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“The Music Of Nashville – A Magical Journey” – A Show For The Entire Family Has Opened In Nashville

The Music Of Nashville – A Magical Journey, is playing Nashville. The production, which was written, arranged and produced by veteran country music writer/musician/producer Mark Oliverius, is housed at the Texas Troubadour Theatre at 2416 Music Valley Drive and plays every Friday at 8pm.

The two-hour presentation takes audiences on a sixty-year journey through country music with some fresh new faces and voices to deliver iconic songs and the stories behind them. Some of Nashville’s finest musicians form the backing band, led by Oliverius himself.

Also available is a self-titled recording “The Music Of Nashville – A Magical Journey,” boasting a selection of the songs performed on stage and is available for download or by purchase at the theatre. This musical property prides itself on being a standout production where the show itself is the centerpiece, and no one cast member is the focal point, therefore the production itself is the “star.”

From Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, George & Tammy, Conway & Loretta, Kenny & Dolly, through Wynona, Garth, George Strait, Keith Urban, Miranda and Taylor, the production takes a nod from counterpoint cousins in Branson, MO as audiences are whisked away through the history and charm of the genre.

Tickets are available at Eventbrite HERE  or at the door.


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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® Serves Up A Fine Pair Of Exclusive “I LOVE COUNTRY” Collections On Vinyl

UMe/UMG Nashville’s pair of hit-laden compilations on vinyl, “I Love 80s Country” and “I Love 90s Country” is now exclusively available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations nationwide and online at shop.crackerbarrel.com..

“I Love 80s Country” features 12 country superstars who have collectively sold a staggering 200 million albums. Included in the chart-toppers on this collection are the queen of country herself, Reba McEntire, with her faithful vow to stand by her man regardless of “Whoever’s In New England,” in addition to The Oak Ridge Boys’ deep-voiced signature song “Elvira,” Lee Greenwood’s forever-patriotic anthem “God Bless The U.S.A.,” and Kathy Mattea’s touching truck driver’s retirement tale, “Eighteen Wheels And A Dozen Roses” — not to mention the defiant but proud “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” a galvanizing live performance from Barbara Mandrell that also features George Jones and was recorded in Nashville in 1981.

“I Love 90s Country” features a dozen country superstars of its own, who also have collectively sold over 200 million albums. Reba McEntire returns with her heartfelt cover of Bobbie Gentry’s female empowerment anthem “Fancy,” while Billy Ray Cyrus makes an indelible mark with his chart-topping debut single “Achy Breaky Heart.” Also included are Trisha Yearwood’s “She’s In Love With The Boy,” Shania Twain’s “The Woman In Me (Needs The Man In You),” and Vince Gill’s “I Still Believe In You.”

Both vinyl volumes are being sold exclusively at all Cracker Barrel locations and can also be ordered online here: http://shop.crackerbarrel.com/music-movies-books/music/vinyl






I Love 80s Country

Side A
1.  The Oak Ridge Boys: “Elvira”
2.  Kathy Mattea: “Eighteen Wheels and A Dozen Roses”
3.  Lee Greenwood: “God Bless The U.S.A.”
4.  Don Williams: “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good”
5.  Eddie Rabbit Featuring Crystal Gayle: “You And I”
6.  Conway Twitty: “That’s My Job”

Side B
1.  Patty Loveless: “Timber I’m Falling in Love”
2.  Reba McEntire: “Whoever’s In New England”
3.  Dan Seals: “Bop”
4.  The Oak Ridge Boys: “(I’m Settin’) Fancy Free”
5.  T. Graham Brown: “Hell and High Water”
6.  Barbara Mandrell Featuring George Jones: “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool”


I Love 90s Country

Side A
1.  Billy Ray Cyrus: “Achy Breaky Heart”
2.  Deana Carter: “Strawberry Wine”
3.  Trisha Yearwood: “She’s in Love with The Boy”
4.  David Lee Murphy: “Dust on The Bottle”
5.  Shania Twain: “The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You)”
6.  Reba McEntire: “Fancy”

Side B
1.  Tanya Tucker: “Two Sparrows in A Hurricane”
2.  Vince Gill: “I Still Believe In You”
3.  Tracy Byrd: “The Keeper of The Stars”
4.  Mark Chesnutt: “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing”
5.  Mark Collie: “Even the Man in The Moon Is Crying”
6.  Lee Ann Womack Featuring Jason Sellers: “A Little Past Little Rock”

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Celebrate The Holidays With Star-Studded 8th Annual “CMA Country Christmas” Airing Nov. 27 On ABC

Host Reba McEntire performs at the “CMA Country Christmas” taping on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. “CMA Country Christmas” will air Monday, Nov. 27 at 8/7c on the ABC Television Network.

