The Sutler Saloon saw a crowd of friends, family, and industry executives converge on June 13 in celebration of “Think A Little Less,” which recently soared to number one on the country charts. Written by BMI writers Thomas Rhett and Barry Dean with ASCAP writers Jimmy Robbins and Jon Nite, the song is the second number one for Warner Music Nashville artist Michael Ray. Fresh off the heels of his moving performance at CMA Fest with Randy Travis, Ray has a new music coming soon and a summer full of tour dates across the country. Congratulations to the country music stars!
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City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game presented by Staples® reached its highest ever attendance at the 27th Annual event during CMA Music Festival at First Tennessee Park. Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe surprised fans by throwing the first pitch. In a friendly competition for a great cause, Team iHeart won the game, 9-6.
Reba McEntire kicked off the event by singing the National Anthem, followed by a performance of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by Sara Evans. Team Captain for iHeart Media, Bobby Bones and Team Captain for Sirius XM/Grand Ole Opry, Bill Cody led with the traditional coin toss.
Artists in attendance were Billy Ray Cyrus, Craig Morgan, Kellie Pickler, Jessie James Decker and her husband and NFL player, Eric Decker, Lauren Alaina, Todd Chrisley, Savannah Chrisley and Grayson Chrisley of USA’s “Chrisley Knows Best,” Lunchbox, Eddie, and Ray of the Bobby Bones Show, Drew Scott and Jonathan Scott of HGTV’s “The Property Brothers,” The Swon Brothers, Danielle Bradbery, Aaron Watson, Jackie Lee, Trent Harmon, Maggie Rose, Miss Tennessee, Allee-Sutton Hethcoat, and Kaitlyn Bristowe andShawn Booth of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”
Legendary artists Lee Greenwood, Jeannie Seely and Tim Rushlow joined by iHeart Media radio personality, Gator Harrison called the play by play. A new tradition and fan favorite!
City of Hope patient and leukemia survivor, Nicole Schulz met, for the first time, her life-saving donor, Rian Lawrence at the mound.
ABOUT CITY OF HOPE:
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 47 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics throughout southern California. It is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, visit cityofhope.org.
Star-Studded CMT Crossroads With GRAMMY® Award-Winning Group Earth, Wind & Fire And Friends Premieres Friday, June 23 At 10pm ET/PT
GRAMMY® Award winning band Earth, Wind & Fire teams up with some of country’s biggest stars when “CMT Crossroads: Earth, Wind & Fire And Friends” premieres Friday, June 23 at 10 PM ET/PT. Joined by friends including Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts,Martina McBride, Dan + Shay, Sara Evans andDrake White, the unforgettable night of electric collaborations took place on the first-ever outdoor “CMT Crossroads” stage from downtown Nashville.
Showcasing Earth, Wind & Fire’s successful catalogue of timeless hits, the musical event drew a packed crowd to downtown Nashville where the iconic funk band proved the ability of their music to transcend any era or genre. Earth, Wind & Fire performed eight of their top singles including classics “Shining Star,” “After The Love Has Gone” and “September.”
To watch Earth, Wind & Fire’s performance of “September” with Lady Antebellum, visit CMT.com. For downloadable photos from the entire show, visit CMTpress.com.
“CMT Crossroads” is produced by Tom Forrest with John Hamlin and Margaret Comeaux executive producing for CMT.
Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the most innovative and influential contemporary music forces of the 20th century. With a signature sound beyond category and a groove as deep as the soul of the planet the band has impacted the history of music and pop culture for over four decades. EWF has sold over 90 million recordings earning them a solid spot as one of the all-time bestselling music artists. Rolling Stone and VH1 ranked Earth, Wind & Fire on their lists of the Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll. Originating from Chicago in 1969, EWF’s career achievements include a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2000), a total of nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards. EWF classic songs have remained staples for last few generations including the hits, “September,” “Shining Star,” “That’s the Way of The World” and “Boogie Wonderland.” Earth, Wind & Fire’s music continues to influence music with artists ranging from Drake, Kayne West, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and more. Founded by music genius Maurice White; EWF’s co-founders Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson continue to tour and perform to sold-out audiences around the world.
CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment. CMT, CMT.com and CMTRadio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and are the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music, CMT App, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.
On Tuesday, June 19, friends, family and industry executives united in celebration of Josh Turner’s number one hit “Hometown Girl” at South. Written by BMI songwriter Daniel Tashian and ASCAP songwriter Marc Beeson, the song marks the fifth career number one for Josh Turner, the third for Beeson and the first for Tashian. The track is the second single off Turner’s new Album Deep South, which debuted at number one on the Hot Country Album charts in March. Congratulations to all and much luck to Turner as he spends the summer touring!
Ketel One Vodka Celebration: Just In Time For Father’s Day, Arnold Palmer Collectors Bottle And Nashville Connection
For 326 years, the Nolet family has been making their premium Ketel One vodka from their distillery in Schiedam, Holland.
Since arriving in the U.S. in 1983, Carl Nolet engaged and worked with local bartenders in each market to help raise awareness for their vodka, allowing them to act as trusted gatekeepers for the brand. It’s one of the many reasons Ketel One Vodka is still the most recommended vodka by bartenders in the world because of this personal relationship.
Recently, Carl Nolet, Jr., 11th generation of the family of distillers behind the premium vodka, came to Nashville for a special event at Kayne Prime celebrating our elite community of bartenders and distributors.
Just in time for Father’s Day (June 18) and National Martini Day (June 19), we joined Ketel One Vodka and Carl Nolet Jr., 11th generation of the family of distillers behind the premium vodka, for a special event at @kayneprime celebrating Nashville’s elite community of bartenders. @KetelOne_US Ketel One Vodka has a longstanding history in Nashville and expanding on that heritage with this special event. Arriving in the U.S. in 1983, Carl Nolet, 10th generation Nolet family, engaged local bartenders to help raise awareness for the vodka, allowing them to act as trusted gatekeepers for the brand in each market. It’s one of the many reasons Ketel One Vodka is still the most recommended vodka by bartenders in the world. ▪ ▪ ▪ #ketelone #vodka #holland #nashvilletn #nashville #musiccityusa #musiccity #bar #bartender #bartenders #distributor #restaurants #alcohol #elite #foodie #tasty #instagramers #photo #photooftheday #picoftheday #cheers #mule #cheese #board #celebration #drinks #lime #ice #copper #cup
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What makes Ketel One different from other vodka brands available? Their rich family heritage of making vodka has been passed down through 11 generations of fathers and sons enabling them to really know the process of making vodka with a very hands on approach. They go to the Meditaranian, Carribean, Brazil, and Florida to find the best growers, making sure it’s the best fruit they can grow for their products. They use their own family recipe that after 326 years has been thoroughly time-tested rather than buy the alcohol like a lot of other brands from a rectifier. The family painstakenly takes care of every detail that goes into making their vodka with the full distillation process done completely under their roof. The result is an unsurpassed product made with pride from rich family tradition with a distinctively smoothe flavor compared to other vodka brands.
If you want to see the process for yourself, you can take a virtual reality tour by going to: vr.ketelone.com
Ketel One has always worked with people in the trade. As Nolet describes, his grandfather and his father both said they “wore out their shoes” as they pounded the pavement making those personal connections with the trade industry. They have formed very close ties to the United States Bartenders Guild with branches in each city, Nashville being no different. Jonathan Howard, one of our locals, who is going to be opening a Kimpton Hotel in Nashville soon, was just in California where Nolet lives now, and Ketel One is working closely with him through World Class that hosts yearly competitions to find the best bartenders in the world.
Ketel One just launched their special Arnold Palmer collector’s edition bottle to honor the golf legend due to their close friendship through the years and to help continue his legacy by donating $100,000 to Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation, hosting charitable golf tournaments, working with country clubs where their innitiative is to put a day together to remember Palmer raising money for the late golf legend’s foundation, and featuring a bottle for sale with Arnold Palmer’s signature available now through his birthday on September 8th, 2017.
