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Tickets On Sale Now For Sam Hunt’s Inaugural 2-Day Music Festival, THE NASHIONAL, April 20-21

FRIDAY, APRIL 20 and SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018. TICKETS ON SALE NOW ON WWW.TICKETMASTER.COM  

INAUGRUAL TWO-DAY FESTIVAL CURATED AND HEADLINED BY HUNT FEATURES ECLECTIC LINE-UP INCLUDING JUDAH & THE LION, FETTY WAP, BROTHERS OSBORNE, KYLE AND MORE. 

Multi-platinum-selling artist Sam Hunt announced that he will be curating his first-ever music festival The Nashional this spring at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville, TN on April 20th and 21st. Hunt will be headlining the musically diverse line-up that includes Nashville genre-bending band Judah & The Lion, R&B rapper Fetty Wap, American country music duo Brothers Osborne, west coast rapper Kyle, indie-pop artist Quinn XCII, LA’s indie-rock band LANY, American country music band LANCO, electronica singer/songwriter/producer Chelsea Cutler, Nashville-based rapper Ernest K. and contemporary country duo Muscadine Bloodline, making it one of the most eclectic music events this spring. Tickets go on sale on February 9th at www.ticketmaster.com.

The Nashional is a unique two-day event that highlights the inclusive, diverse, and genre-blurring landscape of music today.  Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will be home to this inaugural event and will feature an experiential environment for fans to enjoy.  Hunt, whose own eclectic style owes its roots to country music with influences in pop, folk and R&B, was inspired to create this festival while out on his “15 In a 30” national tour this past summer.

“The sense of community in Nashville helps give it the character and personality that makes me proud to be a part of it,” says Hunt. “I wanted to create an experience at The Nashional that celebrates music, community, and everything they mean to each other and this city.”

Bud Light is the official beer sponsor of The Nashional.

Citi® is the official credit card of The Nashional.  Citi® cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning [day/date/time] through Citi® Private Pass, Citi’s Entertainment Access Program.  For complete presale details visit  www.citiprivatepass.com

 

General admission tickets start at $150.00 plus fees for a two day pass or $85.00 plus fees for a single day. Single day or 2-day VIP Passes will also be available including access to VIP viewing areas and a VIP Party with food vendors, comfortable lounge furniture, air-conditioned restrooms, private bars, and more. 

The specially priced General Admission tickets & VIP tickets will be available in limited quantities starting with the Sam Hunt fan  pre-sale on Monday, Feb. 5th at 10AM. Citi pre-sale Tues. Feb 6th at 10 AM. When the these limited quantities sell out prices for general admission tickets will go up without notice so join the Sam Hunt email list and buy early to lock in the lowest price. 

 

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Additional Cast Members Announced For CMT’s “Music City” Debuting March 1st

CMT announced yesterday the addition of 3 cast members to their new docu-series, “Music City”, set to debut on March 1st 10pm ET/PT on CMT.

Alexandra Harper

ALEXANDRA HARPER is a Nashville native and pageant queen who has her eyes on the title of Miss Tennessee USA. Obsessed with following in her mother’s footsteps and earning the crown, Alexandra has been training with her cousin Jackson and will stop at nothing to win.

Bryant Lowry

 
BRYANT LOWRY is a drummer in an up-and-coming Nashville band. Aside from drumming, Bryant is also a music producer and tv/film composer. He’s determined to put his career first and knows he’ll never love anyone as much as he loves music. Bryant admires Nashville greatly for its endless opportunities and all the musically-minded people who live here.
Instagram: @bryant_lowry

Sarah Thomas


SARAH THOMAS is a Texas native who followed her musical dreams to Nashville. After a bad breakup left her wounded, Sarah has struggled to find someone who won’t break her heart in a city where everyone is looking out for themselves. Worried she may have to relocate, Sarah is giving her career and her personal life a final push in the hopes that she will finally find what she is looking for.

