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Many Of The Biggest Names In Country Music Came Together For A Good Cause Sunday Night

Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Keith Urban played a star-studded, sold-out fundrasing show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena last night (11/12). Proceeds from COUNTRY RISING, presented by Hilton and Dollar General, are going towards the Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which was established to support charitable initiatives to help victims of the September 2017 hurricanes — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. Additionally, the fund will also envelop victims of the recent shooting in Las Vegas.
Donations are still being accepted and you can support the cause by texting “NASHVILLE” to 41010 to make a $10 donation or by visiting www.CountryRising.org.
PHOTOS for outlets wishing to support and cover the event are available gratis here.

For more information, visit: www.CountryRising.org.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.

About Hilton
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,000 properties with more than 825,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.

About Dollar General
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at everyday low prices in convenient neighborhood locations. Dollar General operated 14,000 stores in 44 states as of August 19, 2017. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Clorox, Energizer, Procter & Gamble, Hanes, Coca-Cola, Mars, Unilever, Nestle, Kimberly-Clark, Kellogg’s, General Mills, and PepsiCo. For more information on Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com.

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A Thousand Horses Saddle Up For Kid Rock’s GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH Tour 2018

Photo credit: Ford Fairchild

With fans and critics anticipating, “Are A Thousand Horses about to become the world’s biggest Southern rock band?” (Classic Rock), the hard-charging quartet is hitting the trail with a defiant, genre-busting icon in the new year. They’ve been selected by the “American Badass” himself – KID ROCK – as direct support for his GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH TOUR 2018. 


Set to take the stage for massive arena concerts, A THOUSAND HORSES can’t wait to showcase their “hard, Southern-rock edge” (Entertainment Weekly) to rowdy fans of their provocative host. Huge crowds will be looking to turn loose, and the band is more than happy to oblige with fist-pumping hits like their GOLD-certified #1 debut, “Smoke,” and good-timing latest single, “Preachin’ To the Choir.”

“Last year we had the opportunity to do two nights at Fenway Park with Kid Rock and to get the chance to tour with him in 2018 is a dream come true,” stated A Thousand Horses. “We have been big fans for a long time and can’t wait to get on the road to prove Southern Rock is alive and well.”
 
With tickets on sale now, the tour will kick off in Nashville on January 19 and includes dates from New York to Nevada, culminating with a show at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Events Center on March 24. 
 
Here’s a complete list of the dates, cities and venues that will feature A Thousand Horses:
 
January 19 – Nashville, Tennessee – Bridgestone Arena
January 20 – Louisville, Kentucky – KFC Yum! Center
February 2 – Tulsa, Oklahoma – BOK Center
February 3 – Houston, Texas – Toyota Center
February 9 – Atlanta, Georgia – Infinite Energy Arena
February 10 – Charlotte, North Carolina – Spectrum Center
February 16 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Air Canada Centre
February 17 – Columbus, Ohio – Nationwide Arena
February 23 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Wells Fargo Center
February 24 – Cleveland, Ohio – Quicken Loans Arena
March 2 – Uncasville, Connecticut – Mohegan Sun Arena
March 3 – Baltimore, Maryland – Royal Farms Arena
March 9 – Newark, New Jersey – Prudential Center
March 10 – Nassau, New York – NYCB LIVE
March 16 – Chicago, Illinois – United Center
March 17 – Omaha, Nebraska – CenturyLink Center
March 20 – Denver, Colorado – Pepsi Center
March 23 – Phoenix, Arizona – Talking Stick Resort Arena
March 24 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Mandalay Bay Events Center
 
Lauded as “Country’s coolest band” (Rolling Stone), A Thousand Horses is made up of Michael Hobby (lead vocals), Bill Satcher (lead guitar), Zach Brown (guitar), and Graham Deloach (bass). 
 
