Franklin’s Factory Says Farewell to ‘Music City Roots’

“Music City Roots” has called Liberty Hall in the Factory home for the last three years. The live radio show has broadcast from there since 2014, and Franklin residents are sorry to see it go.

“The room sounds amazing and it played host to shows we’ll never forget, including a special night with the Doobie Brothers, several AmericanaFest shows and the epic Night Train to Nashville collaboration with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum,” coproducer Craig Havighurst said in the group’s announcement.

Founded in October 2009, “Music City Roots” is a weekly live musical variety radio show hosted by Grammy-winning artist Jim Lauderdale. Streamed live every week online to a global audience and airing on more than 25 radio stations, “Music City Roots” has aired nationally in 75 percent of the United States on public television.

“We confront the bittersweet ending of an unsettling year and the end of a nice long run in the vibey and comfortable Factory at Franklin,” MCR wrote on their blog. “As you’ve heard, MCR is taking a semi-hiatus in the first half of 2018 with roughly monthly remote shows (“Roots On The Road”) at various venues before settling into a new home in the heart of Music City at the Yee Haw Brewing Co.’s new 1,000 capacity venue.”

Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman 
Selling Their Leiper’s Fork Home

Want a chance to own a piece of royalty? Country music and Oscar royalty that is! Residents Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman have put their 5,086-square-foot home on 35 acres with four bedrooms, four full bathrooms and two half-baths on the market for a cool $3.45 million. The listing, by French King Fine Properties, states the property has been renovated and expanded, has a brick farmhouse, guest cottage, barn, garden, trails and hilltop building site with view. The couple bought the home for $2.4 million back in 2007. Urban and Kidman reportedly still own a 12,000-plus-square-foot mansion in Nashville, so we can continue to enjoy running into them around town! 

Franklin’s Newest Hotel Opens 
in Berry Farms

A new, 124-room upscale property located in the heart of the Berry Farms community has opened. Hampton Inn and Suites Berry Farms is located just minutes from Franklin’s historic downtown district and Cool Springs corporate offices.The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held December 7. The Hampton Inn is the first to be completed in the neighborhood, with a Holiday Inn Express and Marriott’s Residence Inn opening soon.

The Berry Farms district is one of the fastest-growing areas in the greater Nashville region and an economic engine for the city of Franklin. The 600-acre master planned, mixed-use community serves as the southern gateway to Franklin.

Johnny Cash Museum Celebrating Icon’s Birthday with New Exhibition

The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville will be celebrating what would have been the global icon’s 86th birthday with a new exhibition opening on February 26. “The Man in Black: The Style of Johnny Cash, Curated by Manuel” will feature costumes, measurements, materials and designs that branded the legendary image of what would become one of the most applauded acts in American music history. Cash made the color black a household name. In the ’80s, Manuel opened his Nashville location and to this day, this octogenarian is an in-demand designer that operates his shop and showroom at the corner of Eighth and Broadway in Nashville. For more on Manuel, visit For more info on the museum, visit