open Mic Songwriter Contest!

open Mic Songwriter Contest!

Posted in the Kingston Springs Forum

Keith Mohr

Brentwood, TN

#1 Sep 4, 2008
Award Winning Franklin Venue holds "Rising Star" Contest

"Local singer-songwriters invited to share their song, audience and judges to pick winning songwriter and song"

September 3, 2008-- FRANKLIN, TN--Puckett's Grocery, an award winning Franklin eatery and live performance venue announces, "Puckett's Rising Star" an open-mic songwriting contest to discover the next hit songwriter. Puckett's Grocery in Franklin, TN has quickly established itself as one of the few premier venues in the Nashville area to hear the very best singer/songwriters in country music. Puckett's Grocery has also won multiple "Sizzle Awards," for the area's best eatery and live performance venue over the past several years.

Puckett's owner, Andy Marshall states, "There is so much talent in this area. We at Puckett’s are proud to showcase some of Nashville’s best undiscovered artists who could be soon become a new rising star.”

The contest starts Tuesday September 16 from 7:00-9:00 PM, and will be held subsequent Tuesdays for 7 weeks. Each of the 7 preliminary events will feature up to 20 singer/songwriters, picked at random through a drawing to perform one song each. Audience members can cast their vote for their favorite songwriter, and a small panel of industry judges will also select their favorite songwriter. The semi-final round will be held Tuesday, November 4 from 7:00-9:00 PM featuring the top 14 singer-songwriters. At the final event, the Top 4 singer-songwriters will perform in the round on Tuesday November 11, 2008 from 7:00-9:00 PM.

The winning singer-songwriter will perform their songs in the round with 2 other well known singer-songwriters on Saturday, November 29, 2008 from 8:00-10:00PM. The winning singer songwriter will also receive $500.00 cash, and other prizes to be announced soon. As a special bonus at the end of each event, a well known singer-songwriter will perform several of their hit songs while votes are being tabulated.

There is no fee for singer-songwriters to enter the contest, come to Puckett's Grocery 120 Fourth Avenue South in Franklin at 6:00PM on Tuesdays to register for each preliminary event. Make sure to bring all of your fans, because they will pick 7 of the finalists! Everyone is invited to perform their song, bring your guitar and your best song (keyboard will be provided). If your name is drawn, you will perform! If it isn't, come back the following week and enter again. At the end of each preliminary event, 5 names will be drawn guaranteeing them a performance in the following preliminary event.

For more information, contact Keith Mohr at,

Founded by the Puckett family in the 1950s, Puckett’s has served as a country store to several communities in Williamson County. It has always been the place to buy some food, grab a good homemade sandwich and catch up on the day’s events in the world and at home. Andy Marshall bought the Leiper’s Fork Puckett’s Grocery in 1998. In 2002, Puckett’s branched out to start a formal dinner and music program. With all of the talented writers in and around town, this Friday night writers’ show grew fast with folks coming from all over to hear some of the finest that the industry has to offer in a cool, eclectic environment. Before too long, another opportunity opened up to expand Puckett’s to Marshall’s hometown and first love for community, in Historic Downtown Franklin. The music continues there, and the food is fabulous. For more info, visit

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