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Tony And Emmy Award-Winning Entertainer Alan Cumming Brings Acclaimed Cabaret Show To Nashville On May 31

Tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org

Alan Cumming, the Tony, Olivier and Emmy Award-winning actor, singer, writer, producer and director brings his highly-acclaimed cabaret show, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater on May 31.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.

Cumming is described by Time magazine as one of the most fun people in show business, by the New York Times as a ‘bawdy, countercultural sprite’ and by the Guardian as ‘European, weird and sexually ambiguous’.

Appearing most recently on Broadway in the 2014 Roundabout Theater Company revival of Cabaret, Cumming premiered his celebrated new show, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, in 2015 at New York’s legendary Cafe Carlyle. He has since toured the show throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. In February 2016, he returned with the show to New York for a sold out, solo debut at Carnegie Hall and released a live album of the same name.

Cumming has won more than 30 awards for his humanitarianism and social activism, received both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards from his homeland and was made an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for his contributions to the arts and LBGT equality by the Queen, whose portrait was taken down when his was unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2014.

Cumming is many things to many people – renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon viveur – but to himself he is a story-teller and provocateur for hire. He lives in New York CIty and Edinburgh with his husband, illustrator Grant Shaffer, and their dogs, Jerry and Lala.

If You Go:
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs
May 31, 2018
7:30 p.m.
James K. Polk Theater
505 Deaderick St.

Tickets:
TPAC.org
615-782-4040

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.

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Charlie Worsham Releases Debut Book “Follow Your Heart”

FEATURING A FORWARD BY MARTY STUART,
ALL PROCEEDS BENEFIT WORSHAM’S FOUNDATION

TO JOIN MIRANDA LAMBERT ON SELECT DATES IN 2018

Charlie Worsham reading from his book at an event last night at Nashville’s Station Inn.
Photo credit: Jason Meyers

Charlie Worsham’s debut book, Follow Your Heart: A Guitar, A Tattoo, And One Man’s Country Music Journey, is now available (purchase here). Published by Spring House Press and featuring a forward by Marty Stuart, all proceeds from the book go toward Worsham’s Follow Your Heart Scholarship Fund. Created in partnership with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the fund supports the youth of Grenada, Mississippi—Worsham’s hometown—who possess uncommon talent and desire to achieve great things in the arts. In its first two years, the organization has raised nearly $100,000, including $35,000 at this past weekend’s gala in Grenada. The second annual event featured special guest and newly inducted Country Music Hall of Fame member, Don Schlitz, as well as an auction. More information can be found at www.FollowYourHeartArts.org.

Worsham will perform at Opry at the Ryman this Friday night as part of Marty Stuart’s 25th Opry anniversary celebration and will join Miranda Lambert on select dates on her 2018 Livin’ Like Hippies Tour. The performances follow a year of extensive touring for the acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician, who recently concluded a month-long tour of Europe. See below for complete itinerary.

The upcoming shows will feature songs from Worsham’s acclaimed album, Beginning of Things, out now on Warner Bros. Records / Warner Music Nashville (purchase here). The album includes 13 new songs, 9 of which Worsham co-wrote, and was co-produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Aubrie Sellers) and Eric Masse (Miranda Lambert, Rayland Baxter, Mikky Ekko) with Arturo Buenahora, Jr. (Eric Church, Dierks Bentley) serving as the Executive Producer.