With Father’s Day today, how does Carl Nolet, Jr. plan to celebrate? As the father of 7 kids ranging in ages from 8-22, you can probably envision a big celebration underway, but he plans to celebrate it very lowkey as he flies back to his home in California to be with his family enjoying a couple of kettles in the sand and let the day be about simply relaxing.
For much more information about Ketel One’s history and drink recipes, be sure to visit their site at: www.ketelone.com.
Don’t forget to include Ketel One vodka in your Father’s Day plans and in celebrations for National Martini day tomorrow. As always, drink responsibily. Cheers!
The exhibit will follow the evolution of Twain’s career from her early days performing in Canadian bars to her recent appearance at the Stagecoach Festival in California. Twain has sold more albums than any other female country artist in history. Successful titles include her platinum-selling debut, Shania Twain; her Grammy-winning, double diamond-selling (RIAA certification for 20 million units) The Woman in Me; the top-selling album in history by a female country artist, Come on Over, and Twain’s third consecutive diamond-selling album release, UP! Twain is set to release NOW, her fifth full-length album on Mercury Nashville and her first album since 2002, on September 29. The album’s lead single, “Life’s About to Get Good”, premiered yesterday on country radio platforms around the globe.
“Shania Twain’s impact on country music is undeniable,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “Her message of female empowerment and dynamic pop sound electrified country music. Her continued influence is evidenced by artists like Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Kelsea Ballerini. We are pleased to feature Ms. Twain in this career-spanning exhibit.”
- Hooded leather coat with fur trim and fringe, and fur-trimmed boots with Native American beadwork, worn onthe cover of her self-titled 1993 debut album
- Complete ensemble, including top hat, from 1999 music video for “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
- Marc Bouwer leopard-print crop top and matching pants worn during Come On Over Tour (1998–99)
- Marc Bouwer futuristic princess outfit, with faux-leather coat; diamond and rhinestone earrings; velvet bra and skirt embellished with diamonds and rhinestones; belt with rhinestones and beads; and patent leather and suede boots, worn for her Super Bowl XXXVII halftime performance (2003)
- Outfit worn by Twain for her Stagecoach performance, including black top with multiple tiers of fringe, a body suit with fringe, crochet-pattern pants, and pumps, April 2017
- Grammys for Best Country Song, “You’re Still the One” (1998); Best Country Song, “Come One Over” (1999); Best Female Country Vocal Performance, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” (1999)
With an unduplicated collection of more than 2.5 million artifacts, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2017. Twain’s exhibition follows the opening of an exhibit on contemporary superstar Jason Aldean. Upcoming subjects include Loretta Lynn and country music couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.
Merely hours until the highly-anticipated 100th episode of “Nashville” airs, Big Machine Records has released three brand new tracks on iTunes. The cast celebrates tonight’s significant milestone the only way they know how: performing even more fresh tunes for loyal viewers. In the midst of Highway 65 drama, Deacon (Charles Esten) gathers with a few longtime friends for a writer’s round at the famed Bluebird Café. The lineup features Music City’s potentially future leading lady, Jessie (Kaitlin Doubleday) who performs the Lucinda Williams-penned “When I Look At The World.” Meanwhile, Deacon’s daughter Maddie (Lennon Stella) test drives love song for her boyfriend Clay (Joseph David-Jones) called “Beautiful Dream.” Crafted by real-life tunesmiths Ben Caver and Erin McCarley, both the Ballad Version and Clayton Remix are available now.
Since the show’s 2012 debut, Big Machine Records has released ten “Nashville” soundtracks including the most recent release THE MUSIC OF NASHVILLE: SEASON 5 VOLUME 2. The music has collectively sold more than five million single-track downloads and garnered over 200 million streams to date.
