Kid Rock wants to be sure the former Nashville home of country music legend Hank Williams is not torn down.
Fund manager Larry Keele bought the 268-acre property in 2021. Since then, residents are raising concerns that the home, called Beechwood Hall, could be demolished.
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The home was built in the 1850s near Franklin, Tennessee, and survived the Civil War. In addition to Williams, country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill also lived there.
“We are sick of seeing history torn to the ground. Whether it be in the form of monuments, statues, and now something so important here in Nashville, like the former home of Hank Williams,” Rock told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Tuesday, adding, “Where does this end?”
Residents in support of “Save Historic Beechwood Hall” purport that despite promises to restore and preserve the property, “the house has been slowly dismantled and the front and back doors are being left wide open” in an effort to “create a perception that the property is ‘too far gone’ to be restored.”
The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, a non-profit preservation organization, recently issued a statement saying that it was working in a “collaborative and positive manner” with the new owners to “create a comprehensive preservation plan, and bring resources and solutions to the table for discussion.”
Keele also reportedly denied plans for demolition, telling Fox News that “contrary to misinformation that is being published, no historical items have been placed in any burn pile and there is no scheduled demolition.”
Yet, Rock questioned the integrity of his intentions.
“It seems like another avenue to tear it down. I don’t think there is anything more important in country music, if not American music, than Hank Williams — the greatest songwriter of all time,” Rock said.
“We kind of feel like we are under an invasion from the state of California, which we understand in a lot of ways. I have a lot of friends here that come from these spots — California and New York City,” Rock added. “A lot of people say it, and they say it under their breath, but they’re scared to say it out loud. So, once again, I’ll be the guy: They come here leaving these woke policies in those cities for better schools, lower taxes, lower crime. You have talked about it a million times. We kind of tell them to leave your f-ing politics at the state line from where you’re coming.”
Rock said he expects more to join the fight against demolishing Williams’s home, including “a lot more country music stars, musicians, just great people in the community that want to preserve this for the next generation to come.”