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Gavin Kennedy Shows Off New Music

The Back Corner was filled Tuesday with supporters of multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer, Gavin Kennedy. The lights were dimmed and Gavin’s logo blazed bright against the wall. This was all a part of a listening party in celebration of his upcoming debut album release this Friday, Sunchaser. People gathered inside The Back Corner to listen as Gavin told his story and played tracks from the album. He started from the beginning of the album and in between songs clips were played featuring people who had worked on the album. One of those clips was of Adam “Nolly” Getgood who was actually in attendance. Nolly co-produced Gavin’s debut album. According to Gavin, the album starts with a few “one off songs” then progressively leads into more story telling songs that feel more thematic and cinematic. The music was amazing and the visuals projected behind him perfectly represented the vibe of every song. We’re so excited to see where Gavin goes next and will be looking out for more of his shows! Be sure to check out his album when it drops this Friday.

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5 Country Music Things To Do In Nashville Besides Honky Tonks

There are so many fun honky tonks in Music City – but Nashville also offers so much more than Broadway bars.  If you’re a country music fan, we’ve rounded up five great music-related things to do in the 615.  Whether you’re an out of town guest or a local, you’re sure to enjoy these activities which let you explore the city in new ways!

Arrington Vineyards

Arrington Vineyards is a must-do Nashville winery because it’s owned by none other than Kix Brooks, of Brooks & Dunn. The winery is open all year round and features wine all made right here in Tennessee. From their picnic style wine tastings to live music, Arrington is a nice change of pace from Broadway.

The Escape Game

The Escape Game is perfect for any family or friend groups in Music City who need a little reboot after a long night out. They have a fun “Nashville” themed room where you and your teammates are solving clues, working against the clock as you pretend you are an up-and-coming band – you must find a hidden contract in the “recording studio” in hopes of making it big. It’s a #1 rated activity on TripAdvisor, and with their convenient location downtown, it’s a great place to experience country music in a new way.

Country Music Hall Of Fame

It’s no secret that Music City is filled with tons of history, but it can be hard to keep up with all of it. All you need for a little refresher is a visit to the Country Music Hall Of Fame. From rotating exhibits like Loretta Lynn’s Blue Kentucky Girl and ones that you can see year round like the Taylor Swift Education Center, the museum offers something for every country fan.

Grand Ole Opry

This is something every Music City tourist needs to see! A tour of this historical spot will give fans chills as they stand on a circle where thousands of musical legends have sang before them. Along with a tour, you can also buy tickets to check out a performance from various country music acts in town. There is truly nothing like the Opry!

Grimey’s Record Store

Grimey’s is a must stop for any one passing through or moving to Nashville. This independent record store has everything from CDs to LPs to DVDs. They also have in-store performances from pretty awesome artists, like Kacey Musgraves and Jason Isbell. You won’t want to miss out on the chance to take home a great record, and possibly meet your favorite artist.

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Time’s Up: Nashville’s All-Female Song Suffragettes Speak Up Against Gender Inequality And Sexual Misconduct With New Project 

Nashville’s all-female singer-songwriter collective, Song Suffragettes, pointedly address gender inequality and sexual misconduct against women with a new song aptly-titled “Time’s Up” and an accompanying music video. The project and the women involved give a direct and unapologetic voice to the injustice and mistreatment of women everywhere, both inside and outside the entertainment business. The song and music video have already been embraced by iTunes and Apple Music, who added the song into their top playlist: A-List Country. Radio Disney Country premiered the song last week and feature it on the Radio Disney Country Spotlight show airing on Radio Disney.  Now on VEVO, you can watch it here.

“Me and the girls were watching the Golden Globes, drinking wine and wearing all black. During one of the many inspiring speeches that night, I just felt the weight of what was happening — how I was going to tell my daughters and granddaughters about this one day,” said Kalie Shorr, a co-writer on the song and CMT Next Women of Country member whose song “Fight Like A Girl” made waves in 2016 for its female empowering message, “It came together so easily and flawlessly because the amazing girls of Song Suffragettes were so passionate about the cause and willing to move around their schedules to make it happen. The team behind Song Suffragettes hustled so hard to make this project come to life making our idea a reality. I have been so inspired by this whole reckoning that’s been happening and it just felt so obvious to connect that to what we do at Song Suffragettes.”

The women of Song Suffragettes are using their unique platform to add their voices to the current conversation on gender inequality and sexual harassment prevalent throughout America and on a local level within the country music industry. Earlier this week, Rolling Stone Country released an article discussing the history of sexual misconduct and harassment in country music radio:

“They reveal an environment where artists and other music professionals – especially women – are expected to be overly accessible and use sexuality as currency when visiting stations and meeting with certain program directors, or attending industry events, in the hope of having their song added into rotation.” – Marissa R. Moss, Rolling Stone Country

The proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit Time’s Up, an organization that created a unified call from women in entertainment to end discrimination, harassment and abuse of women everywhere.

