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June 12

Country Music’s Biggest Week at The Franklin Theatre

In the country music industry, there’s not a more exciting time of year than CMA Fest Week! This past week, The Franklin Theatre joined in on all the action, bringing exciting new programming and events to Franklin’s historic Main Street. Let’s recap what proved to be an exhilarating couple of days on our legendary stage at “The Jewel of Main Street!”

Sawyer Brown’s “Get Me to the Stage On Time” Documentary: The Sawyer Brown documentary Get Me to the Stage on Time shown at The Franklin Theatre during CMA Fest Week, offers an intimate glimpse into the band’s enduring journey. Highlighting their 40-year career, 24 albums, and 6,000 performances, the film showcased how they overcame industry skepticism with the unwavering support of their fans. This David-and-Goliath tale celebrated the band’s transcendent musical legacy and embodiment of the American Dream. After the screening, the audience was treated to an exclusive live performance by Sawyer Brown.

Wynonna Judd Fan Club Session: The Franklin Theatre was honored to host the legendary country music sensation Wynonna Judd during CMA Fest Week! Hundreds of Wynation fans made their way to our historic venue for a private, intimate session, including an acoustic performance and Q&A with Wynonna!

Charles Esten: To bookend CMA Fest Week at The Franklin Theatre, Charles Esten captivated audiences at The Franklin Theatre with his “loose, rough-cut country” style, showcasing songs from his acclaimed independent debut album, Love Ain’t Pretty. Known for his roles in Outer Banks and Nashville, Esten’s concert reflected his multifaceted artistry and dedication, further solidifying his reputation as a beloved entertainer and humanitarian. He was joined by special guests Julie Cole, and former Nashville co-star, Sam Palladio.

From intimate documentary screenings to electrifying live performances and special fan sessions, The Franklin Theatre provided unforgettable moments highlighting its unique charm and cultural significance in our community. We had a blast playing host during CMA Fest Week to both legendary artists and enthusiastic fans, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Photos by Thomas Crabtree and Jonathan Ruff.

June 3

May Round-Up at The Franklin Theatre

May at The Franklin Theatre was absolutely ELECTRIC! From Grammy-award winning artists to rock & roll legends, relive the magic with us as we celebrate the music and memories that made May truly an unforgettable month at The Franklin Theatre.

T-Bone Burnett: We kicked off the month on a high note with Grammy-award winning artist T-Bone Burnett, reflecting on his latest record, “The Other Side.” His haunting 12-song collection, featuring luminaries like Rosanne Cash and Lucius, weaves a loose love story amidst eerie, spectral melodies and rich vocals. Departing from his previous works, Burnett embraced a more melodic tone, creating a deeply introspective and accessible album enjoyed by all.

Variety on Main: Our monthly Variety on Main showcase has become one of our favorite traditions on Main Street! May’s lineup included the likes of Lynnmarie & E3, Charlie McCoy, The Kody Norris Show, Victoria Shaw, Alicia Witt, and featured Pat Coil and The Mainstays. If you haven’t yet made it to a Variety on Main show at The Franklin Theatre, we’ve got GREAT news, there is another one coming up next month (June 17th at 7:00 PM!) Get your tickets HERE!

Orleans: Orleans took The Franklin Theatre stage by storm with a special performance highlighting their legendary songwriting prowess and timeless harmonies. From platinum hits like “Still The One” to the infectious melodies of “Dance With Me,” Orleans captivated audiences of all ages with their iconic radio staples. With over five decades of musical excellence and 17 albums under their belt, Orleans proved once again why they remain at the pinnacle of live entertainment, delivering a dynamic blend of unplugged intimacy and full-throttle electric energy. The evening was made even more special with a surprise guest appearance from none other than the legendary John Hall!

Mitch Rossell: From captivating thousands on Garth Brooks’ 2022 stadium tour to earning his first #1 single with “Ask Me How I Know,” Mitch Rossell’s songwriting prowess and undeniable talent came to life at our historic venue. With landmark moments like his Grand Ole Opry debut, where he received a surprise introduction from Brooks himself, Rossell’s original music continues to resonate deeply with audiences, amassing over 103 million all-time streams and solidifying his status as a rising star in country music.

The Money Guy Show: It was an honor to host the first night of the Millionaire Mission Book Tour, presented by our neighbors, Brian and Bo from The Money Guy Show! This interactive event featured a live Q&A and engaging financial insight, and we were thrilled to help kick off this multi-city tour.

Tommy DeCarlo & Jason Scheff: The Franklin Theatre witnessed a night of classic rock bliss as lead singers of iconic bands, Jason Scheff (Chicago) and Tommy DeCarlo (Boston), joined forces for a memorable tribute. With Scheff’s signature high-tenor vocals and DeCarlo’s powerhouse performances, the audience was treated to unforgettable renditions of hits spanning the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Backed by the powerhouse musicianship of SIXWIRE, the concert delivered a timeless journey through the ballads of Chicago and the guitar-driven rock anthems of Boston, leaving the crowd wanting more.