This summer the band released their scorching, live-focused project, BRIDGES, which includes six swaggering new tracks like “Preachin’ To the Choir” and seven acoustic versions of the their best-loved jams – including breakout smash, “Smoke.” The album was co-produced by the band themselves with studio aces Corey Crowder and Dann Huff. Each of the acoustic tracks was recorded live, with six taking shape in London’s famed Metropolis Studios (recorded live-to-vinyl) and “Smoke” filling the air during a raucous night in the Nashville tourist destination of Printer’s Alley.
 
Their first album, SOUTHERNALITY, was released to Top 5 success in 2015, leading to nominations at the ACM Awards, American Country Countdown Awards and the CMT Music Awards, a tour with superstar Jason Aldean and a string of international concert dates. The band is currently in the studio working on the next evolution of their muscular Southern Rock-meets-Country sound.
 
ABOUT A THOUSAND HORSES
America’s bona fide band of brothers A Thousand Horses delivers an authentic fusion of Southern Rock and contemporary Country mixed with rowdy jams. Their 13-track project BRIDGES features working man’s anthem “Preachin’ To the Choir” along with seven acoustic tracks, six of which were recorded live in the U.K. at the famed Metropolis Studios. The group’s debut single “Smoke” made Country Aircheck history as the highest debut for a new artist and solidified the band (with at least three members) as the first this decade to score a #1 with their first single on the Billboard Country Airplay Chart. A Thousand Horses have landed multiple awards show nominations, most recently vying for the title of New Vocal Duo or Group Of The Year at the 52nd Annual ACM Awards. The band’s debut album, SOUTHERNALITY, blends Southern Rock and influential sounds of The Black Crowes and Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street era. The talented foursome soars with Michael Hobby on lead vocals as Bill Satcher and Zach Brown on guitar and Graham Deloach on bass round out their unique grooves. After opening for Country powerhouse Jason Aldean and a string of performances in the U.K. last fall, A Thousand Horses are currently headlining shows across the U.S. before kicking off their opening run on Kid Rock’s GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH TOUR 2018 in January. New music from the band is on the horizon, with details coming soon. For more information and tour dates, visit AThousandHorses.com

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Thomas Rhett Continues To Accelerate With Ninth Career No. 1 “Unforgettable,” His 3rd Chart-Topper In 2017 And Fasted Rising Single So Far

Photo courtesy of the Valory Music Co.

Current multi-CMA nominee and ACM Awards Male Vocalist of the Year THOMAS RHETT’s career continues to skyrocket as “Unforgettable” hits No. 1 today on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase charts, reaching the top in just 14 weeks as the fastest-peaking song of his career so far. The “charming” (Rolling Stone) single is also holding the No. 1 spot for the third straight week on the Mediabase Canada Country chart. “Unforgettable” is the second single from Thomas Rhett’s Billboard 200 chart-topping release LIFE CHANGES (The Valory Music Co.), marking the third No. 1 this year and the ninth of his career.

“This is a really cool way to kick off CMA week,” said Thomas Rhett. “It’s always a good week because everyone is in town, we all get to see each other, hangout backstage at the show, but to also find out ‘Unforgettable’ is No. one is awesome.”

Thomas Rhett is currently nominated for three CMA Awards including Male Vocalist of the Year, Musical Event Of The Year and Music Video of the Year for the No. 1 GOLD-certified lead track “Craving You” as well as an American Music Award for Favorite Country Male Artist. He has earned major trophies from the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Billboard Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, iHeart Radio Music Awards and more while also drawing GRAMMY® Awards and Teen Choice Awards nominations, among others.

In September, Thomas Rhett released his third album LIFE CHANGES, the biggest, boldest-sounding record of his career, filled with a diverse batch of songs united by the “consistency of their craft” (Variety) as he stretches his sound to new limits. Highlighting his “detailed style of songwriting” (Rolling Stone), the new release debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, marking the first Country release to take the top spot in 2017.  He recently announced his headlining LIFE CHANGES TOUR 2018, following his in-demand HOME TEAM TOUR which has sold out 27 stops so far this year and continues this week in Europe. For more information and for a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit ThomasRhett.com.

