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2012 CMA Awards Promo

We take a sneak peek at the 46th Annual CMA Music Awards in Nashville, TN. Footage includes interviews with the artists prior to the night’s event and exclusive rehearsal footage!

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CMA Awards Backstage – Martin Guitar Artist Welcome Lounge

The day before the 46th Annual CMA Music Awards, we had the wonderful opportunity to go behind the scenes at the brand new Martin Guitar Artist Welcome Lounge! We enjoyed the splendors of Martin chic and an exclusive look at backstage. We also had the opportunity to interview Steve Storm from  C. F. Martin & Co. and speak with him about how this new tradition came about.

The lounge will be a comfortable, chic haven for all participating artists to relax, mingle with their peers, and best of all, play the beautiful Martin guitars available in the lounge during rehearsals, the red carpet and the night of the awards show. Read more about the Martin Guitar Artist Welcome Lounge here!

And don’t forget to tune into the 46th Annual CMA Awards live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN Thursday November 1 at 8/7c on ABC!

 

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The Grape Stomp: Stompin’ It Out In Franklin

Grape stomping team “I Kissed A Grape And I Liked It”

The Grape Stomp has to be one of my favorite events to be part of this year.  Seriously, who doesn’t like to attend an outdoor wine festival on a beautiful autumn day enjoying some great music for a good cause?

This fun event started with a fun grape stomping competition by teams that each dressed in costumes.  My personal favorite was the grape stomping team of “I Kissed A Grape And I Liked It” — featuring, you guessed it, almost Russell Brand with 4 almost Katy Perry’s! The grape stomping winning team was the “Zin-ful Pleasures” who are a group of Recovery Room nurses from Williamson Medical Center.

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The 6th Annual Dragon Boat Festival Rows Through Riverfront

Last Saturday, Nashville held its 6th annual Cumberland River Dragon Boat Festival at Riverfront Park. The event is to benefit the Cumberland River Compact, dedicated to keeping all 697 miles of the river clean and community friendly.

What does a dragon boat festival entail, you ask? A dragon boat race of course! This year there were 42 teams from all over the area participating in the day-long event. Businesses, schools, and organizations all formed teams vying for the coveted dragon boat trophy.

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Show Review: Green River Ordinance at Exit/In

FOCUS was invited to attend the show by Green River Ordinance at Exit/In in Nashville on September 29th.  Neither Matt nor I had ever had the opportunity to see them perform live and have only recently become familiar with their music.  What did we think of the show? Simply put: these guys are the real deal! What a treat to see them perform live! Honestly, one of the best shows I’ve seen all year.  Excellent musicianship, great stage presence, and radio-friendly alternative rock songs with lyrics filled with depth and meaning.  Not only that, these are just good, humble artists from Texas who have just recently made the move to Nashville. Continue Reading →

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Legends Honored, Superstars Perform at 6th Annual ACM Honors

ACM Honors

Country music fans are aware that the genre has no shortage of awards shows (at least four and counting). Arguably the most prestigious of these, however, is the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMs) held in Las Vegas in April. What fewer country fans may know is the Academy holds an annual awards show for non-televised industry and specialty awards called the ACM Honors, which took place Monday at The Ryman Auditorium. Continue Reading →

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Perfect Weather Shines on Musicians Corner

Musicians Corner Nashville

Matthew Perryman Jones entertains music lovers of all ages

The rain from the early morning had gone, and by 3pm the day was sunny with the temperature in the low 70’s. Following a record-breaking week last Saturday, Musicians Corner was back in Centennial Park for performances from the Allen Thompson Band, Goodbye June, Marie Hines, Matthew Perryman Jones and more.

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Show Review: Plumb at 12th & Porter

I had the opportunity to attend Plumb’s show on August 21st at 12th & Porter in Nashville.  12th & Porter is one of the best live venues in town to see music because of the lighting, stage, and sound.  That would be exactly why many artists chose it as a place to shoot live video performances at.  Plumb was no exception. Continue Reading →

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Blind Boys Excite and Food Trucks Delight at Musicians Corner’s Fall Season Kickoff

Musicians Corner NashvilleMusicians Corner has kicked off its fall season in unprecedented fashion. Coinciding with the Nashville Street Food Awards, the weekly Centennial Park event saw record numbers come out to see Jon Troast, The Nashville Symphony Quartet, Chelsea Gill, Jeremy Lister, Anthony Snape, Karen Elson, The Carmonas and the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama.

The event is sporting a slightly different look this season, turning the stage 180 degrees due to a Centennial Park tree that is rather old and at risk of coming down. Yet that didn’t stop the crowd from piling in and trying food from the street vendors and beer from the beer and wine garden. Continue Reading →

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Musicians Corner Is Back With Music, Food, And Fun For The Entire Family

Join Musicians Corner In Centennial Park This Fall

Musicians Corner is excited to welcome you back on Saturdays in September and October, as it presents a wonderful fall of free music including Sam Bush, Sixpence None The Richer, Phil Keaggy, Matthew Perryman Jones, The Vespers and more. Every week brings new surprises and a taste of what makes Nashville “The City That Listens.”

Musicians Corner Nashville

Appearing this weekend:
Karen Elson, The Blind Boys of Alabama and Jeremy Lister.

 

Spend Your Saturday Afternoons With Musicians Corner
The Musicians Corner fall season takes places each Saturday through October 27. View the complete fall season schedule to check out who is performing in September and October.

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