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EXILE DVD/Live Album Release At The Franklin Theatre To Benefit SAFPAW

Thursday, September 4th at the Franklin Theatre

Franklin, TN — On Thursday, September 4th Exile returns to the Franklin Theatre to benefit SAFPAW and release the live DVD and album that was recorded at the Theatre last year during their 50th anniversary tour.

Exile has notched 11 number ones and a host of top 10’s hits through the years including: “I Don’t Want To Be A Memory,” “Give Me One More Chance,” “She’s A Miracle,” “Crazy For Your Love,” “Hang On To Your Heart,” “I Could Get Used To You,” “It’ll Be Me,” “She’s Too Good To be True” and “I Can’t Get Close Enough.” With three gold albums, two Greatest Hits CDs, several multi-platinum singles and thirteen award nominations from the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and the Country Music Association (CMA), the band has solidified its reputation in the world of country music.

SAFPAW is the Southern Alliance for People and Animal Welfare (SAFPAW), a non-profit organization in middle Tennessee helping the homeless community face the daily challenges of living in poverty with their pets.

The Franklin Theatre encourages fans to celebrate new music from an iconic group and help raise awareness and financial resources for a remarkable organization. During the event SAFPAW will be conducting auction activities for some special one-of-a-kind items during the evening.

Tickets ($30-$35) are on sale to the public at the Franklin Theatre box office (419 Main Street, Franklin, TN), online at or by calling 615-538-2076.



June 9, 10, 11 at Franklin Theatre

Franklin, TN – Sheryl Crow has enlisted an “A-list” roster to join her in concert next week at the historic Franklin Theatre to benefit New Hope Academy. Several friends – including Brad Paisley, Amy Grant, Darius Rucker, Eric Pasley and Charlie Worsham – were recently announced to join Ms. Crow on successive nights.

June 9th – Darius Rucker

June 10th  – Brad Paisley and Charlie Worsham

June 11th  – Amy Grant and Eric Paslay

“It’s amazing to live in a community with so many creative people that support one another. We’re blessed to have an institution like New Hope Academy dedicated to providing extraordinary educational opportunities while including a diverse student base, including the underprivileged,” says Ms. Crow. “These shows are one way I contribute personally and also invite my fans to help foster their success.”

New Hope is a unique non-profit school in Franklin promising an excellent, classical education with a special mission for the underprivileged. This is Ms. Crowe’s third series of shows to help raise resources and awareness for the school.

Crow has released eight studio albums with sales in excess of 35 million around the world. She has performed duets with a diverse list of luminaries such as Sting, Loretta Lynn and Mick Jagger and her most recent album, Feels Like Home, captures the sound of a great and established artist enjoying a kind of fresh start. It features songs on which Crow collaborated with her longtime guitar player and frequent co-writer Jeff Trott (with whom she co-wrote such past Crow classics as “If It Makes You Happy,” “My Favorite Mistake” and “Every Day Is A Winding Road”), as well as great Nashville songwriters such as Chris DuBois, Luke Laird, Natalie Hamby and Chris Stapleton, among others. Crow now counts a Top 20 solo country single to her long list of accolades and her current single, “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely,” is Top 40 and climbing.

Sheryl has expanded her talents with film and television appearances, as a book author and, most important, as mother of two sons (Wyatt and Levi). Her family now makes their home in the Franklin area.

Tickets ($125 and up) are on sale to the public at the Franklin Theatre box office (419 Main Street, Franklin, TN), online at or by calling 615-538-2076.


For additional information contact:

Brian Solomon, Franklin Theatre Marketing & Public Relations




Americana Experience comes to Franklin May 22-June 1

Music Fills Region Highlighted by “Cross-County Lines” Festival

Venues and community leaders in Franklin, Tennessee have come together to create the Americana Experience, ten music-filled days featuring more than 50 acts performing throughout the area’s restaurants, theatres and music venues.  Events begin on Thursday May 22nd and are highlighted by the Americana Music Association’s “Cross-County Lines” Festival (presented by Nissan) on May 31st.  The “Experience” was created to shine a light on the distinct-but-connected genres and places that make up the roots of Americana music.


