Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Ray Stevens broke ground Friday on CabaRay, a 27,000-square-foot music venue off Charlotte Pike in West Nashville.
The building planned at 5724 River Road will include a 700-seat showroom for live shows.
Stevens also plans to relocate his Ray Stevens Music offices — now at the corner of Grand Avenue and 17th Avenue South on Music Row — to the West Nashville venue.
“It’s really easy to get to,” he said about the new location off Interstate 40 and Charlotte Pike being only 10 minutes from downtown and near the growing Bellevue area.
Parkes Construction Co. will handle building CabaRay, which is expected to be completed within 10 months.
The showroom area will include a dining area, a full-service kitchen, bar areas upstairs and downstairs, ticket and management offices, restrooms and a gift shop.
A recording studio and an upstairs video production area will be part of Ray Stevens Music’s operations at the new building.
Parking will be available for around 275 cars and a half-dozen tour buses.
Last fall, Stevens began hosting the “Ray Stevens’ Nashville,” a 30-minute weekly music/talk show on RFD-TV.
Stevens has sold more than 40 million albums with songs such as his multi-million selling hit “The Streak” and classic pop standard “Everything Is Beautiful.”