By Nick Sortal, SouthFlorida.com For the past two years, top country stars have played the Tortuga Music Festival on Fort Lauderdale beach. Big-name country acts, such as Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Zac Brown, make regular appearances in West Palm Beach. Earlier this year, the Kiss Country Chili Cook-off celebrated its 29th year in Pembroke Pines. South Florida has displayed a healthy appetite for country music. And now, South Florida is filling up with spots where country fans can imagine they're on a quick getaway to Nashville. Four spots have opened in the past year. You'll likely hear songs played on country radio stations at these clubs, and patrons will more often be wearing cowboy boots than dress shoes. The new spots join South Florida's Big Three of country nightclubs: Cowboys' Saloon in Davie, the Round Up Country Western Club in Davie, and Renegade in West Palm Beach, each of which books about 10 acts a year and feature spacious dance floors. The four new night clubs, all east of Interstate 95, should not be viewed as competition to the existing country establishments, but as neighborhood options, says Bryan Stone, co-owner of Moonshine Country Rock in Hollywood. "I'll be happy to tell my customers about the other places, because we're all so far apart," he says. "I think it's good for country fans everywhere if we just help each other out." Here's a rundown on the new clubs.
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