Former ‘The Voice’ Contestants Are Performing at Puckett’s in Franklin Jan. 12

On Saturday, Jan. 12, nine former contestants from NBC’s The Voice three seasons will gather for an intimate, singer-songwriter concert at Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant in downtown Franklin. The show will be the first of its kind for The Voice alumni, according to participating artist Nicole Johnson’s manager, Shannon Johnson.

“As far as I know, nobody has done anything like this at all. This will be the first big collaboration among the seasons, and we’re excited that it’s happening at a place as special as Puckett’s,” Shannon said. “There were so many other artists that wanted to play; we just didn’t have enough room. We’ve gotten such good feedback from people, and they are super, super excited.”

Nicole, a Team Blake contestant on season three, is the only artist who has performed at Puckett’s in the past. After talking with the Southern grocery and restaurant, she gathered the musicians from seasons one, two and three to host a performance that will include three rounds.

“Each artist will perform three songs, no back tracks and at least two originals. We told them that this is Nashville, and this is the way we do it!” Shannon said.

“What’s really cool about this is that most of these people have never performed at Puckett’s before. The two places Nicole and I always think is such an honor to sing at are Puckett’s and Bluebird [Café].”

Puckett’s General Manager Max Stephenson said tickets sold out nearly two weeks before the concert, and there has been a definite buzz surrounding the event.

“The response has been incredible. Our community is thrilled that we’re using our traditional Puckett’s format to host these particular artists,” Stephenson said. “We’re honored that they will be performing at Puckett’s, and that a collaboration that is the first of its kind is taking place in downtown Franklin.”

The participating artists for the Jan. 12 concert are: Adley Stump (season two); Celica Westbrook (season three); Cherie Oakley (season one); Jessica Cayne (season three); Jordan Rager (season two); Nicole Johnson (season three); Patrick Thomas (season one); Rudy Parris (season three); and 2Steel Girls (season three).

The concert is a sold-out event, BUT we are hosting a giveaway for two tickets HERE!!!!!

Puckett’s has decided to live-stream the performance for the public—a first for the restaurant. The concert will also be on singer Nicole Johnson’s site at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nicolejohnsonmusic.

One Joyful Night with Nashville Rescue Mission

This past weekend, our crew at Puckett’s 5th & Church was gifted a special kind of holiday memory.

The place was packed Sunday evening with men from the Nashville Rescue Mission’s life-recovery program, guys who’ve worked with the organization to get back on their feet after experiencing addiction, abuse or some other life-debilitating situation. We collaborated with the Mission to host a private, sit-down dinner with an accompanying live performance from The Renegades—and it was a more joyful experience than we could have ever anticipated.

Puckett's Nashville Rescue Mission

Let’s backtrack for a second. When the team at Puckett’s 5th & Church was brainstorming about ways to give back during the Christmas season, several of the staff members mentioned the Mission. We’re all familiar with the Mission and its programs through past projects, and know what a difference they make for the hungry and the homeless. Just working downtown gives us a front-row seat to the challenges they face every day, and it hits close to home. Our Director of Operations Claire Crowell reached out to Lee Ann Dichtel, the Mission’s marketing director, and they immediately set this event up.

The night started out with the 75-plus men filing in—all smartly dressed—and digging into plates piled high with pulled pork BBQ, Southern fried catfish and our special Chiliburger. Our all-volunteer staff spent time with each table, getting to know the guys and sometimes, sitting down to hear their stories.

After cobbler and coffee, the Renegades took the stage. Let’s start out by saying this group is not your average praise and worship band. The small man getting down on the harmonica all night? That was none other than Charlie McCoy, a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee and musician who’s played on the records of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and more.

By the time the group’s hour-long set was over with, there wasn’t a man left in a chair. The whole room was clapping and singing to the likes of Collective Soul’s “Heaven Let Your Light Shine Down” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Some were even dancing—we caught a fun moment with Tyrus and Michael on film (see below)!

The most emotional part of the night was one of the closing songs, “How Great is Our God” by Chris Tomlin. Lee Ann said it’s a Mission favorite, and it stopped the whole room. Every man was on his feet, most singing along with our staff members.

The Renegades

From the moment the menus were passed out to the last tune, the night felt like a celebration…. A party for these guys and what they’ve accomplished. It was a special experience for both the men and our Puckett’s family: Program Director Curray Womack told us than in his 23-year experience with the Mission, the guys have never had a night like this one.

There was fellowship and and there was service, but I think everyone at Puckett’s that night would agree that we were the ones who were ultimately served.

More About the Mission
The Mission is dedicated to helping the hungry and homeless, and offers programs that focus on spiritual growth, education, employment and life-recovery. The men’s life-recovery program uses a Christ-centered approach to helping men 18 years and older resolve personal problems and chemical addictions.

Nashville Rescue Mission event

As you can tell from this photo, we all had a lot of fun!

Charlie McCoy

Charlie McCoy gettin' down on the harmonica!

Tyrus in mid-groove

Autumn, Lee Ann and Claire

General Manager Autumn with some of the guys

David, a program participant, and two Mission volunteers

Puckett’s Teams Up With Hatch Show Print

Have you heard? We teamed up with the historic Hatch Show Print company to offer a gift that keeps on giving!