The 23 voices featured in “Time’s Up” come from all over the U.S. and Canada and all have unique stories and musical directions. You can learn more on each participating artist here (women listed in order of appearance in the song): Kalie Shorr, Tasji Bachman, Chloe Gilligan, Savannah Keyes, Mignon, Gracie Schram, Tiera, Jenna Paulette, Emma White, Jordyn Mallory, Emma Lynn White, Regan Stewart, Kim Paige, Jenna McDanielMadison Kozak, Jenny Ray, Tenille Arts, Tristan McIntosh, Tia Scola, Alexis Gomez, Candi Carpenter, Trannie Stevens, Lena Stone (does not appear in music video).

About Song Suffragettes
Song Suffragettes is a collective of female singer-songwriters who perform every Monday night at Nashville’s Listening Room Café. With a mantra of #LetTheGirlsPlay, Song Suffragettes has featured close to 200 women in the past 3+ years resulting in multiple publishing and record deals for some of Nashville’s brightest talent. For more information please visit www.songsuffragettes.com.

About Kalie Shorr
Kalie Shorr burst onto the Nashville music scene in 2016 with her self-penned hit “Fight Like A Girl”. The Portland, Maine singer-songwriter became a Sirius XM Highway Find and was praised by Spotify, CMT, Radio Disney Country, Taste of Country, and even Billboard magazine. In 2017, Kalie released her Slingshot EP to rave reviews and was named “New Artist You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, “The New Nashville” by Teen Vogue, and one of “2017’s Hottest Artists Under 25” by Taste of Country. Her newly released single “Two Hands” has already been added to Sirius XM, Radio Disney Country and TuneIn with prominent placement on Apple Music’s Breaking Country and Cool Country playlists. With a new EP coming January 26, 2018, Kalie was recently inducted into CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2018 and has just been announced as support for the Sara Evans All The Love CMT Next Women of Country Tour.  Playing over 100 shows a year, Kalie’s message of female- empowerment has led to her being called the “next ‘Women of Country’ generation” [CMChat] and a “modern country woman [who will] continue to inspire in 2018” [TasteofCountry.com].

You can find her music on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music and everywhere digital music is sold or streamed. As tour dates continue to be announced you can stay current with Kalie on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to follow her on Youtube and visit www.kalieshorr.com.

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Keith Urban (And Fans) Announce “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018” During Live Streamed Pop-Up Performance

At an unannounced pop-up show last night at Nashville’s Exit/In, GRAMMY Award winner Keith Urban enlisted his fans to officially announce his “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018,” and also took the opportunity to reveal that his forthcoming album will be called GRAFFITI U.  During a 2-hour surprise show, in front of a crowd of 350 lucky fans that poured out onto the streets, Urban also took time to introduce and perform with GRAMMY nominee Kelsea Ballerini, who will accompany Urban on the North American leg, as his supporting act.

 

It was Urban’s fans who took center stage for the tour announcement – a live streamed event that saw them during the feed, in cities across the country announcing the “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018” on white poster boards –  http://smarturl.it/KU-FanVideo.

 

“I’ve been full-on writing, recording, collaborating and creating with some incredibly talented people for GRAFFITI U, a lot of whom I’ve never worked with before,” said Urban.  “I can hear how some of the songs will translate live already, which really makes putting on a new show so exhilarating and I loved having our fans included in the announcement of the tour because it’s their tour too.”

 

The 58-city tour will kick off on June 15th at St. Louis’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre and will include 10 shows in Canada (supporting act TBA) as well as visits to cities in Nevada, Oregon, Alabama and Arkansas that Urban has yet to headline.  Urban’s shows have become concert events that electrify.  They’re unexpected, if not unpredictable, and have been hailed by media around the world as a “concert experience not to be missed.” The tour will feature many of Urban’s 23 #1 songs, as well as brand new songs that have never been performed live and an all-new concert production that promises to be as spectacular as never before.

