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Maddie & Tae Performing At George Dickel Distillery On May 13th

George Dickel, the Tennessee whisky brand, is excited to announce the debut of Porch Sessions at Cascade Hollow, a country music series hosted at the distillery throughout the summer. Music fans have the opportunity to enjoy some tunes, beautiful country scenery and award-winning Tennessee whisky.

The debut of the series starts Saturday, May 13th 4pm-7pm with Maddie & Tae.  Tickets only $15 available through:

Hurry before sell out! The start of some summer fun! Must be 21 or older to attend.

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Keith Urban And Songwriters Celebrate #1 Single “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Keith Urban celebrated his most recent #1 hit single, “Blue Ain’t Your Color” with songwriters: Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey, and Steven Lee Olsen recently at Nashville’s The Basement East to a packed crowd of friends, family, and music industry.

Urban dubbed this song “the sexiest” song he has had to date.

Watch the clip below as he discusses “Blue Ain’t Your Color” with the songwriters from the #1 party:

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CMA Announces 2017 Inductees Into The Country Music Hall Of Fame

Group photo of inductees in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Photo credit: Courtney Davidson

The Country Music Association announced that Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed, and Don Schlitz will become the 2017 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Reed will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category, while Jackson will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category. Schlitz will be inducted in the “Songwriter” category, which is awarded every third year in rotation with the “Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980” and “Non-Performer” categories. Reed, Jackson, and Schlitz will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 130 to 133 members.

Jerry Reed

“Each of this year’s inductees are well versed performers and songwriters and have helped define Country Music and popular culture,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

“Thank you, CMA and Country Music Hall Of Fame, for recognizing all the years of love, dedication, and hard work that daddy put into his craft. He loved Country Music and would be so deeply humbled and appreciative if he was here. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” said Reed’s daughters, Seidina Hubbard and Lottie Zavala.

Jackson said, “For me to say I’m honored sounds like the standard old response, but for a man who loves Country Music there is no higher honor. This is the mountain top!”

“I live in the parentheses; I’m just a small part of a wonderful process of making music. This is overwhelming and humbling,” said Schlitz.

Formal induction ceremonies for Reed, Jackson, and Schlitz will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum in the CMA Theater later this year. Since 2007, the Museum’s Medallion Ceremony, an annual reunion of the Hall of Fame membership, has served as the official rite of induction for new members.

CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format with Country Music’s highest honor.

“These three storytellers have added much to our lives, and to the story of Country Music,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. “They stand as models of undeniable eloquence and empathy. Over many decades, they have brought laughter, joy, and tears to millions. The Hall of Fame Rotunda will be grander for the presence of Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed, and Don Schlitz.”

Hosted by Country Music Hall of Fame member, President of the Board of Officers and Trustees of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 18-time CMA Award winner, and 12-time host of the CMA Awards, Vince Gill, the announcement was made today in the Rotunda of the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville and could be seen via live stream on Media assets are available for download at and

Veterans Era Artist – Jerry Reed
There was a time when Jerry Reed was the fast-picking, wisecracking face of Country Music for most Americans. Though Reed found himself participating in some key music history moments as a session player and scored his share of chart hits as a performer, it was his good-natured wit and ability to transform into an outsized personality as an actor without losing his authenticity that made him one of the genre’s most well-known ambassadors of the 1970s and ’80s.

It’s that ability as an all-around entertainer that brings Reed to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Reed’s active career stretched from the 1950s into the 1990s, though he still toured and made public appearances well into the 2000s. His career was so long, he received CMA Awards nominations over the course of four decades — from 1969 to 1999. He was a two-time nominee for CMA Entertainer of the Year and a three-time Grammy winner.

Born Jerry Reed Hubbard on March 20, 1937, in Atlanta, the singer-guitarist had already scored a few minor hits and spent years in the recording studio and onstage by the time he made it to Nashville in 1962 to get into session work after a two-year stint in the U.S. Army. He’d drawn the attention of the industry when two of his songs covered by popular artists became hits: Gene Vincent released his version of “Crazy Legs” in 1958 and Brenda Lee recorded “That’s All You Got to Do” in 1960.

It was Reed’s fiery guitar playing that really turned the heads of some of Nashville’s most important figures as he made the rounds in the early 1960s. A fingerstyle picker with few rivals, Reed was dubbed a “Certified Guitar Player” by Hall of Fame member Chet Atkins, perhaps the most prestigious honorary title given in Country Music. Atkins bestowed the award just four times personally. Earning the CGP status meant Country Music’s acknowledged best guitarist thought you were great in every way. Nashville felt much the same, naming Reed CMA Instrumentalist of the Year twice (1970 and ’71), and giving him a straightforward nickname: “The Guitar Man.” Atkins and Reed were nominated together for CMA Instrumental Group of the Year in the following two years (1972 and ’73).

