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Gavin Kennedy Shows Off New Music

The Back Corner was filled Tuesday with supporters of multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer, Gavin Kennedy. The lights were dimmed and Gavin’s logo blazed bright against the wall. This was all a part of a listening party in celebration of his upcoming debut album release this Friday, Sunchaser. People gathered inside The Back Corner to listen as Gavin told his story and played tracks from the album. He started from the beginning of the album and in between songs clips were played featuring people who had worked on the album. One of those clips was of Adam “Nolly” Getgood who was actually in attendance. Nolly co-produced Gavin’s debut album. According to Gavin, the album starts with a few “one off songs” then progressively leads into more story telling songs that feel more thematic and cinematic. The music was amazing and the visuals projected behind him perfectly represented the vibe of every song. We’re so excited to see where Gavin goes next and will be looking out for more of his shows! Be sure to check out his album when it drops this Friday.

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5 Country Music Things To Do In Nashville Besides Honky Tonks

There are so many fun honky tonks in Music City – but Nashville also offers so much more than Broadway bars.  If you’re a country music fan, we’ve rounded up five great music-related things to do in the 615.  Whether you’re an out of town guest or a local, you’re sure to enjoy these activities which let you explore the city in new ways!

Arrington Vineyards

Arrington Vineyards is a must-do Nashville winery because it’s owned by none other than Kix Brooks, of Brooks & Dunn. The winery is open all year round and features wine all made right here in Tennessee. From their picnic style wine tastings to live music, Arrington is a nice change of pace from Broadway.

The Escape Game

The Escape Game is perfect for any family or friend groups in Music City who need a little reboot after a long night out. They have a fun “Nashville” themed room where you and your teammates are solving clues, working against the clock as you pretend you are an up-and-coming band – you must find a hidden contract in the “recording studio” in hopes of making it big. It’s a #1 rated activity on TripAdvisor, and with their convenient location downtown, it’s a great place to experience country music in a new way.

Country Music Hall Of Fame

It’s no secret that Music City is filled with tons of history, but it can be hard to keep up with all of it. All you need for a little refresher is a visit to the Country Music Hall Of Fame. From rotating exhibits like Loretta Lynn’s Blue Kentucky Girl and ones that you can see year round like the Taylor Swift Education Center, the museum offers something for every country fan.

Grand Ole Opry

This is something every Music City tourist needs to see! A tour of this historical spot will give fans chills as they stand on a circle where thousands of musical legends have sang before them. Along with a tour, you can also buy tickets to check out a performance from various country music acts in town. There is truly nothing like the Opry!

Grimey’s Record Store

Grimey’s is a must stop for any one passing through or moving to Nashville. This independent record store has everything from CDs to LPs to DVDs. They also have in-store performances from pretty awesome artists, like Kacey Musgraves and Jason Isbell. You won’t want to miss out on the chance to take home a great record, and possibly meet your favorite artist.

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Find Out More About Broadway’s JERSEY BOYS Coming To TPAC January 9-14

Wanting to find something to do in Nashville where you can also stay out of the cold? Buy your tickets now for one of the performances at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall between Jan. 9th-14th of the multi award-winning, JERSEY BOYS, as it makes a return engagement after a highly-successful run last time.

We had the pleasure of speaking to castmember, Wade Dooley, recently about the touring production.  He performs several roles in the show.

Who is Wade Dooley? From Bob Crewe and others, he has appeared in the film, The Last Five Years.  Performed in Off-Broadway productions: NEWSical and Awesome 80s Prom.  National tours: The Trip to Bountiful with Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams and Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Wade Dooley

Dooley even has a Nashville connection.  He started singing at the young age of 9 and continued through college with his band landing gigs at such places like the legendary honky tonk, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.  He also was once featured on the Crook and Chase show on the now defunct TNN and opened for many country artists during that time, so his background is deeply-rooted here even though it’s been several years since he has been to town.

He’s very much looking forward to returning for the run of the show in Nashville and taking in some of the city’s new offerings while he’s here.  Think he will be pleasantly-surprised at the growth of Nashville since much has changed just in the last 5 years.

Jersey Boys is the winner of the 2006 Tony Award® for Best Musical, the 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia).

Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys is written by Academy Award winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

Tickets are on sale now at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For groups of 10 or more, call 615-782-4060.

What’s it all about? Jersey Boys is the behind-the-scenes story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, who were just four guys from New Jersey until they sang their very first note then they took off.  They sounded like no one else in that timeperiod, breaking through on radio and listeners just couldn’t get enough of their harmonious sound.

But like lots of well-known artists and celebrities past and present, while their harmonies were perfection on stage, off stage it was a very different story.  It’s a behind-the-scenes story being told through music that has managed to make them an international sensation all over again.

The show features all of the legendary Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons’ hits including: “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Oh, What A Night”, “Walk Like A Man”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, and “Working My Way Back To You.”

Watch a sneak peek of Jersey Boys here:  www.JerseyBoysTour.com/Watch.

We can’t wait to see it opening night! This will be our first time seeing this production, and we’re certain it will be a treat.

Get your tickets fast before it sells out!

About Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys opened in New York on November 6, 2005 and by the time it closed over 11 years later on January 15, 2017, it was the 12th longest running show in Broadway history, passing such original Broadway productions as 42nd Street, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Producers. Jersey Boys will return to New York with a new production in November 2017.  The Jersey Boys US national tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on December 1, 2006, and is still breaking house records in cities across North America.  Jersey Boys tours of the United Kingdom and Australia will begin at the end of 2017 and 2018 respectively. Jersey Boys worldwide has been seen by over 25 million people (as of August, 2017).

The Jersey Boys design and production team is comprised of Klara Zieglerova (Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (winner of the 2006 Tony Award® for his Lighting Design), Steve Canyon Kennedy (Sound Design), Michael Clark (Projections Design), Charles LaPointe (Wig and Hair Design), Steve Orich (Orchestrations) and Ron Melrose (Music Supervision, Vocal/Dance Arrangements & Incidental Music).

Jersey Boys is produced by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Jersey Boys, produced by Bob Gaudio, was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The cast recording is available on Rhino Records. Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Broadway Books) is the official handbook to the smash Broadway hit.  Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas, a holiday CD featuring international cast members of Jersey Boys, produced by Bob Gaudio, is available on Rhino Records.

For more information on Jersey Boys, visit www.JerseyBoysInfo.com/Tour and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About TPAC:

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. The Broadway season is supported by the HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals, and media sponsor NewsChannel 5. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.

TPAC is an accessible facility that provides a variety of services including wheelchair accommodations, accessible parking, and assistive listening devices. Open captioning, American Sign Language, audio description, and large print and Braille programs are offered at the Sunday matinee performance of each Broadway series and Broadway special engagement. For more information about accessible services, contact access@tpac.org or 615-782-4087.

TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.

Since 1980, the non-profit Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million children and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, professional development opportunities, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs. Each year, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. TPAC’s mission is to lead with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities, and support economic vitality. For more information, visit TPAC.org.

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Things To Do: Nashville Winter Wine Festival Coming Up January 6th

Nashville Wine Festivals hosts the Nashville Winter Wine Festival at Marathon Music Works on Saturday, January 6, 2018, from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

What better way to beat the winter blues and shake the cold off than the upcoming Nashville Winter Wine Festival? It will feature over 50 wine options, as well as, a small selection of beers and ciders to please pretty much anyone’s palette and quench your thirst.

Live music provided by Ocean Street and a DJ on the main stage for your entertainment.

Be sure to like the Nashville Wine Festivals Facebook page, and join the event page to get all of the updates.

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Cold River Records Hosts Their 3rd Annual Drew Year’s Eve In Las Vegas

Cold Rivers Records hosted their 3rd annual Drew Year’s Eve event in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel’s music venue, Vinyl, today featuring Drew Baldridge with special guests Neal McCoy, Tim Nichols, and Monte Criswell joining him.

The day began with a cocktail party complete with mimosas, bloody mary’s, and Dunkin Donuts in Cold Rivers Records’ suite in the Hard Rock Hotel.  Followed by a nice buffet lunch of shrimp & grits, bbq, apple pie, and much more in Vinyl inside the hotel just before the show began.

