a vision of dirt, a house that was wood and cozy, animals 🦉🦋and my Memaw.

I always said “there’s no way I’ll live that far out, where Target? Ain’t no Target or Starbucks!” ☕️

God 📿said it again. “You can take them home”

I saw my mama coming over for supper and Cissie being with her. A relationship renewed.

I saw my kids running around like wild cowboys. I saw my husband fulfilling his dream to have land, animals and work with his hands.

I saw me as a 👵🏻 on that same front porch, rocking my grand-babies.

When we got out here all of that happened (well i ain’t a granny yet) but so many of those visions are set in process. They are our world.

Things i didn’t know to expect would be the community both at the Ranch (they are like family even the ones who ain’t) and as a real gift the community of the actual town of Waverly. I had NEVER spent time in Waverly. Ever. Maybe once when i was young and wild with my cousin Beth. But never any true time.

I immediately loved it. For those of you who didn’t grow up in franklin, Franklin and Waverly were similar when we were younger. I’m a small town raised girl and i easily felt at home here.

The people. The community. That’s where the heart beat of this place thrives. With the people.

… children will be raised here. We will live on this farm and i will rock my grand babies on that porch swing.

So we must invest ourselves and become part of the foundation of our town. Of Waverly TN.

I’m good at about one thing 😉 that’s performing and hosting people. 💕

I’m good at making people laugh and feel welcome. 🦋

The Sims Family is amazing at that too 😇

So The Sims and The Fingers have invested in our town. Pulled up a plot in the dad gum center of the square!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

We have created a space that is COZY, WELCOMING and full of music with a blasted Food Truck right outside the door! 🥓 🎶 🔥

My Mama called me Sunshine ☀️

Now that’s she gone i hold her in my Soul.

I’m now her SoulShine. 🕊 🕊 🕊

The Sims are full of sunshine and their Souls are too!

We agreed 100 percent that this would be the name of our new Music 🎶 Nook. 💕🦋☀️

SoulShine’s Grand Opening is November 30th and December 1st.

We will have a multi layered concert with comedy; Local Eats Food Truck and serve coffee, Tea, Sodeeee POP and desert.

Our vision is that you feel warm, entertained, have a place to go right here in the town of Waverly for a date night or Music and you don’t have to drive to Dickson or Nashville.

We want our kids to grow up and have this place. To stay local. To build local. For us all to commit locally.

We have been so blessed to be able to create this. We hope you come along with us. That you join us for Opening Weekend!


We only have seating for 50 people. We have about 10 seats left for both shows. To get your name on the list, text (425) 503-7893 and pay at the door.

Final Note

I’ll end with this-yes i know you thankful for that.

I get bored fast. I’m a runner. I love Target. This venue is so much more for me-to me than a business. It’s a labor love. For the community but also for my sobriety. My recovery. To give is to get. Is to stay sane. To be of service to people is to stay out of self. I wanna still go go go and God wants me to slow down. Be present. Be surrounded by my people. I want so badly to be the woman God has created me to be. To be able to Travel and sing then come home and bring what i know right here to my home town. To just bring joy and music. That’s it. I Love you 💕

Disclaimer: I’ll leave the Sims to tell their side of the story 😂

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