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Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum Celebrates The Holidays With Deck The Hall Presented By Balsam Hill

The holiday season is just around the corner, which means it is time, once again, to Deck the Hall at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum. Throughout Deck the Hall presented by Balsam Hill, the museum will be packed with seasonal activities that blend music, art, education and even Santa Claus, offering fun for the entire family.
“We are thrilled about our partnership with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It has been an incredible collaboration to bring to life our shared vision of a spectacular Christmas tree for the tree lighting ceremony,” said Kristen Gasior, CMO for Balsam Hill, retailer of realistic Christmas trees and Christmas décor. “We are so happy to be part of such a nostalgic family event, and we can’t wait to see how our giant Rockefeller tree and its beautiful ornaments will look all lit up for this special event.”

Festivities begin at 4 p.m. on Nov. 24, with a performance of hits and holiday classics by country music star, philanthropist and radio host Tracy Lawrence.. He will then light a new, twenty-five-foot Balsam Hill Christmas tree in the museum’s Mike Curb Conservatory and Lawrence will sign copies of his new album, Good Ole Days, available for purchase in the Museum Store.

Throughout the holiday season, the museum will offer many free activities. Children of all ages can have a free photo taken with Santa Claus on both Saturdays and Sundays during Deck the Hall. Don’t miss Santa on Nov. 25–26, Dec. 2–3, Dec. 9–10 and Dec. 16–17. String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry, a puppet show created by a partnership of the Nashville Public Library’s Wishing Chair Productions and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, returns to the museum for a two-day run, Nov. 24–25.

On Nov. 25 Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Daniels will sign copies of his new memoir, Never Look at the Empty Seats, purchased from the Museum Store.

On Dec. 3, all ages can pull a free Hatch Show Print poster for themselves. Participants will learn about letterpress printing from the staff of one of the oldest working letterpress print shops in the United States. Hatch staff will help participants create their very own letterpress art using carved wood, linoleum and metal block images from the Hatch collection.

Additional hands-on activities in the Taylor Swift Education Center (TSEC) will provide fun for the entire family throughout Deck the Hall, including cookie decorating on Sundays, Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10. Museum admission or membership is required for programs in the TSEC. Cookies, icing and edible decorations will be provided. For a complete list of activities, click here.

“With a long-standing commitment to the Middle Tennessee community, the museum is filled with family programming all year long, including the holidays,” said Ali Tonn, director of education and public programs for the museum. “We always look forward to celebrating the season with our locals by offering special programs to get everyone in the holiday spirit. And it is a perfect time for local families to use our new Community Counts program and come Deck the Hall with us.”

Through Community Counts, youth (ages 18 and under) who live in Cheatham, Davidson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson or Wilson county will receive free walk-up admission outside of school hours, and up to two accompanying adults will receive a 25 percent discount on admission. Click here for more information on Community Counts.

Back by popular demand, the museum will present A Legendary Holiday at Historic RCA Studio B, which will include a tour of the studio and a holiday concert with guitarist Meagan Taylor, great-niece of Chet Atkins, and pianist Jason Coleman, grandson of Floyd Cramer. In the very same studio where Country Music Hall of Fame members Atkins and Cramer popularized the Nashville Sound more than fifty years ago, Taylor and Coleman will perform Christmas classics and timeless songs originally recorded in the RCA studio. The performance will also include special guest appearances from Country Music Hall of Fame member and frequent Studio B session player Charlie McCoy and classic vocalist Mandy Barnett a modern torchbearer of the Nashville Sound. Dates are Dec. 16 and 17. Seating is limited and tickets are $25. Tours depart from the museum at 3 p.m. and return at 5 p.m.

The museum’s retail shops have items for every shopper’s budget this season. Visit the Hatch Show Print Store for a large selection of handmade prints, cards and branded merchandise, or choose a one-of-a-kind framed monoprint from Hatch Show Print’s Haley Gallery. Offerings from Circa and the Museum Store include vinyl LPs and CDs, specialty books, Nashville-made gifts, food and home accessories, men’s and women’s apparel, jewelry and much more.