 

“I remember hearing Keith Urban songs that stopped me in my tracks and made me want to drop everything and chase that kind of lyric and heart filled artistry,” says Ballerini. “He’s the best in the business and I can’t wait to fangirl and learn from him this year. Truly an honor to tour with him.”

 

Ballerini continues her record-breaking momentum with acclaimed sophomore album UNAPOLOGETICALLY (Black River Entertainment) featuring Top 10 single “Legends.” Regarded as her “grown-up statement” (Rolling Stone), the album follows her history-making GOLD debut THE FIRST TIME that delivered three consecutive #1, PLATINUM-certified smashes – “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Peter Pan,” “Dibs” – making her the only female artist in Country music to achieve this accolade. Praised by The New York Times as an “elegant songwriter,” Ballerini was most recently honored with the ASCAP Vanguard Award and ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award.

 

 

THE GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR 2018

Fri Jun 15                               St. Louis, MO                        Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Sat Jun 16                             Indianapolis, IN                   Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center

Fri Jun 22                               Clarkston, MI                       DTE Energy Music Theatre

Sat Jun 23                             Pittsburgh, PA                      KeyBank Pavilion

Wed Jun 27                           Saratoga Springs, NY         Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Fri Jun 29                               Toronto, ON                         Budweiser Stage

Sat Jun 30                             Toronto, ON                         Budweiser Stage

Thu Jul 5                                Gilford, NH                           Bank of NH Pavilion

Fri Jul 6                                  Gilford, NH                           Bank of NH Pavilion

Sun Jul 8                                Canandaigua, NY                CMAC

Fri Jul 13                                Salt Lake City, UT                USANA Amphitheatre

Sat Jul 14                               Denver, CO                           Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre

Sun Jul 15                              Albuquerque, NM               Isleta Amphitheater

Fri Jul 20                                Mountain View, CA            Shoreline Amphitheatre

Sat Jul 21                               Lake Tahoe, NV                   Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

Sun Jul 22                              Lake Tahoe, NV                   Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

Fri Jul 27                                Raleigh, NC                           Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Sat Jul 28                               Charlotte, NC                       PNC Music Pavilion

Sun Jul 29                              Alpharetta, GA                    Verizon Amphitheatre

Fri Aug 3                                Philadelphia, PA                  BB&T Pavilion

Sat Aug 4                              Mansfield, MA                     Xfinity Center

Sun Aug 5                              Bangor, ME                          Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion

Fri Aug 10                             Cleveland, OH                      Blossom Music Center

Sat Aug 11                            Bristow, VA                          Jiffy Lube Live

Sun Aug 12                           Virginia Beach, VA              Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater

Wed Aug 15                         Rogers, AR                            Walmart AMP*

Fri Aug 17                             Kansas City, MO                  Sprint Center

Sat Aug 18                            Chicago, IL                            Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Sun Aug 19                           Cincinnati, OH                      Riverbend Music Center

Fri Aug 24                             Nashville, TN                        Bridgestone Arena

Sat Aug 25                            Orange Beach, AL               The Wharf Amphitheater

Sun Aug 26                           Tuscaloosa, AL                     Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

Fri Sept 7                               Uncasville, CT                       Mohegan Sun Arena

Sat Sept 8                             Uncasville, CT                       Mohegan Sun Arena

Fri Sept 14                            Ottawa, ON                          Canadian Tire Centre*

Sat Sept 15                           London, ON                          Budweiser Gardens*

Wed Sept 19                        Winnipeg, MB                      Bell MTS Place*

Fri Sept 21                            Saskatoon, SK                       SaskTel Centre*

Sat Sept 22                           Edmonton, AB                     Rogers Place*

Sun Sept 23                          Calgary, AB                           ScotiaBank Saddledome*

Tue Sept 25                          Vancouver, BC                     Rogers Arena*

Thu Sept 27                          Eugene, OR                          Matthew Knight Arena

Fri Sept 28                            Boise, ID                                Taco Bell Arena

Sat Sept 29                           Missoula, MT                       Adams Center

Thu Oct 4                              Phoenix, AZ                          Ak-Chin Pavilion

Fri Oct 5                                Laughlin, NV                         Laughlin Event Center

Fri Oct 12                              Peoria, IL                               Peoria Civic Center

Sat Oct 13                             Minneapolis, MN                Target Center