As we bid farewell to May, The Franklin Theatre is still buzzing with the energy of the month’s incredible shows. Don’t miss out on all the fun June has to offer. Check out our full slate of shows, movies and more coming to Main Street HERE!

 

 

 

 

May 6

April Round-Up at The Franklin Theatre

April at The Franklin Theatre proved to be an extraordinary month, filled with an array of events that ignited enchantment and thrill amongst our audiences! From Grammy award-winning musical artists to a show-stopping musical debut and everything in between, April did not disappoint. Let's reminisce on the standout moments from this remarkable month:

Joanne Shaw Taylor: Kicking off the month at The Franklin Theatre was Joanne Shaw Taylor, who electrified the stage, unleashing her signature blend of soulful blues-rock. With a repertoire spanning from her acclaimed album "Nobody's Fool" to tantalizing previews of her upcoming release, Taylor's guitar mastery and vocal prowess soared to new heights, captivating the audience with each riff and lyric. Delving into her rich musical archive and delivering timeless blues classics, Taylor solidified her status as one of the foremost live acts in modern blues, leaving the crowd spellbound in a night of unforgettable soul-stirring music.

The Malpass Brothers: In a night steeped in the rich traditions of country music, The Malpass Brothers lit up The Franklin Theatre with their authentic sound and undeniable charm. From their early days singing in churches to sharing stages with legends, their performance was a masterclass in traditional country, showcasing the timeless melodies and heartfelt lyrics that have earned them worldwide acclaim. With their distinctive style and genuine passion for the genre, The Malpass Brothers proved once again that they are not just a throwback, but the genuine article, carrying the torch for traditional country music into the modern era.

Mac McAnally: Mac McAnally delivered a captivating performance showcasing his latest album, "Once in a Lifetime," which beautifully blends intimate guitar arrangements with poignant storytelling. From nostalgic reflections on his Mississippi upbringing to infectious rhythms infused with optimism, McAnally's masterful musicianship and heartfelt lyrics resonated with fans old and new. With nods to his diverse musical influences and a genuine desire to uplift listeners, McAnally's performance proved why he's a revered figure in the country music landscape.

Only Hope - A Musical Tribute to A Walk to Remember: Only Hope made its debut at the Franklin Theatre to cap off an exciting month on Main Street! Based on the bestselling novel and unforgettable Warner Bros. film that captured the hearts of millions, the unofficial jukebox musical adaptation featured songs from and inspired by the film's iconic soundtrack and stars Brian Logan Dales (pop-rock band The Summer Set) as Landon Carter and Janel Parrish (Freeform's Pretty Little Liars, Netflix's To All The Boys series) as Jamie Sullivan.

From the moment our beautiful marquee lit up Main Street in the summer of 1937, this venue has held a special place in the heart of our community. Stay tuned for all the latest and greatest live music, movies, and shows coming to The Franklin Theatre!

April 4

March Round-Up at The Franklin Theatre

March at The Franklin Theatre has been nothing short of historic, with a lineup of events that brought magic and excitement to “The Jewel of Main Street!” From movie premieres to album release parties and captivating performances, we've had it all. Let's take a look back at the highlights of March:

  • Taylor Hicks LIVE: The energy reached new heights as former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks graced our historic stage with his soulful voice and captivating presence. It was a night to remember as Hicks delivered a performance that resonated with every member of our audience.
  • Jeffrey Steele & Friends: Jeffrey Steele & Friends treated us to a memorable night of music and camaraderie. Special guest Jelly Roll added an unexpected twist to the evening, making it an unforgettable experience for everyone in attendance.
  • Eirann's Irish Dance Spectacular: St. Patrick's Day weekend was a spectacle of Irish culture as Eirann, a group of immensely talented Irish dancers, took our stage by storm with three mesmerizing performances. The spirit of Ireland filled the theatre, leaving audiences spellbound with their grace and skill.
  • Karen Kingsbury's "Someone Like You" Movie Premiere: We kicked off the month in style with the red carpet rolled out for the premiere of Karen Kingsbury's heartwarming film, "Someone Like You." The atmosphere was electric as actors from the movie graced our theatre, adding glamor and excitement to the evening.
  • Sheryl Crow Album Release Party: Wrapping up the month on a high note, Main Street was buzzing with anticipation as we closed it down for the exclusive Album Release Party of Sheryl Crow's latest masterpiece album, "Evolution." Underneath our iconic marquee, guests enjoyed a watch party like no other, celebrating the music of a true legend.

As we bid farewell to March, we look back on these highlights with fondness and anticipation for the incredible events that are still to come on Main Street. Thank you to all our patrons for making this past month truly spectacular!

March 7

Sheryl Crow to Host Album Release Concert Celebration at The Franklin Theatre

Concert performance for release of Evolution, nine-time GRAMMY® award winner Sheryl Crow’s 11th full- length studio album, will take place on March 23rd at The Franklin Theatre; Concert to be filmed and televised nationally on PBS

Sheryl Crow and The Franklin Theatre today announced that the nine-time GRAMMY® Award-winner and 2023 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame inductee will celebrate the release of her 11th full-length studio album, Evolution, at The Franklin Theatre on March 23rd, 2024 with a special concert event.