For most, the term “Americana” evokes images of small towns and Norman Rockwell scenes and, more recently, has become a banner under which various styles of American roots music have found a home.  From the delta blues to bluegrass as well as Cajun, jazz, soul, country, rock and gospel…Americana is a contemporary celebration of the sounds which history helped define in the triangle roughly framed by New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville.


“We tip-off with Grammy winning Cajun artists, BeauSoleil from Lafayette, Louisiana,” says event chairman Aubrey Preston.  “And then take a musical cruise through places like Muscle Shoals, Alabama with members of the legendary Swampers, to Clarksdale, Mississippi and authentic delta-blues acts like the colorful “Super Chikan Johnson, 81 year old Leo Bud Welch and 15 year-old prodigy “Kingfish” Ingram.  We’ll wrap up on Sunday (June 1) by inviting the entire county to an unplugged gospel sing-a-long near a beautiful creek in Leiper’s Fork.”


A variety of venues have joined the festivities, including Puckett’s Grocery (both Leiper’s Fork and Franklin locations), the Lawnchair Theatre (Leiper’s Fork), the Franklin Theatre, Music City Roots (Loveless Barn), The Factory (Franklin), Grays on Main (Franklin), Kimbro’s (Franklin) and more.  A detailed schedule follows and will be updated as more events are added at Some events are free and others are ticketed. Those events that require tickets can be purchased directly from the venues.


The crescendo of the Americana Experience happens Saturday, May 31st with the Americana Music Association’s “Cross-County Lines” Festival featuring Patty Griffin, John Hiatt, Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark, Joe Pug, Parker Millsap and Luther Dickenson.   This ticketed event will be hosted at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm, on Franklin Road located across from the Factory at Franklin.  For more information or tickets for the Cross-County Lines Festival, go to or visit the Franklin Theatre box office.


“We’re fired up about the Americana Experience and expect, in highlighting the Americana Music Triangle and the growth of the Cross-County Lines Festival, it will become a signature event for the region,” says Franklin Theatre director Dan Hays.  “There will be amazing music everywhere and a chance to see friends from around the world.”
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A New Catalyst for Creativity and Charity

Since being reinvented in 2011, the Franklin Theatre has become one of the most important cultural catalysts and social gathering places in middle Tennessee.  The historic venue reports almost 700 events were hosted last year and it has helped raise more than $1 million for area charities since reopening.

“The Franklin Theater has exceeded every dream we could imagine when we first took on the project to save it,” says Mary Pearce of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County.  “We continue the tradition of movies on Main Street, but the rehabilitation has added a new dimension of entertainment as it becomes better known for the world-class live music, social and charitable events.”

The caliber of talent for live music events surprises many as the 300-seat theater hosts award winning artists as diverse as The Glenn Miller Orchestra and Switchfoot to Smash Mouth and Booker T. Jones.  Sheryl Crow has become a regular (6 concerts with 3 more scheduled for June) and the iconic Art Garfunkel recently chose the venue to re-launch his singing career.  With such a high level of talent the theater boasts a 92.5% average ticket sales rate which means live shows are routinely packed.

Thanks to an investment in technical capabilities and the theater’s aesthetics, a growing number of concerts are also being filmed and recorded for worldwide distribution and national broadcast by artists like John Hiatt, Travis Tritt and David Phelps.  The space was recently used for the prime-time television series “Nashville.”

The Franklin Theatre averages around two events per day and, in addition to live music and movies, is honored to work with schools, students, police and fire departments, senior groups, press conferences, merchant groups, medical societies and major corporations.  “When you want to host a social, educational or corporate event, it’s a very engaging place.  We like to think of it as Franklin’s family room,” says theater director Dan Hays.

Professional theater company Studio Tenn has built a loyal audience in Williamson County and, while it will move to new space in The Factory this year, its growth was fostered by a relationship with the Franklin Theatre with over 50 live performances last year.