Access to most holiday programs is free with museum admission and free to museum members. Individual memberships start at $50 and make great holiday gifts. Perks of membership include free admission to the museum and hundreds of programs each year; invitations to exclusive members-only events; and discounts at the Museum Store, Circa, Hatch Show Print Store, 2|22, Red Onion, and Bajo Sexto Taco.

Deck The Hall receives additional support from Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated and Hilton Nashville Downtown. A comprehensive list of all Deck the Hall activities can be found at countrymusichalloffame.org/deckthehall2017.
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Kelsea Ballerini Releases Highly Anticipated Sophomore Album Unapologetically – AVAILABLE NOW

The wait is finally over, as Grammy-nominated hitmaker Kelsea Ballerini releases her latest album Unapologetically. The project serves as the CMA “Female Vocalist of the Year” nominee’s sophomore release, and the follow-up to the Gold-certified debut, The First Time, which also produced multiple Platinum-certified hits.  After just 9 minutes, the official release the album hit No.1 on the iTunes Country Albums chart and is No. 3 on the All Genre Albums chart.

 

“Legends,” the lead single from Unapologetically, has continued to turn heads while currently racing up the charts. The track immediately charged its way into the Top 15 on the iTunes All-Genre Songs chart within 12 hours of its release. Additionally, her empowering anthem “Miss Me More” stormed its way to No. 1 on the iTunes Country Songs chart upon its release two weeks ago. Ballerini shared one of her favorite fan-made videos showing off their fierce sides lip-syncing the song on her Instagram.

 

Ballerini is also returning to her roots, with a very special show this past weekend in her hometown of Knoxville, Tenn. The singer/songwriter performed a full set at her high school, Central High, this past weekend. The show was highly centered around the encore song, “High School,” which is featured on Unapologetically. The reflective ballad was penned solely by Ballerini, inspired by her experiences at Central High.  The emotional night concluded with the “Peter Pan” singer donating $20,000 to the school for future music programs. In an Instagram post, she called this, “the most fulfilling thing I’ve ever been able to do.”

 

The talented songstress kicked off her album release week by announcing “The Unapologetically Tour,” which will begin next year. The must-see spectacle kicks off Feb. 8 in Birmingham, Ala. where fans will be treated to a unique set list packed with some of the country singer’s biggest hits like the upbeat “Love Me Like You Mean It” and the heartbreaking “Peter Pan” along with new songs from Unapologetically.

 

The album buzz has reached new heights, with recent features in Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Paste Magazine and many more. Ballerini has also kicked her promotional efforts into high gear, making recent appearances on The Ellen Degeneres Show and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon while also gracing the cover of Parade Magazine in October. The country starlet will appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight at 11:35pm ET (check local listings) and on the Nov. 8 edition of Good Morning America. CBS also recently announced that Ballerini will be the headliner for The Thanksgiving Day Parade, airing Nov. 23.

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Delta Rae: Big Percussion. Big voices. Why You Need To Know Them.

One of my new favorite groups is signed to Big Machine/Valory Music Company, Delta Rae.

Delta Rae formed in 2009 and are originally from Durham, NC.  The 6-piece band is comprised of Liz Hopkins and Brittany Holljes, who front the group taking lead vocals.  Harmonies by Eric Holljes (vocals, piano) and Ian Holljes (vocals, guitar).  Mike McKee on drums and Grant Emerson on bass.

Their new single just released to country radio is “No Peace in Quiet”, a beautiful ballad written by Eric Holljes during a difficult time in his life following a break-up.  Finding himself very alone in his apartment following the break-up, the song flowed out of him as he struggled to come to terms with a loss he blamed himself for and seeking some solace in music.  It’s a very personal song for him that is even difficult for him to talk about, much less take lead to sing it.  Liz takes the lead singing this song with harmonies from all.  A mesmerizing and heartfelt song.