Sun Oct 14                            Grand Forks, ND                  Ralph Engelstad Arena

Thu Oct 18                            Toledo, OH                           Huntington Center

Fri Oct 19                              Grand Rapids, MI                Van Andel Arena

Sat Oct 20                             Louisville, KY                         KFC Yum! Center

Wed Oct 24                          Youngstown, OH                 Covelli Centre

Thu Oct 25                            Hershey, PA                          Giant Center

Sat Oct 27                             Brooklyn, NY                        Barclays Center

Sun Oct 28                            Charlottesville, VA              John Paul Jones Arena

Thu Nov 1                             Little Rock, AR                     Verizon Arena

Fri Nov 2                                New Orleans, LA                 Smoothie King Center

Sat Nov 3                              Dallas, TX                              American Airlines Center

* Supporting performer to be announced

 

 

For more official Keith Urban news and information go to www.keithurban.net.

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Kenny Chesney Signs With Warner Bros; New Day For Blue Chair Records

L to R: President of Morris Higham Management, Clint Higham; Chairman and President Warner Music Nashville, John Esposito; Kenny Chesney; and Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Jess Rosen
Photo Credit: Allister Ann

Warner Music Group and Warner Music Nashville are honored to welcome eight-time ACM winner and CMA Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney to the Warner Music family. As part of WMN, the songwriter/superstar’s music will be released on the Blue Chair Records/Warner Bros. Records label.

Since leaving East Tennessee with a handful of songs and a dream bigger than he understood, Kenny Chesney has developed into the man The Wall Street Journal deemed “The King of the Road” and the Los Angeles Times proclaimed “The People’s Superstar.” With over 30 million albums sold, 30 No. 1s, and countless sold-out stadium tours that sell in excess of a million tickets every time he takes to the road, the 2018 Country Album of the Year GRAMMY nominee is on the verge of yet another creative renaissance.

“It is a big deal to change labels,” said Chesney. “But when you hear Max, Espo, and Cris Lacy talk about music, about what it means and does, when you hear that passion, you can’t help but get fired up. To me, music is only complete when it gets to the fans and becomes part of their lives. The people at Warner understand my commitment to that idea, and they’re just as committed to those ideals as I am.”

“Kenny Chesney embodies the relentless pursuit of artistic freedom and expression,” said WMN Chairman & CEO John Esposito. “An unapologetic free spirit, he has built a career on perseverance, drive, innovation, and most especially, great songs. Everything he does is inspired. It is with deep respect and honor that we welcome Kenny to Warner Music Nashville. We couldn’t be more excited to work with him and his team.”

“Kenny’s not only a country music icon, but an American superstar, who’s still hungry to write, record, and perform amazing music that moves millions of people,” said Warner Music Group CEO, Recorded Music Max Lousada. “The fact that he has chosen Warner Music as his new label home is a huge testament to the culture created by Espo and his team, who have made our Nashville operation a magnet for both emerging talent and established artists. I join Espo in welcoming Kenny into the Warner family, and we’re all looking forward to amplifying his success and taking his music to fans across the globe.”

About Kenny Chesney:
Kenny Chesney is an American musical force. With 30 No. 1 hits, including “American Kids,” “When The Sun Goes Down,” “I Go Back,” “Noise,” and “Pirate Flag,” over 30 million albums and 38 million tracks sold, he has created the soundtrack for coming of age in the heartland in the 21st century. His commitment to his fans – known as the No Shoes Nation – has seen Chesney succeed as the only Country artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Acts for the past 25 Years, as well as consistently playing NFL stadiums across the U.S. That commitment to giving his fans songs that hold their lives, and concerts where he consistently breaks records, reflects the passion that fuels the songwriter/superstar.

About Warner Music Nashville
Warner Music Nashville was created in 2009 with the goal of expanding the presence of WMG and its family of labels has had in the Nashville music community for more than 60 years. Under the leadership of Chairman & CEO John Esposito, the division is home to Warner Bros. Nashville, Atlantic Nashville, Elektra Nashville and the LoudMouth comedy label.

About Warner Music Group
With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Big Beat, Canvasback, East West, Elektra, Erato, FFRR, Fueled by Ramen, Nonesuch, Parlophone, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Sire, Spinnin’, Warner Bros., Warner Classics, and Warner Music Nashville, as well as Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world’s leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.

