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Dean Alexander Interview | CRS 2013

Hot newcomer Dean Alexander stops by Country Radio Seminar (CRS) to talk about his new music!

Read more about all the great performances with exclusive behind the scenes coverage of CRS 2013 here!

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“Mud” Movie Review | Nashville Film Festival

Mud

A twisted love story set against the tapestry of rural Mississippi, Mud centers around a young boy, Ellis (Tye Sheridan, Tree of Life) who finds a man hidden out on an island. The man (played by Matthew McConaughey) identifies himself as Mud. We never hear Mud’s real name or any last name, but we do discover Mud is on the run, waiting for the love of his life, Juniper (played by Reese Witherspoon). Mud has a turbulent past, and with the arrival of his long-lost love comes inevitable trouble.

Despite McConaughey’s name (and pecs) being attached to the indie film and playing the title role, Sheridan takes on the heavier acting load, appearing in nearly every frame. Witherspoon, on the other hand, was in the film for a grand total of 12 minutes.

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Interview With Philip Claypool | CRS 2013

Check out this interview with country artist Philip Claypool during CRS in Nashville as he talks about his new single and how he became a country artist.

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Interview With Jaida Dreyer | CRS 2013

Check out this interview with up and coming country artist Jaida Dreyer during CRS as she talks about her new single and video!

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Interview with Casey James | CRS 2013

We caught up with Casey James over a month ago during his show at Exit/In in Nashville where he promised a full length interview during Country Radio Seminar (CRS).

This is that full length interview!

Casey stops by to talk about his fans, his new single and upcoming tour with one Taylor Swift!

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Interview With Austin Webb | CRS 2013

Check out this interview with up and coming country artist Austin Webb during CRS 2013 in Nashville!

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Tin Pan South 2013

Tin Pan South

Five days. Ten Venues. Over 400 songwriters. NSAI’s Tin Pan South is the WORLD’s largest all-songwriter festival, and just wrapped up its 21st year. Over 9,000 fans attend the event annually to hear some of the greatest songs ever written, performed by the people that wrote them.

In the last couple years, NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) has gotten a prominent figure in country music to perform the first night (mainly because he or she has to fly out to Vegas for ACM week shortly thereafter). This year The Listening Room Café featured Jake Owen at the early show, and Charles Kelly from Lady Antebellum for the late show. I missed Charles so I could go see “Celebrating ABC’s Nashville” at 3rd and Lindsley (more on that later).

The round with Jake Owen also featured Brandy Clark (“Somewhere With You,” “Alone With You”), Josh Osbourne (“Come Over,” Merry Go ‘Round”), and Eric Paslay (“Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”) who was filling in for the sick Shane McAnally. You can see how rounds like this are so fun to watch. Songwriters are constantly collaborating, and this bunch seems to be pretty well connected. Not to mention… Jake Owen was there.

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RAW: Nashville Shakes Cannery Ballroom With An Eclectic Collaboration Of Fashion, Art And Music

 RAW: Nashville of RAW: natural born artists will gather 37 artists for a night of fashion, art and music on Friday, April 26 from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at Cannery Ballroom.

Following the launch of the new bimonthly format, Marvel is the second showcase of the year. It will feature musical performances by rock bands Red Wine Hangover, Dirty Silver, The Resolute and funk/rock band Jones World. The collaborative music and runway show will feature clothing by TaraMarie, Harpediem and Mika Roche Collection. Accessories will include designs from Raw Jewelry, Pursuing, MynisaUnique, New York to Nashville and Ashjewels. While, Rachel Cothron, Amber Cannon, Ashley and Claire and Harlow Salon will do hair and makeup. Local visual artists will include Tonya Nikole, Mocking Girl Designs, Allison Johnson, TB8S, Helen Johana, Melissa Christine, Tony Hayes, Bret Pemelton, Sam Braden IV, Teresa Baker, Chasen Igleheart, Tiffany Howell, Jonathan Hargrove, India Stone, Charleen Pardue, Brayden Harp, Jenna Winstead, Steve Rollins and Deer Abigail. Continue Reading →

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Musicians Corner Spring 2013 Season

Musicians Corner

Musicians Corner, Nashville’s weekly lawn party, announces its fourth year of free music events in Centennial Park! Introducing the Musicians Corner Spring 2013 season:

Musicians Corner

The fourth season begins on Saturday, May 4 with free music and the 1st Annual Food Truck Fiesta featuring 25 of Nashville’s best food trucks.

The music will take place from 2 – 5 PM this year, preceded by Pre-Show Festivities from 12 – 2 PM including our Beer Garden Happy Hour, Food Trucks, Kidsville Activities, and Chef Michael’s Dog of the Day.

The Spring 2013 season features over 40 local and visiting artists, including Main Stage performances by:

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Country Music Blog Rodeo: “Mainstream” Hasn’t Fallen In Love With Country Music… Just The Opposite

Country Music Blog RodeoIf you listen to pop radio you’ve noticed country stars showing up on the playlists more and more. If you watch awards shows, country artists and country music categories are featured more and more. ABC’s Nashville is a huge television success. And country seems to be taking over singing reality competitions (Tate Stevens won The X Factor, and let us not forget Blake Shelton is The Voice’s reigning champ two seasons in a row… and by the way, Cassadee Pope, last season’s winner, has just signed with country label Big Machine). So why has “mainstream” fallen in love with country music?

It’s simple: “Mainstream” isn’t coming around to country. Country is going to it. Not in a conformist way, but a revolutionary way.

“What is country music, really?” is a topic debated ad nauseum, and I won’t touch it. I’m far from knowing where the exact line is that separates country music from not country music; however, there is certainly no need to hold the country music genre captive in a box anymore. Those boxes are obsolete.

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