Starting things off, Neal McCoy hosted the event and introduced Drew Baldridge, Tim Nichols, and Monte Criswell to the stage for an acoustic round.  They sang their hit songs like “Live Like You Were Dying” and more.

Neal McCoy closed out the acoustic round to sing his new patriotic song that is very important to him.

Drew Baldridge then took the stage for an energetic and entertaining full band performance to finish out the fun-filled event.  Neal McCoy rejoined the show to sing along with Drew his hit song, “Wink”.

We finished out the show dancing along as Baldridge performed his song, “Dance With Ya”, but just before the event concluded, a very special guest appeared at the door.  Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton, dropped by with 2 Vegas showgirls arm in arm and joined Drew, Neal, and the band on the stage.

Thank you so much to Karen Gale of Loudmouth PR & Cold River Records for including us this year! Had such a great time and appreciate it very much!

The weekend is not quite done, but could not imagine spending New Year’s weekend ANY better way than with the incredibly-kind & gracious staff of Cold River Records and Drew Baldridge in Las Vegas.

Find Drew Baldridge’s newest single at country radio, “Guns And Roses”, and give this amazing, authentic, and talented artist your support.  New music in the works to be released very soon.  Be on the lookout for it!

 

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One Last Weekend To See Tim Rushlow And His Big Band At Nashville Palace

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If you are looking for something to do this weekend and/or New Year’s Eve, Tim Rushlow and his Big Band residency of Swingin’ At The Palace concludes at Nashville Palace this weekend.

Rushlow sings some the biggest hits from the American Songbook with the help of his fantastic 24-piece band.  He infuses some Christmas music in there, too.  Plus, for Little Texas fans, you might even hear a song or two.  It’s a real treat and something you only rarely get to hear.

The former frontman for multi award-winning Little Texas has been enjoying a residency at the Nashville Palace since the beginning of November and it concludes on New Year’s eve.

He and his team have managed to transform the main room of the legendary honky tonk into a 1960’s nightclub for the special residency.  It is complete with a maître d’ in a tuxedo, waiters and waitresses in black & white, cloth table tops, and lit by candlelight with pine trim and holiday lights.

Tickets can include a nice meal of prime rib or chicken with side salad, side dishes, dessert, beverages, and an alcholic drink of your choice from a speciality bar just for the occasion.

Rushlow is not looking to imitate musical greats from the past who created the American Songbook such as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Duran, Dean Martin and more.   He is honoring a style of music he has always been a fan since a kid by placing his own spin on them with his powerful voice that is just as good today as it ever was.  Even Bobby Duran’s son reached out to him to thank him for keeping his father’s music out there.  And, he’s also not looking to start his own Rat Pack in Nashville, either, but I wouldn’t be opposed!

Don't miss "Swingin' At The Palace" as award-winning former Little Texas frontman, @TimRushlow, brings his big band sound with a 24-piece band to @thenashvillepalace every weekend now through New Year's Eve. It is a treat to see & an experience that you don't want to miss. No one is doing this anymore, singing the American songbook & standards from such greats as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, & more. He has a true love for the classics from eras past bringing his incredible voice & charisma as he lights up the stage for nearly 2 hours. 🎺🎷🍸🥂 Be transported back to 1965 in Las Vegas when the Rat Pack led the way as the Nashville Palace has transformed it's main stage area & room into a nightclub setting from decades ago complete with a maî·tre d in a tuxedo, decorative lighting, Christmas decor, and cloth-covered tables with soft candlelight. 🌟 Don't miss a fantastic datenight with your significant other as you dine on salad, delicious prime rib or baked chicken with tasty sides, speciality cocktails, and creamy cheesecake as you are entertained all evening long. Dinner & drinks are included in your ticket price with the show.😎 You'll feel just like you stepped back to 1965! Get your tickets now, as they are going fast as word spreads of this unique production. Buy tickets from the Nashville Palace either over the phone or their website. You can buy them there that night, but we strongly encourage you to get your tickets in advance, so you don't get left out!🍸 ===================================== #timrushlow #littletexas #bigband #thenashvillepalace #americansongbook #standards #franksinatra #nightclub #music #dinner #video #videos #videooftheday #instavideo #instamusic #insta #instagram #instagramer #instagramers #instagood #instadaily #fun #cool #thingstodo #weekend @moments_by_moser_photography

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Want to stay out of the cold that’s expected this weekend and enjoy a unique night out in Nashville? Buy your tickets now from Nashville Palace through their website, calling the location, or buying right there in their lobby.  Go see it before it ends on New Year’s eve! It really IS a lot of fun and Tim Rushlow with his Big Band sure seem to have a lot of fun putting on this show for you.