Critical praise for Beginning Of Things

“…shows him to be one of country’s most formidable dark horses, a quiet
contender worthy of the attention and airplay claimed by his less cerebral
contemporaries.” —American Songwriter

“If ever there was a champion for truth in life and music, it would hands-
down be Charlie Worsham.”—CMT

“…he’s the sort of artist who can do it all. As he returns with his second album,
Beginning Of Things, he’s got everybody in the know in Nashville rooting for
him.”—NPR’s All Things Considered

“…Worsham has made a sophomore album that, if there’s justice, will
give him an unforgettable year.”—NPR Music

 ““Like [Miranda] Lambert, Worsham is making a space in country music for
subtle challenges, using humor and insight and undeniable musical talent. He’s a
serious contender, even as he makes us all smile.”—NPR Music

“…a combination of that gentle spirit and rebellious streak – with plenty of
room to showcase his serious guitar chops.”—Rolling Stone

“…a skillful, dazzling array of musical genres that suggest the work of
a seasoned veteran.”—Rolling Stone

 “For country fans, Beginning of Things is already one of the most-anticipated
records of 2017.”—The Tennessean

Beginning of Things is one of the most intelligent and skillfully crafted
albums of the year so far.” —WXPN World Café

CHARLIE WORSHAM CONFIRMED TOUR DATES

December 1—Nashville, TN—Opry at the Ryman*

December 8—Escondido, CA—Carols by Candlelight

December 9—Escondido, CA—Carols by Candlelight

March 22—Newark, NJ—Venue TBD†

March 23—University Park, PA—Bryce Jordan Center†

March 24—Winston Salem, NC—Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum†

*as part of Marty Stuart’s 25th Opry Anniversary

†as part of Miranda Lambert’s Livin’ Like Hippies Tour

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Album Review: Danielle Bradbery | I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET

Photo credit: Cameron Powell

Danielle Bradbery’s sophomore album, I DON’T BELIEVE WE’VE MET, releases December 1st.

This album shows growth and introspection from the powerful vocalist who up until this point following THE VOICE has been highly-underated, in my opinion.  There is no reason she should not be garnering #1 hits and award nominations.

This album could be her game-changer as emotional songs fill this stellar release.

Standouts for me off this album are “Potential” and the vibey “What Are We Doing”.  Lots to love here!

Buy it on December 1st, it’s a must have from this incredible songstress.

 

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Legendary Blues Artist Robert Cray Performs One-Night Only At TPAC On Feb. 27

Legendary guitarist-songwriter and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert Cray will perform at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater on Feb. 27.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.

Growing up in the northwest, Cray listened to the gospel of the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, Bobby Bland’s soul, Jimi Hendrix’s rock guitar and the Beatles’ pop sounds. Cray brought these influences into play throughout his career, and has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades.

The glow of a career in music began when Cray was a teen, and in 1974 it burst into flames as the Robert Cray Band came together in Eugene, Oregon. In time, Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases – 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts – and played bars, concert halls, festivals and arenas around the world.

The first black artist since Hendrix to rise to such levels of fame in rock music, Cray’s sensational career includes five Grammy Awards and many W.C. Handy blues awards. In 2013, Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

For his latest project, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, Cray traveled to Memphis with his friend, renowned Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Jordan, to make a classic soul album with Hi Rhythm, the band that helped create that sound.

If You Go:
Robert Cray
Feb. 27, 2018
8 p.m.
TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater
505 Deaderick St.

Tickets:
TPAC.org
615-782-4040

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.

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Brantley Gilbert Debuts “FANDOM: FULLY COMMITTED” Today  

Courtesy of the Valory Music Co.

With Rolling Stone calling THE DEVIL DON’T SLEEP (The Valory Music Co.) one of the year’s Best of Country and Americana so far this year, alongside Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Alison Krauss, Nikki Lane and Jason Isbell, it feels like the critics are recognizing the lived-in truth of the Georgia born, raised and living songwriter thoroughly inhabits. But to understand the back-to-back PLATINUM success of HALFWAY TO HEAVEN and JUST WHO I AM, it comes down to understanding the bond between BRANTLEY GILBERT and his fans, known as the BG Nation.

With a tireless hard-ticket touring schedule that focuses on the Rust Belt, Northeast, West and entire South, it’s tricky being in the right place at the right time to catch him. So when the Opry Entertainment Group wanted to kick-off a new series dedicated to the fans, they knew exactly who the right artist to set their tone was: Brantley Gilbert and the always zealous BG Nation.