Country Music’s biggest names kick off the holiday season with “CMA Country Christmas,” airing Monday, Nov. 27 (8-10 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

The eighth annual “CMA Country Christmas” returns with first-time host and iconic entertainer Reba McEntire and features two hours of star-studded performances from Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry House by Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, CB30, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, McEntire, CeCe Winans, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young, in addition to special collaborations by Ballerini and McEntire, Little Big Town and McEntire, and Jackson and Young.

For more information, visit CMAChristmas.com and follow us on Twitter @Countrymusic.

“CMA Country Christmas” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and Jon Macks is the writer.

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Lodge Cast Iron And The BEEFoundation Present SEASONED & SEARED Dinner Event September 24

Beef lovers celebrate! Lodge Cast Iron®, made in Tennessee since 1896, is partnering with the BEEFoundation to host a unique culinary dinner experience, Seasoned & Seared on Sept. 24 at Green Door Gourmet’s Grand Barn in Nashville. The dinner celebrates beef, one of Tennessee’s top agricultural commodities, while using the iconic cookware from South Pittsburg, Tennessee, known worldwide as the gold standard of seasoned cast iron.

Chefs Steven Chandler of Kayne Prime, Jay Mitchell of Tennessee Brew Works, Eric Zizka of Oak Steakhouse, Andrew Whitney of Virago and Richard Jones of Green Door Gourmet will be cooking Certified Angus Beef® courses using Lodge Cast Iron.

The Certified Angus Beef ® brand is the best Angus brand available. It’s a cut above USDA Prime, Choice and Select. Ten quality standards — including abundant marbling, ensure every bite is exceptionally flavorful, incredibly tender and naturally juicy.

“Seasoned & Seared celebrates our state’s beef industry of proud ranchers and farmers and our growing line of quality made cookware at Lodge Cast Iron,” said Mark Kelly, Lodge Manufacturing.

“We have such talented chefs, Steven, Jay, Eric, Andrew and Richard, who will share their creative spirit in their dishes at this event. I am excited to taste their beef courses using Lodge Cast Iron.”

Seasoned & Seared benefits the BEEFoundation, a non-profit organization which was founded to preserve the heritage of the cattle industry and plan for its future.

“By providing educational opportunities for cattle farmers that promote innovation and sustainability on our farms and sharing on-farm experiences with our Tennessee friends and neighbors, we build consumer expectations for beef that ensure farming’s future for generations to come,” said Valerie Bass, BEEFoundation. “We are so excited to partner with Lodge Cast Iron to celebrate beef and can’t wait to taste what these fantastic local chefs create.”

Seasoned & Seared dinner will be held at Green Door Gourmet’s Grand Barn on Sunday, Sept. 24 from 5pm to 8pm. Green Door Gourmet is located at 7007 River Road Pike, Nashville, TN 37209. Tickets are $150 each and can be purchased on at http://bit.ly/2wW7oV5.

Tickets include hors devours featuring fresh organic produce from Green Door Gourmet and beef cooked on Lodge Cast Iron’s Sportsman’s Grills from Green Door’s Chef Richard Jones, and a four-course Certified Angus Beef® dinner served with Tennessee Brew Works craft beers. Guests will also receive one 5-inch Lodge Cast Iron Skillet and famous Cornbread Festival Cookbook to take home.

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AT&T And AUDIENCE® Network Present: “William Michael Morgan” – Concert Special Airs June 30 On DIRECTV And U-verse

Tune in to the AT&T* AUDIENCE Network concert special William Michael Morganairing Friday, June 30, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT via DIRECTV Ch 239, AT&T U-verse Ch 1114 and on-demand through DIRECTV NOW. Watch and share the trailer for William Michael Morgan” (HERE).

“I had a great time doing this special,” says Morgan.  “I am really proud of how it turned out and can’t wait for folks to see it and hear some of my favorite songs to do live!”

For a “First Look” of the AT&T AUDIENCE Network concert special William Michael Morgan,” watch an exclusive full-song performance of his single “Missing” up now on Rolling Stone Country (HERE).

