Nashville Council Rejects Country Star’s Bar Sign, Raising First Amendment Issue

Nashville’s Metro Council voted to reject a sign for Morgan Wallen’s new downtown bar, raising questions about the council’s compliance with the First Amendment.

Wallen, a country music star, is set to open This Bar and Tennessee Kitchen in Nashville over Memorial Day weekend. However, the bar’s main sign, which was planned to hang over the public walkway outside the building, will not be installed because of a 30-3 Metro Council vote.

The resolution to allow Wallen’s sign passed through the council’s Planning and Zoning Committee and its Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with no opposing votes. The sign displays the words “Morgan Wallen’s This Bar” in neon lights.