We created 100 limited-edition “Be Real Get Local” prints with Hatch to sell at our downtown Franklin and downtown Nashville locations, with proceeds benefitting the Nashville Rescue Mission and Mercy Community Healthcare (formerly Mercy Children’s Clinic). It’s the perfect present this holiday season, with a great story behind it that your loved one is sure to appreciate!

How much are they?
Each restaurant will offer 50 numbered, one-of-a-kind prints for a minimum donation of $25.

Where can I buy them?
At Puckett’s in Franklin (120 Fourth Avenue South) or our location in downtown Nashville (500 Church Street). You can also order the prints online HERE, over the phone, or come in to pick ’em up!

About Mercy Community Healthcare
Mercy Community Healthcare (formerly Mercy Children’s Clinic) provides complete primary healthcare to patients of all ages, both insured and uninsured.

About Nashville Rescue Mission
The Nashville Rescue Mission is dedicated to helping the hungry and homeless, and offers programs that focus on spiritual growth, education, employment and life-recovery.


Puckett's 2012 Hatch Show Print

The Puckett’s Hatch Show Print

Hatch Show Print is one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the country, and it just so happens to be down the hill from us in Nashville, right on the Broadway strip. They’ve been creating these amazing posters for everyone from Hank Williams to Garth Brooks, The Grand Ole Opry to small tent revivals for many years. In fact, when you go to a show at the Ryman today, and you see those cool posters that they sell for every show, you’re looking at a Hatch Show Print.

We’ve known for a long time that a Puckett’s Hatch Show Print was something that we wanted to do, but it wasn’t until we started discussing our plans for Christmas fund-raising that we found the right time to do it. The idea was to have the team at Hatch create a limited edition Puckett’s poster, and we would donate the sales to local organizations in our Nashville and Franklin communities. The idea was a hit with everyone, so we connected with Hatch right away on coming up with something really cool.

It was neat to see how they run their letterpress shop. Type is laid out by hand, chosen from the drawers and shelves that contains letters, some over 100 years old. Rolling the poster through the press is done in stages, so if you have a 3 color poster (like we do), they would roll each sheet through the press three seperate passes. Even the design process itself is nostalgic- no high-tech computer programs involved what-so-ever, you deal with them in person or via fax. You let them know the text you’d like and they take it from there. A mock-up was made, with simple black ink, we loved it and the presses started rolling! What they are doing in that shop is really amazing, and their team of artists are so good at what they do, they actually make it look easy! (Y’all really owe it to yourselves to take a little field trip to Hatch Show Print. The historic Nashville institution is open Monday-Saturday, and it’s free to stop in and browse.)

Hatch Mock up and Inside

We’re so happy with the final product, and hope y’all love it as much as we do! We’re selling them now at our Nashville and Franklin Puckett’s Gro. locations for a minimum donation of $25. These limited edition prints are the first in what is sure to be a long running series. We invite y’all to stop by in person and purchase one. We’re especially excited to be selling these on Small Business Saturday, November 24- which is a day to celebrate and support small businesses.

Puckett's 2012 Hatch Show Print

In Nashville we’re donating the sales to the The Nashville Rescue Mission. Many of y’all have heard of the Mission, but just in case- The Nashville Rescue Mission is a Christ-centered community dedicated to helping the hungry, homeless and hurting. They strive to restore hope and transform lives by offering programs that focus on spiritual growth, education, employment and life-recovery. $2.26 provides a meal to a homeless man, woman or child.

In Franklin, we’re donating to Mercy Community Heathcare (formerly Mercy Children’s Clinic), which provides complete primary healthcare to patients of all ages, both insured and uninsured. Their services include sick and urgent care, counseling and social services, chronic illness management, and psychiatry. Because 70% of Mercy’s patients are uninsured or on TennCare, they need to raise $1.3 million annually.

Both of these organizations do so much for our communities in Middle Tennessee. We’re really honored to be able to do something for them this Christmas season!

Pam shows off a daily special in Franklin

Get To Know The Family: Pam Pelham

This week we’re featuring a face that many of y’all know and love- Pam Pelham! Pam was one of our very first servers to join the Puckett’s family several years ago in Franklin. She has that special knack to make our guests feel like they are the only guest in the restaurant. Pam has regular customers who have been loyal to her for years. Her feisty attitude and charming smile make your day start right at Puckett’s! She loves her hubby, Greg, and her three handsome sons, Hunter, Lane, and Dillon.

Pam shows off a daily special in Franklin
We asked Pam some “Get To Know You Questions” and this is what she had to say:

What’s your favorite thing about working in Nashville/Franklin?
Great atmosphere/fun! Love the people

What brought you to the area?
Family

What is your favorite type of music- do you have a favorite local band/artist?
Country / Duh! Michael McDonald

If you had friends or family coming in from out-of-town, what local attraction would you make sure to take them to?
Dinner at Puckett’s, Show at the theatre, then Sweet CeCe’s

Meet any celebrities while working at Puckett’s, if not who would you love to see walk thru the doors today?
Have met and made wonderful friends with some celebrities, but I would love to meet Jim Parsons… The Big Bang Theory (Sheldan Cooper)

If you weren’t working for Puckett’s, what might you want to be doing for a living?
No clue… haven’t though about it.

If you could have supper with anyone, who would it be and why?
Betty White, I am sure she has some awesome stories to tell

What’s your favorite thing on the menu?
Bologna w/eggs for breakfast or as a sandwich for lunch

What word describes you best?
Determined