William Michael Morgan and series host Ted Stryker on AT&T AUDIENCE Network.
AUDIENCE Network‘s new music slate continues to deliver groundbreaking concerts, unique stories and exclusive performances across all genres, plus select programming in ultra high-definition/4K1, to audiences nationwide since multiple series began airing this past January. Recent concert specials include: Garth Brooks, CeeLo Green, Hank Williams Jr., Cheap Trick, Peter Frampton, Flo Rida, Martina McBride, Lukas Graham, Kelsea Ballerini, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco2 Chainz, Keith Urban, The Lumineers, Cole Swindell, Cypress Hill, Dan Shay, Josh Kelley, Andra Day, JR JR, YOUNG THE GIANT, Melissa Etheridge, Mac Miller, Good Charlotte, Butch Walker, Brett Eldredge, Tinashe, JoJo, Bebe Rexha, Brandy Clark, Chris Janson, Sheryl Crow, Daya, Irontom, Machine Gun Kelly, Trey Songz, Lauren Alaina, Rae Sremmurd, RaeLynn and others. New shows premiere via national broadcast Friday at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on DIRECTV Ch 239/AT&T U-verse Ch 1114, as well as streaming on-demand at DIRECTV NOW, directv.com, uverse.com and on smartphones and tablets, via the DIRECTV and U-verse apps.2AUDIENCE Network‘s multiple series of original and exclusive performances give music fans an intimate view of music’s most influential artists today. The network collaborates directly with musicians to create a unique show from their perspective.

William Michael Morgan’s debut effort, VINYL, landed him on many best albums lists, including Rolling Stone, iTunes, Saving Country Music, and top song of the year nods for “I Met A Girl” from Billboard and NPR.  The New York Times declares “…in the emergent field of gentleman country–an antidote to the bros of the last few years– William Michael Morgan stands tall.”  The praise continues, referring to VINYL as a “sturdy, reflective debut album….a throwback to the temperate wisdom of midcareer George Strait.” His breakout mega-hit “I Met A Girl,” which topped Country Radio charts and SiriusXM’s “The Highway” Top 45 Countdown chart, has garnered over half a billion audience impressions, including over 20 million on-demand streams. His critically acclaimed album VINYL debuted in the Top 5 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart.

Morgan’s follow up single “Missing” written by Rhett Akins, Marv Green is currently climbing the country charts. The video for the track, which Saving Country Music describes as one that “taps right into that genuine country music goodness … gives you a sense that everything’s right in the country world,” recently premiered via Rolling Stone Country.

The Vicksburg, MS native is currently on the road with dates throughout the summer. Fans can catch him as part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “American Currents” exhibit.

For more information, please visit www.williammichaelmorgan.com and follow William Michael Morgan on: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram.

Catch William Michael Morgan on tour in the following cities:

THU 7/6 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
FRI 7/7 Hillsboro, OH Festival Of Bells
SAT 7/8 Bainbridge, NY General Clinton Park
TUE 7/11 Kentland, IN Pun’kin Vine Fair
FRI 7/14 Princeton, IN Gibson County Fair
SAT 7/15 Eldora, IA Hardin County Fair
SUN 7/16 Rhinelander, WI Hodag Country Festival
FRI 7/21 West Liberty, IA Muscatine County Fair
SAT 7/22 Twin Lakes, WI Country Thunder
TUE 7/25 Philadelphia, MS Neshoba County Fairgrounds
THU 7/27 Mountain Home, ID Mountain Home Festival Grounds
FRI 7/28 Central Point, OR Mountain Home Country Music Festival Grounds
SAT 7/29 Mountain Home, ID Mountain Home Country Fest
SUN 7/30 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
WED 8/2 Gallipolis, OH Gallia County Fair
THU 8/3 Westminister, MD Carroll County Fair
SUN 8/6 Portsmouth, NH Redhook Ale Brewery
FRI 8/11 Hotchkiss, CO Delta County Fair
SAT 8/12 Hemingford, NE Box Butte Fairgrounds
WED 8/16 Richmond, RI Washington County Fair
SAT 8/26 New Braunfels, TX WhiteWater Amphitheater
SUN 8/27 Lawton, OK Mc Mahon
THU 8/31 Woodstock, VA Shenandoah County Fairgrounds
SAT 9/2 Panama City, FL Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam
FRI 9/15 Lees Summit, MO Legacy Park Amphitheater
FRI 9/22 Denver, CO Grizzly Rose
FRI 10/27 Fort Myers, FL The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon
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Sony Partners With Omni Hotel For Special Performances And Signings During CMA Fest