Tickets for Friday and Saturday are $61-75 per person.   New Year’s Eve gor $25-100 person.  Go to the site for full details and purchase tickets by clicking HERE.

 

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Analog At Hutton Hotel Officially Opens

Analog, the brand new music venue and cocktail lounge inside Hutton Hotel in Nashville, has officially opened its doors.

During the grand opening celebration, invited guests were treated to a stellar performance by soul sensation, Allen Stone, along with a special guest appearance by Jamie Lidell, English musician and soul singer extraordinaire.

DAMNNNN, they were throwing it down & I'm throwing it back to Thursday night to the wonderful launch celebration of @huttonhotel's new 300 person, 5,000 square foot cocktail lounge & music venue, ANALOG.🙌 ——————————————————————————- Soul sensation @AllenStone entertained us for the night with his mesmerizing, inspired sound joined by English musician/soul singer, Jamie Lidell. It was a night to remember & a venue I hope to see many more great performances at!😎🍸 ======================================== #analog #huttonhotel #downtown #nashvilletn #nashville #tennessee #new #music #venue #cocktail #lounge #cool #launch #party #allenstone #jamielidell #soul #funk #performance #videooftheday #video #insta #instavideo #instagram #instagramer #instagramers #instagood #instadaily

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The beautiful 5,000 square foot music venue and cocktail lounge personifies Nashville and Hutton Hotel’s creative spirit with regular live performances, art installations and more in the works for 2018.

Elegant and modern, Analog is sure to appeal to a wide audience.  The vibe is elegant without being stuffy, modern without being overly-trendy.  Great sound along with a beautiful stage set-up featuring a beautiful chandelier directly over the stage is bound to appeal to many artists and patrons alike.

If you are looking for a great place to perform, the new 300 person venue should be at the top of your list of places to play given you can draw a sizable crowd.

If just looking for a night out on the town, it’s a great place to hang.  Grab some tasty, visually-appealing drinks, listen to cool live performances where you’re unsure who might drop in as a special guest, take in a great meal at the new West End restaurant by Michelin star Chef Chris Anderson upstairs, and even book yourself a room into the elegant boutique-style Hutton Hotel it is located in that has just undergone a complete renovation.

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The Estate At Cherokee Dock: Reba’s Former Home Becomes A Unique, Expansive Event Space

Are you looking to make your next event something spectacular and memorable with a touch of what makes Nashville so special added in? Look no further than the newest premier event space, The Estate at Cherokee Dock, located just outside Nashville in Lebanon, Tennessee at 175 Cherokee Dock Road.  It’s the perfect location for weddings, galas, corporate retreats, private parties, and fundraisers.

#tbt Taking it WAY back…to yesterday! 😉 Such a beautiful, unique property. I wanted to move in, but sadly they would not let me… 🤣 Book your special event today at @reba's beautiful former home 40 minutes outside of Nashville that has been turned into an event venue for weddings, special occasions, and B&B called the Estate at Cherokee Dock. @theestateatcherokeedock 📸💕 ———————————————————————————- For more information & booking information, go to: http://www.cherokeedock.com/ ☆ ▪ ▪ ▪ #theestateatcherokeedock #cherokeedock #lebanontn #lebanon #tennessee #reba #videooftheday #video #home #countrymusic #music #photos #photography #photooftheday #instaphoto #instavideo #insta #instagram #instagramer #instagramers #instagood #instadaily #cool #venue #events #beautiful #wedding #throwbackthursday #throwback

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The beautiful, luxury event space is the former home of country music legend Reba McEntire for many years with her ex-husband and where she raised her son.  The lakeside property, which boasts thousands of square footage inside, a built-in outdoor pool, firepit, pool house, tennis court, private movie theatre complete with your own candy concession stand & popcorn machine like you are at a real movie theatre, 2-story walk-in closet with automated features, and horse stables on an expansive property with a gated, tree-lined entrance.  It has to be seen in-person to be fully appreciated.

