American music icon and five time Grammy award winner Wynonna Judd released her first new music video in 14 years, recorded right here in Rutherford County.
The visually-compelling "Keeps Me Alive" is set in the graceful Oaklands Mansion, and is a soulful, stirring musical journey showcasing Judd's incredible vocal ability. Wynonna and her band, The Big Noise, are joined on this track by slide-guitar master Derek Trucks.
"This was a meaningful location choice for Wynonna's new video because Oaklands' story is one about strong women," said James Manning, executive director of Oaklands Mansion.
The plantation began when Sallie Hardee Murfree Maney received 274 acres, including a substantial spring and natural wetland, as an inheritance from her father Col. Hardee Murfree, the man for whom Murfreesboro is named. After Sallie's death, her daughter-in-law Adaline Cannon Maney became the second owner of the property, even during her husband's lifetime. It was she who made Oaklands appear as it does today. After her ownership, the mansion was purchased by a wealthy widow from Memphis. Years later, the last person to live at Oaklands, a single woman, left Oaklands and moved to a local hotel. The mansion fell into ruin and would have been demolished if it were not for 10 community-minded women who formed an educational non-profit organization to save the historic site.
Watch the full length video at www.wynonna.com or www.oaklandsmansion.org/museum-videos.
Oaklands Mansion is nestled in Oaklands Park, a community green space that encompasses a native tree arboretum and natural wetlands, including Maney Spring, as well as heritage and native gardens. The mansion is open for guided tours Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 - 4 p.m.