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Published on March 1st, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


“Home Town” Stars Erin & Ben Napier Talk HGTV, Home Depot, Mississippi, Music & More

Erin and Ben Napier — stars of HGTV’s Home Town — live and restore homes in a small town in Mississippi. Erin is an artist who started her career in corporate graphic design and Ben is a woodworker with a degree in history. With their HGTV series, home-buying families benefit from Erin’s imaginative hand sketches and Ben’s custom handiwork showcasing local reclaimed materials.

The couple — who as newlyweds bought and restored a 1925 Craftsman-style cottage — are involved in a local organization that strives to improve and grow the historic downtown district in which they reside. Ben has served as president of the group, and Erin uses her graphic design skills to create nostalgic branding and marketing to inspire their Mississippi city’s rebirth.

I had the pleasure of doing Q&A with both Erin and Ben Napier — as filmed and embedded below — about their hit show, their current work with Home Depot and a variety of other topics. More on the Napiers can be found online at and

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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