Part two. Had a tour today of @reba's beautiful former home 40 minutes outside of Nashville that has been turned into an event venue for weddings, special occasions, and B&B called the Estate at Cherokee Dock. @theestateatcherokeedock 📸💕 ———————————————————————————- For more information & booking information, go to: http://www.cherokeedock.com/ ☆ ▪ ▪ ▪ #theestateatcherokeedock #cherokeedock #lebanontn #lebanon #tennessee #reba #rebamcentire #former #home #countrymusic #music #photos #photography #photooftheday #instaphoto #instamusic #insta #instagram #instagramer #instagramers #instagood #instadaily #cool #venue #events #beautiful #wedding #weddings #lake #water

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At the front entrance of the property, you are greeted by a beautiful fountain in the circle driveway of the pristine southern-style mansion that is warm and inviting.  It’s quite the oasis right on the lake with picturesque views throughout the home, especially the master bedroom.  Other noted features are many bedrooms, large dining space and table, large rooms for entertaining, a winding staircase beneath a large, ornate crystal chandelier, elevator, large exercise room, wine cellar, multiple fireplaces inside and out, and plush carpeting with heavy padding beneath throughout the home.

Had a tour today of @reba's beautiful former home 40 minutes outside of Nashville that has been turned into an event venue for weddings, special occasions, and B&B called the Estate at Cherokee Dock. @theestateatcherokeedock Part one. 📸💕 ———————————————————————————- For more information & booking information, go to: http://www.cherokeedock.com/ ☆ ▪ ▪ ▪ #theestateatcherokeedock #cherokeedock #lebanontn #lebanon #tennessee #reba #rebamcentire #former #home #countrymusic #music #photos #photography #photooftheday #instaphoto #instamusic #insta #instagram #instagramer #instagramers #instagood #instadaily #cool #venue #events #beautiful #wedding #weddings #lake #water

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Make your next event fabulous! For more information, availability, and pricing, email them at: info@cherokeedock.com

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Kane Brown Celebrates A Night Of Many Firsts

On Friday, December 15th, Sony Nashville’s Kane Brown celebrated a night of many firsts at Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi.

Brown headlined his first arena show in Southaven performing to a sold out audience in a large arena.

😊@kanebrown_music surprises one young fan and brings her on stage to sing with him. He also gets a special surprise himself in the middle of his first headlining show at a large arena playing to a sold out crowd by being presented by his team with a gold plaque for his gold-certified debut album & first #1 single. It was a very special night for all!💕 ——————————————————————————— 🙌Read the full write-up all about it at: www.focusonthe615.com or just click the link in bio above to be taken directly to the site. 👀 ——————————————————————————— @sonynashville @landerscenter 😎 ========================================= #kanebrown #southaven #southhavenms #landerscenter #arena #concert #music #countrymusic #instamusic #insta #instagram #instagramer #instagramers #instagood #instadaily #fun #cool #video #videooftheday #instavideo #photooftheday #instaphoto #photo #countrymusiclover

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The enthusiastic crowd even packed the floor, standing room only, just for the opportunity to be near him, have a possible chance to touch his hand, and seemingly knew every word to every song as they lit their phones up singing along with him most of the night.

I have to admit that this was my very first time seeing him perform live and I was not familiar with his music aside from the current hit that is a duet with Lauren Alaina on the radio now.

What little I do know of Kane Brown is he has this big smile that makes you want to smile along with him.  There was also a period prior to signing with Sony that he was homeless and he had a tough upbringing.  Yet, through it all, he smiles and he smiles big.  He also has a true love for country music, which you can really see from all the cover songs of his favorites in country on YouTube that he posted prior to being singed and where he first began to build his huge following that grows daily.  He sings with his heart and did I mention how humble he is?