Such a great lunch today with @bigmachinelabelgroup & @deltarae!! Tacos, Coke, & great music…What more could I ask for?! 🌮🎶 Several video clips to watch here of their acoustic performance for us. They are fantastic! Get to know their music & buy their EP online at iTunes or Google Play today! 💕 ———————————————————————————— Well, I inadvertently had some product placement in the first video sipping on a Coke during the show, I just noticed! Brought a @cocacola & a #smile, don't you think?! 😉🤣 Coke in a glass bottle is THE BEST ever. I don't know if it REALLY tastes better from a glass bottle rather than a can or plastic bottle, but it sure seems that way! 😄 ▪ ▪ ▪ #deltarae #bigmachine #acoustic #music # #country #nashvilletn #nashville #tennessee #instamusic #insta #instagram #instagramer #instagramers #instagood #instadaily #new #cool #instavideo #video #videos #videooftheday

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Ever since I first saw this group perform a few years back, they have stood out to me.  Intriguing and just different from everyone else out there.

Their passion for the music, energy, harmonies, and larger-than-life performances create magic from their stage.  It’s not something that can be defined or explained by simple words.  They must be experienced live, then you’ll understand the special, intriguing qualities that make this group different and ones you need to watch.

Watch the video for their current single; “No Peace In Quiet” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7J446geYJI

 

 

 

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Chef Hugh Acheson Launches THE CHEF & THE SLOW COOKER Via Book Tour With Airstream Eendless Caravan, All-Clad And Cholula Hot Sauce  

Award-Winning Chef/Author Rolls Through Nashville, TN for Book Signing, Cooking Demonstration & Taco Sales to Benefit Seed Life Skills


WHAT:

 

Join award-winning chef/author Hugh Acheson on his cross-country tour through 25 American cities to debut his new cookbook, The Chef & The Slow Cooker. Hugh and team will hustle & bustle through each town in a big & bright, silver Airstream Travel Trailer as part of the #EndlessCaravan, proving that the faithful slow cooker is far from a fusty old pot roast machine.

 

Acheson’s shared passion for food, community and philanthropy matched with an eager wanderlust to explore the open road and meet people from across the country made him a perfect fit for Airstream’s innovative ‘real-people’ campaign.

 

At each stop, Acheson will host an interactive taco-making demonstration using All-Clad slow cookers and ingredients provided by Whole Foods Market® and Cholula Hot Sauce.

 

Tacos from the demonstration will be sold to benefit Seed Life Skills, a non-profit that Acheson started to help get kids cooking and connect science to real life problems. Attendees can pick Hugh’s brain about all slow cooker questions, purchase books and also get them personalized. Hugh will be available for interviews in advance and on-site. Additionally, at each stop attendees will have the opportunity to enter to win an All-Clad Slow Cooker, signed cookbook and Cholula Hot Sauce. A winner will be chosen from a random drawing and the prizes will be shipped to them.

 

WHEN: Sunday, November 19, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

 

WHERE: 4021 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville TN 37215

 

Chef Acheson will cook Beer Braised Pork Tacos, a delicious dish from The Chef & The Slow Cooker in a live demonstration at each tour stop. All ingredients are provided by Whole Foods Market, hot sauce by Cholula and slow cooker equipment by All-Clad. Tacos will be available for purchase with each sale benefitting Seed Life Skills.

 

About SEED LIFE SKILLS

Seed Life Skills is a research-based, living curriculum grown from the vision of acclaimed chef, food education advocate and dedicated father, Hugh Acheson. SLS is a collaborative effort between culinary, university, and industry professionals, school administrators, parents, teachers, movers and makers dedicated to preparing our next generation of dreamers, doers, and leaders. http://www.seedlifeskills.org/index.html

 

About The Author

Hugh Acheson is the author of the James Beard Foundation Award–winning cookbook A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen; Pick a Pickle: 50 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, and Fermented Snacks; and The Broad Fork: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits.

