Mike Wolfe, Community Leaders Launch “Nashville’s Big Back Yard”

Mike Wolfe
photo by Nashville Big Backyard

American Picker Mike Wolfe is joining leaders from 13 rural Middle Tennessee and Northwest Alabama communities to launch a new regional movement dubbed “Nashville’s Big Back Yard.”

Nashville’s Big Back Yard (NBBY) is a region anchored by 100 miles of the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway that connects communities with populations under 5,000 — from Leiper’s Fork, Tenn., down to The Shoals of Ala. In the age of coronavirus, small communities are seeing a surge of interest from people who are drawn to rural living, remote work, and an affordable lifestyle.

“This global pandemic is making folks rethink how and where they want to live and work,” said Wolfe, a rural Williamson County resident who has traveled tens of thousands of miles and gained millions of fans as the star and creator of HISTORY’s “American Pickers” series in a release. “I know first-hand how much rural communities have to offer. Now is the perfect time to think about getting out of the cities, and back to small town Main Streets and open spaces. I’m honored to help shine a light on the communities in Nashville’s Big Back Yard.”

To help roll out Nashville’s Big Back Yard, Wolfe produced social media content that is being used on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to promote the Middle Tennessee communities of Centerville, Clifton, Collinwood, Hampshire, Hohenwald, Leiper’s Fork, Linden, Loretto, Mount Pleasant, Santa Fe, Summertown, and Waynesboro— as well as The Shoals area of Northwest Alabama.

Nashville’s Big Back Yard is the result of lengthy conversations during COVID-19 spearheaded by Leiper’s Fork philanthropist Aubrey Preston and led by community leaders.

“We appreciate Mike’s support of our movement to engage people who may be looking for a change of pace, including a more affordable lifestyle,” said Lewis County Mayor Jonah Keltner. 

Kevin Jackson, executive director of The Shoals Economic Development Authority, added, “The Shoals area is uniquely positioned for growth as people move from densely populated cities in search of a better quality of life.”

“While COVID has dealt a devastating blow to our nation’s public health and economy, it also has led people and communities to think about who we are and what we do,” said Preston, who has spent more than 25 years working on rural preservation efforts including the popular Americana Music Triangle. “The land is calling people back, and Nashville’s Big Back Yard has an abundance of land, water and world-class music. We’re inviting folks to come and play in our big back yard.”

According to data from the National Association of Realtors, median home prices in Nashville’s Big Back Yard averaged less than $170,000 vs. the national median home price of $241,300.

For more information, visit nashvillesbigbackyard.org.


  1. This is incredible offensive. We are not Nashville’s backyard. Nashville has become the garbage dump of Tennessee. Its out of control gang activities which come to our communities to rob, steel, kill, etc. and return to their safe haven of Nashville. Nashville government is doing next to nothing to rid itself of gang activity. The last 2 mayors actually encouraged and protected gangs.

    Our communities out side of Nashville are not, and are in no way part of Nashville. We are the last of the free communities in Tennessee. If you look at how the current government in Nashville has turned Davidson county into a communist community were the government is encouraging neighbors to spy on neighbors and restricting the peoples freedoms under false pretenses. Using scare tactics to take away peoples liberties. You can see why we want nothing to do with Nashville. Our communities are reasonable peaceful places to live, not as a result of Nashville, but in despite of Nashville which continually destroys the surrounding area.

    If you enjoy Nashville, then please stay in Nashville. Do not bring your garbage, your politics, your crime, your traffic, and all your big city problems to our communities. We are better off without Nashville.

  2. I think this is great. Would love you all to come visit Parsons. We recently left the big city for a calmer way of life. We have found it and are so glad we went for it.

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