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Ray Stevens Unveils CabaRay Showroom Amidst A Who’s Who of Nashville’s Music Industry

Photo credit: Music Row Magazine

Last Wednesday night, January 10, in Nashville, legendary country and comedy music artist Ray Stevens unveiled his two-year labor of love, the Ray Stevens CabaRay Showroom.

 

The new 35,000 square foot dinner theatre was packed with artists, music industry execs, media personalities, and politicians who came out to support the man who literally helped to pave the way for Nashville’s music scene.

 

Those in attendance included Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Emery, the Gatlin Brothers, John Berry, Steve Wariner, Bill AndersonTG Sheppard, Kelly Lang, T. Graham Brown, Jeannie Seely, Sharon White, Don Schlitz, Fred Foster, Bobby Goldsboro, Harold Bradley, Jerry Kennedy, Johnny Lee, Lee Roy Parnell, Williams & Ree, Jeff Bates, Mandy Barnett, Teea Goans, Charlene Tilton, Mark Ford, Bob Clement, Don Sundquist, Charlie Monk, Bill Cody, Larry Black, and more.

 

“I haven’t been nervous on stage since I was a teenager. But boy was I nervous VIP night at CabaRay in front of all my friends,” says Stevens. “It was a big night!”

 

Stevens performed a 90-minute show which included many of his career hits including, “The Streak,” “Mississippi Squirrel Revival,” “Misty,” “Gitarzan,” “It’s Me Again Margaret,” “Shriner’s Convention,” and “Turn Your Radio On.” The music legend received a standing ovation following a performance of his 1970 #1 smash hit, “Everything is Beautiful.”

 

Earlier in the day, Stevens received a proclamation from Nashville Mayor Megan Barry declaring January 10 Ray Stevens Day in Music City, USA.

CabaRay opens to the general public this Thursday, January 18. Stevens will perform live three nights (Thursday-Saturday) weekly. Tickets are on-sale now at raystevenscabaray.com or by calling 615-327-4630. The venue is located at 5724 River Road in West Nashville.

 

About Ray Stevens
Twelve-time nominated and two-time Grammy® Award winner Ray Stevens has spanned the generations with 60 years of comedic musical talent, including songs such as his multi-million selling hit “The Streak” and his classic pop standard “Everything Is Beautiful.” Throughout his career, Stevens has sold more than 40 million albums and continues daily office operations at his home base, Ray Stevens Music, located on Nashville’s historic Music Row. Stevens hosts Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville, a 30-minute weekly music/talk show airing on Public Television. The music legend will soon open his very own Nashville entertainment venue, the CabaRay Showroom, a 35,000 square foot music venue set to make its debut in January of 2018. The Ray Stevens: Everything Is Beautiful display is currently featured at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum where museumgoers can view items from Stevens’ storied career.For more information on Ray Stevens, visit raystevens.com.

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Dierks Bentley Opens Whiskey Row Nashville With Star-Studded Party

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Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row Nashville from multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley and Riot Hospitality Group (RHG) is now open in one of the most historic buildings on Lower Broadway. To break in the new restaurant and bar, Bentley with friends and family in tow descended on downtown Nashville last night with a raucous country cover-filled set packed with unscripted surprise performances by Lauren Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini, Bobby Bones, Brothers Osborne, Ryan Hurd, LANCO, Maddie & Tae, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell and more. Mayor Megan Barry and the Nashville Predators were among the list of friends and family who helped celebrate.

“It’s really a full-circle moment for me to be opening Whiskey Row on this street. When I first moved to Nashville, Broadway was my second home…I was the first artist to be hired and fired from The Stage,” Bentley told the elbow room only crowd. “It’s surreal to think that now I can just jump in my truck and run over here anytime, and that it might possibly be a place where new artists could get their start.”

Bentley set the tone for the night, kicking off with his favorite 90’s Country cover songs before calling out artists friends in the crowd to join. Dozens of artists spontaneously took the stage including Thomas Rhett who performed his father Rhett Akins’ “That Ain’t My Truck,” Maren Morris had the crowd singing along as she sang Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine” and Brothers Osborne kept the energy high with their rendition of Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee.”  Another highlight saw Bentley collaborate with Lauren Alaina, Bobby Bones and LANCO’s Brandon Lancaster for Brooks & Dunn’s “Brand New Man.” Jon Pardi continued the fun on the second floor, while Bentley surprised fans on the ground level hopping on stage with the house band. Guests danced long into the night as the DJ’s, Diesel and Tilow played hours after the live sets ended.