 

Chef Acheson is chef/partner of the Athens, Georgia restaurants 5&10 and The National and the Atlanta establishments Empire State South, First & Third Hot Dog & Sausage Shack, and Spiller Park Coffee. He is also the founder of the nonprofit organization Seed Life Skills, a living, multimedia curriculum in Family & Consumer Sciences built to support modern environmental education. He is a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef Southeast and was named a Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine. Hugh also competed in Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, season 3, and starred as a judge on Top Chef, seasons 9 to 13. www.hughacheson.com

 

About The Chef & The Slow Cooker

In The Chef and the Slow Cooker, Hugh brings a chef’s mind to the slow cooker, with 100 recipes showing readers how an appliance generally relegated to convenience cooking can open up many culinary doors. He shows how your trusty slow cooker can still surprise you—you can use it to poach fish, to steam-roast a chicken or leg of lamb, to make intense stocks and broths, and of course to braise the most tender short ribs. It’s an approachable, fun, comforting collection of recipes, spiked with global influences and elevated by smart cooking. Using flavor profiles, combinations, and techniques never before seen in a slow cooker cookbook, The Chef and the Slow Cooker proves that even though slow cookers are an old-school technology, they will guide you to better meals in this contemporary world. All while giving you the ability to walk away and live your life while dinner is cooking.

 

About Airstream, Inc.

Airstream, manufacturer of the iconic riveted aluminum travel trailer, is the longest-tenured recreational vehicle manufacturer in North America. Following founder Wally Byam’s credo, “Let’s not make changes, let’s only make improvements,” Airstream has remained a timeless classic. Byam’s vision for Airstream trailers was to use these design- and quality-driven products to allow people to dream, travel and explore the open road. A subsidiary of Thor Industries, Airstream is based in Jackson Center, Ohio, where a team of craftsmen remains dedicated to preserving the brand’s legendary reputation for quality and innovation. For more information, please visit http://www.airstream.com/, call 877-596-6111 or contact Airstream, Inc., 419 West Pike Street, P.O. Box 629, Jackson Center, Ohio 45334.

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Hopdoddy Burger Bar Introduces A New Thanksgiving Tradition With The Turducken Burger 

The burger brings the taste of Thanksgiving, all in one bite

 

WHO:                    Hopdoddy Burger Bar

 

WHAT:                  Turducken Burger ($10): From November 8 – 22, get a taste of all your Thanksgiving table favorites in just one bite thanks to the new seasonal special at Hopdoddy.

 

The Thanksgiving Turducken Burger includes a stuffing bun top (yes, a BUN), fried green beans and onions, cranberry sauce, a turducken patty, and a stuffing bun on bottom.  And because no Thanksgiving meal is complete without the gravy – turkey gravy is served on the side.

 

ABOUT HOPDODDY BURGER BAR:

Hopdoddy Burger Bar is a nationally-recognized, Austin-born burger + beer joint. Hopdoddy grinds their meats in-house daily and offers a wide variety of the freshest available, all-natural proteins like Angus beef, American Grass Fed Kobe, chicken and sushi-grade tuna that are stacked between baked-from-scratch buns. Alongside its burgers, Hopdoddy serves hand-cut Kennebec fries, farm fresh salads, and handcrafted milkshakes. Hopdoddy also carries an array of local craft beers on tap, can and bottle as well as a full bar featuring regional spirits, house-made liqueurs and freshly squeezed juices.

 

Founded in 2010, Hopdoddy now has locations in Texas, Arizona, Colorado and California with additional locations opening in 2017. Hopdoddy has been named one of the “The Best Burgers in America” by Food & Wine, garnered the #1 spot on two years in a row by Business Insider’s list of “The 50 best burger joints in America” and named one of the “10 Brands to Watch” by CNBC and MSN. For more information on Hopdoddy, visit www.hopdoddy.com and follow on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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CMT & Blackbird Presents Celebrate Music & Culture Icon Kris Kristofferson In ‘The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson’ Available On CD/DVD

Blackbird Presents Records just released the full-length concert film, The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson, as a CD/DVD combo, which is available now at songsofkristofferson.com and pledgemusic.com/projects/songsofkristofferson.

