A Musical Match: Puckett’s Gro. & Music City Roots

In addition to delicious home cookin’, music has been the heart and soul of Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant since day one. We built our name on the live performances and talented songwriters that have graced our humble stage through the years, and that’s a tradition we’re proud to say continues to this day.

So, it made perfect sense for us to form a partnership with another community-oriented, music-lovin’ organization in early 2016: Music City Roots! Many of y’all might not realize that when you head to a Wednesday night MCR show at the Factory, you can grab a plate of your Puckett’s favorites to enjoy while you tap your toes to great tunes.


“We have a lot in common with Puckett’s, which is what makes this partnership so wonderful. We share values, an audience, the spirit of keeping it real, and we both strive to give every guest a great experience,” says Laurie Gregory, Senior Producer and Director of Community Relations at Music City Roots.

Music City Roots, co-founded by John Walker and Todd Mayo in 2009, started out in the Loveless Barn, and moved on over to the Factory at Franklin in July 2014, as Franklin and Williamson County began staking a true claim in the world of Americana music.

“To see Music City Roots blossom and grow from the ground up has been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done,” Laurie says. “My favorite thing to do is to stand at the door at the end of the night and ask people how they enjoyed it. Our guests’ responses, stories and reactions tell us that we’re doing the right thing.”


With artists like The Doobie Brothers, Blackberry Smoke, Parker Millsap, John Moreland and  Sarah Jarosz jammin’ on the MCR stage, it’s no surprise that the organization has become synonymous with Americana excellence. The folks behind MCR ventured into radio, and they’re live on WMOT Roots Radio daily. In fact, it’s now considered the flagship Americana station! Amazing, right?

These guys put on 44 shows per year, meaning that y’all have no excuses not to make it out to at least one. You’ll get delicious eats plus a great show for a reasonable price, and as an added bonus, you’ll be home in time for the 10 o’clock news.

Thanks to our pals at Rustic River Creations, we recently got some new handmade digs at Music City Roots (pictured above), so be sure to come check us out.

We are incredibly proud to be affiliated with an organization doing so much for our community and  exposing countless individuals to the joy that music can bring. To learn more about Music City Roots, visit musiccityroots.com!

Music Mayhem:: Kicking Off Our ‘Ty, Kelly and Chuck’ Spotlight Series in Nooga!

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Hey Chattanooga! Do you love up-and-coming country stars you hear on the radio but don’t want to make the trek up Nashville to see ‘em? 107.9 Nash Icon & the nationally syndicated morning show ‘Ty, Kelly and Chuck’ have your backs! They’ve partnered with us to bring y’all a special show on the first Friday of each month as part of the ‘Ty, Kelly and Chuck’ Spotlight Series.

“107.9 NASH Icon is excited to partner with Puckett’s on the Ty, Kelly and Chuck Spotlight Series. Our morning show, ‘Ty, Kelly and Chuck,’ is plugged into the Nashville music scene and take pride in exposing up-and-coming country artists,” said Dodger, Program Director at 107.9 Nash Icon. “The same musicians you hear featured on Ty, Kelly and Chuck’s 10 Minute Tune will take part in this fun, monthly series.”

The next Ty, Kelly and Chuck Spotlight Series show will be Friday, July 7 featuring Courtney Daly, followed by The Young Fables on August 4, and Kayla Woodson on September 1. All of these shows will begin at 9pm, and there is NO COVER (though tips for the artists are appreciated, as usual).

107.9 will be present at each Spotlight Series show (try saying that 5x fast!), and you’ll have the opportunity to win a giveaway package with various prizes.

What more do you need as an excuse to grab some friends and head our way for a fantastic live show & delicious food?!

For more information about the talented artists playing the Spotlight Series, check out our music calendar here.

Get the scoop on ‘Ty, Kelly & Chuck,’ at tykellyandchuck.com, and find more information about and 107.9 Nash Icon, visit www.1079nashicon.com.


Open Mic Night April 18th @ Puckett’s Chattanooga

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Come out and show us what you’ve got, Chattanooga! We’re hosting an open mic night on April 18th!