As a gesture of gratitude for the thousands of country music fans arriving in Music City for the 2017 CMA Music Fest, Sony Music Nashville is partnering with the Omni Nashville Hotel to create exceptional artist experiences.  From Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 11, over 10 personal artist appearances at various Omni Nashville venues, including Bongo Java and Barlines, will be available to Music Fest attendees as capacity limits allow. Starting Monday, June 5, an updated list of Sony Music Nashville artist activities, can’t-miss performances and surprise happenings at the Omni Nashville Hotel will be posted HERE.
“We’re very excited to be partnering with Sony Music Nashville for this year’s festival to create an unforgettable experience for our guests,” says Tod Roadarmel, Area Director of Sales and Marketing, Omni Nashville Hotel.
“There’s no more centralized hub during CMA Music Fest than the Omni Nashville Hotel, connected to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum and across the street from Fan Fair Hall in Music City Center—so it became the perfect headquarters for Sony Music Nashville’s activations,” remarks EVP/Marketing & New Business John Zarling. “Our team worked hard with our friends at Omni to create unique fan experiences with our artists as a thank you for all of the support they show us throughout the year. The engagement from our artists and our partners will ensure unforgettable moments during this year’s Music Fest.”
At Bongo Java, the FYE Pop-Up Store will be fully stocked with Sony Music Nashville CDs, 12” vinyl and exclusive merchandise. RCA Nashville/Zone 4’s Kane Brown and River House Artists/Columbia Nashville’s Luke Combs are confirmed for FYI store signings, with others to be added.
Also at Bongo Java, Sony Music Nashville is hosting a Coffee With…Series, and singer-songwriters currently confirmed are Arista Nashville’s Cam, LANCO and Seth Ennis and Columbia Nashville/Epic Records’ Levon.
Barlines, Omni Nashville’s own honky-tonk and live music destination, will provide the stage for a multi-artist performance series titled Barlines LIVE! with Sony Music Nashville presented by BoneOn Sportwear Acts confirmed are Monument’s Walker Hayes, Sony Music Nashville newcomers Ben Gallaher, Levon and Fairground Saints.
Fan perks at the Omni – Sony Music Nashville CMA Music Fest experience include a chance to enter to win a trip back to Nashville to attend a Brad Paisley & Friends Band Against Cancer Opry concert event.  Band Against Cancer is a Brad Paisley and Sarah Cannon partnership that unites music and healthcare to help connect those touched by cancer with community-based treatment options and resources.
Throughout CMA Music Fest, the Sony Music Nashville radio channel will air in the Omni’s lobby, retail areas and Bongo Java. In guest rooms, the Sony Music Nashville video channel will air.
Collector’s edition Omni room key cards will be available to hotel guests, featuring Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, and others. Guests receiving one of 10 Dolly Parton limited-run cards will be recipients of an autographed Dolly Pure & Simple CD.
The Sony Music Nashville booth will be open 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday through Sunday, and will be positioned outside of Bongo Java, adjacent to the Omni Nashville lobby.
Adding an exciting virtual and real-life dimension to the Omni Hotel partnership as well as the entire 2017 CMA Music Fest experience, Sony Music Nashville is partnering with Metaverse to produce a four-day Augmented Reality for fans. Festival attendees who download the Metaverse app will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt across downtown Nashville involving Sony Music Nashville artists and potential prizes. Fan can download the app now from the iTunes store or Android markeplace and get ready to play June 8 through 11.
About Sony Music Nashville
Sony Music Nashville includes its three country label operations – Arista Nashville, Columbia Nashville and RCA Nashville – and Provident Music Group, one of the world’s leading Christian music companies.  Sony Music Nashville is a division of Sony Music Entertainment.
About Omni Hotel
Located in the heart of exciting downtown Nashville, Omni Nashville Hotel is adjacent to the Music City Center, fully integrated with the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on three levels, and within walking distance of the city’s most popular restaurants, cultural attractions, live music and sports venues. The Omni Nashville offers a wide range of dining options, including Barlines, Bob’s Steak & Chop House and Kitchen Notes, and includes a full-service Mokara Spa and a coffee shop, Bongo Java.  With stylish guest rooms and over 80,000 square feet of meeting space, the Omni Nashville Hotel offers a genuine, authentic guest experience, making it a true landmark destination in Music City.  To obtain additional information or book accommodations, visit omnihotels.com/Nashville or call 615-782-5300.
About CMA Music Fest
The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience™ began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. Now 45 years later, the legendary Festival has become the city’s signature music event hosting more than 88,500 fans from every state and two dozen foreign countries. The 2016 CMA Music Festival featured 11 stages with more than 600 artists and 100 hours of music. And it all benefits music education. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have donated more than $17.5 million to sustainable music education initiatives across the U.S. thanks to the fans who attend CMA Music Festival and the artists who perform for free. CMA Music Festival will be filmed for a national television special to air on the ABC Television Network. This is the 14th consecutive year the event will be filmed for a network television special, a feat no other music festival has achieved. “CMA Fest 2017” is executive-produced by Robert Deaton.
About Metaverse
About Metaverse: Metverse is a Gamification Platform (mobile app) that annotates the physical world with interactive experiences. Some people describe it as “Pokemon Go as a Platform.” Just like with Pokémon Go, you walk up to experiences inside the Metaverse app and tap them to interact with them. Metaverse can be used for all kinds of experiences including scavenger hunts, loyalty programs, interactive storytelling, gaming, brand activations, retail gamification, fan coalescing etc. The company is backed by 23 angel investors (including Michael Eisner) and is founded by former Googlers.
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