The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson features captivating performances, in-depth interviews, and compelling behind-the-scenes footage with Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Alexander, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Jessi Colter, Rodney Crowell, Larry Gatlin, Emmylou Harris, Jack Ingram, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, The Travelin’ McCourys, Reba McEntire, Buddy Miller, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Jon Randall, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr. and Lee Ann Womack. Performances include a range of Kristofferson classics, such as “Me And Bobby McGee” (performed by Reba McEntire), “Help Me Make It Through The Night” (Performed by Lady Antebellum), “To Beat The Devil” (Performed by Eric Church), a very special performance of “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” (performed by Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson), and an all-star grand finale performance of “Why Me”, premiering today at Rolling Stone County rollingstone.com/country and available at all digital outlets.

In addition to the CD/DVD release fans can get exclusive merchandise from PledgeMusic (pledgemusic.com/projects/songsofkristofferson) including a limited edition framed gig poster from the night of the show, color photo, and an Epiphone Ltd. Ed. 1963 J-45 guitar, all signed by Kris Kristofferson. Merchandise bundles which include the official concert t-shirt, hat and CD/DVD are available via Blackbird Presents at songsofkristofferson.com.

Kristofferson, a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, is considered a true poet who helped modernize the genre with songs such as “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Lovin’ Her Was Easier.” These are the songs of heartbreak and despair, of love and loss, of yearning and hope. These are the songs so honest that we adopted them as our own. They are the songs of a life led unlike any other: An All-American athlete, Golden Gloves boxer, Army Ranger, helicopter pilot, singer-songwriter, social activist, humanitarian and movie star.

Keith Wortman is creator and executive producer of the show. GRAMMY® Award-winner Don Was served as music director alongside country music legend Buddy Cannon. An all-star band that included featured artist and GRAMMY® Award-winner Buddy Miller backed the performers at this incomparable concert event taping.

“Few musicians have had as profound an impact on music as Kris Kristofferson,” Blackbird CEO Keith Wortman says. “It’s only fitting that we celebrated his artistry just blocks from where the legend was born, with both his friends and contemporaries and those who are continuing his legacy with raw, honest songwriting of their own.”

FOR COMPLETE DETAILS VISIT THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE:
songsofkristofferson.com
#songsofkristofferson

About Blackbird Presents:
Blackbird Presents is a global media company that produces premium content via a range of strategies including large-scale concert events and festivals, broadcast series and specials, and music releases featuring major music stars across all genres and demographics.

Blackbird’s recent concerts, broadcast specials and releases include “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard,” “The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson,” “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert,” “Outlaw: Celebrating The Music of Waylon Jennings,” “I’ll Take You There: Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples,” “The Life and Songs of Emmylou Harris,” “Lynyrd Skynyrd: One More For The Fans,” “The Musical Mojo of Dr. John: Celebrating Mac and His Music,” and “All My Friends: Celebrating The Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman,” the latter of which earned a 2014 GRAMMY® Award nomination for Gregg Allman and Taj Mahal’s awe-inspiring performance of “Statesboro Blues.”

Blackbird Presents is also creator and producer behind the Outlaw Music Festival Tour, in partnership with Willie Nelson; the American Roots Music & Arts Festival, in partnership with Eric Church; and The Last Waltz 40 Tour.

Visit us at blackbirdpresents.com

About Kris Kristofferson:
Kristofferson is a Country Music Hall of Famer who ranks among the most versatile of American talents. He’s been a Golden Gloves boxer, a Rhodes scholar, a college football player, an acclaimed actor, a military officer, a helicopter pilot, a GRAMMY® winner, and an icon. It was the singing and the writing that called to him. He wound up penning classics including “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” and “For The Good Times,” as well as a slew of other empathetic, incisive gems. Kristofferson— along with contemporaries Tom T. Hall, Mickey Newbury, Willie Nelson and John Prine— enhanced the scope of country music songwriting, focusing on layering, nuance, empathy and emotional truth. Once established, he quickly became one of music’s most charismatic and intriguing figures. Kristofferson went on to a prolific acting career with roles in “A Star is Born,” “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “Blade” and many more films.