In total, more than 65,000 patrons were ticketed for events in 2013 and generated an estimated $3.5 million economic impact.  Almost 12% of patrons were visitors from outside of middle Tennessee, representing growth of 70% in that category over the prior year.

Attendees are the theater’s greatest champions as over 96% say they are “extremely” or “highly likely” to recommend events hosted at Franklin Theatre to others.  In surveys, 95% rate the quality of programming as “above average” or “excellent.”

The theater recently created a new board governance structure and recruited high profile area business and entertainment professionals to shape priorities and oversee new opportunities.  According to new board president Wendell Moore, “The theater has a compelling future and while we continue to seek out sponsors and financial support, it’s on solid financial footing.  We’re exploring new opportunities to expand on the community’s dreams and are proud of its role in reshaping the creative and social landscape of our community.”

Details about upcoming events, arrangements to rent the facilities and how to make a contribution can be found here on the theater’s website or by calling 615-538-2076.

Studio Tenn Brings Thrilling Historical Drama “Frost/Nixon” To Franklin Theatre Stage

Live Play With Ten-Person Cast Opens February 20, Runs through March 2

6 January 2014 – Nashville, Tenn – This February at the Franklin Theatre, Studio Tenn Theatre Company brings to life one of television’s most riveting moments—the most watched political interview of all time—in an intimate, live-on-stage experience. The “Frost/Nixon” runs February 20 through March 2. Tickets are available at or by calling the Box Office at (615) 538-2076.
Written by Peter Morgan and debuted in London in 2006, this gripping play relays the true account of British talk show host David Frost, who, in 1977, against all odds, booked the first televised interview with Richard Nixon after his resignation from the presidency—and who got him to admit in front of 45 million viewers his involvement in the infamous Watergate scandal.
Studio Tenn Managing Director Jake Speck said, “’Frost/Nixon’ is the story of two tenacious, prize-fighter public figures gambling on their careers, each trying to unravel the other on live television in front of a world audience.”
Chock-full of drama, “Frost/Nixon” and its ten-person cast goes beyond the interview and reveals the impossibly high stakes and close calls involved in the making of one of broadcast journalism’s most audacious pursuits. “This is a compelling play of risk and reward, desire and desperation,” said Speck. “Especially if you enjoyed Studio Tenn’s 2012 production of ‘Twelve Angry Men,’ you will not want to miss this show.”
The play’s original director Michael Grandage serves as an aesthetic inspiration to Studio Tenn’s Artistic Director Matt Logan. “He was a master at bringing cinematic elements into live theatre in a very precise, edited fashion,” Logan said.
“Frost/Nixon” was adapted into an Oscar-winning film by Ron Howard in 2008. More recently, several other Hollywood titles in the political thriller genre have enjoyed phenomenal success, including 2012’s “Argo” and 2013’s “American Hustle,” both set in the same era as the famous Frost/Nixon interviews.
Logan shares, “historical dramas allow you to immerse yourself in a momentous [past] event that is so often taken for granted, to experience with immediacy the adrenaline, the tension, the urgency, as though it were presently unfolding. History books are written with the distance of retrospect; theatre places you into the moment and humanizes the story.”
David Frost will be played by Brent Maddox, who has been featured in Studio Tenn’s productions including “Into The Woods” (The Baker) and “A Christmas Carol” (Bob Cratchit). The play opens in Franklin amid world-wide remembrances of the real David Frost, who passed away in 2013 at the age of 74.
Studio Tenn Theatre Company’s production of “Frost/Nixon” runs February 20 through March 2 at the Franklin Theatre in downtown Franklin. Tickets are available at or by calling the Franklin Theatre Box Office at (615) 538-2076. To wrap their 2013-2014 season, Studio Tenn will present “Les Miserables” for a two-night run at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center May 3 and 4. For more information about Studio Tenn’s productions and ways to get involved as a sponsor or donor, visit