Those planning to attend the Music City July 4th celebration can speed up their traveling and parking time by knowing where to park, road closures, and taxi information.
Parking at the Music City Center parking garage will cost $10, as will parking at the LP Field available lots A, B, D, E and N. Also, the Shelby Street Pedestrian and Woodland Street bridges will close at 8 p.m. and will reopen immediately at the conclusion of the fireworks show.
Taxi stands will be an alternative option on July 4, and will be located at 7th Avenue and Broadway. To locate other available parking downtown, visit parkitdowntown.com.
Various roads will be closed to accommodate Nashville’s July 4th celebration. All roads to re-open no later than 10:00am on Monday, July 7, 2014. To see the full list of closures, click HERE. Billy Currington, Ashley Monroe and Striking Matches are all slated to perform.
“Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing” is produced by the NCVC for the city of Nashville and presented by Dr Pepper. Please visit visitmusiccity.com/visitors/july4th for the most up-to-date information about the event.
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MusicRow sends well wishes to Joey Martin of duo Joey+Rory, who recently underwent a hysterectomy to remove cervical cancer she had been diagnosed with in May. Earlier this year, Joey+Rory welcomed daughter Indiana Boon Feek. Shortly after Indiana’s birth, it was confirmed that the infant has Down syndrome.
“Yes, it has been quite a year for us so far,” wrote Rory Feek on their official blog. “In the past six months, God has taken us places we never dreamed we would go. It’s been terrifying and thrilling all at the same time. We never know what tomorrow will bring . . . none of us do. But what an incredible journey life is. We are just going to continue to trust Him and hold to each other and . . . pedal, pedal!”
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Singer-songwriter Danika Portz will perform songs from her album Set This World on Fire during a set at Nashville music space The Basement on July 9. The free event begins at 6:30 p.m., with the band performance beginning at 7 p.m. The event is presented by Green Hills Music Group and by Grin Like A Dog Songs.
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The video clip for Kenny Chesney‘s new song, “American Kids,” will premiere online at VEVO, for broadcast on CMT and Great American Country on June 30. The clip was directed by Shaun Silva.
“I don’t care who you are or what you do,” says the four-time Academy of Country Music and 4-time Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year, “everybody needs to let their hair down, just forget about expectations and be in the moment. I love this song because of the way it paints a picture of how we all grow up, the innocence and the fun; but if you really listen, it’s about how we should really live and love.”
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Earlier this week, Lee Brice spent time with “ACM Lifting Lives” campers during a recording session at Nashville’s Ocean Way Studios with producer Ross Copperman.
ACM Lifting Lives Music Campers record a song with Lee Brice and Ross Copperman during the Studio Day at Ocean Way Studios.
ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp is in session this week in Nashville, Tenn. with campers from around the country participating in a week of activities and excursions around Music City. The residential camp has the dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education. Campers were treated to a special performance at Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café on Thursday (June 26) with Columbia Nashville singer-songwriter Casey James.
Casey James performs at the Bluebird Cafe.
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The Texas Heritage Songwriters Association 2014 Darrell K. Royal Songwriters Homecoming event welcomed performances from Larry Gatlin, Natalie Hemby, Rhett Akins and Luke Laird. the event was held Saturday, June 21 at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.
Larry Gatlin, Rhett Akins, Natalie Hemby, Luke Laird, BMI’s Jody Williams and more at the Darrell K. Songwriters Homecoming. Photo: Jack Plunkett
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June 26, 2014 marked 25 years to the day since Alan Jackson signed his first recording contract with Arista Nashville, making Jackson the first artist signed with the label. Jackson has a special 25-city, 25th anniversary tour planned for 2015, and on Aug. 29 the Country Music Hall of Fame will unveil a new exhibit coinciding with Jackson’s role as the Hall’s next Artist-in-Residence.
Pictured (L-R): Tim DuBois, Alan Jackson and Barry Coburn signing Jackson’s first record deal in 1989.
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Sunny Sweeney has readied a 13-song album, titled Provoked, expected for release with Nashville’s Thirty Tigers.
Produced by Luke Wooten, the Texas honky-tonker’s third album will hit shelves on Aug. 5, 2014.