“When the Opry people came to us about kicking off their series Fandom,” recalls the man who won the American Music Awards Best Country Album for Just Who I Am, “I was all about it. We didn’t quite know how it was going to work, but I knew wherever they went, they were going to find the very best people in the world.

“When we got into taping, it was so much about Marc and Tina (Schardan) — I loved that! Loved the idea viewers would get a sense how blessed I am, because they were going to get to see what I see: the kind of soul I see every night when I go out and meet the people who love this music.”

With Rolling Stone calling Gilbert’s latest single “the soundtrack to Friday night in small towns everywhere,” it’s that ability to tap into how people between the coasts, the ones who work hard 60 hour weeks, that’s given the man whose penned six No. 1 singles, including Jason Aldean’s CMA Awards Song of the Year nominated “Dirt Road Anthem,” such a passion point with the BG Nation.

“Even before we had a record label, there were people who believed in this music. They believed in the things I was writing about, and they came to the shows, because my songs were their life.  When you talk to the BG Nation, that’s what they say.  But when you hear their stories, listen to them talk about their lives, that’s when what we do out on the road and in the studio gets real.”

Saying and seeing are two different things. To check out what “Fandom: Fully Committed” is all about, go to People.com (link live at 10:00A ET) – and meet one of the diehard fans who believe in Gilbert’s full-throttle way of life.

“What I love is they make it about Marc! I mean, there’s a little of us in there, but it’s really about one of so many awesome people who believe – and live – this music,” Gilbert says. “The BG Nation are friends. They don’t get enough credit in what we do, for how they inspire us – and the way they share their lives with us through how the music is part of their life.  So, I love everything about this show. And having just done our baby announcement with People, well, they understand why friends and family are so important. So where else would we debut this?”

“Fandom: Fully Committed” is dedicated – like Gilbert – to showing people the essence of what makes Country music lovers special. They set a high bar with BG Nation, who begin coming together again as THE ONE’S THAT LIKE ME 2018 TOUR kicks off February 1 at Worcester, MA’s DCU Center.

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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Serves Up A Fine Pair Of Exclusive “I LOVE COUNTRY” Collections On Vinyl

UMe/UMG Nashville’s pair of hit-laden compilations on vinyl, “I Love 80s Country” and “I Love 90s Country” is now exclusively available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations nationwide and online at shop.crackerbarrel.com..

“I Love 80s Country” features 12 country superstars who have collectively sold a staggering 200 million albums. Included in the chart-toppers on this collection are the queen of country herself, Reba McEntire, with her faithful vow to stand by her man regardless of “Whoever’s In New England,” in addition to The Oak Ridge Boys’ deep-voiced signature song “Elvira,” Lee Greenwood’s forever-patriotic anthem “God Bless The U.S.A.,” and Kathy Mattea’s touching truck driver’s retirement tale, “Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses” — not to mention the defiant but proud “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” a galvanizing live performance from Barbara Mandrell that also features George Jones and was recorded in Nashville in 1981.

“I Love 90s Country” features a dozen country superstars of its own, who also have collectively sold over 200 million albums. Reba McEntire returns with her heartfelt cover of Bobbie Gentry’s female empowerment anthem “Fancy,” while Billy Ray Cyrus makes an indelible mark with his chart-topping debut single “Achy Breaky Heart.” Also included are Trisha Yearwood’s “She’s In Love With The Boy,” Shania Twain’s “The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You),” and Vince Gill’s “I Still Believe In You.”

