12th & Porter Unlocked

Famed Nashville club 12th & Porter had a padlock on its doors for a few days.

A sign on the front door of 12th & Porter read, "This property has been seized for nonpayment of Tennessee state taxes by virtue of a levy issued by the Department of Revenue Tax Enforcement Division," the Tennessean reported May 22nd. Two days later, shows resumed.

The club, which opened in 1984, is not the biggest in Nashville (250 capacity) but has legendary status and is a favorite showcase venue.

The sound system is top-notch, as the paper pointed out, which was a factor in Emmylou Harris and Townes Van Zandt choosing to record live albums there. Danny Flowers was scheduled to record a live DVD at the club May 23rd, according to the paper.