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Craig Campbell Reveals Final Details For Inaugural Celebrity Cornhole Challenge

Craig Campbell

Shortly after the release of Craig Campbell’s highly acclaimed sophomore album, Never Regret, and in honor of his late father, Craig will host the inaugural Celebrity Cornhole Challenge to benefit the TJ Martell Foundation’s colon cancer research efforts.

The Craig Campbell Cornhole Challenge will take place on Tuesday, June 4th from 2pm-7pm at the Public Square in Downtown Nashville as the unofficial kickoff to 2013’s CMA Music Festival week. Craig is thrilled to add fellow country artists and celebrity friends Bridgette Tatum, Dean Alexander, James Wesley, and Ryan Kinder to the competition, along with Great American Country and SiriusXM personality Storme Warren as emcee. Nationally syndicated radio personalities Big D & Bubba will also join as competitors in the cornhole challenge.  They join previously announced talent including Chase Rice, THE FARM, Gloriana, Greg Bates, Jerrod Niemann, LoCash Cowboys, Love and Theft, Rachel Bradshaw, Whitney Duncan, Australian duo Baylou, GAC’s Suzanne Alexander, and Titans Kicker Rob Bironas.

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Music City Center Grand Opening

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We may have gotten a sneak peek at the new Music City Center last Wednesday, but the real party started earlier this week! Sunday included a walk with Mayor Karl Dean around the new $585 million structure, a free open house and live music from Ten out of Tenn and Phil Vassar. Monday activities involved a ribbon-cutting ceremony and Grand Opening Concert featuring the Fisk Jubilee SingersThe Time Jumpers with Vince Gill, Mikky Ekko and Sheryl Crow! Additionally, Mayor Dean presented his State of Metro address Monday morning.

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The Warner Sound Presents: CMT Music Awards Official Fan After Party On June 5th

Warner Music NashvilleJoin Warner Music Nashville on June 5th for The Warner Sound Presents: 2013 CMT Music Awards Official Fan After Party. The party will feature exclusive, intimate performances by Warner Music Nashville artists Brett Eldredge, The Farm Inc., Jana Kramer and Charlie Worsham. Immediately following the 2013 CMT Music Awards, country fans can head to the party at aVenue in downtown Nashville – a short walk from Bridgestone Arena where the 2013 CMT Music Awards take place. Continue Reading →

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Mayor Karl Dean Gives Sneak Peek Of Massive Music City Center

Music City Center

The massive hallway featuring the custom “sound wave” carpet

Perhaps you’ve noticed there has been some construction going on in downtown Nashville… That will all come to fruition next week as the extravagant Music City Center opens its doors. Upon touring this massive, yet beautifully artistic Nashville centerpiece, one can’t help but frequently gaze around in awe.

Mayor Karl Dean gave a sneak peek of the new convention center to the media on Wednesday, noticeably proud of the biggest municipal project in Tennessee history. From the 6,000-person Grand Ballroom modeled after the inside of a guitar to the $2 million art budget, the Music City Center is sure to impress and deliver grand results for the city.

A point emphasized on Mayor Dean’s tour was that this building has not been built with an “if you build it, they will come” frame of mind. To the contrary, this was a necessary step, because they’re already coming.

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Big Loud Shirt Takes The Throne With The Parking Lot Party Of The Year

Big Loud Shirt

Celebrating the success of Big Loud Shirt Industries, company founder and esteemed songwriter Craig Wiseman hosted a spirited party Thursday evening (5/9) in the parking lot of the Big Loud Shirt office building in Nashville, TN, marking the 7th annual event. Staff, friends and music industry insiders all gathered to reveal with Craig and his accomplished team of writers and artists, including, Rodney Clawson, FGL’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley, Joey Moi and Chris Tompkins. Thanks to Fireball/Firefly and Gigi’s Cupcakes, the guests toasted cocktails and enjoyed an array of delectable snacks while rocking out to Dee Jay Silver’s choice playlist.

“The party was GREAT! We had the whole Big Loud family out to put on balloon hats and celebrate an amazing year,” exclaims Craig Wiseman.  “And being the same week that Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Shine On’ went #1 made it even better. This celebration is a big deal for the Big Loud crowd and we appreciate everybody stopping by. Always great to see all of our old friends and meet a few new ones!”

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JDRF Golf Classic Set for Monday, May 13th


The 2013 JDRF Golf Classic is set for Monday, May 13, 2013 at the prestigious Vanderbilt Legends Club. Co-emcees Joe Dubin, popular co-host of “The Sports Revolution” on 102.5 The Game, and Erin Como, member of the Fox17 team, will join celebrity guest players EMI Records Nashville artist Eric Paslay, RCA Nashville duo Love and Theft, and others. Shotgun start is at 1:00 p.m.

The tournament includes a four-man scramble with lots of twists. Exciting prizes, including hole-in-one contests for cash & trips and more provided by Tournament Promotions and sponsored by Advantage Home Improvement, will be available. Vertek Solutions will sponsor an exciting putting contest, and players can take home part of the tournament with some fabulous gifts and a golfer goodie bag.

Complimentary lunch from DeSano Pizza, dinner from Nero’s Grill, beer from AJAX Turner, spirits from Pearl Vodka, and tasting stations from Nucci’s Gelato & Fresh Market, plus cigars from Puro Sabor and UPtown’s Smoke Shop will be distributed throughout the course. In-kind sponsors include Walgreens and DET Distributing, and Academy Sports is the exclusive gift card sponsor. Swiftwick will also sponsor a tent providing socks for every golfer playing in the tournament.

