Americanaville was presented the 2021 Rising Star Award at Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards ceremony held Thursday, Dec. 9 at One Bank of Tennessee.
The Rising Star Award is presented to an up-and-coming business or individual that is putting Livingston-Overton County on the map, and making it an exciting and dynamic place to live and work, and volunteers, promotes, and participates with the Chamber.
Americanaville, the brand, grew from a love of this country and for a love of Livingston. The concept of Americanaville began in Mark Houser’s Livingston basement in July 2013. Houser began drawing the various ways that Americanaville has a positive influence on the community and the country. He began to secure the trademark for the name Americanaville in August 2015 and wrote a song titled “Americanaville”. As time passed he recorded the song as the title cut of his 2021 Blugrass/Americana album of the same name.
In March 2021, a partnership developed with Larry and Christie Hale, and Steve and Cindy Cooper, owners of Livingston’s Steel Coop Restaurant, helping the concept become a reality by giving Americanaville a venue and a partnership leading into future expansion.
On May 6, 2021, Americanaville opened with its first show ever at 208 South Church Street. Since then Americanaville has become a staple in the community.
Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shannon Cantrell said, “We are very thankful to those involved in Americanaville and for helping to put Livingston on the map.”