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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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What A Year! Celebrating Our 1 Year Anniversary As FOCUS on the 615

We’re celebrating our 1 year anniversary today as FOCUS on the 615! Thank you so much for continuing to read this site and helping us to grow.  It’s been a pretty amazing ride and hard to believe it’s only been a year since I first started the site.  Great things are in the works right now and hoping it’s only going to get better from here.   So, stay tuned! 🙂

Also, while you’re at it, let us know what you would like to see more of on this site.  Any suggestions are welcome!

Thanks again for your continuing support and reading FOCUS on the 615! Much appreciated and we (Matt and I) plan to continue bringing you more fun, music-filled interviews, pictures, videos, etc. directly from Nashville!

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Martina McBride To Headline 3rd Annual Hymns Hams & Jams Benefitting The Shalom Foundation

Nashville, TN (August 14, 2012) Country music superstar Martina McBride is sharing her time and talents in a special concert from Nashville’s Loveless Barn to benefit The Shalom Foundation and its medical program in Guatemala.

The August 21 Hymns, Hams & Jams concert, headlined by Martina McBride, will also feature a live auction with legendary songwriter Bob DiPiero. GAC and Sirius XM personality Storme Warren will host the event. Auction items include tickets to the 2012 World Series, Garth Brooks and Sugarland autographed guitars, a private bus party, concert tickets, backstage VIP experiences and more! Tickets to this exclusive event are available through The Shalom Foundation at 615-595-5811 or by contacting Executive Director Allison Bender,

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Craig Morgan’s 6TH Annual Charity Event – This Weekend – Final Details Announced

Nashville, TN…(August 7, 2012)…Counting down the final days leading up to Craig Morgan’s 6th annual charity weekend, the country music star and award-winning TV host is excited to announce the final list of music, motocross, and celebrity friends joining him for the weekend’s festivities.

On Saturday, August 11, motocross stars Destry Abbott, Fred Andrews, Cowboy Kenny Bartram, Randy Hawkins, Kevin Windham, and country star Bucky Covington will take part in an exhibition and trail ride in Vanleer, Tennessee. Later that night, country music star Darryl Worley and HLN “Morning Express” host and “Brand New Day” singer Robin Meade along with the evening’s emcee, GAC host and TV personality Nan Kelley, will take the stage in concert with Morgan to support the Craig Morgan Charity Fund.

On Sunday, August 12th the popular Celebrity Sporting Clay Event will take place from the Tennessee Clay Target Complex in Nashville.  This year’s event, a 12-station course, will feature an exhibition by “The Ultimate Shooter” Tim Bradley.

Proceeds from the two-day event will benefit the Craig Morgan Charity Fund, a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.  The Craig Morgan Charity Fund continues to raise funds to establish Billy’s Place, an organization that will benefit foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.

Fans can take part in the event by bidding on auction items via eBay through Friday, August 10th.   Items include a Husqvarna for a day experience, allowing fans to ride in style alongside motocross stars at Saturday’s ride.   Concert attendees on Saturday night will also have the opportunity to bid on live and silent auction items including a Pre-Owned Volkswagen Passat GLS, high end MAC Tools chest, music, tv, and sports memorabilia, and more!

All events are open to the public with tickets on sale at as well as all TriStar Bank locations in Dickson.

Craig Morgan Charity Weekend
Dirt Bike Ride/Trail Ride
Date: August 11, 2012
Location: Paul Allen Farm 1286 Bell Hollow Rd., Vanleer, TN
Registration Opens: 8:00 AM
Ride and Exhibition Start Time: 10:00 AM
Tickets: $40 pre-registration; $45 day-of registration; $15 spectator. All ticket prices incl. lunch
Motocross stars Destry Abbot, Fred Andrews, Cowboy Kenny Bartram, Randy Hawkins and Kevin Windham plus country star Bucky Covington will take part in an exhibition and group trail ride with Craig Morgan

Craig Morgan Concert
Date: August 11, 2012
Location: Dickson Middle School 401 East College St., Dickson, TN
Doors Open: 6:00 PM
Concert Start Time: 7:30 PM
Tickets: $25 adult; $10 children 12 and under
Darryl Worley and Robin Meade will join Craig Morgan in concert, hosted by GAC’s Nan Kelley

