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Heading Back Home Film Returns to Franklin Theatre for Encore on Nov. 30

Three Showings Coincide with Anniversary of the Battle; Film-maker to Moderate Panel Discussion


FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Those who weren’t able to purchase tickets for the sold-out premiere of the film Heading Back Home: Franklin’s Unknown Soldier and the Civil War’s Five Bloodiest Hours are getting a second chance to see it on the big screen. The Franklin Theatre will hold three encore showings of the film on Nov. 30 – the 147th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin – with the evening showing followed by a panel discussion.


“There has been so much pent-up demand around this film that we wanted to provide another opportunity for the public to experience it at the Franklin Theatre,” said Sara Preston, Program Director for the theater. “It made good sense to tie in with the anniversary of the battle for the encore presentation.”


The film will be shown at 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 30, with the evening showing to include a panel discussion with Battle of Franklin Trust Director of Operations Eric Jacobson, Lotz House Foundation President J.T. Thompson, and Columbia State History Professor Thomas Flagel. Brian Speciale, who wrote, directed and produced the film with his wife, Jodi Jones-Speciale, will moderate the discussion.


Tickets are available now at, with the early showings at $5 and the 7 p.m. presentation for $12.


Heritage Foundation Executive Director Mary Pearce says the film has added a new dimension to the story of what happened in Franklin on November 30, 1864.


“It’s so important that people of all ages understand our history, and viewing this film is such an enjoyable way to gain an understanding of the Battle of Franklin, ” Pearce said. “The discovery of the soldier’s remains and the way the community honored his sacrifice illustrated that our history matters to our citizens. I encourage everyone who hasn’t yet seen the film to come. You won’t be disappointed.”


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Franklin Theatre Announced Third Sheryl Crow Concert After First Two Shows Sell Out in Minutes

Proceeds of all three shows to benefit New Hope Academy

Franklin, Tenn.—Friday, November 4, 2011—The Franklin Theatre  announced that singer-songwriter superstar Sheryl Crow will perform a third concert on Sunday, December 4 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale at 1 p.m. Friday, November 4, at and sold out the same day.


The announcement  of the third show came mere hours after tickets for Sheryl Crow’s December 2 and December 3 concerts sold out within six minutes of going on sale to the public. Some patrons lined up at the box office as early as 8 a.m. Most tickets were purchased online at


“The response this morning has been wonderfully overwhelming,” said Franklin Theatre Program Director Sara Preston on Friday. “We are beyond thrilled that Sheryl has decided to open up a third show. We know many of her fans will be just as excited to hear this news.”


All three Sheryl Crow concerts at the Franklin Theatre will benefit New Hope Academy, a Franklin school whose mission is to provide classical Christian education to an economically, racially and culturally diverse student population. Concert proceeds will go toward providing scholarships and financial assistance for New Hope Academy students.


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Sheryl Crow to play the Franklin Theatre

Sheryl Crow to Play Two Nights at The Franklin Theatre, Benefiting New Hope Academy

Tickets Go On Sale Friday, November 4 at 10 a.m.

Nine-time Grammy Award Winning Artist and Nashville resident Sheryl Crow will perform two benefit concerts at the Franklin Theater in Franklin, Tennessee on December 2nd and 3rd, 2011. The shows will benefit the New Hope Academy, a unique children’s school, also located in Franklin. The historic Franklin Theatre, which seats only 300, will provide a wonderfully intimate setting in which to see Ms. Crow, who typically performs at venues for thousands of fans. Profits raised from the event will be used to provide scholarships to the school for children with financial hardships.

“I feel so privileged to assist the New Hope Academy, in this small way, in furthering their mission and vision,” said Sheryl Crow. “The educational excellence they provide, to a student body nearly half of which is comprised of children from low income families is so very special. And I’m looking forward to playing at the beautiful Franklin Theatre, it will feel like I’m playing for a small group of friends….and there will probably be a few in the crowd!”

The performances will include holiday songs as well as popular favorites from Crow’s extensive catalog of hits.