The project’s first single, “Bad Girl Phase,” was co-written with Brandy Clark and has begun to make waves among critics and radio. Provoked track listing:
1. “You Don’t Know your Husband” (Sunny Sweeney/Angaleena Presley/Mark D. Sanders)
2. “Bad Girl Phase” (Brandy Clark/Jessie Jo Dillion/Shannon Wright)
3. “Second Guessing” (Sweeney/Natalie Hemby)
4. “Carolina on the Line” (Sweeney/Brett Warren/Brad Warren/Lance Miller)
5. “Find Me” (Sweeney/Buddy Owens/Jay Clementi)
6. “Can’t Let Go” (Randy Weeks)
7. “Front Row Seats” (Sweeney/ Miller/Brett Warren/Brad Warren)
8. “My Bed” (Sweeney/ Presley/Ashley Monroe)
9. “Uninvited” (Sweeney/Hemby)
10. “Sunday Dress” (Sweeney/Monty Holmes/Buddy Owens)
11. “Used Cars” (Sweeney/Hemby)
12. “Backhanded Compliment” (Sweeney/Hemby)
13. “Everybody Else Can Kiss My Ass” (Sweeney/Brett Beavers/Connie Harrington)
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Holler Annie of girl trio Pistol Annies, Angaleena Presley, will release her first solo album titled American Middle Class on Slate Creek Records, distributed by Thirty Tigers. Presley co-produced the Oct. 24 release with her husband Jordan Powell. American Middle Class track listing:
1. “Ain’t No Man” (Angaleena Presley)
2. “All I Ever Wanted” (Presely)
3. “Grocery Store” (Presley/Lori McKenna)
4. “American Middle Class” (Presley)
5. “Dry County Blues” (Presley/Mark D. Sanders)
6. “Pain Pills” (Presley)
7. “Life of the Party” (Presley/Matraca Berg)
8. “Knocked Up” (Presley/Sanders)
9. “Better Off Red” (Presley)
10. “Drunk” (Presley/Sarah Siskind)
11. Blessing And A Curse (Presley/Bob DiPiero)
12. Surrender (Presley/Luke Laird/Barry Dean)
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The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) and the VML received Cannes Lions awards for the documentary For The Love of Music: The Story of Nashville, on June 20 during the 61st Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The festival honors innovation in numerous forms, from mobile, billboards, design and branded content. For The Love of Music: The Story of Nashville was awarded silver and bronze lions in the Branded Content & Entertainment category, and one shortlist in Cyber. The competition is judged by 17 international juries, including 327 top-level industry execs from 44 countries. 37,427 entries were submitted from 97 countries in 17 awards categories.
“This project continues to receive honors and recognition beyond our wildest dreams,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the NCVC. “It is a testament to the creative talent in this town and our legacy of music. We are truly honored and humbled.” For The Love of Music: The Story of Nashville was created by Butch Spyridon, Chuck Creasy, Deana Ivey, and John Godsey. The film has also received honors from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (Webby Awards), The One Show and American Advertising Federation.
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Carl Perkins will be inducted to the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.
The Memphis Music Hall of Fame will induct the 2014 class comprised of Lil Hardin Armstrong, Al Bell, Big Star, John Fry, Furry Lewis, Chips Moman, Ann Peebles, Carl Perkins and Jesse Winchester.
At this fall’s induction ceremony, honorees will receive the Mike Curb Award, a locally hand-crafted trophy. They will join previous inductees including B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Sam Phillips, Otis Redding, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Howlin’ Wolf, bringing the total number of inductees to 47.