Both vinyl volumes are being sold exclusively at all Cracker Barrel locations and can also be ordered online here: http://shop.crackerbarrel.com/music-movies-books/music/vinyl

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I Love 80s Country

Side A
1.  The Oak Ridge Boys: “Elvira”
2.  Kathy Mattea: “Eighteen Wheels and A Dozen Roses”
3.  Lee Greenwood: “God Bless The U.S.A.”
4.  Don Williams: “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good”
5.  Eddie Rabbit Featuring Crystal Gayle: “You And I”
6.  Conway Twitty: “That’s My Job”

Side B
1.  Patty Loveless: “Timber I’m Falling in Love”
2.  Reba McEntire: “Whoever’s In New England”
3.  Dan Seals: “Bop”
4.  The Oak Ridge Boys: “(I’m Settin’) Fancy Free”
5.  T. Graham Brown: “Hell and High Water”
6.  Barbara Mandrell Featuring George Jones: “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool”

 

I Love 90s Country

Side A
1.  Billy Ray Cyrus: “Achy Breaky Heart”
2.  Deana Carter: “Strawberry Wine”
3.  Trisha Yearwood: “She’s in Love with The Boy”
4.  David Lee Murphy: “Dust on The Bottle”
5.  Shania Twain: “The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)”
6.  Reba McEntire: “Fancy”

Side B
1.  Tanya Tucker: “Two Sparrows in A Hurricane”
2.  Vince Gill: “I Still Believe In You”
3.  Tracy Byrd: “The Keeper of The Stars”
4.  Mark Chesnutt: “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”
5.  Mark Collie: “Even the Man in The Moon Is Crying”
6.  Lee Ann Womack Featuring Jason Sellers: “A Little Past Little Rock”

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Buy Tickets Now For The Inaugural NASHVILLE WINTER WINE FEST On Jan.6th

Don’t miss out on the inaugural NASHVILLE WINTER WINE FEST, which will be held on Saturday, January 6th from 1-5pm. We will have over 50 wines as well as a selection of local beer to choose from. There will be live music, a DJ, and food will be available for purchase. The wine list will be added to the website soon. nashvillewinefestivals.com

This is sure to be a great time to help beat the winter blues following all of the excitement of the holiday season. Get your tickets now by clicking HERE.

LOCATION:
Marathon Music Works– 1402 Clinton St, Nashville, TN 37203


PRICE:
Tickets are now on sale. $45 in advance and $50 after December 28th. Sales tax and ticket fees will be added. More details and the link to tickets can be found at our event website: nashvillewinefestivals.com

ON THE NET:

Web: nashvillewinefestivals.com

FB: facebook.com/nashvillewinefestivals
IG: @nashvillewinefestivals

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Michelin Star Chef Chris Anderson Brings His Signature Restaurant, WESTEND, To The Hutton Hotel

An exciting, new restaurant, WESTEND, is set to open at the end of November inside Nashville’s Hutton Hotel.

This new establish to Nashville’s burgeoning culinary scene is to be the signature restaurant of famed Michelin star Chef Chris Anderson.

Thoroughly-enjoyed the @nashvillelifestyles' BRUNCH and BLOODYS today from 10am-12pm for $25 pp at the door. Free brunch food & bloody marys in the beautiful, historic @unionstationnashville hotel that used to be a train station in downtown Nashville!👀🍾🍽😃 —————————————————————– New Restaurant Opening: Michelin star-rated Chef Chris Anderson is opening his brand new restaurant, #WESTEND, at the @huttonhotel at the of the month. Can't wait to see what he comes up with! His food is always creative, flavorful, and beautifully-presented. He served chicken and waffle cupcakes for brunch today. Tasty!! 🍽 ================================= #brunchandbloodys #unionstationhotel #nashvillelifystyles #thingstodo #brunch #food #foodie #insta #nashvilletn #nashville #tennessee #fun #weekend #photographyeveryday #photography #chef #restaurant

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We had the pleasure of talking to & sampling some of Chef Chris Anderson’s creations at the 2017 Music City Food + Wine Festival in September and, most recently, last weekend at Nashville Lifestyle’s BRUNCH AND BLOODYS event at the Union Station Hotel. With both, we found that his culinary creations were not only skillfully & creatively-presented to appeal visually to consumers, but combine a variety of flavors and seasonings that create a taste explosion in one’s mouth that would appeal to discriminating palettes and foodies everywhere.