New Hope Academy is made up of students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, more than 60 percent of whom receive scholarships or other financial assistance from the school. The school serves more than 130 local families. 27 percent of New Hope students come from single-parent households, and 41 percent are minorities. “We at New Hope Academy are so grateful to Sheryl for this opportunity to raise funds for our school and raise awareness about the Christ-centered education we provide in this community,” said Headmaster Stuart Tutler.

Originally built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public on June 3, 2011 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration. The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. “We are beyond thrilled to welcome Sheryl to our stage,” said Sara Preston, Program Director of the Franklin Theatre. “These concerts fit perfectly within our mission: to host world-class live music, and to support our local community. We are delighted that Sheryl chose to partner with us in supporting her cause.”

Tickets for Sheryl Crow’s Acoustic Christmas start at $95 and go on sale to the public on Friday, November 4 at 10 a.m. at

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Mike Farris to play New Year’s Eve at the Franklin Theatre

Tickets On Sale Friday, October 21 at 10 a.m.

The Franklin Theatre today announced that acclaimed roots gospel/blues artist Mike Farris will give a New Year’s Eve concert at the historic 300-seat venue on , December 31, 2011. Farris and his band the Roseland Rhythm Revue first performed at the Franklin Theatre on July 9, just weeks after the venue’s grand reopening on June 3.

“We are so excited to have Mike return to our stage this New Year’s Eve,” said Franklin Theatre Program Director Sara Preston. “He brings so much energy,” Preston said. “This concert is going to be quite the party. 2011 is going to go out with a bang at the Franklin Theatre.”

Former front man of Nashville’s blues-infused “Screamin’ Cheetah Wheelies,” Farris has performed as a solo act since the early 2000s and has set the standard on reinterpreting early American black gospel tunes and lending euphoric, dance-inducing rhythms with his signature powerhouse vocals. Farris was named “New/Emerging Artist of the Year” in 2008 by the Americana Music Association and won the Gospel Music Association’s 2010 award for “Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year” for “SHOUT! Live.”

In addition to the concert, the evening will include a countdown to 2012 with a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets start at $30. Click here to purchase.

Originally built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public on June 3, 2011 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar restoration. The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County. More information is available online at

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Delbert McClinton to play the Franklin Theatre November 8

Tickets on sale now

The Franklin Theatre today announced Grammy Award-winning Texas blues rocker Delbert McClinton will perform at the historic 300-seat venue on Tuesday, November 8.

The concert will be a fundraiser to benefit Keith DeArmond, McClinton’s longtime road manager and friend who has been battling serious illness. “Keith is a true friend, and I want to help him any way I can,” McClinton said. “I know he has many friends who will take this opportunity to celebrate him and help with his medical expenses.”

The evening will include a performance by McClinton and a silent auction. Tickets start at $50. Click here to purchase.

Born in Lubbock–hometown of such other musical notables as Buddy Holly and Joe Ely–McClinton came of age in the Fort Worth joints. He first appeared on a hit record in 1962, when his distinctive harmonica playing graced Bruce Channel’s No. 1 single “Hey Baby,” which inspired the harp work of a young John Lennon. In the early ’70s, McClinton and keyboardist-vocalist Glen Clark relocated to Los Angeles, where they cut a pair of prophetic roots-rock albums as Delbert & Glen.

Now a three-time Grammy® Award winner, McClinton was recently inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and has been in the studio with Clark recording the first Delbert & Glen album in nearly three decades.

Delbert’s latest solo release, “Acquired Taste” (2009) is a juke joint blend of country soul infused with blues, rock and jazz. “I write from the sensibility of the people I knew growing up, and I grew up with all the heathens–the people who went too far before they changed and tried to make something out of their lives,” McClinton said. “There are a lot of beautiful colors and sad stories and much-deserved joy in that.”

Originally built in 1937, the Franklin Theatre re-opened to the public on June 3, 2011 following a multi-year, multi-million-dollar renovation. The Main Street landmark is owned and operated by the nonprofit Heritage Foundation. For more information visit


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