A Memphis Music Hall of Fame museum is scheduled to open in early 2015 at 126 Beale Street. The building is being renovated as the new Hard Rock Cafe, scheduled to open July 3, and will also house a Lansky’s retail store. The site is the former location of Lansky Bros., a store known as “The Clothier to the King” for outfitting Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison. 2014 Memphis Music Hall of Fame Inductee Abbreviated Bios Lil Hardin Armstrong—She may be most famous as the wife of Louis Armstrong, responsible for shaping his career, but Lil Hardin, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, raised in a boarding house near Beale, was a jazz pianist, composer, arranger, singer, bandleader, and considered by most to have been the most prominent woman in early jazz. Al Bell—A former disc jockey from Little Rock, Arkansas, who ran and later owned Stax Records, where throughout the 70s he drove the Memphis Sound internationally and made Stax the second-largest African American owned business in the U.S. He was vital to the careers of Stax’s soul stars like The Staple Singers, Isaac Hayes, Sam & Dave and others before becoming President of Motown Records Group and later forming his label, Bellmark Records. Big Star – Original members Jody Stephens, Alex Chilton, Chris Bell and Andy Hummel… Rolling Stone Magazine credited Big Star with creating “a seminal body of work that never stopped inspiring succeeding generations” and defined them as “the quintessential American power pop band.” Big Star has been cited as an influence to such bands as R.E.M., Velvet Crush, The Replacements, and many more. In 2006, such bands as the Gin Blossoms, The Posies, Wilco and others came together to record the tribute album, “Big Star, Small World.” John Fry—What he started in a converted garage at his parent’s house became an industry-leading studio that has, for more than 40 years, produced some of the best music in modern history. John Fry is all things Ardent… studios, label, video production… that world-famous studio on Madison Avenue. Ardent has continued Memphis’ musical legacy… from early Stax recordings, and since a who’s who of modern music have come through Ardent… ZZ Top, John Prine, Joe Cocker, R.E.M., the Gin Blossoms, B.B. King, Travis Tritt, Bob Dylan, the White Stripes and hundreds more. Walter “Furry” Lewis—Walter Lewis, nicknamed “Furry” by his childhood playmates, moved with his family to Memphis in 1900. He became a songwriter, a country blues guitarist, vocalist and humorist. Furry became one of the first pre-war blues musicians of the 1920s to be rediscovered by the folk-blues revival of the 1960s, brought out of retirement, and given a re-launched recording career, opening for The Rolling Stones, appearing on the big screen and drawing international acclaim to his distinctive blues sound. Lincoln “Chips” Moman—During the late 60s and early 70s Lincoln “Chips” Moman’s American Sound Studio experienced an unprecedented run of hits in the music industry, producing more than 120 charting singles, including 40 gold records. On several occasions, more than 20 of Billboard’s Hot 100 songs were produced at American Sound. Moman wrote or produced songs for Elvis Presley, including Suspicious Minds, In the Ghetto and more, Aretha Franklin, Petula Clark, Wilson Pickett, Waylon Jennings, Bobby Womack, B.J. Thomas, and many others. He produced the first hit for Satellite Records, the first single for Volt, and guided the career of The Box Tops. Ann Peebles—A throwaway comment on a stormy night became a massive hit for our next inductee, the incomparable Ann Peebles. Husband Don Bryant snatched the phrase, wrote it into a song that night, and presented it to legendary Hi Record producer Willie Mitchell the next day. “I Can’t Stand the Rain” went on to be recorded or sampled by the likes of Missy Elliot, Tina Turner, and Seal, with John Lennon dubbed it “the best song ever.” Peebles continued to rack up 10 more R&B hits and her discography includes 15 albums. Carl Perkins—In 1956, with his smash hit anthem “Blue Suede Shoes,” Carl Perkins virtually defined and established rockabilly music in the rock and roll cannon and helped launch Sun Records into national prominence. Carl Perkins is regarded as one of the founding fathers of rock-and-roll, and, of course, became a member of the legendary Million Dollar Quartet. Perkins influenced, among many others, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Paul McCartney, who said “If there were no Carl Perkins, there would be no Beatles.” Jesse Winchester—Born in Shreveport but raised in Memphis, Winchester wrote some of the defining singer-songwriter tracks of the seventies, like “Yankee Lady,” “Biloxi,” and “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz” that ached with feelings of loss for the country he chose to leave in military protest. His songs gained him a cult following. He was considered such a formidable songwriter that a 2012 tribute album featured versions of his songs by James Taylor, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Rosanne Cash, Lucinda Williams, and Vince Gill, among others.
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BMG Chrysalis has signed up-and-coming multi-genre writer and producer Jonny Price. Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Price attended the North Carolina School Of The Arts and was recently discovered at a Nashville pitch to publisher session where he presented a slew of solo-written songs for both the country and pop genres.
Pictured (L-R): Kevin Lane (BMG Chrysalis, Creative Director); Sara Knabe (BMG Chrysalis, Senior Creative Director); John Allen (BMG Chrysalis, Vice President); Jonny Price; Daniel Lee (BMG Chrysalis, Senior Creative Director); Kos Weaver (BMG Chrysalis, Executive Vice President).
Pictured (L-R, front row): ASCAP co-writers Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano; Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox and Joe Don Rooney; and co-writer Eric Paslay. (L-R, back row): ASCAP’s Mike Sistad; Cal IV Entertainment’s Daniel Hill; Big Machine Label Group President & CEO Scott Borchetta; Warner/Chappell Music Publishing’s Ben Vaughn; Combustion Music’s Chris Van Belkom; Sony/ATV Music Publishing’s Josh Van Valkenburg; and Big Machine Records’ Jack Purcell. Photo: Ed Rode.