When I was standing near him for our group photo on Friday night before his show, what I felt from him was a humbleness that you don’t find every day.  I saw a person who is truly grateful for where he is today.  He probably has a hard time even taking it all in.  It probably overwhelmes him at times, I suspect.  It is not a put on.  I could see it and feel it in all his words and actions that whole night.  He loves being where he is now with Sony and is enjoying this ride,  playing to a capacity crowd for his biggest show to date with everyone from his team there cheering him on? It was a very special night for him.  I could tell.  He did not even have to say it, although he did.  It was written all over his face and flowed out during his performance as he gave it his all.  He put his whole heart into the night.  His dreams have become a reality, and you can’t help but smile and cheer him along on his path.

I hope his ride in music continues for many years to come.  If the response from this crowd was any indication, we will be hearing from Kane Brown for many more years to come and these were just the first of many more records he is about to break through in his career.

The music business is not an easy path for anyone who is on any side of it.  Just ask anyone.  There have been many hopeful dreams dashed.  It can be filled with many ups, downs, and disappointments.  You can have all the talent in the world, the best team behind you, and still you don’t quite find your audience.  Brown has found his audience and connected with them on a level that many have not been able to do.  I suspect it’s because behind those big vocals of his and his songs, they connect with him on a deeper emotional level because of his background and his big heart that is on dislpay for all to see.  When you are honest, humble, and put your heart into what you do, people take notice.

His team, including Sony promotions staff, management, booking agent, producer, publishers, publicists, and more came along to celebrate with him and to do a special presentation that they surprised him with in the middle of his set.  They couldn’t have been happier to present him with a gold plaque for his debut album and a #1 plaque for his single at his first arena show that was at full capacity.

His life has not been easy, but I am glad I could be there to witness this special night for him.  He made me a fan on Friday.  Not simply because he is a great performer with a strong voice, but because he has a lot of heart and humility.  If there is one thing I like to see, it’s someone who overcomes difficult, challenging circumstances in their life.  Instead of giving in, giving up, and making excuses, he is succeeding, shining, and living his dream.  He was probably told many times in his life that he could never be a country singer.  Being a successful country singer signed to a major label playing shows in a large arena while performing on award shows reaching #1 on the country radio charts, and gold-certified on your debut album? It’s not possible, right? Well, it CAN be done if you truly set your mind to it and have a team of people behind you that believe in what you are doing as strongly as you do.  It’s not easy and it is rare, but with a lot of hard work, belief, talent, a little luck & good timing, it CAN be done.

Keep shining on and being you, Kane Brown! You have a new fan with me and I’ll be cheering you on all the way.

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Nashville Ballet Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary Of “The Nutcracker”, And It’s Magical!

Dew Drop Fairy. Photo by Karyn Photography

The 1.2 million dollar production launched 10 years ago in Nashville by the Nashville Ballet is celebrating its 10th anniversary of their interpretation of the beloved Christmas classic.

Clara and the Nutcracker. Photo by Karyn Photography

Nashville Ballet spared no expense as period costume designs of the late 1800’s/early 1900’s were beautiful.  Elaborate set designs set this production apart, as it moves from scene to scene with ease and elegance abounds.

Clara. Photo by Heather Thorne

I would put our highly-skilled ballet troupe up against any world class ballet troupe in the world.  They are confident and talented, certainly capable of holding their own with the best out there.

Madame Bonbonniere and her Bon Bons. Photo by Heather Thorne

Adding to this spectacular, whimsical production is our own award-winning Nashville Symphony, who proves once again just why they win awards.

Stellar.  This whole production is stellar from top to bottom.  The audience is treated to nearly 2 hours inside the vivid imagination of a young girl’s mind, Clara, guided by a magician who offered her a gift of a nutcracker as he leaves the party after entertaining the children for the evening.  As she drifts to sleep after the holiday party with her family on Christmas Eve, visions of nutcrackers come to life, sugar plum fairies dance, mice in uniforms scurry, the Rat King runs amuck, the Fat Lady sings, the Chinese dragon dances, and so much more.

Watch the official trailer for it HERE.

I don’t want to give too much away, but one of the special elements added in celebration of the 10th anniversary, is they even make it snow inside the entire theatre at one point along with the stage.

It’s a pure delight and a must-see for Nashvillians looking for some culture this holiday season.  Only running now through December 23rd at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall.  Get your tickets fast by going HERE.  You don’t want to miss it!

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