Reed’s best-known hits included “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot,” which won a Grammy Award (Reed would win two more for instrumental recordings “Me & Jerry” and “Sneakin’ Around,” both made with Atkins), “Guitar Man,” “Amos Moses,” “Alabama Wild Man,” “U.S. Male,” “A Thing Called Love,” and “She Got the Gold Mine (I Got the Shaft).” He got a career boost from Elvis Presley, who not only recorded a few of Reed’s songs, including “Guitar Man,” but also hired him to be his guitar man in the studio as well.

He became a regular presence on “The Glen Campbell Good Time Hour” variety show in 1970. His affable onscreen presence was attractive to Hollywood. He made the first of several appearances with friend Burt Reynolds in a string of movies that started with 1975’s “W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings” and included the three wildly popular “Smokey and the Bandit” films, which launched in 1977 and featured Reed as Reynolds’ straight man. Reed scored a hit with the film’s theme song, “East Bound and Down.” Reed made an unforgettable return to film in 1998 when he played angry Coach Red Beaulieu in Adam Sandler’s “The Waterboy.”

The following year he received his final CMA nomination, for Vocal Event of the Year, for his “Old Dogs” supergroup collaboration with Waylon Jennings, Mel Tillis, and Bobby Bare.

Reed passed away from complications related to emphysema in 2008 at the age of 71.

Modern Era Artist – Alan Jackson
When music historians recount Alan Jackson’s staggering accomplishments, they don’t just limit the comparisons to his Country Music contemporaries. With dozens of chart-topping singles, tens of millions of albums sold, and an unparalleled reputation as a singer and songwriter, he ranks with The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and a very small handful of other transcendent artists who stand out like signposts in pop music history.

By deeply tipping his hat to the honky-tonk legends of his youth and unflinchingly remaining true to himself for more than 25 years, Jackson earned an unparalleled reputation as a singer and songwriter. He blended the old and new in a musical style that is urban and rural, rugged and raw, and appeals to the large sector of the Country Music audience that looks to the past for its musical influences.

Born Alan Eugene Jackson on Oct. 17, 1958, in Newnan, Ga., the 58-year-old singer-songwriter came to personify the neotraditional movement that emerged in opposition to the “Urban Cowboy” trend of the 1980s. Jackson took the sounds of Country Music in his youth and blended them with modern production and band structures in a way that made him an immediate star, one who straddled the divide between pop sensibilities and hard-line affection for classic Country.

Jackson began his career as the lead singer of local Newnan band Dixie Steel, holding down numerous odd jobs while touring and writing songs. His wife, Denise, a flight attendant at the time, had a chance meeting with Glen Campbell. Campbell suggested Alan get in touch with his music publishing company. Within two weeks of the meeting, the Jacksons packed up and moved to Nashville to follow his dreams and Alan eventually signed with the worldwide star’s publishing company.

He honed his craft and was eventually signed by executive Tim DuBois as the flagship artist at Arista Nashville in 1989. Jackson saw almost immediate success with his first album, Here in the Real World. It yielded his first Billboard No. 1 single, “I’d Love You All Over Again,” and made Jackson an instant — and instantly recognizable — star. He was nominated for four awards at the 1990 CMA Awards and, over the course of his career, would become the second most-nominated artist in CMA Awards history with 81 nominations, following only close friend and fellow Hall of Fame member George Strait. He still owns the record for most nominations in a single year with 10, set in 2002, the year he swept Song and Single of the Year with his poignant 9/11 tribute “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning).” The track also was nominated for all-genre Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards and won the Best Country Song Award, his first golden gramophone.

Jackson released four studio albums in the first five years of his recording career. Here in the Real World, Don’t Rock the Jukebox, his best-selling A Lot About Livin’ (And a Little ‘Bout Love), and Who I Am sold more than 20 million albums during that period and included some of his most memorable and important tracks, including “Midnight in Montgomery” and “Chattahoochee,” a winner of CMA Single and Song of the Year in 1993-94, respectively.

Jackson has released more than 20 albums and collections — including forays into gospel and bluegrass — nine of which went multiplatinum with 2 million or more in sales. Those albums have led to one of Country Music’s most decorated careers with three CMA Entertainer of the Year Awards (1995, 2002, 2003); two Grammy Awards; and membership in the Grand Ole Opry, the esteemed Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. He was given the first ASCAP Heritage Award (2014) by the performance rights organization, recognizing him as the most performed Country Music songwriter-artist of the last 100 years. Jackson has charted more than 30 No. 1 hits, sold nearly 60 million albums, and is among the genre’s most decorated and respected figures, with more than 150 awards.

