Franklin Named Top City for Musicians to Call Home

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Because Franklin is only about 20 miles from downtown Nashville, its no surprise that Billboard recognized Franklin’s popularity with musicians, including Franklin on their list of “hot hoods” – the three towns where artists are moving for peace and quiet.

Franklin was the third city on the list. Billboard stated, “Musicians have relocated to Franklin with visions of long black fences and all that land with horses,” says Revolution Real Estate’s Ryan Rygmyr. “Those who have made the move include Justin Timberlake, who throws his Pilgrimage Music Festival in town, and Miley Cyrus.”

Billboard goes on to mention the Franklin Theatre, White’s Mercantile owned by Holly Williams and Puckett’s Grocery where frequent guests include country artist Walker Hayes and Nick Carter.

You can read Billboard’s full article here.

Billboard isn’t the only one recognizing Williamson County’s popularity with entertainers.

Last Thursday, Williamson Inc. hosted their first luncheon event of the year on the Business of Entertainment regarding the impact of the entertainment industry on Williamson County.

On the panel was Josh Berry of Label Live, which currently has an office in Franklin. He told the audience that his company considered expanding to Nashville but realized a majority of his clients live in Williamson County. And to move to Nashville would mean his clients would have to fight traffic to return home.

While notable musicians like Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban, Jason Isbel (and many others) spend time in Williamson County, aspiring, lesser known musicians are attracted to Williamson County, because it provides a creative reprieve, while still being Nashville accessible.


  1. Some of us “musicians” have been living peacefully here in 1990… yep my multiple Grammy award husband and I… we’ve lived in and love Franklin long before it was the cool new hip place… i guess that might make us Originals….

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