WHO: Bumble and Multi-Platinum Trio Lady Antebellum Teamed up to Celebrate and Empower Women at CMA Music Fest
WHAT: Social discovery app Bumble and Grammy award-winning trio Lady Antebellum came together on Saturday, June 10th, to launch the first ever “You Look Good” Beetique at CMA Music Fest. The Beetique featured a beautiful indoor aesthetic that complemented both Bumble’s mission of empowering women and the meaning behind Lady A’s new single- the lighthearted spirit of feeling good. Bumble users were invited to attend and enjoy a beauty bar powered by Sephora and styling studio from The Dry House, as well as a BFF Lounge, photo booths, a custom menu of bites, and refreshments provided by Brancott Estate Wines, and more, all curated by Cassie Kelley, Founder of Womanista.
A number of artists stopped by throughout the day including Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town, Kelsea Ballerini, Sara Evans, Lauren Alaina, RaeLynn, Danielle Bradbery, Post Monroe, Kelleigh Bannen, Lauren Akins, Megan & Liz, Stephanie Quayle, influencers Caroline Hobby, and Brooke Webb of KBStyled. Music was provided throughout the day from The Bachelorette Season 11 star Kaitlyn Bristowe, who DJ’d the event. Hundreds of festival goers stopped by for a one-of-a-kind experience to cool off, chill out, and see some of their favorite artists.
Select attendees of the Beetique won the chance to attend the evening’s private event “Hottest Date Night Ever,” which featured a special performance by Lady Antebellum with new music from their recently released sixth studio album HEART BREAK (Capitol Records Nashville), including their Top 15 single “You Look Good.” Brett Young and Walker Hayes also took the stage and performed the intimate event. To see everything that happened at the Beetique and Hottest Date Night Ever, check out hashtags #BumbleBeetique and #YouLookGood, and see highlights at @Bumble on Instagram or blog.bumble.com.
BUMBLE is a social discovery app that empowers women to make the first move in every aspect of life: dating, friendship, and business. With over 17 million global users and growing, Bumble has created a selective and meaningful environment to make true, quality connections. The brand highlights women as beautiful, unique, independent, and worthy, and knows there is nothing more compelling than the power of women.
About Lady Antebellum:
With a new sense of history and possibilities, Lady Antebellum’s sixth studio album HEART BREAK had the group on a new mission — setting aside time to put themselves in new surroundings, and concentrate on writing and exploring musical endeavors with no distractions. With busbee in the producer’s chair, the trio had a hand in writing eleven songs on HEART BREAK, resulting in their most intimate and heartfelt work to date. HEART BREAK follows more than 18 million units, nine No. One hits, ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row, and countless other honors including Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards. With “big production and sound” (OC Register) along with “a fresh twist with the addition of a live horn section” (CMT) the seven-time Grammy award winning trio is in the midst of their YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR, featuring special guests Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young. For more information about new music and upcoming tour dates, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.
Topgolf® Nashville opens later this year, residents and visitors can get a slice of the social experience that is sweeping the nation. From July 20-23, sports fans, golfers and even non-golfers alike can enjoy a festival-like experience with local favorite food truck fare, drinks and live music – all while crushing golf balls from the stands of Nissan Stadium into giant targets on the field. Tickets for Topgolf Crush go on sale at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30, at topgolf.com/crush.
“Topgolf Crush is bringing the high-tech, fun, social and competitive Topgolf experience to epic venues nationwide, and we’re thrilled to make Nashville’s Nissan Stadium our next stop, ” said Topgolf Chief Marketing Officer Brian Radics. “In true Nashville fashion, Topgolf Crush at Nissan Stadium will feature live music from various local artists throughout the weekend, giving fans a preview of what to expect when Topgolf Nashville opens later this year.
Players will aim for giant targets ranging from 40-150 yards away on the field. Topgolf Crush features Topgolf’s Toptracer technology that tracks the flight path of the golf balls, instantly scoring every shot so players can challenge others to competition. Operating daily from 9 a.m. to midnight, Topgolf Crush will also feature live music, a bar and local food trucks for those wanting to keep the fun going before or after their tee time. All ticket types allow all-day long access to the event.