“We’re thrilled to open the doors at Whiskey Row in Dierks’ beloved Nashville,” says Riot Hospitality Group CEO Ryan Hibbert. “Lower Broadway is one of the country’s top destinations for music and nightlife, and we couldn’t be prouder to bring our brand of first class entertainment to Nashville.”

Formerly the long-time home of Gruhn’s Guitars, the historic building is nestled between the very institutions where Bentley cut his teeth, sharing an alley with the Ryman Auditorium where he often finds himself onstage as a Grand Ole Opry member and across the street from the Bridgestone Arena where Bentley sold out his tour stop just a year ago and where he cheered on the Nashville Predators through the Stanley Cup Finals. The new location includes three floors and a rooftop patio, which is also the highest rooftop bar on Broadway, and that intertwined with Bentley’s love for live music and sports delivers an authentic Nashville experience.

Nashville’s Newest Downtown Destination
Sitting on the corner of Broadway and 4th Ave N, Whiskey Row Nashville features three floors and a rooftop patio, each with its own unique personality and an emphasis on great music of all genres. The first floor will feature live music daily with a stage, full bar and a full dining menu. The second floor will also serve a full dining menu and will progress throughout the evening with a DJ booth, dancefloor and VIP table service late into the night. The rooftop patio will be open all night and day, but will be THE destination for brunch, with its view of Lower Broadway and the historic Ryman Auditorium. Whiskey Row Nashville is the fourth location to open and marks the concept’s debut outside Bentley’s home state of Arizona.

Premium Ingredients Take The Stage 
Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row serves American gastropub cuisine made-from-scratch using only premium and local ingredients. The selection of starters, sliders, burgers, sandwiches and larger entrees include the Chicken & Waffles, Steak Salad and menu favorite Alabama Chicken. For brunch, Country Maple French Toast, a Cheddar Bacon Omelet and a Breakfast Burger are among the fresh and filling dishes that diners can anticipate. In addition to the incredible food, Whiskey Row has a craft cocktail program that includes a variety of classics and Whiskey Row originals.

A Musical Legacy Lives On
Constructed in ca. 1878, the historic building at 400 Broadway was one of the earliest properties to be preserved and stabilized by the Metro Development & Housing Agency through their redevelopment efforts more than 30 years ago, earning an ABC Excellence in Development Award. Most recognized as the longtime home of Gruhn’s Guitars, the building’s revered musical history is now continued as Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row.

About Dierks Bentley
For PLATINUM singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley, there was something entirely captivating about performing this past summer at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Surrounded by his musical heroes, deep in the box canyon of the Colorado mountain town, the course was set for the creative process of Bentley’s ninth studio album, THE MOUNTAIN (Capitol Records Nashville), which will be released in early 2018. “He pursues themes of questing and self-actualization across a wide-open terrain of arid deserts and rugged ridgelines, cactus flowers and tumbleweeds” (NPR) as the writing process came together quickly when Bentley returned to Telluride a short time later for a retreat with fellow Nashville songwriters. Guitars, banjos, mandolins, and fiddles are given room to shine, and integrated into modern drum and bass sounds that will fuel the arenas and amphitheaters of Bentley’s 2018 tour. While earning 17 career No. Ones, he has garnered nominations from the ACM, CMA, GRAMMY and Billboard Music Awards while serving as a Grand Ole Opry member for over a decade. For more information, visit www.Dierks.com.

About Riot Hospitality Group
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Riot Hospitality Group is a premier hospitality management company responsible for some of the most successful food and beverage concepts, including: El Hefe, Farm & Craft, Hand Cut Burgers & Chophouse and Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row. Riot Hospitality Group was founded in 2010 by like-minded individuals looking to transform the typical restaurant landscape into memorable cultural experiences by giving local residents an opportunity to feel connected to something special through a superior food and drink experience. Every Riot Hospitality Group concept has its own unique identity, however, each sources only the most sustainable and locally grown products which are elevated through design and experience. Riot Hospitality Group has plans for strategic nationwide restaurant expansion. For more information, visit www.riothg.com.

