Our Team
Edley Newman

Edley Newman

Edley’s Bar-B-Que is named in honor of the late Edley Newman, grandfather of owner Will Newman. George Edley Newman, Jr. was born in 1907 in the small town of Viola, TN where he lived most of his life. He left a legacy of generosity, hard work, and southern hospitality that inspired his children and grandchildren. Edley’s Bar-B-Que is “A Tribute to All Things Southern” just as Edley Newman lived his life. He loved his family, friends, and his community and the owners strive to keep this alive through the restaurant. The Edley’s family believes Edley Newman can smell the barbecue and hear the laughter from above.


Will Newman

Owner / Founder

Will and his wife Catharine founded the concept behind Edley’s Bar-B-Que. Will has a passion for good food and Southern hospitality that is found in his restaurant. He worked for years developing recipes and creating a brand that he deemed worthy of his Grandfather’s name.

Will grew up in McMinnville, TN and has always had an entrepreneurial spirit. After graduating from The University of Tennessee he started a Marble Slab Creamery Franchise in Peachtree City, GA and then in Franklin, TN. He attended The University of Alabama School of Law before moving back to Nashville to start Edley’s. He now lives in the 12th South area of Nashville with his wife and son.


Catharine Newman

Owner / Founder

Catharine and her husband Will founded the concept behind Edley’s Bar-B-Que. She grew up in Birmingham, AL where she developed a love of barbecue and a respect for Southern hospitality at a young age. She graduated from Auburn University and then worked in sales and marketing for several years. She lives in the 12th South area of Nashville with her husband and son.


UT Cravin

General Manager, 12South

UT has been with Edley’s from the first day we opened the doors. He has over 20 years of kitchen experience, which is obvious when you see him in action. He grew up in Texas, giving him a love and appreciation for good barbecue. He is a staple at our flagship 12th South location, and sometimes you’ll hear his radio ads on Lighting 100. When we can get him away from the restaurant, he enjoys spending time with his wife, kids, and dogs as well as watching the Cowboys play.