What: Puckett’s Chattanooga Open Mic Night (a night for local singer/songwriters/groups to come out and show off your talents)

When: Monday, April 18th at 6PM (local, Eastern time, y’all)

Where: Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant stage | 2 West Aquarium Way, Suite 110, Chattanooga, TN 37402

Additional Details: We will begin sign-ups that evening at 5:30PM. Each artist will be allowed to perform one song–and of course we love originals at Puckett’s, so singer/songwriters are urged to come out! We will have 15 slots available. No more than three folks on stage at one time, so if you’re representing a band it will need to be stripped down. All artists will need to bring their own instruments, and 1/4″ cable(s) if applicable. No drum kits, no amps and no backing tracks. We have a full in-house system and one of our sound techs will be there to assist in mixing and making sure you sound great!

Please note, if you are planning on dining with us this evening be sure to contact the restaurant directly to book a reservation. This is not required, but suggested. You can call us at (423)708-8505 or BOOK ONLINE .


Ring in 2016 the Puckett’s Way

When the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, y’all won’t want to be anywhere else but with us here at Puckett’s!

We’ve got a night full of great drinks, killer music and finger lickin’-good food lined up and we don’t want you to miss out. Whether you’re in for the night-long party or just looking to reflect on a 2015 well-spent with friends and food, Puckett’s has the celebration for you.

Keep reading to see what each of our locations is offering in order for you to ring in the New Year.

Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant (Franklin)

Come on down to either of the two seatings hosted by Puckett’s Franklin this New Year’s Eve to enjoy the sounds of The Soulution—a group who bonded over a love of classic blues and R&B, and who throw in a few rock gems for good measure.

In addition to the concert, Puckett’s Franklin will have a prix fixe menu set up with drink pairing suggestions to go along with each option. For our friends who know they won’t make it to midnight, the first seating is a great option because seating begins at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:45. The cost per person is $50, and includes the special New Year’s Eve meal. To book a reservation, call (615) 794-5527.

The second seating begins at 9 p.m. and the show kicks off at 10:15 p.m. The ticket is $60 per person, and includes the special New Year’s Eve meal, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. To book a reservation, call (615) 794-5527.

Puckett’s Boat House

Guests will rock their way into January 1st with the timeless music of the legendary Elton John! With bandmates Perry Barton, Chip Martin, Lance Hoppen and Brady Spencer, the Rocketmen promise not to disappoint those who want to hit the dance floor.

Seating for the show will begin at 9 p.m. and the performance will start kickin’ at 10 p.m. Tickets to the show are  $25 per person, and include a midnight champagne toast. Call 615-790-2309 to reserve your seat. The Boat House is also providing a special New Year’s Eve menu from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. for guests who can’t make the show! Call to reserve your seat.

Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant (5th & Church)

Those of y’all in downtown Nashville can head over to 5th & Church for a one-hit-wonder highlight reel this New Year’s Eve! The One Hitters take their own quirky corner of the American songbook to play those tunes that hit the top with an unforgettable pop classic.

Along with the show, Puckett’s will also provide an exclusive menu prepared by Chef Keith West, with wine pairing suggestions for each option. Dinner is served at 9 p.m. and the show begins at 10 p.m. Tickets are $70 and include the show, the special New Year’s Eve meal, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Free valet parking is also provided.

Reservations are required, and can be made by calling (615)770-2722. The Nashville restaurant is also serving dinner for diners, prior to the show, who can’t make the concert. Call to reserve your seat.

Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant (Columbia)

Waymore’s Outlaws will be down at our Columbia restaurant to help Maury County friends celebrate 2016! We’ll raise a glass to the New Year with a live, foot-stompin’ performance that is in keeping with the spirit of Waylon and his music.

In addition to the concert, Puckett’s will provide a special menu with drink pairing suggestions for each option.

Seating begins at 9 p.m., and the show begins at 10 p.m. The cost is $50 per person, which includes a special New Year’s Eve meal and champagne toast or shot of Grandaddy Mimms at midnight. Reservations accepted in-store or call us at (931)490-4550.

Dinner will also be serving dinner for diners prior to the show for friends who can’t make the concert. Call to reserve your seat.

Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant (Chattanooga)

Chattanooga friends can head on down to our Chattanooga restaurant to enjoy country singer-songwriter Arlo Gilliam, whose signature of thumpin’, groovy bass licks will usher the crowd into 2016 with high energy!

Seating starts at 9 p.m., and the show begins at 10 p.m. The cost is $50 per person, which includes special New Year’s Eve meal and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Reservations are accepted in-store, or you can call (423)708-8505.