Rascal Flatts members Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney, and Jay DeMarcus, as well as songwriters Chris DeStefano, Ashley Gorley, and Eric Paslay, were recently honored for Rascal Flatts’ latest chart-topping song, “Rewind.” The Nashville music industry feted the single at ASCAP’s Nashville office Wednesday (June 25). The tune is the title track from the trio’s ninth studio album. “Rewind” is the 15th No. 1 song for Gorley, and the fifth for both DeStefano and Paslay.
“This song has a pedigree with these songwriters,” said Cal IV Entertainment’s Daniel Hill, who thanked Scott Borchetta, Allison Jones, Jack Purcell and Paslay (a former Cal IV intern-turned-hit songwriter and artist), among others.
Big Machine Label Group, as well as publishers Cal IV Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Warner/Chappell Music Publishing were on hand to celebrate. Warner/Chappell honored the members of Rascal Flatts by making a donation to the Rascal Flatts Pediatric Surgery Center at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Pictured (L-R): Ashley Gorley, Chris DeStefano, Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox, Joe Don Rooney, and Eric Paslay.
Pictured (L-R): Denis Gallagher, Partner, “Front and Center”; Don Maggi, Managing Partner and Executive Producer, “Front and Center”; Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer; Jon Randall, songwriter; Dierks Bentley; Jim Beavers, songwriter; Tom Becci, Chief Operations Officer and Senior Vice President, UMG Nashville; Ben Vaughn, Executive Vice President, Warner/Chappell Music and CMA Board member; Brett James, songwriter and CMA Board member; Ross Copperman, songwriter. Photo: Donn Jones / CMA
In a time where up-tempo songs rule radio, a somber ballad can still silence a crowd.
Superb songwriter (and superb singer) Jon Randall quieted a mix of fans and industry members in Nashville Wednesday night (June 25) with an acoustic rendition of “Whiskey Lullaby,” the 2004 CMA Song of the Year-winning tune co-written with Bill Anderson, and recorded by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss. “If you are a Country fan…that song might as well be ‘Amazing Grace,'” said fell0w hit songwriter Brett James. Dierks Bentley, Jim Beavers, James and Ross Copperman joined Randall for a taped-for-television songwriters round at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the CMA Songwriters Series. Public television’s “Front and Center” will feature Country artists during two episodes slated to air in October. Bentley and his team of co-writers will be featured in one episode; Lady Antebellum will star in another, along with Rodney Clawson, Tom Douglas, Josh Kear, Luke Laird and Abe Stoklasa. Both episodes were taped in Nashville on Wednesday.
To be sure, there were uptempo, “get your good time on” songs aplenty throughout the evening.
Bentley (or “Eddie Van Bentley,” as he was later called by his songwriting co-horts) launched the show with some tasty acoustic guitar licks on his debut single from 2003, “What Was I Thinkin’.” From there, all of the writers took turns showcasing some of their most popular musical wares, including “5150,” “Drunk On A Plane,” “Watching Airplanes,” “Drink On It,” and “Beat of the Music.” Bentley also admitted to passing on a few songs that later became hit songs for other artists, including “Drink A Beer” (later recorded by Luke Bryan), “I Drive Your Truck” (later recorded by Lee Brice) and “Watching Airplanes” (later recorded by Gary Allan). Of course, Bentley and company performed many tunes from his own considerable catalog of chart-topping songs.
James traded lines with Bentley on an ace acoustic rendition of “I Hold On,” while Beavers joined Bentley on “5150,” and Randall alternated vocals on “Am I The Only One.” Producer, songwriter, guitarist and singer Copperman performed his rendition of “Pirate Flag,” recorded by Kenny Chesney (Copperman said his wife suggested the “shooting stars” line). James’ powerful, smooth voice shone on songs including “Reality” and “We Went Out Last Night” (both No. 1 hits were penned with Kenny Chesney on the same day during a post-Christmas trip to the islands).
Surprise guest Jessi Alexander offered harmonies for Bentley on “Pretty Girls Drinkin’ Tall Boys,” a cut from Bentley’s recent Riser project.
Bentley closed the show as he closes each of his concerts, with his 2011 hit, “Home.”
Pictured (L-R): Tom Becci, Chief Operations Officer and Senior Vice President, UMG Nashville; Don Maggi, Managing Partner and Executive Producer, “Front and Center”; Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood; Denis Gallagher, Partner, “Front and Center”; Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley; Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer; Tom Douglas, songwriter and CMA Board member. Photo: Donn Jones / CMA
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