Sep 30, 2021
Nashville’s Big Back Yard is celebrating the accomplishments of its first year! Launched entirely via Zoom meetings during the pandemic, with the assistance of spokesman Mike Wolfe, History’s American Picker, and the community leaders of 12 small towns, this grassroots movement was created to increase travel and tourism to the region while capturing the interest of people in pursuit of a simpler way of life.
To date, Nashville’s Big Back Yard achieved more than 270 million media impressions, engaged more than 50,000 social media followers, and received hundreds of inquiries from people drawn to rural living, remote work, and an affordable lifestyle. 
Read the full press release below for more information.


LEIPER’S FORK, Tenn., Sept. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Launched entirely via Zoom meetings, and with the assistance of spokesman Mike Wolfe, History’s American Picker, Nashville’s Big Back Yard is celebrating the accomplishments of year one. A regional movement of 12 rural Middle Tennessee communities and The Shoals of North Alabama, the organization is taking stock of the year’s success.

With an aggressive PR and social media effort and a grassroots approach to marketing, Nashville’s Big Back Yard achieved more than 270 million media impressions, engaged more than 50,000 social media followers, and received hundreds of inquiries from people drawn to rural living, remote work, and an affordable lifestyle.

NBBY’s comprehensive website achieved in-excess of 100,000 UVM’s and pageviews combined. The site showcases all the towns in the Big Back Yard with robust content – stunning photography, professional videos, real estate information, tourism and relocation stats, and detailed contact information.

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 in a region long known as a destination for musicians, artists, and other creative talent. Debbie Landers serves as the organization’s executive director.

NBBY was created to increase travel and tourism to the region and capture the interest of people in pursuit of a simpler way of life. Nashville’s Big Back Yard includes the Middle Tennessee towns of CentervilleCliftonCollinwoodHampshireHohenwald, Leiper’s Fork, LindenLorettoMount PleasantSanta FeSummertown, and Waynesboro in Middle Tennessee and The Shoals region of Northwest Alabama – FlorenceSheffieldMuscle Shoals.

Mike Wolfe’s participation as a spokesman is inspired by his passion for the backroads of America and a love for Tennessee, where he resides in the Big Back Yard. Wolfe’s involvement, including a video endorsement, helped catapult the initial launch of NBBY to more than 90 million PR impressions and multiple thousands of social media engagements.

“Initially, NBBY was launched as a result of COVID-19’s devastating blow to our nation’s public health and economy, which 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 success of our first year confirms what we already knew. The land is calling people back, and Nashville’s Big Back Yard has an abundance of land, water and world-class music. It’s a great place to visit and an even better place to live. We’re inviting people to come and play in our big back yard.”

Looking ahead, the Big Back Yard partners anticipate their first in-person meeting in November to celebrate the one-year anniversary and the success of Nashville’s Big Back Yard, a movement created entirely via Zoom.


Nashville’s Big Back Yard is made up of 12 small towns under a population of 5,000 between Nashville, TN, and Muscle Shoals, AL. This watershed region is anchored by the historic Natchez Trace Parkway and has endless outdoor adventures and activities, historic landmarks, quaint small towns, and unique places to stay.

Here are just a few of the many experiences waiting for you. 


Rattlesnake Saloon in Tuscumbia, Alabama Photo courtesy of Rattlesnake Saloon

Dinner In A Cave — Tuscumbia, Alabama

Dinner in a cave, live music, southern hospitality, and a ride in the back of a pick-up truck await you at the Rattlesnake Saloon in Tuscumbia, Alabama. The saloon, which is located in a cave, has been featured in national and international travel publications.

The venue is open Thursday through Sunday for lunch and dinner and live music rings through the cave on weekend nights. The natural cave setting offers extraordinary acoustics.

The crowd-pleasing menu features cheeseburgers, homemade chips, onion rings, deli sandwiches, and many other items. Adult beverages are available after 5 p.m. The visitor parking area is located above the cave, so visitors are transported to the venue via the “pick-up truck taxi.”

LEFT: Rick Hall RIGHT: Arthur Alexander

Visit The Hit Recording Capital of The World — Muscle Shoals, Alabama

In 1961 a young recording pioneer named Rick Hall connected with a talented young singer-songwriter named Arthur Alexander. They recorded the single “You Better Move On” together in an abandoned tobacco warehouse in Muscle Shoals, and it became an international hit! Rick Hall went on to build FAME Studios on Avalon Avenue and this song marks the global “big bang” of the Muscle Shoals sound.

Today we salute Arthur Alexander, Rick Hall, and our sister community Muscle Shoals, Alabama “The Hit Recording Capital of the World”. Come Visit the Shoals and FAME Recording Studios & Publishing Co.

