“New Year, New You” doesn’t hold as much sway in a city like Nashville. Traditions run too deep, industry machinations turn too slow and tickets to the Opry are still on sale. So it makes a good bit of sense that while other people are looking toward the future, the country music capital is focusing on the past.

The first full week of the new year features a metric ton of nostalgia for anyone who feels like heading out into the world and braving 2019.

Willie Nelson @ Bridgestone Arena

Saturday, January 12

If anything is going to run counter to to the idea that another year has passed, it’s the fact that Willie Nelson is still out here dropping two albums a year and touring. The absolutely unflappable country stalwart may be focusing his new tunes on what it’s like getting older and his unique position as a country music elder, but he doesn’t sound any different from his days singing alongside Waylon. He’ll be joined in Nashville by an all-star cast including Sheryl Crow, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack and Jack Johnson.

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band @ Bridgestone Arena

Friday, January 11

Willie’s superhuman ability to keep right on playing is the exception, not the rule. For the other end of things, take a look at the path Bob Seger has laid out. The veteran meat and potatoes rocker is taking one last spin around North America before calling it quits and enjoying his twilight years. If you’re a fan of hits like “Turn The Page” and “Old Time Rock n’ Roll,” this will most likely be your last chance to hear them live.

C’Ya on the Flipside @ Grand Ole Opry House

Wednesday, January 9

Calling Rascal Flatts a legacy act is guaranteed to make some folks feel old. But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s been 18 years since “Prayin’ For Daylight” was a radio staple. The group will be joined at Troy Gentry’s benefit concert, by artists of a slightly more recent vintage like Craig Morgan and The Voice judge Blake Shelton.

Todzilla @ Exit/In

Saturday, January 12

Toddzilla is an East Nashville institution who would probably like to put the past behind him. A fire in his long-time home led to a back-and-forth with the city over just how he could rebuild, with the musician finally getting the go-ahead at the tail end of 2017. Help him kick off the new year right at Exit/In.

Gregory Alan Isakov @ Ryman Auditorium

Thursday, January 10

There’s nothing particularly retro about Gregory Alan Isakov, the man. His music is another story. This South-African born, Philly raised singer-songwriter harkens back to an imagined past with his strong catalog of folk songs. Catch him at the legendary Ryman Auditorium later this week.

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