Anderson carries quite the resume as he makes his way to Nashville by way of Chicago and Palm Springs after spending time developing his talents in the kitchens of 3 Michelin-starred Chicago heavy hitter, Alinea, as well as the now defunct L2O & Moto. Most recently, he was the executive chef at the SO•PA Restaurant at L’Horizon Resort & Spa in Palm Springs.

The North Carolina native intends to combine some of his favorites from his home state to fuse into favorite flavorings that are uniquely-Nashville. Think hot crab, for instance, a twist on hot chicken; a favorite of Nashvillians made famous by Prince’s Chicken many years ago and crab meat, a delicacy of North Carolina. He likes to call it “progressively Southern cuisine”. We can’t wait to see what all he comes up with!

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Carly Pearce Celebrates Radio & Sales Milestones

Pictured (L-R): BMLG CMO Mike Rittberg, Big Machine Records GM Jim Weatherson and VP Promotion Kris Lamb, Carly Pearce, BMLG President & CEO Scott Borchetta and BMR National Director of Radio Promotion Erik Powell. Photo credit: Katie Kauss

Leading into the holiday season, CARLY PEARCE has a lot to be thankful for surrounding her momentous breakthrough year. On Friday night (11/17), her Big Machine family surprised Carly during her set on Brett Young’s sold-out CALIVILLE TOUR stop in Nashville. Celebrating recent sales and radio milestones, the special plaque commemorates Carly’s first No. 1 single, the GOLD-certified hit “Every Little Thing.” The blockbuster title track from her debut album (Big Machine Records) also earns the top spot in Canada this week on the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay charts, following her initial reign in the US last week. Carly has the highest charting solo female debut since July 2015, joining an elite group as one of only three women to accomplish this feat in the past twelve years. The Pandora “Artist to Watch” is also the only solo female with a charting Country debut single to achieve GOLD certification in 2017 with over 500,000 in consumption sales.
 
Fans throughout the tour have been treated to live performances of more album tracks, including Carly’s next single. “Hide the Wine” officially impacts Country radio December 4, listen now.
 
Carly will join the lineup for Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville (#NashvilleNYE) alongside Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Cheap Trick, Jonny P and the Fisk Jubilee Singers at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. In early 2018, she heads out with both Blake Shelton’s COUNTRY MUSIC FREAKS and Thomas Rhett’s LIFE CHANGES TOURS. For a full list of tour dates and more, visit CarlyPearce.com.
 

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Country Icon Mel Tillis Passes Away At Age 85

Following a lengthy struggle to regain his health, country music legend Mel Tillis passed away early this morning at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. Tillis battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure. Tillis was 85.

 

The Country Music Hall of Famer leaves behind six children (Pam Tillis, Connie Tillis, Cindy Shorey, Sonny Tillis, Carrie April Tillis, and Hannah Puryear), six grandchildren, a great grandson, a sister (Linda Crosby) and brother (Richard Tillis), the mother of five of his children (Doris Tillis), his longtime partner (Kathy DeMonaco), and many lifelong friends and fans around the world.

 

The Tillis family asks for your prayers and will soon release more information regarding funeral services in Florida and Nashville.

 

Lonnie Melvin Tillis was born in Tampa, Florida on August 8, 1932. Throughout his 60+ year career, the Grand Ole Opry member recorded more than 60 albums, had 35 Top Ten singles, six #1 hits (“I Ain’t Never,” “Coca-Cola Cowboy,” “Southern Rains,” “Good Woman Blues,” “Heart Healer,” and “I Believe In You”), was named the Country Music Association’s coveted Entertainer of the Year, and was elected a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He wrote over 1,000 songs, 600 of which have been recorded by major artists including Kenny Rogers (“Ruby, Don’t You Take Your Love To Town”), George Strait (“Thoughts Of A Fool”), and Ricky Skaggs (“Honey, Open That Door”). Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) named Tillis Songwriter of the Decade for two decades. In February of 2012 President Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts.

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