‘American Pickers’: Mike Wolfe Relives His First Time Honky-Tonkin’ in Nashville

by Clayton Edwards
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Most American Pickers fans know all about Mike Wolfe’s love of antiques. Those who have watched the show for any length of time know that Wolfe loves bikes and motorcycles. That love is deeply linked with his passion for picking.

He found his first bicycle in a garbage pile when he was just a boy and that planted the seed. However, some fans may not know that Mike loves country music. In fact, a few years ago, Wolfe said that he cranks up Lefty Frizzell and other country artists in the van while he’s traveling the country. Additionally, Mike talked about how much he liked listening to The Singing Cowboys when he was a kid during an episode of the show.

With those combined passions, it makes sense that Mike Wolfe feels right at home in Tennessee. He set up shop in Columbia, Tennessee a few years ago. Wolfe put an Antique Archeology store there because the town is steeped in history and southern charm. However, it probably doesn’t hurt that Columbia is less than an hour away from Nashville. As far as history goes, Nashville is a great place to get an education, especially if you’re interested in music.

Recently, Mike Wolfe talked to Tennessean about why he enjoys being in Middle Tennessee. During that brief chat, he looked back at his first time in a Music City honky-tonk.

Mike Wolfe’s First Honky Tonk Experience

Mike Wolfe said that the first honky-tonk he went to in Nashville was Robert’s Western World on lower Broadway. When he walked through the doors, Wolfe knew he had found something special. “[Robert’s] was everything I could ever imagine about what a honky-tonk should be. It was authentic, it was honest, it was so on-point.”

However, the building itself can’t truly bring the authentic honky-tonk experience. To Mike Wolfe, the people and their shared experiences are what really made the difference. “The great thing about it was,” he recalled, “it just felt so real and honest. The crowd, the enthusiasm – it was like we were all experiencing this moment together.”

In those words, Mike Wolfe summed up the greatness of honky-tonks and dance halls across the country. People go out and slide their boots on the hardwood because that’s where they feel at home. The strong backbeat of good country and western music is like the heartbeat of a large and far-flung community of fans and artists. Shared experiences like the one that Wolfe had in Robert’s is what keeps everyone coming back for more.

Mike Wolfe summed up his first honky-tonk experience by saying, “Traveling as much as I do, it’s so difficult to find places that are authentic or feel untouched. So, when you walk into a place like Robert’s, you feel like you’re home.”