If Nashville is the world’s center for “Country” music, then nearby Franklin is in the midst of a bid to be the center of “Americana“
That effort started a year or so ago when a tobacco billionaire from Kentucky named Brad Kelly acquired The Factory a sprawling retail and entertainment complex not far from the center of Franklin.
Not long after the acquisition, he did whatever it took to get Americana/roots music mainstay Sugar Hill records to move its offices from Nashville to Franklin. Not long after that the Americana Music Association moved its offices from Nashville to The Factory, too.
Now Music City Roots has relocated from the Loveless Barn on the outskirts of Franklin to Liberty Hall, a large performance space also in the Factory.
The new venue was kicked off Wednesday July 9 with a show that included Verlon Thompson, the folk/roots band Humming House, and the national treasurers Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell. seen in the photo above (shot with iPhone’ I wasn’t working that night).
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