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‘Sick’ of It: Kid Rock Blasts Potential Destruction of Hank Williams Sr. Home in Tennessee

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Singer-songwriter Kid Rock is lashing out at woke culture warriors again, this time over the potential destruction of a home that once belonged to an iconic country music entertainer.

Late last week, the kid responded to reports that Beechwood Hall, which is located in Franklin, Tenn. and was built in the 1850s, going on to survive the Civil War, may be torn down though it was once owned by renowned country singer Hank Williams Sr.

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In addition, country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill also owned the home at one point.

Fox News reported that “fund manager Larry Keele bought the 268-acre estate in 2021, but Williamson County residents fear for the home, alleging demolition could be in the near future.”

In response, Kid Rock told host Tucker Carlson that he is “sick of seeing history torn to the ground” for the sake of wokeness.

“Whether it be in the form of monuments, statues and now something so important here in Nashville… where does it end?” he asked. “We kind of all knew that from the beginning, once this fiasco started, that it’s never going to end.”

“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,” he told Carlson. “They come here leaving these woke policies from these cities for better schools, lower taxes, lower crime.

“We kind of tell them, leave your effin’ politics at the state from which you’re coming,” The Kid continued. “I don’t think there’s anything more important in country music — if not, American music — than Hank Williams, the greatest songwriter of all times.”

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The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, a non-profit preservation organization, said in a statement it is 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.” 

“Our preservation team has recently been to the site. We were able to offer best practices that were implemented to secure Beechwood Hall from further damage from elements, animals, and more – protecting the home now is a vital first step to long-term preservation,” the statement continued.

“Working with many leading partners in architecture and preservation, our next step is to deliver a comprehensive preservation plan to the owners in the coming weeks. The full might of our resources and many talented partners is being put into this plan, which we have been working diligently on for weeks,” it said.

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“We are encouraged by the enthusiasm to see Beechwood Hall preserved. Know we all want the same resolution and are doing everything possible to achieve it,” said the foundation, going on to blame some “inflammatory statements” regarding the situation.

“It is unfortunate this earnest enthusiasm for preservation has been marred by some false and inflammatory statements which ultimately harms these preservation efforts more than it helps. We’d ask you to keep your enthusiasm and support for preservation and block out any sensationalism or misleading information that is damaging to our ongoing efforts and communications with the owners regarding Beechwood Hall. Staying positive as you advocate for preservation will create the best conditions for a successful resolution,” the statement continued.

Keele has also released a statement on behalf of the organization, saying there are currently no plans to demolish the home. “Contrary to misinformation that is being published, no historical items have been placed in any burn pile and there is no scheduled demolition,” he said.

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He went on to say that the home had not been inhabited for several years and as such was in a “deteriorated state” when he and his wife bought the property. He did confirm that a rear portion of the home built in the 1970s had been removed because it was not historical.

Kid Rock told Carlson that he hopes more people will speak up and speak out against the potential demolition of Beechwood Hall and push for it to be preserved.

“I think there’s going to be many, many people [who] will get on board. They can go to savebeechwood.org, and I think you will see a lot more country music stars, musicians, just great people in the community that want to preserve this for the next generation to come. Generations beyond that,” he told the host.

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