Chords & Cocktails

Chords & Cocktails

An evening of lite bites, cocktails and live music by Nashville's best songwriters

The Listening Room

April 15, 2024

Live Music
Hors D'oeuvres

You're Cordially Invited

Join us for a special happy hour to celebrate HCCA with complimentary live music, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in one of Nashville’s most iconic music venues, the Listening Room Cafe. If you’re in town for the HCCA Conference or just in the neighborhood, stop by on your way to dinner or join us afterwards – we’re just around the corner (literally!) from the conference location. This invite-only event will be hosted by Nahsville’s own Ludi, Inc. and LBMC.

The Listening Room Cafe

The Venue

The Listening Room Cafe started in 2006 with a simple idea: There’s nothing like hearing a great song performed live. Not as background music, not as something you shout to hear yourself over, but as the main attraction. With Music City’s best-sounding venue as the foundation, founder Chris Blair set out to pair it with a food and drink menu centered around the freshest local ingredients. The result? A one-of-a-kind venue with uniquely Nashville flavor.

Photos courtesy of the The Listening Room

AJ Kross


Born and raised in a small town just outside of Bend, Oregon, AJ Kross began his music career at a very young age playing in a band with his mother and father. At age 3 AJ had already sang lead vocals on a national children’s album. By age of ten, AJ had branched out and started his own band that helped shape the artist that he is today.

After spending a decade traveling around the Northwest AJ made the move to Nashville in pursuit of a career in Country music. During his first few years in Nashville he worked passionately on perfecting his craft as a songwriter making a goal to write at least two songs a day with hundreds of songwriters around town. After four years in Nashville AJ decided it was time to release his music as an artist, releasing his debut EP, “People Gonna Talk”. Quickly after the release, the EP climbed the Country iTunes charts and AJ began to receive more recognition around town from songwriters and music executives. Since then AJ Kross has continued to write in preparation of yet another release set for early 2020.

AJ has been influenced his entire career by such artists as: Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton and Johnny Cash. His voice has everything you would expect from a true Country artist and has been described by fellow songwriters as “honey poured over thunder”. Keep an eye open for AJ Kross as he continues to make a name for himself in Music City. Head over to iTunes, Spotify and to check out some of his music.
AJ Kross

Jacob Rice


While rooted in the country genre, Jacob Rice blends Pop and R&B sounds with a unique form of lyrical expression. Taking musical inspiration from the likes of Train, Old Dominion, Bruno Mars, and Billy Currington, Jacob uses bouncy melodies and skillfully crafted hooks that will make any music lover bop and sing along.

Based out of middle Tennessee, Jacob has immersed himself in the Nashville music scene, performing at legendary venues around town, and writing songs with exceptional rising stars in country music. In 2023, he opened for Jake Owen at the Vermont State Fair and performed as part of the Key West Songwriter’s Festival booked by BMI. He has been honored with the designation “Artist to Watch” by The Listening Room Cafe for the month of July 2022, and “Rising Talent” by the prestigious Bluebird Cafe during their 40th Birthday Celebration in 2022.

Jacob has been featured on Spotify’s “New Music Nashville” and “Fresh Finds Country”, Nashville’s Radio SoBro and Vermont Public Radio, and his career has been spotlighted with profiles in the Honky Tonk Times and on Nashville’s WKRN Channel 2 News. All of these accomplishments are a testament to his hard work and dedication to making great, lasting music.

Jacob Rice continues to pave his own path and leave his mark on country music – one song at a time.


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About Ludi

Ludi, Inc. is a healthcare technology company making it easier for hospitals to pay physicians. Ludi’s DocTime® Suite automates the payment process for any type of physician arrangement, from a signed contract to payment. We’re trusted by hundreds of hospitals nationwide to simplify how they pay their physician teams. For more information about Ludi, visit

About LBMC

LBMC is a top 40 accounting firm and the largest professional services and business consulting firm based in Tennessee. LBMC serves approximately 10,000 clients with diverse needs across a spectrum of industries, including healthcare, financial, human resources, technology, among others. For more information about LBMC, visit
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