About CMT:
CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT App, CMT.com) and social (CMT on Facebook, CMT on Instagram and CMT on Twitter). CMT is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB). For more information, please visit CMT Press.

2-CD TRACK LISTING:

1.”Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends” Buddy Miller
2.”Kristofferson” Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall & Larry Gatlin
3.”Here Comes That Rainbow Again” Martina McBride
4.”The Taker” Ryan Bingham
5.”The Captive” Jessi Colter
6.”Nobody Wins” Lee Ann Womack
7.”Jesus Was A Capricorn (Owed to John Prine)” Jack Ingram
8.”Worth Fighting For” Jennifer Nettles
9. “Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again)” Rosanne Cash
10.”Chase The Feeling” Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
11.”The Pilgrim: Chapter 33″ Emmylou Harris & Kris Kristofferson
12.”From the Bottle to the Bottom” Dierks Bentley & The Travelin’ McCourys
13.”Help Me Make It Through The Night” Lady Antebellum
14.”Under The Gun” Darius Rucker
15.”For The Good Times” Jamey Johnson & Alison Krauss
16.”Casey’s Last Ride” Alison Krauss
17.”If You Don’t Like Hank Williams” Hank Williams Jr.
18.”To Beat The Devil” Eric Church
19.”Me And Bobby McGee” Reba McEntire
20.”Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” Willie Nelson & Kris Kristofferson
21.”Why Me” Kris Kristofferson & Full Ensemble

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Music City Meet-Up With Kelsea Ballerini And Colgate Optic White

NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 25: Colgate Optic White and country music star Kelsea Ballerini hosts a Music City Meet Up in Nashville, TN at Atmalogy on October 25, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Colgate Optic White)

This past Wednesday, we had a lovely afternoon at Atmalogy in Nashville thanks to Colgate Optic White and country star Kelsea Ballerini.

The beautiful coffee shop, cafe, and event space of Atmalogy served as the perfect location for the Music City Meet-Up brought to us by the fine folks from Colgate Optic White with Kelsea Ballerini as their face (and/or smile) for the upcoming CMA Awards in Nashville on Nov. 8th.

We enjoyed a nice lunch, mimosa bar, delectable desserts, lip touch-ups, photo ops on the beautiful, rose-covered swing while chatting with Kelsea, who looked stunning in red.

Afterwards, we enjoyed an informal Q&A that was livestreamed on Facebook with Sounds Like Nashville’s Lauren Black hosting the fun sitdown session to get to know Kelsea a little better.

The vibrant, fun, and beautiful Kelsea Ballerini is the perfect fit to be the face of Colgate Optic White at the CMA Awards.  Not only did/does she look dazzling in red, but her sparkling personality matches her sparkling smile.

Check out the Colgate Optic White dental care products in any store near you that sells health & beauty products for their expansive selection of great products to help get your smile as sparkly-white as Kelsea’s!

We enjoyed complimentary lip touch-ups to enhance our smiles while at the Music City Meet-up.

My personal favorite is the Colgate Optic White Designer Smile Collection featuring High Impact White toothpaste that works in just 3 days to get your smile 4 shades visibly whiter, the 360° toothbrush to help clean those hard to reach areas, and their Built-In Whitening Pen to help whiten while on the go.  Their High Impact White icy fresh mint-flavored mouth rinse helps get my smile whiter following brushing my teeth helping to freshen my breath and sealing out future stains without burning like so many other whitening products do.

Get Kelsea Ballerini’s newest release, UNAPOLOGETICALLY, in stores and online on Friday, November 2nd and read our review of it here:  http://focusonthe615.com/2017/10/29/album-review-kelsea-ballerini-unapologetically/

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