Industry Ink (11/27/13)

shotgun wedding11111YEP Nashville has signed on to help Room In The Inn host its first-ever “Shotgun Wedding”-themed benefit concert to help raise awareness for the homeless community in Nashville. Bluegrass band The Westbound Rangers will headline the event, which will also feature roots band Rosewater.

Audience members are encouraged to dress in their “best vintage or wedding attire” and to bring a “wedding gift” in the form of an item for the homeless.

CMT Insider host Lauren Rainey will emcee the event. Doors will open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door, with 100 percent of all proceeds benefiting the Room In The Inn. For tickets, visit


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grand-ole-opryThe Grand Ole Opry will team with to spotlight how Country music has enhanced the English vocabulary. Country-themed content will celebrate the Grand Ole Opry’s inaugural broadcast, which occurred on Nov. 28, 1925. Social media posts with the hashtag #CountryDefined will begin Thursday, Nov. 28, while Country music terminology will be featured on’s homepage beginning Monday, Dec. 2.

The homepage and social media will reveal the origins behind words such as “dobro” and “bluegrass.” “Did You Know?” trivia will be shared about various hit songs and Country artists.

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BlackbirdThe Blackbird Academy and Pensado’s Place will present Part 1 of the two part series, “Pensado’s Place Presents: Nashville Gives Thanks,” on Thursday, Nov. 28.

Filmed at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tenn., the panel for the episode includes Dave Pensado, John McBride, Martina McBride, Buddy Cannon, Dan Huff, Justin Neibank, Ed Seay, David Huff, Tony Castle, Brett Blandon, Dan Frizsell, Rodney Clawson, Herb Trawick, Melonie Cannon, Steve Bogard, Stephanie Willis, John Willis and Kevin Becka.

“Herb Trawick and I could not be more thrilled about our partnership with The Blackbird Academy,” said Pensado, host of popular web TV series, Pensado’s Place. “John McBride’s extraordinary commitment to high end learning applied to real life situations perfectly matches the Pensado’s Place DNA. We both care a lot about doing the right thing, the right way.”

Part 2 of “Pensado’s Place Presents: Nashville Gives Thanks” will air Saturday, Nov. 30. Both episodes can be found at


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