The Chattanooga restaurant is also serving dinner for diners prior to the show, who can’t make the concert. Call to reserve your seat.

Ron Block

From Seat to Stage — All About Ron Block’s “Hogan’s House of Music” CD Release Show in Franklin!

Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name… And we don’t mean the Cheers bar!

Don’t get us wrong, we love everyone who walks through our doors, but there’s a number of regulars who stop in every week, without fail… and they will always hold a special place in our heart. So when Ron Block approached us about having his new album release party, it was a no brainer!

A fourteen-time Grammy winning banjoist and guitarist, Ron is a 24-year veteran of Alison Krauss & Union Station who frequents our downtown Franklin location weekly. Not only has he played on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, but he’s also been on other notable artists’ albums including Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, Alan Jackson, Josh Turner, Little Big Town, Randy Travis, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, and many more. Ron is sorta one of those people who you say, “You never know who you’ll sit by at Puckett’s.”

Ron’s newest and first all instrumental bluegrass album, Hogan’s House of Music, combines brand new originals and older tunes from some of his musical heroes, along with a stellar lineup of musicians including Stuart Duncan, Alison Krauss, Tim Crouch, Sam Bush, Adam Steffey, Sierra Hull, Dan Tyminski, Clay Hess, Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes, Barry Bales, Byron House, Mark Fain, Jeff Taylor, and Lynn Williams. We sat down with him to get the scoop on the upcoming release party and much more! See what he had to say below…

Q: How long have you been coming to Puckett’s and what makes it special for you?

My wife and I have lived in Franklin since 1990, and we’ve been coming to Puckett’s for years. I love the down-home atmosphere and that it’s a local live music venue… plus the food is great! It’s a perfect fit for downtown Franklin.

Q: We’re excited about your new album! What’s the story behind the name?

Hogan’s House of Music was the name of my dad’s rock ‘n’ roll music store that he owned for a lot of years in Lawndale, California. I was getting deeply into traditional bluegrass — Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Stanley Brothers, Larry Sparks, etc. — and while I was working at the store, I was hearing a lot of great rock, blues and jazz guitarists. Hogan’s House of Music personally symbolizes the album’s musical melding of traditional bluegrass-banjo and guitar with inspiration from my favorite blues and rock guitarists.

Q: Favorite track on the album?

Well, I like things about them all but I think “Smartville” is one of my favorites. It has a good, smart-alecky feeling to it.

Q: What made you decide to record an all instrumental record, was this something you have been wanting to do for awhile now?

I’ve considered this idea a lot over the years but I always thought of myself as a songwriter, not an instrumental composer. It just goes to show that how we define ourselves also tends to define what we create. Since working on this album, my personal definition of my abilities is broader now than it was before, which is pretty cool. I really enjoyed writing the tunes for this one.

Q: We noticed that Alison Krauss appears on your new record, how did you differentiate this album from another Alison Krauss & Union Station album?

The feel of a record depends largely upon the chemistry of all the musicians. When we make an Alison Krauss & Union Station record, it is usually just the five of us unless we add percussion on a few tracks. For Hogan’s House of Music, Alison fit in perfectly with the other musicians to create that different kind of chemistry.

Q: Every musician has a session story — what was the most memorable moment during the recording process?

To tell you the truth, I don’t really have a particular moment — sometimes being the guy making the record makes things such a blur because I’m either playing, fixing a chart, explaining an arrangement, listening to overdubs, or any number of other things most of the time. But the cool thing about the entire process was that each session had a different chemistry because we chose to have five different sets of musicians — that was definitely a different kind of thrill for me.

Q: And to finish… Favorite dish at Puckett’s?

The Strawberry Fields Salad, of course! And if you really wanna kick things up a notch, get a turkey burger on top of it. Can’t go wrong.

Ron Block’s Hogan’s House of Music CD Release Show will take place on Sunday, September 27 from 7-9 p.m., as he’s accompanied by exceptionally talented musicians Sierra Hull, Trey Hensley, Todd Phillips, Bryan McDowell and Lynn Williams. 

There will be a $12 cover, and we expect tables to go fast for this one so book yours on our website or give us a call at 615-794-5527 for show and dinner reservations.

{Psssssst! For a sneak peek of what you can expect at the show, check out the video below. And take note of Ron’s hat — we think it’s a pretty good look, don’t y’all?}