OFFSTAGE: One of the American Pickers Is Nashville’s Newest Pick

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There’s a new songwriter in town. Mike Wolfe. The name may be new to Nashville and country music, but it’s not new to anyone who likes old junk. Wolfe is the star, along with Frank Fritz, of the hit TV show American Pickers. They even have a shop, Antique Archaeology , in the old Marathon Automobile car factory on I-40 where they sell the treasures they pick up on their journeys on the show. But even with shows and shops, he’s managing to get his songwriting gig off to a good start. Wolfe’s already been working with Dale Watson and, according to the The Tennessean newspaper , they wrote three songs in four hours. Picking, though, will always be in Wolfe’s blood. “I’ve been looking for treasures in the trash forever. When I was 5, I had my first big score when I found a pile of old bicycles in my neighborhood on trash day. And I was always bringing home old bottles and other random stuff. I never thought of it as junk. To me, it was beautiful,” he says on his website, adding “tune up your guitar and stay a while. Nashville’s always been pickin’.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.