Singer/songwriter & Former U.S. Marine Markus Fox Performs at Puckett’s for TV Show

Marine’s Song and Story Featured in Upcoming Episode Filmed at Puckett’s 5th & Church

Ok y’all, we’ve got something pretty darn cool to announce. A NBC Sports Network show “American Hero Experience” episode is going to be filmed at Puckett’s in downtown Nashville on Saturday, Feb. 2!  Outdoor Music has partnered with the show to help make a dream come true for aspiring singer/songwriter and former U.S. Marine, Markus Fox!

The network is bringing Markus to Nashville to record his song, “Sacrifices,” which will be used periodically on the new show. And he’s performin’ that song at our 5th & Church location… and sharin’ a stage with famed songwriters Wynn Varble, Don Poythress, Karen Staley, and Brad Cotter! How cool is that?

HERE’S THE THING: if you want to see the taping of the show, we’re all booked up (BUT you can call 615-770-2772 for the waiting list). However, we’ve got reservations open for later Saturday night… and you might still catch the crew + Markus!

Why Markus Fox?
Producers of the show were overwhelmed with emails about Markus and “Sacrifices” during their search for a new theme song. They invited Markus and his father to St. Petersburg, Florida to discuss using his song for the show. When the two arrived at the Guy Harvey Outpost, the producers surprised Markus with the news that they had arranged a three-day dream-come-true fishing trip with “Hit and Run” fishing charters.

About Markus Fox
Markus, who served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, had his father ship his guitar to a combat zone, and his music not only became therapy for his time away from his Alabama home, it also lifted the spirits of his fellow soldiers.

More About The Episode
During his time on the water taping the episode, Markus discussed PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the tragic story of a friend he lost during the tour.

About “American Hero Experience”
“American Hero Experience” kicked off January 10, 2013 on the NBC Sports Network. The show is co-hosted by disabled Gulf War Vet Sgt. Joe Kowalski (USMC, Ret.) and Keith Alan, who also serves as Executive Producer of the show. When Kowalski realized how fishing was helping him deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), he figured it could help other veterans, so he started a fishing outreach program. His service to our country as a Marine, and his dedication to his fellow veterans and returning service members made him a natural fit for a television series dedicated to recognizing heroes, creating awareness for their needs and illustrating the therapeutic value fishing provides.

It introduces modern day American heroes who share inspirational stories, as they discover the unique therapy that outdoor recreation provides while on ultimate experiences with pro athletes and celebrities in world class destinations.

About Outdoor Music
Outdoor Music, is owned by Franklin, TN based Dalia Entertainment Group. The indie music label’s catalog includes exclusive Baseball, Hunting, and Fishing Master recordings, like the classic Andy Griffith Show theme song, The Fishin’ Hole, featuring Darryl Worley and Wynn Varble.

2013 Restaurant Week: Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant and Puckett’s Boat House

Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant (both locations in Franklin and Nashville) and Puckett’s Boat House are proud participants of Nashville Originals Restaurant Week, a semi-annual event celebrating local dining. The 2013 winter event is Monday, Jan. 14 through Sunday, Jan. 20.

The week highlights special menus + prices for those who join in on the fun… and our three restaurants are excited about the exclusive dishes the chefs have whipped up for the week!

Check out menus below, and a couple sneak previews for what’s in store.

Puckett’s Boat House

The Boat House at 94 E. Main Street in downtown Franklin has a delicious lineup in store for its lunch and dinner guests who want to indulge in Restaurant Week: Blackened Chicken Oscar, Apricot Glazed Pork Chop Medallions, Bacon Wrapped Gulf Shrimp, a combination oyster platter and three decadent desserts like your grandma used to make!

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

A three-course meal is $20.13, and includes your choice of soup or salad, an entree, dessert and a soft drink or iced tea. Available for lunch and dinner, Jan. 14-Jan. 20. Call (615) 790-2309 for reservations or questions. Enjoy!  [Prices do not include tax and gratuity. Reservations recommended.]

Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant (Franklin + Nashville)

Both our Franklin (120 Fourth Avenue South) and Nashville (500 Church Street) locations are serving up a tasty menu that features Puckett’s trademark Southern touches with a special kick for the week. Dishes include: the Kickin’ Chicken, Bubba’s Bones and BBQ Shrimp & Bacon Grits. Wine pairing suggested with each selection!

Nashville and Franklin menu

A three-course meal is $20.13, and includes a House salad, entree, homemade cobbler and non-alcoholic beverage. Available for lunch and dinner, Jan. 14-Jan. 20. Call 615-794-5527 [Franklin] or 615-770-2772 [Nashville] for reservations or questions. Enjoy!  [Prices do not include tax and gratuity. Reservations recommended.]

Bubba's Bones

The Voice at Puckett’s Giveaway (yes, you read that right!)

How would you feel about snagging the LAST TWO seats to The Voice concert at Puckett’s in downtown Franklin this Saturday, Jan. 12? Yes, we’re talking about THAT sold-out show (click here to read all about it).

Well, we have a contest happening this week where you have a chance to do just that.

The Voice Giveaway

We’ll pick ONE random winner to win two seats to the sold-out concert. To win, here’s what you have to do: 

1. Follow us on Twitter (@puckettgrocery) and tweet “I want to hear The Voice live at @puckettsgrocery in @dwtnfranklintn Jan. 12! #puckettsgrocery #eatlocal” | if you already follow us on Twitter, tweet this and you will be entered

For up to 3 additional entries, you can do two or more of any of the following: 

2.  “Like” Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant on Facebook

3. “Share” THIS Facebook photo

4.  Follow the Puckett’s Grocery Pinterest Page. If you already follow us, “pin” the photo on this page to your account

5. Follow the Puckett’s Grocery Instagram account: @puckettsgrocery

This contest ends on Friday, Jan. 11 at 2 p.m. central. Once the winner is chosen, we’ll make contact and post the name here on the blog. If he or she doesn’t respond within 12 hours, we’ll have to choose another winner, so be sure to check your accounts!

Full disclosure: these are bar seats. The show is sold out, and there is no room for additional seats, or to be moved to a table. There are no tangible tickets, just reservations at the restaurant.

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

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