Mt. Juliet, TN Culture Scene a Showcase for Fine Arts, Fiddling and Fun

By Chris Russell on April 28, 2011 at 9:30 pm EST
The Art Mill in Lebanon, TN




Culture and creativity come together in Mt. Juliet, where residents find a range of artsy ways to get involved and the local culture scene continues to grow.

Home of Charlie Daniels and The Bradley Barn

Grammy-winning singer and fiddler Charlie Daniels opens all of his concert appearances with the same introduction.

“When we go on stage, we always tell people ‘We’re the Charlie Daniels Band from Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.’” Home to Daniels since 1971, the city features a park (with a playground and walking trail) named after him. 

The historic Bradley Barn recording studio in Mt. Juliet has its own story. Several years after legendary country music producer Owen Bradley and his brother, Harold, built and sold the first studio on what was to become Music Row in Nashville, he created a world-class studio inside a barn in the beautiful Mt. Juliet countryside. Bradley did this in order to have a work location closer to home, but from the early 1960s and into the 1980s, it thrived as one of the most successful studios in country music history. The Bradley Barn is not open to the public.

West Wilson Community Arts Alliance

The West Wilson Community Arts Alliance provides the exciting pop to the arts and culture scene. Organized in 2005 by the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, the WWCAA is a nonprofit arts advocacy and funding group that works to promote, strengthen and support the town’s cultural arts presence. As a result of its efforts, Mt. Juliet now boasts Choral Dynamics, Encore Theatre Company, the Cedar Creek Band and The Fine Arts Guild.

Mt. Juliet-West Wilson County Historical Society

The Mt. Juliet-West Wilson County Historical Society takes pride in telling the rich history of Mt. Juliet culture by discovering and collecting historic material that is special to the area. Since its beginning in 1975, the society has published the Mt. Juliet Cemetery book and the ancestry book of George Washington Cantrell.

Wilson County Fair

Drawing people from across the country, the Wilson County Fair is held for nine days each August on 240 acres at the James Ward Agricultural Center in nearby Lebanon. From humble beginnings, the fair welcomed more than 505,000 people in 2009.

The event is more than just fun and games. Attendees rev their engines for the fair's tractor pulls, automobile giveaways and demolition derbies year after year. Those who prefer something more reflective enjoy photography contests, wine tastings and even Civil War re-enactments. Throw in a barbecue cook-off and a banjo-picking contest and everyone in the family has a reason to smile and come along.

Music City Star

The Music City Star Regional Rail makes it easy for residents to seek out cultural opportunities in nearby Lebanon and Nashville, as well. Since 2006, the rail system has operated on 33 miles of track between Lebanon and Nashville, with a stop in Mt. Juliet.

Around Town

Dot and Stell's offers a unique shopping experience for those looking for the perfect gift for the hard-to-shop-for friend or a little treat for themselves. Started by a mother-daughter duo, the shop has been operating in the area for eight years, and carries an extensive collection of home, yard, lawn, patio and garden items. At the Art Mill in Lebanon, guests become the artists with a step-by-step guide to create their own masterpiece. It's great for groups who need something new to do or individuals looking to unleash their creative side. Another place that allows you to be the artist is Fired Up in Providence, where guests get to paint and design their own piece of unfinished pottery.

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