“We’re proud that Topgolf has selected Nashville and Nissan Stadium as the next venue for Topgolf Crush,” said Tennessee Titans Vice President of Facilities and Game Day Operations Bob Flynn. “This event will be unlike anything else we’ve hosted at the stadium, and it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience for Titans fans, music lovers, golfers and festivalgoers.”
Topgolf Crush tickets start at $65 for standard 1-day passes, $100 for premium 1-day passes, and $250 for VIP passes. VIP passes include game play, parking, all-day food and beverage inclusions in the exclusive VIP lounge, 4-day festival pass, a complimentary Topgolf Lifetime Membership, and $10 off Topgolf game play, redeemable at any Topgolf venue in the U.S., excluding Las Vegas.
To purchase a ticket or book a corporate event for Topgolf Crush Nashville, visit topgolf.com/crush.
Topgolf inspires the connections that bring people together for unforgettable good times. Whether it’s a date night, girls’ night, family outing, happy hour, work breakfast, lunch hour or any other kind of hour, Topgolf makes socializing a sport – literally. Through the premium experience of Play, Food and Music, Topgolf is inspiring people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Topgolf also brings interactive experiences to the community that facilitate shared moments and deep relationships through Topgolf U golf lessons, weekly leagues, The Topgolf Tour competition, KidZone parties, social and corporate team-building events, and the World Golf Tour (WGT) app. Each venue features high-tech, climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort, delicious food and beverage, live events, music, hundreds of HDTVs and outstanding hospitality. With 32 venues entertaining 10.5 million Guests annually and the world’s largest digital golf audience, Topgolf is creating the best times of your life both in-venue and online. To learn more about Topgolf, follow @Topgolf or visit www.topgolf.com.
Academy Of Country Music® Reveals Studio Recording Award Nominees Winners To Be Celebrated At 11th Annual ACM Honors™ On August 23
The Academy of Country Music® has revealed the Studio Recording Award nominees for the 52nd ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™. Winners will be honored during the 11th ANNUAL ACM HONORS™, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 52nd ACM Awards. The 11th Annual ACM Honors will take place on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN and will be broadcast at a later date on the CBS Television Network.
The Studio Recording Awards are voted on by professional members of the Academy to honor the behind-the-scenes musicians, producers, engineers and industry professionals who contribute so much to the artistry, success and longevity of country music.
STUDIO RECORDING AWARD NOMINEES:
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
- Mike Brignardello
- Mark Hill
- Tony Lucido
- Jimmie Lee Sloas
- Glenn Worf
DRUMMER OF THE YEAR
- Chad Cromwell
- Fred Eltringham
- Miles McPherson
- Greg Morrow
- Nir “Z” Zidkyahu
GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
- Tom Bukovac
- Kenny Greenberg
- Rob McNelly
- Danny Rader
- Ilya Toshinskiy
PIANO/KEYBOARDS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
- Dave Cohen
- Tony Harrell
- Charlie Judge
- Gordon Mote
- Michael Rojas
SPECIALTY INSTRUMENT(S) PLAYER OF THE YEAR
- Dan Dugmore
- Stuart Duncan
- Carl Miner
- Bryan Sutton
- Ilya Toshinskiy
STEEL GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
- Dan Dugmore
- Steve Hinson
- Mike Johnson
- Russ Pahl
- Justin Schipper
AUDIO ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
- Chuck Ainlay
- Jeff Balding
- Joe Baldridge
- Steve Marcantonio
- Reid Shippen
PRODUCER OF THE YEAR
- Ross Copperman
- Byron Gallimore
- Scott Hendricks
- Dann Huff
- Jay Joyce
About ACM Honors:
ACM Honors™ is an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the Academy of Country Music Awards, including the Special Awards, Studio Recording Awards and Songwriter of the Year Award winners. The 11th Annual ACM Honors takes place Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and will be produced for television by dick clark productions to be broadcast at a later date (date to be announced) on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers. Pete Fisher and Tiffany Moon are executive producers for the Academy of Country Music.
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