Blake Shelton Celebrates Ole Red Orlando With Full Band Show
Blake Shelton recently marked his first visit to Ole Red Orlando with a full band performance for a limited number of frontline workers and special guests.
“I wanted to come here and do a proper grand opening,” said Shelton. “Even if it’s not the same as having this whole room full of people, we are going to pretend it is tonight. If you haven’t been to Ole Red before, hopefully by the end of tonight you’ll know that’s what this is all about: having fun and seeing live music.”
The fourth Ole Red location opened at Orlando’s ICON Park last Summer, and Shelton called the night an unofficial rehearsal for his performance on Sunday’s ACM awards. Earlier in the day, Shelton was joined by Ryman Hospitality Properties Chairman and CEO Colin Reed for a press event hosted by WSM and Circle TV’s Bill Cody where they discussed the recovery of the music and hospitality industries, the inspiration behind the Ole Red brand, and Blake’s first full-band performance in more than a year. Shelton also presented Ole Red Orlando with a special outfit he wore on NBC’s The Voice along with an outfit worn by fiancé Gwen Stefani. Both outfits are now on display at the venue.
Mitchell Tenpenny Joins Music City Baseball Music Industry Advisory Board
Mitchell Tenpenny has joined the Music Industry Advisory board for Music City Baseball.
The singer showcased his involvement through a newly-released video for the piano version of his song “Bucket List.” The song currently has over 18 million on-demand streams and features Tenpenny rocking his vintage Nashville Stars jersey, which pays homage to the legendary Negro Leagues teams who played in Nashville in the 1940s prior to the integration of Major League Baseball.
Tenpenny hopes to encourage his fans to broaden their yearly resolutions into life goals, and live every day to the fullest. While filming the song’s original video in Arizona, Tenpenny was able to check off a few of his bucket list items and now he’s adding a major item to the list – bringing Major League Baseball to his hometown! “Growing up in Nashville, it’s always been a dream to have a Major League team here. This city is perfect for it. I am excited to get involved and actively pursue this item on my bucket list,” says Tenpenny.
Tenpenny joins Justin Timberlake, Darius Rucker, Kane Brown, Bobby Bones and Luke Combs, among others, in providing strategic counsel and generating community excitement around Nashville being home to a Major League Baseball team.
Willie Jones Teams With Spotify For Rodeo-Inspired Short Film
Willie Jones has teamed up with Spotify to create a new short film entitled Right Now Rodeo which is available exclusively on Spotify’s Hot Country Instagram channel.
The film celebrates the release of his enigmatic debut album Right Now, and was directed by NY-based director Luis Santos. The film also highlights Jones’ genre-bending sound, his positive messages of being present and right now in the moment, and the enduring spirit of cowboy and rodeo culture which infuses his music and inspired the film. Set on a ranch outside of Nashville, the film also features a diverse cast of cowboys and cowgirls who were enlisted in partnership with the Bill Pickett Rodeo, a well-respected collective in the rodeo community that celebrates and honors Black cowboys and cowgirls and their contributions to building the west.
“Some characteristics aligned in rodeo culture that I think align with myself—having a good time,” says Jones. “They are rockstars in their own right. If you’re getting put up against bulls and horses, you know what I’m saying, you have to love that. And I love what I do and I like to have a good time doing it.”
The film is available to watch now.
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