Songwriter – Don Schlitz
Don Schlitz is among the most influential and beloved songwriters in the history of Country Music. His chart-topping songs – among them “The Gambler,” “On the Other Hand,” “Forever and Ever, Amen,” “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” “The Greatest,” and “When You Say Nothing At All” – are touchstones and inspirations that continue to influence songwriters and singers decades after they were written.

His 50 Top 10 singles performed by iconic acts Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alison Krauss, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers, The Judds, Randy Travis, Tanya Tucker, Keith Whitley, and many others include 24 No. 1 Country hits. He has won three CMA Song of the Year Awards, two Grammy Awards, and four consecutive ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year trophies (1988-91).

Schlitz was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.

Born Donald Alan Schlitz Jr. on Aug. 29, 1952, and raised in Durham, North Carolina, Schlitz briefly attended Duke University before coming to Nashville at age 20. His talent was recognized and fostered early on by greats, including Bob McDill and Bobby Bare, and he emerged as an empathetic and intelligent chronicler of the human spirit.

When Rogers recorded “The Gambler” – the songwriter’s first recorded song – Schlitz’s ascent was assured, and the success of that enduring story-song allowed him the freedom to spend a lifetime writing words and music that articulated the extraordinary emotions inherent in common experience.

Having written hits across five decades, he will join an exclusive circle in the Country Music Hall of Fame that includes Bobby Braddock, Hank Cochran, Harlan Howard, Cindy Walker, and Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, all inducted primarily as songwriters.

Schlitz and his cowriters penned “Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain,” “Forty Hour Week (for a Livin’), “Houston Solution,” “Deeper Than the Holler,” “One Promise Too Late,” “I Feel Lucky,” “Old School,” “Give Me Wings,” “Strong Enough To Bend” and dozens of others that underscore the depth and breadth of modern era Country Music.

One of the first performers at Amy Kurland’s iconic songwriter club The Bluebird Café, Schlitz and friends Thom Schuyler, J. Fred Knobloch, and Paul Overstreet originated the Café’s songwriter in the round format in 1985. He continues to regularly perform his hits and new material at The Bluebird, interspersed with his wry wit and unique comic timing.

The Don Schlitz songbook even includes the 2001 Broadway musical “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

Kenny Rogers encapsulated the sentiments of many when inducting Schlitz into the Songwriters Hall of Fame with the statement, “Don doesn’t just write songs, he writes careers.”

About CMA: Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association was the first trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with Country Music’s highest honor. More than 7,600 music industry professionals and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding achievement in the industry; CMA Music Festival, which benefits music education and is taped for a three-hour special; and “CMA Country Christmas,” featuring Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics for broadcast during the holiday season. All of CMA’s television properties will air on the ABC Television network through 2021.

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Brett Eldredge And Writers Celebrate #1 “Wanna Be That Song”

Pictured: (L-R): Carnival Music’s Frank Liddell, Warner Music’s John Esposito, ASCAP’s Beth Brinker, BMI’s Josh Tomlinson, ASCAP songwriter Scooter Carusoe, BMI singer-songwriter-producer Brett Eldredge, BMI songwriter-producer Ross Copperman, Sony ATV’s Josh Van Valkenburg and Rezonant’s Tim Wipperman. (Photo by Erika Goldring.)

One of Nashville’s best new bars, The Back Corner, was filled with friends and family of Brett Eldredge and the cowriters of his sixth consecutive #1 hit, “Wanna Be That Song,” Wednesday, April 5. Written by Brett, Ross Copperman, and Scooter Carusoe, the track is the third single from Brett’s sophomore album Illinois. Brett has tour dates scheduled through October, crisscrossing the country and giving fans plenty of opportunities to catch his energetic live show.

(L-R): ASCAP songwriter Scooter Carusoe, BMI singer-songwriter-producer Brett Eldredge and BMI songwriter-producer Ross Copperman. (Photo by Erika Goldring.)


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Kings Bowl Cool Springs Featuring New Songwriters’ Night Every Tuesday

Kings Bowl is coming up on its 1 year anniversary in May, and we’re so happy it opened its doors just outside of Nashville.  Starting this Tuesday, one of our favorite hang outs, is featuring their new “Top Songwriters Series” beginning at 7pm-10pm in their Whiskey Room every Tuesday night.

The Whiskey Room

Admission is free and will be happening every Tuesday night starting at 7pm.

Plan to come out a little early or stay late, aside from the great music, you can also dine on their incredible food.

This is not normal bowling alley food.  You can of course dine on a hamburger or pizza if you want, but everything is made from scratch in their kitchen and definitely worth a try in the Draft Room.  You can dine on fresh salmon, steak, and scallops.  Casual food or fancy, it’s your choice! Come hungry!

The Draft Room

Of course, you don’t want to miss a chance to bowl a game with your friends on their trendy, cool lanes.  There are also fun interactive games to be played or just wind down for a nice meal and watch tv on their widescreen tvs in their restaurant at this unique venue attached to Cool Springs Mall in Franklin, TN.