3 Mile Lake in Hohenwald, TN

Set Up Camp On The Natchez Trace — Hohenwald, Tennessee

Thousand Trails Natchez Trace RV Campground is a beautifully wooded RV Campground in Hohenwald, TN right off the Natchez Trace Parkway. This picturesque campground features 830 acres of stunning views, hiking, boating, canoeing, fishing, and more. Amenities on the property include a large swimming pool, mini-golf, a restaurant, and a 3-mile lake where anglers can fish for bass, shellcracker, and crappie.

Choose from over a dozen cabins to stay in, bring your own RV, or pitch a tent if you love to sleep right under the stars.

Take a pontoon tour of the lake, play volleyball, basketball, tennis, or billiards. With a library, wifi and laundry all your needs are met onsite. Pets are welcome so bring your furry best friends they will love the dog park!


Brothers, Pat and Mike Green with original Mount Pleasant Records sign Photo courtesy of Visit Mount Pleasant, TN

Explore Local Historic Roots — Mount Pleasant, Tennessee 

Brothers, Pat and Mike Green fondly remember growing up in Mount Pleasant, TN. In the 1960’s they left their quaint town for college and did not return. Now, both brothers are retired and live in neighboring Columbia, TN. This past March, they decided it was time to return to their roots and invest in the revitalization of their beloved hometown.

They purchased a much neglected historic building in the middle of Mount Pleasant’s Historic Downtown District. While cleaning out the building, they were surprised to find an old metal sign that said “The Mt. Pleasant Record”. Even though the building was listed on the historic register as c.1940, they decided that more research needed to be done.

They discovered deeds that date back to 1883 and a fire map from the Maury County Archives listed the property in 1899 as a general store, in 1905 & 1910 as a saloon, and in 1919 as a printing business. This building was the home of the Mt. Pleasant Record, which for over 50 years, was the town’s weekly newspaper.

Mike and Pat, both well-known area businessmen, plan to open an art gallery in early October at this location, and in honor of its past, name it The Mt. Pleasant Record Art Gallery.


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  1. Tammy Riemann

    My husband and I are heading to Iowa to visit antique archaeology to see whatever cast is there from a small town in Ohio. We love the show and watch it all the time. I hope Mike, Robbie, Danielle, or Evan Dave to be there

  2. Pedro Zarimis

    I have been watching your Best of American Pickers in Darwin, Australia and have been enjoying them. I notice that a lot of the items picked are listed as “ to be appraised “ but, in most instances, the appraisals are not shown. I was wondering if you could do a series of specials showing the items picked and the subsequent appraisals. I am certain this would be very interesting for all of us.

    Also, many items are listed for sale but not all are shown when sold. I was wondering if you could also do a few specials on “where are they now?”. That is, what picked items eventually sold for (good or bad).

    Both types of specials would be very interesting.

    Thank you for reading my email.

  3. Garry Reed

    Hi. Mike ,Frank, & Danielle. I hope you are all well. I am glad you decided to do another series thank you all & thanks to your production crew. I watch your show every chance I get. I live in Port Noarlunga South, South Australia. I hope to one day be able to do a trip there & hopefully meet you all in person & possibly buy something from you. Regards Garry Reed.

  4. Cathy krchnavi

    I love the show! Would love to have your autograph’s! Visiting pigeon forge Tennessee ! Aug 12 th to the 19th!

  5. John Blitter

    Actually, love the show without Frank! Mike and Robbie are fair and and not trying to under price a purchase. The brothers interaction with each other and Danielle is not condescending. Press is so one sided with reviews and frankly not at all true. My friends and I are hoping you stick with the present team.
    Best regards. John

  6. Michele D

    My husband is a BIG fan of the show. We are heading to Nashville for our anniversary next month. Hoping to see some stars of the show.Is there a way to set this up prior to coming? Just ordered him a shirt from
    The store website to wear.

    1. Emily Gwin

      We can never say for sure if you’ll get to see Mike or someone from the show but we hope you love visiting all the same! We love Nashville in the fall!

  7. Dr. Leila Farahbod

    Greetings Mike,
    You are a unique artise, ever seen in your style.
    My dream is to meet you , even few minutes, and appreciate cordially for your artistic works comes of your beautiful heart and mind.
    Praying God gifted you to the art world.
    I am Leila, a PHD candidate in Art Research , and holding an art and architecture institute in Iran, and a historical hotel in Shemshak ski resort area, near Tehran, capital of Iran. Both, I and my brother are teaching in Iran universities, as professors,
    Hope the current tentions and wars for more power ends and settle down, when all nations can exchange their knowledge, history, arts and feeling among.
    Proud of having you in this world,
    Hope to meet you soon
    Your fan and co-art
    Leila Farahbod
    Kish International Art University

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