Americana named Chamber Rising Star

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Mark Houser, Tena Rogers, and Christie and Larry Hale accept the 2021 Rising Star Award for Americanaville, front row, as they receive congratulations from, back row, Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce President Mike Powell, Chamber Executive Director Shannon Cantrell, Overton County Executive Ben Danner, and Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes.

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.”