New GM, FOH Manager for Listening Room Cafe

Dusty Barker

Dusty Barker

The Listening Room Cafe has hired new General Manager Dusty Barker and Front of House Manager Tina Payton. Barker, a Missouri native, worked several years as a recruiter for a top U.S. university before working a digital marketing job in Nashville.

Payton worked in a management role at Atlanta’s Punchline comedy club and has worked with songwriters in the Nashville area.

Tina Payton

Tina Payton

“It’s great to have Dusty and Tina on The Listening Room team,” said owner Chris Blair. “Their passion for creating the best possible guest experience as well as their shared love for the songwriting community make them the perfect staff additions.”

The Listening Room Cafe is located at 217 Second Ave. S., and was founded in 2006 in Franklin, Tenn. The music venue relocated to Cummins Station in 2008, before opening at the Second Ave. S. location.


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