Sporting Clay Event
Date: August 12, 2012
Location: Tennessee Clay Target Complex 1100 County Hospital Rd., Nashville, TN
First Flight:  9:00 am Registration; 10:00 am Shoot
Second Flight: Noon Registration; 1:00 pm Shoot
Tickets: $100 per competitor with prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place competitors
Includes lunch and 12:30pm exhibition with “The Ultimate Shooter” Tim Bradley

ABOUT CRAIG MORGAN: One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits:  “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” “International Harvester” and his latest hit, the title track to his new record This Ole Boy. The new album, his first release on Black River Entertainment, boasted a Top 5 debut on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart when it released on February 28, 2012. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent over 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves.  He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. In addition to a prolific country music career, he hosts the award-winning show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” on The Outdoor Channel with season 3 set to debut July 1. For more information on Craig Morgan, please visit or follow him on Twitter @CMorganmusic.

ABOUT BILLY’S PLACE: The idea for Billy’s Place was born while Craig Morgan was serving as an Assistant Sheriff’s Deputy in Dickson, TN and named for his wife Karen’s father. The organization will support foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee. Craig’s continuing charitable mission is to eventually build and maintain a home called Billy’s Place for temporarily displaced children in Dickson County Tennessee and to provide lasting funding for the home. His long term goal is to start additional Billy’s Place homes around the country. The annual Craig Morgan Charity Weekend, encompassing a motocross ride, concert and sporting clays shoot, raised more than $95,000 last year in support of Billy’s Place and other children’s welfare organizations.

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE:  The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 840 charitable funds, providing customized philanthropic solutions with flexibility for donors, nonprofit organizations and the community. In the past 20 years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $596 million to community programs and institutions. It is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, #400, Nashville, Tennessee 37215. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit

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Renegade Radio Partners With Dale Morris For Project

FontanelRenegade Radio Nashville and artist manager Dale Morris (Kenny Chesney, Alabama, Jake Owen) have teamed up to present a live performance every Monday night at Fontanel Mansion. The show, entitled Andy Gibson & The Buds, features Curb recording artist Andy Gibson, as well as several other artists, songwriters, and musicians.

The radio station, which just began its second year broadcasting live from Music Row, has been given sole broadcast rights to the show.

“It’s an honor to be working with Mr. Morris, as well as a wonderful team of people, on such a fun show every week,” said ‘Captain Jack’ Aponte, the voice and President of Renegade Radio. “There’s something for everyone at Andy Gibson & The Buds – a culmination of the latest sound coming from Nashville and some classic favorites. We’re thrilled to be a part of it.”

Aside from broadcasting live, Captain Jack hosts the show, which takes place at Fontanel’s Pepsi Studio Gallery and begins every Monday night at 7:30pm. Andy Gibson & The Buds is also sponsored by Budweisser and Cafe Fontanella.

To purchase tickets for the show, visit and search Fontanel.

About Renegade Radio:
Renegade Radio Nashville began as the brainchild of longtime broadcasting veterans Captain Jack Aponte and Bob Steele. With a solid vision of utilizing the latest technology to reach the largest audience worldwide, Renegade Radio Nashville began Internet broadcasting on June 7, 2011. The station currently has listeners tuning in from 143 different countries and, in December of 2011, became the first ever Internet radio station to be granted reporting status with Music Row Magazine. For more information on Renegade Radio Nashville, visit

About Fontanel Mansion:
Minutes from downtown Nashville, Fontanel Mansion is a 27,000 square foot log home set on over 100 acres of land formerly owned by country great Barbara Mandrell. Offering daily tours, the mansion is the only country musician mansion to give outsiders a glimpse into the life of a country legend. The property also features The Woods Amphitheater, hiking trails, The Farmhouse, The Silo Shop, Cafe Fontanella, and The Pepsi Studio Gallery. Fontanel Mansion is available for private events and weddings. For more information regarding Fontanel Mansion, visit

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