About Love and Theft
(Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson) are an ACM, ACA, CMA and CMT-nominated duo who released their self-titled album on RCA Nashville in July 2012. A true duo, Eric and Stephen share lead vocals throughout their album, which was produced by Josh Leo (Alabama, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band). Their LOVE AND THEFT cd includes the Gold-Certified, #1 hit “Angel Eyes,” and their next single, “If You Ever Get Lonely.” They’ve toured with Brad Paisley, Jake Owen, are currently on the road with Tim McGraw. Eric Gunderson was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 13 years old. Visit: @loveandtheft

About Eric Paslay
All it takes is seeing Eric Paslay perform once to become hooked on his music and his infectious personality. Also diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, honesty has been a powerful magnet that always draws an eager audience, and it has proven to be a potent tool in Eric creative arsenal. The Texas native co-wrote his new single “Friday Night” with Rose Falcon and Rob Crosby, and it was produced by Marshall Altman. In addition to his three #1 singles (“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” performed by the Eli Young Band, “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” performed by Jake Owen” and “Angel Eyes” performed by Love & Theft), Paslay has been nominated for multiple awards for his songwriting including GRAMMY Best Country Song, ACM Song of the Year and CMA Song of the Year. He was awarded the ASCAP 2012 County Music Song of the Year for his hit “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” and the CMA Triple Play Award for writing three No. one songs in one year. Visit: Follow: @ericpaslay

For any questions please contact Alexandra Barker at the JDRF office by calling 615-383-6781 or through email at

About JDRF
JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Driven by passionate, grassroots volunteers connected to children, adolescents, and adults with this disease, JDRF is now the largest charitable supporter of T1D research. The goal of JDRF research is to improve the lives of all people affected by T1D by accelerating progress on the most promising opportunities for curing, better treating, and preventing T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners who share this goal.

Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has awarded more than $1.6 billion to diabetes research. Past JDRF efforts have helped to significantly advance the care of people with this disease, and have expanded the critical scientific understanding of T1D. JDRF will not rest until T1D is fully conquered. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.

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Julie Roberts Announces Fan Appreciation Party For CMA Fest

Julie Roberts Fan Appreciation Save The Date

Julie Roberts has announced her 8th Annual Fan Appreciation Party set for Saturday, June 8 during the 2013 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn.

The fun-filled event will take place from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at The Rutledge (410 4th Avenue South) where the singer will be making some huge announcements fans won’t want to miss!

“This year’s party is going to be so special and FUN!! There will be lots of music, food, prize give-aways,” Roberts said. “Come celebrate with me to hear the big news first! I’m so excited to tell you what’s happening that I’m counting down the days to the party!”

Tickets are $30 and are on sale now at a special Splash That event page created just for the party! Click here to purchase tickets. Tickets include a live show from Julie and lunch, followed by a meet and greet with Julie after the show.

To make the event interactive, the special Splash That page will gather fans tweets, photos and more from Twitter and Instagram. Fans can also post to the event page through the built-in Facebook wall. From now until the party starts, tweet or instagram your favorite pictures and memories from Julie’s previous Fan Appreciation Parties. Be sure to use the hashtag #JulieRobertsParty in your posts so that they are added to the event page!

During the event on June 8, use that same hashtag #JulieRobertsParty in your Twitter and Instagram posts and your photos and messages will be added to the live gallery where you’ll be able to look back and see all of the highlights from the party!

Stay tuned to for details on how you can request songs for the party, as well as info on where Julie will be appearing during the CMA Music Festival!

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Lee Greenwood: American Patriot

Lee Greenwood

On the 29th anniversary of “God Bless the USA” being released to radio, it is only fitting that today would be the day the Lee Greenwood: American Patriot exhibit be revealed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The spotlight exhibit incorporates numerous artifacts and memorabilia spanning the artist’s 50 years in the business.

“Everything in here signifies a special moment of my career,” said Greenwood. “I could tell you a story behind each and every one of them… but this is just a small portion.”

And a story for each is no stretch of the imagination if you’ve ever spoken to Lee Greenwood. The man has a million stories, a photographic memory, and loves to talk. When asked about which artifact in the expansive display stood out to him the most, he brought me over to his 1994 award for winning Wheel of Fortune Music Stars Week, and proceeded to tell me the entire fascinating story.

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A Vintage Affair

 A Vintage Affair

I recently attended A Vintage Affair at The Factory in Franklin on Friday, April 19th sponsored by First Tennessee Bank.  What a great event and turnout! Hundreds of items to bid on in the silent and live auction, great food from area restaurants and great wine to taste.   It was a wonderful and elegant event! Be sure to be on the lookout for this event next year.  You don’t want to miss it, and it’s all for a good cause!

A Vintage Affair is a non profit 501(c)3 organization that is dedicated to raising money for Williamson County charities benefiting women and children in need. In order to fulfill the goal of helping out neighbors in need, AVA hosts various events throughout the year which include: wine, spirit & food tastings, A Fashion Affair – our fashion show, and The Grape Stomp at Animalia. Since its inception in 2001, AVA has contributed over one million dollars to local non profit organizations. Each year AVA chooses several deserving beneficiaries from the community to receive the proceeds for that fiscal year.

The Factory in Franklin



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“Lee Greenwood: American Patriot” Spotlight Exhibition To Open This Friday

Lee Greenwood

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil a special spotlight exhibit dedicated to singer Lee Greenwood on May 10. Lee Greenwood: American Patriot, which will be located within the museum’s permanent exhibit on the third floor, will incorporate costumes and other artifacts spanning Greenwood’s 50 years of musical activity. The exhibition will run through April 25, 2014.

Lee Greenwood: American Patriot traces the artist’s personal and professional life from his musical childhood in California to his award-winning music career. The exhibit also places a special focus on Greenwood’s most beloved song, “God Bless the USA,” and his work with military and veterans organizations.

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