You’ll be glad you took the time to enjoy all it has to offer while you’re out there, and we have no doubts that you’ll be back visiting very soon!

Located at: 
Cool Springs Mall
1910 Galleria Blvd, Franklin, Tennessee 37067

Take a look back and check out this fun video from “Stars And Strikes”, a charity event featuring several country stars at Kings Bowl, part of its grand opening festivities last May!

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[Video] CRS 2017 | Re-Living The Highlights & A Wrap-Up

CRS 2017 wrapped up after 3 days of music-filled fun in downtown Nashville on Feb. 22-24, 2017.

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Don’t Miss “Songs And Stories” For St. Jude April 5th At City Winery

This will be an amazing night of music to raise money for St. Jude that you don’t want to miss! The Music City Hit-Makers will backed by some of Nashville’s finest symphony musicians in the elegant, trendy setting of City Winery on April 5th.

The money raised at the event benefits St. Jude through The Big 98’s marathon team!

Guests will enjoy an intimate concert, be able to bid on our live and silent auction items, and order drinks and appetizers from City Winery before the show!

  • April 5, 2017 at City Winery
  • Doors open at 6pm
  • Show starts at 7:30p

· Tables and Tickets can be purchased here:

· 2017 Performers Include: Grammy Award Winning singer/songwriters — Chris DeStefano, Brett James, Rivers Rutherford, Hillary Lindsey, Jessi Alexander, and Marcus Hummon!

Chris Destefano — Something in the Water (Carrie Underwood), That’s My Kinda Night (Luke Bryan), Don’t Ya (Brett Eldredge), Nothin Like You (Dan And Shay), and many more.

Brett James — Jesus Take The Wheel (Grammy Winner), Reality (Kenny Chesney), The Man I Want to Be (Chris Young), Cowboy Casanova (Carrie Underwood), Love You Out Loud (Rascal Flatts) and many more.

Rivers Rutherford — When I Get Where I’m Going (Brad Paisley/Dolly Parton), Living in Fast Forward (Kenny Chesney), Real Good Man (Tim mcgraw), Ain’t Nothin’ About You (Brooks and Dunn) and many more.

Jessi Alexander — Mine Would Be You (Blake Shelton), The Climb (Miley Cyrus), I Drive Your Truck, (Lee Brice), and more.

Hillary Lindsey – Blue Ain’t Your Color (Keith Urban), Church Bells (Carrie Underwood), Shotgun Rider (Tim Mcgraw), Girl Crush (Little Big Town), American Honey, Lookin for a Good Time (Lady Antebellum), and many more.

Marcus Hummon – Ready to Run (Dixie Chicks), Cowboy Take Me Away (Dixie Chicks), Born to Fly (Sara Evans), One of These Days (Tim mcgraw).

Hurry and buy your tickets before this amazing event sells out!

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Can’t Get Enough Of Jamie Lynn Spears? Love NASCAR? You’re In Luck!

Watch Jamie Lynn Spears host this fun series for Monster Energy following the NASCAR Cup!

She will be interviewing race car drivers and taking us behind-the-scenes showing us all things NASCAR.  It should be a fun ride!

Tune-in and take a peek at the video below for a taste of what she’ll be doing.  You don’t want to miss the fun, so tune in!

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[Video] Randy Travis: Honoring The Career Of An Artist, Survivor, And A Fighter

NASHVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 08: Kenny Rogers (right) greets Randy Travis (left) and Mary Davis (center) during 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis at Bridgestone Arena on February 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Outback Concerts) *** Local Caption *** Kenny Rogers;Randy Travis;Mary Davis

It’s been a long road of recovery for country star Randy Travis who suffered a stroke that nearly took his life while being treated for heart failure caused by a viral infection on July 10, 2013. Continue Reading →

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BMI’s “Young Guns” Monthly Showcase

On the last Wednesday of every month, music fans can enjoy listening to young, up and coming songwriters at the Sulter presented by BMI called “Young Guns”.

The series, created by BMI’s own David Preston 9 months ago, is meant to shine a spotlight on new songwriters mostly in the country genre. It’s a mix of both full band and acoustic performances depending on the artist’s preference.

I had the opportunity to attend the January showcase and throughly enjoyed the show featuring Olivia Bey, Sela Bruce, Charlie’s River, and Paulina Jayne.

As an added plus, love the venue of the newly-reopened and historic the Sutler, which offers great sound in a very cool setting since 1977 when original owner Johnny Potts first opened its doors.

Be sure to check out this fun series featuring BMI’s newest songwriters who I am sure you’ll be hearing about in the years to come every last Wednesday at 8pm at the Sutler in Nashville. Sponsored by Pickers Vodka.

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