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Find Out More About Broadway’s JERSEY BOYS Coming To TPAC January 9-14

Wanting to find something to do in Nashville where you can also stay out of the cold? Buy your tickets now for one of the performances at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall between Jan. 9th-14th of the multi award-winning, JERSEY BOYS, as it makes a return engagement after a highly-successful run last time.

We had the pleasure of speaking to castmember, Wade Dooley, recently about the touring production.  He performs several roles in the show.

Who is Wade Dooley? From Bob Crewe and others, he has appeared in the film, The Last Five Years.  Performed in Off-Broadway productions: NEWSical and Awesome 80s Prom.  National tours: The Trip to Bountiful with Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams and Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Wade Dooley

Dooley even has a Nashville connection.  He started singing at the young age of 9 and continued through college with his band landing gigs at such places like the legendary honky tonk, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.  He also was once featured on the Crook and Chase show on the now defunct TNN and opened for many country artists during that time, so his background is deeply-rooted here even though it’s been several years since he has been to town.

He’s very much looking forward to returning for the run of the show in Nashville and taking in some of the city’s new offerings while he’s here.  Think he will be pleasantly-surprised at the growth of Nashville since much has changed just in the last 5 years.

Jersey Boys is the winner of the 2006 Tony Award® for Best Musical, the 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia).

Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys is written by Academy Award winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

Tickets are on sale now at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For groups of 10 or more, call 615-782-4060.

What’s it all about? Jersey Boys is the behind-the-scenes story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, who were just four guys from New Jersey until they sang their very first note then they took off.  They sounded like no one else in that timeperiod, breaking through on radio and listeners just couldn’t get enough of their harmonious sound.

But like lots of well-known artists and celebrities past and present, while their harmonies were perfection on stage, off stage it was a very different story.  It’s a behind-the-scenes story being told through music that has managed to make them an international sensation all over again.

The show features all of the legendary Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons’ hits including: “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Oh, What A Night”, “Walk Like A Man”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, and “Working My Way Back To You.”

Watch a sneak peek of Jersey Boys here:  www.JerseyBoysTour.com/Watch.

We can’t wait to see it opening night! This will be our first time seeing this production, and we’re certain it will be a treat.

Get your tickets fast before it sells out!

About Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys opened in New York on November 6, 2005 and by the time it closed over 11 years later on January 15, 2017, it was the 12th longest running show in Broadway history, passing such original Broadway productions as 42nd Street, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Producers. Jersey Boys will return to New York with a new production in November 2017.  The Jersey Boys US national tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on December 1, 2006, and is still breaking house records in cities across North America.  Jersey Boys tours of the United Kingdom and Australia will begin at the end of 2017 and 2018 respectively. Jersey Boys worldwide has been seen by over 25 million people (as of August, 2017).

The Jersey Boys design and production team is comprised of Klara Zieglerova (Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (winner of the 2006 Tony Award® for his Lighting Design), Steve Canyon Kennedy (Sound Design), Michael Clark (Projections Design), Charles LaPointe (Wig and Hair Design), Steve Orich (Orchestrations) and Ron Melrose (Music Supervision, Vocal/Dance Arrangements & Incidental Music).

Jersey Boys is produced by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Jersey Boys, produced by Bob Gaudio, was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The cast recording is available on Rhino Records. Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Broadway Books) is the official handbook to the smash Broadway hit.  Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas, a holiday CD featuring international cast members of Jersey Boys, produced by Bob Gaudio, is available on Rhino Records.

For more information on Jersey Boys, visit www.JerseyBoysInfo.com/Tour and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About TPAC:

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. The Broadway season is supported by the HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals, and media sponsor NewsChannel 5. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.

TPAC is an accessible facility that provides a variety of services including wheelchair accommodations, accessible parking, and assistive listening devices. Open captioning, American Sign Language, audio description, and large print and Braille programs are offered at the Sunday matinee performance of each Broadway series and Broadway special engagement. For more information about accessible services, contact access@tpac.org or 615-782-4087.

TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.

Since 1980, the non-profit Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million children and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, professional development opportunities, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs. Each year, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. TPAC’s mission is to lead with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities, and support economic vitality. For more information, visit TPAC.org.

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