Tickets are available to Franklin Theatre Loyalty Club members today, with public on-sale this Friday (3/8) at 11 a.m. via The Franklin Theatre’s website: Tickets HERE

The concert will be filmed and broadcast to a national audience on PBS later in the year, marking the first in a series of special events at the Franklin Theatre.

The new album, which features nine new songs, was produced by Mike Elizondo (Dr. Dre, Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Gary Clark Jr) and John Shanks (the track “Do It Again”) will be released via The Valory Music Co. on March 29th. Evolution is available for pre-order HERE. The album’s stunning title track featuring guitarist Tom Morello is out now. Listen HERE and check out the lyric video HERE. A deluxe version of the album includes the bonus track “Digging In The Dirt,” a classic Peter Gabriel song, with backing vocals by Gabriel himself, available this Friday, March 8th.

Evolution is Sheryl Crow at her most authentically human self. “This music and these lyrics came from sitting in the quiet and writing from a deep soul place,” she explains. “I said I’d never make another record, thought there was no point to it. But this music comes from my soul, and I hope whoever hears this record can feel that.”

February 28

T BONE BURNETT TO RELEASE FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN NEARLY 20 YEARS, THE OTHER SIDE, APRIL 19 ON VERVE FORECAST

NEW SINGLE “WAITING FOR YOU” WITH HARMONY VOCALS BY LUCIUS OUT NOW. ARTIST TO EMBARK ON TOUR OF NASHVILLE IN MAY

Grammy-and Oscar-winner T Bone Burnett will release his first solo album in nearly 20 years, The Other Side, April 19 on Verve Forecast. The album’s lead single, “Waiting For You,” with Lucius on harmony vocals, is out today. Watch the visualizer HERE and preorder the album HERE.

Burnett will also play his first full-length concerts in two decades, embarking on a tour of Nashville that begins at the Franklin Theatre on May 3, continues at The Blue Room at Third Man Records on May 9, and concludes at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s CMA Theater on May 10. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 1 at 9am CST, and information can be found HERE.

The Other Side is a return to Burnett’s roots as a singer and songwriter, delving deeply into the myriad genres of American Music. The 12-song collection is centered on a love story, following the journey of a couple that may no longer be of this plane. Co-produced by Colin Linden, Mike Piersante and

Burnett, the album features longtime friends Rosanne Cash and early bandmate Steven Soles, newer artists Lucius and Weyes Blood, and trusted musical companions including Dennis Crouch, Stuart Duncan, Jay Bellerose, and Rory Hoffman.

A deeply personal work, The Other Side features some of the richest vocals and most direct songs of the artist’s long career.

Following his dystopic The Invisible Light series, The Other Side reflects a new outlook and approach Burnett didn’t even know he was seeking. While the album includes some songs Burnett had tinkered with before, the bulk of the record materialized in a sudden burst of writing after he finally allowed himself to buy some new guitars. “Every time I picked one up, a song would pour out of it,” he recalls of this near-magical spark of creativity. “There were all these songs in these guitars. And they just came out over a three-week period.”

When Burnett was making his new record, he was thinking a lot about “you.”

“I was reading a news story that some shocking percentage of number one hit songs had the word you in the title,” he says, and started contemplating who all those “yous” are and what it means when an artist puts them in a song. He realized that for many years, when he worked on his own solo albums as a singer-songwriter—in between acclaimed stints of coaxing the best work out of a wildly diverse set of artists as a producer or curating ideal soundtracks for an equally disparate group of films and series—he had been “tough” on listeners.

“I view the purpose of art as creating conscience, so I was constantly appealing to people’s consciences,” he says of a solo career that stretches back to the mid- ‘70s, “but I realized when a songwriter uses the word you, he is, of course, in the world of conscience, but he’s also in the world of people’s dreams. And when you enter into people’s dreams, you have to be very careful with them.”

This return to form fits seamlessly in the contemporary cultural landscape shaped so heavily by Burnett’s career in the arts. Working on The Other Side, he sought to care for himself as an artist in the same manner he has helped shepherd so many others in the studio and ended up finding himself in the process.

TRACK LIST

1. He Came Down

2. Come Back (When You Go Away)

3. (I’m Gonna Get Over This) Some Day (w/Rosanne Cash)

4. Waiting For You (w/Lucius)

5. The Pain Of Love (w/Lucius)

6. The Race Is Won (w/Lucius)

7. Sometimes I Wonder (w/Weyes Blood)

8. Hawaiian Blue Song (w/Steven Soles)

9. The First Light Of Day

10. Everything And Nothing

11. The Town That Time Forgot

12. Little Darling

T BONE BURNETT LIVE

May 3—Nashville, TN—Franklin Theatre

May 9—Nashville, TN—The Blue Room at Third Man Records

May 10—Nashville, TN— Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s CMA Theater