Williamson County is proud to be a part of the Americana Music Triangle, a highway-to-highway loop from New Orleans to Memphis to Nashville and back. The Triangle is a collection of the most well-known entertainment destinations and the music-rich towns in between. The self-guided road trip places revered music attractions alongside incredible hidden gems.
This historic venue represents the heart of downtown Franklin, drawing national acts and serving as an anchor for the area's small-town flavor. Originally opened in 2937, this impeccably restored landmark brought music, theater and motion picture entertainment back to Franklin's already thriving downtown in 2011, and it serves as the cultural catalyst for the community.
Catch a live, two-hour broadcast of the award-winning Americana music show every Wednesday night at the Factory at Franklin. Roots is famous for its progressive interpretation of Nashville's radio tradition, showcasing classic country and traditional acts alongside newer evolutions of the Americana sound. Formerly held at the Loveless Cafe's Loveless Barn, the show officially relocated in the summer of 2014 in order to accomodate a growing crowd. If you can't make it to the show, catch the broadcast Wednesdays from 7PM to 9PM on 94.5 FM or streaming online on their website.
Fun Fact: The producers of Music City Roots are also responsible for Bluegrass Underground, a radio show broadcast from a vast underground cavern in McMinnville, Tennessee.
Stop by this historic establishment and catch a live broadcast of the Viva! NashVegas Radio Show every other Saturday, beginning at 11AM. Broadcast online, this rollicking, free-form "hillbilly roots" music and variety program is hosted by George Hamilton V., son of "International Ambassador of Country Music," Opry member and Rockabilly Hall of Fame member, George Hamilton IV.
Have a drink and a burger at this local favorite, where the bar is made entirely of vintage radios - and stay for entertainment that's as eclective as the decor. This watering hole, located in a retooled Victorian cottage, serves only locally made draft beer and features a strong lineup of performers, a list that has over the years included John Prine, Cowboy Jack Clement, Rodney Crowell, and others.
Next door to Kimbro's, shop an eclectic collection of vinyl records, plus plenty of kitsch, vintage and "antique oddities."
Stop at this downtown hot spot Tuesday through Saturday nights for dinner and live music, as the popular restaurant transforms into one of the town's premier listening rooms. Hear some of the area's best up-and-coming artists, and you never know who will be a last-minute addition to the bill - or you might get a sneak preview of Nashville's next big thing.
Check out the dance floor and live music lineup at this seafood favorite, part of the Puckett's Family. Tuesday through Saturday, you'll find blues night, zydeco Cajun dancing, Tennessee Country and more.
Every night of the week, this local English pub-style watering hole becomes a unique candlelit venue for local live music.
Relax with a good meal and soak up the local sounds at this restored 1876 Victorian building in Franklin's historic downtown. The second floor of this three-story establishment hosts live music events every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Visit the final resting palce of Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon in Franklin's Mount Hope Cemetary. Cannon was a groundbreaking female comedian in her time, gently poking fun at her native Southern ways onstage at the Grand Ole Opry and later on the television series "Hee Haw." She was an Opry member and performed as Minnie Pearly for over 50 years, paving the way for countless women in music and comedy.
Shop high-quality, handcrafted instruments at Artisan Guitars! It's also worth noting that Franklin is home to the Americana Music Association, whose mission is to "advocate for the authentic voice of American Roots Music around the world."
This community staple has servied Leiper's Fork as a restaurant, grocery and meeting place since the 1950s. Though the name and vibe of this one-of-a-kind small-town anchor have been replicated in Franklin, Nashville, and other locations, this is the original Puckett's community kitchen. Authentic and unassuming, this is where locals and celebrities alike take the stage for live pickin' performances just a few feet from your table, sometimes as early as noon. Thursday night open mic night is a must see!
It might seem like an unlikely match, but inside this high-end imports and antiques shop you can actually play rare vintage Martin and Gibson guitars - the same vintage and make played by Hank Williams Sr. himself. You never know when you might catch a "flash jam" of Hank's music and other country classics - they actually happen regularly here.
Pick up a driving map at Serenite Maison, and explore a short, scenic loop through town and out to the farm once owned by Hank Williams, established before the Civil War. Today, it remains one of the most impressive antebellum homes in Tennessee. It's private property, but you can still read the historic marker out front and take in its stately historic beauty from the road.
Fast Fact: The inspiration and hard work for the Americana Music Triangle and Gold Record Road started right here in Leiper's Fork, now headquartered through the Leiper's Fork Foundation.