Puckett's Chattanooga Name That Smoker

Fire it Up, Chattanooga! {Name That Smoker Contest}

Now that we’re officially a month in since the grand opening of Puckett’s Chattanooga, it’s time for one of our favorite traditions…….. the “Name That Smoker” contest!

As y’all know, we smoke our BBQ slow ‘n’ low over cherrywood, just like Andy’s done from the very beginning in Leiper’s Fork.

In an effort to honor our most faithful employees (haha), we have a long line of aptly-named smokers that are unique to each restaurant’s location, including Hog Father in Nashville, Jolene in Franklin, Cherry Underwood in Columbia, and Hoss & Lil Joe riding behind Ms. Trolley Parton for events.

The Hog Father in Nashville receiving some well-earned camera time from Travel Channel! He's a hard worker, smokin' all those meats.

The Hog Father in Nashville receiving some well-earned camera time from Travel Channel! He’s a hard worker, smokin’ all those meats.

Chattanooga’s smoker has been patiently waiting, but the time has come for the Scenic City to get fired up and leave THEIR mark on the first Puckett’s smoker to ever live outside of Middle Tennessee!

The challenge is on for all you Chattanoogans to come up with a fitting name for the piece of culinary wonder that brings y’all our world-famous ribs, brisket and pulled pork.   

As if putting  your mark on Puckett’s Chattanooga isn’t reason enough to put that thinking cap on, the first and second place winners will win some pretty great prizes too—First Place includes a $100 Puckett’s gift card, a one night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn from Vision Hospitality group, a certificate for a stay at the Chattanoogan Hotel and tickets to the Aquarium from the Chattanooga CVB. And Second Place is no loser: they’ll receive a $50 Puckett’s gift card and tickets to the Creative Discovery Museum from the River City Company!

To enter, you’ll be commenting on THIS Facebook or Instagram post with 1) your suggestion and 2) your email (so we can contact you when we announce the winner on October 31!). Let those creative juices flow, Chattanooga — can’t wait to see what you come up with!


Contest Notes:

  • You don’t have to live in Chattanooga to enter.
  • We reserve the right to remove any inappropriate content.
  • By giving us your email, you give us the right to include you in our email database and contact you if you are the winner.
Columbia Football Fever

Your New MVP: Monday Night Football Coming To Downtown Columbia!

Calling all football fanatics in Columbia! Just call us your new MVP…. Starting October 5, we’re taking your Monday Night Football game plan up a notch with two-for-one drafts, half-priced appetizers and our newly extended Monday hours (now open until 9)!

Whether you’re cheering on the Titans, rootin’ for all-stars on your Fantasy Football roster or just enjoying the game, grab some friends and snack on some cherry wood-smoked hot wings. This is your chance to get up close and personal with Peyton, run a hail mary with “Megatron” and experience MNF like never before. So call an audible on your usual routine and join us in downtown Columbia—we’ll have a cold brew waitin’ on ya!

For reservations, call (931) 490-4550.

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?}

West Family Benefit

Columbia Comes Together For West Family Benefit Concert

One of our favorite things about the Columbia/Maury County community is the tight-knit bond these folks have and their willingness to support each other — and we’re proud to be a part of that. Showing those in our community a little #puckettslove is what we love most…. which is why we’re hosting the West Family Benefit Show featuring The Larson Family this Saturday, Sept. 19th at 8 p.m. in downtown Columbia!

All tips donated during the show will be given to the West ladies — a close, local family of three daughters and their mother who have happily lived on a self-sufficient homestead for the past 20 years.

Due to recent changes regarding the land they’ve lived on and loved for so long, the family was forced to move into a temporary housing arrangement for the time being. For that reason, our community is locking arms with the Wests in an effort to help them build a permanent home.

Blessed with a rich Southern musical heritage, Vicki and her daughters, Jasmine, Cecilia and Hannah, have been singing and playing music together for years with a blood harmony sound that’s reminiscent of old country and mountain music from days gone by.

The Larson family

The Larson family

When fellow musicians Don and Shelly Larson heard about the West ladies’ situation, they decided to kick things up a notch to help out. The couple, along with their four children Gracey, Amy, Emily and Zach, love to sing and perform acapella hymns, which is why they resolved to use their family’s gift of harmony to raise funds through a benefit concert at Puckett’s.

According to Shelly Larson, her family couldn’t help but get involved.

“As Christians, we strongly believe God gives you things to direct your path,” she said. “The West ladies are very good and loving women who do a lot of service in their community. When we decided to do the concert and were looking for a place to host it, everyone I talked to said Puckett’s was the best place in the whole world — the owner has such a spirit of giving about him, and Puckett’s comes with that reputation.”

This Saturday’s show will feature the Larson family, in addition to other local musicians and vocalists with no cover charge. Call us for reservations (931-490-4550), and help support your local community!

“People can do anything when they come together,” Shelly said. “So come out, do what you can and enjoy the evening!”

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Puckett’s Partners With WCCASA To Support Our Community’s Children

For the months of September and October, y’all come down to our downtown Franklin Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant and Puckett’s Boat House to help us raise money and awareness for a very important organization making a difference right here in Franklin. Williamson County CASA (WCCASA) is a local nonprofit that advocates for abused or neglected children in the court system with a force of 80-plus volunteers to make sure that every child has a stable family to return home to each night.  

This year WCCASA is hosting the Third Annual Twice Daily Playhouse Raffle in which the community can purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a professionally designed 60-square-foot playhouse. To do our part to support this great cause, we’ve partnered with WCCASA to sell raffle tickets in both restaurant locations up until the raffle winner is announced at downtown Franklin Pumpkinfest on Saturday, October 24!

But it gets better—we’ve decided to go one step further in helping out this great cause that we love here at Puckett’s. So, during the month of September, when you purchase one raffle ticket—normally $20—at Puckett’s in downtown Franklin or Puckett’s Boat House, we’ll pick up $10 for y’all, making your ticket only $10!

Be sure to come out to one of our Franklin locations, encourage your children to color in their dream playhouse on one of our WCCASA coloring pages and help us help WCCASA raise their goal of $40,000 and continue advocating for our children right here in Williamson County.

Learn more about WCCASA here.