Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Details on @NashvilleSounds Announcement that "First Tennessee Park" Will Be Name Of City's New Ballpark

"First Tennessee Park" will be the official name of Nashville's new state-of-the-art baseball ballpark in North Nashville, the Nashville Sounds Baseball Club announced today.

The new name recognizes First Tennessee Bank as the Sounds' most significant partner as the team enters a new era of professional baseball in Middle Tennessee. First Tennessee Park is scheduled to open in April 2015.

Sounds owner Frank Ward said today that the sponsorship and naming rights agreement is a 10-year term by First Tennessee, with options to extend for up to 10 additional years.

"It was very important to us when seeking a naming rights partner -- our most prominent partner -- that we were able to able to identify an organization that shares the common interest of working with so many other entities within our community," Mr. Ward said. "We have found a perfect match with First Tennessee Bank with their commitment to sports and to the city of Nashville."

First Tennessee Bank is the state's oldest and largest banking organization. Founded in 1864, First Tennessee Bank is celebrating its 150th anniversary of serving the people, businesses, and community.

Carol Yochem, Middle Tennessee President of First Tennessee Bank, told news reporters today the bank was determined to use its 150th anniversary to make a significant announcement demonstrating First Tennessee's long-term "leadership commitment" to Nashville.

"We aim to be Nashville's bank," Ms. Yochem declared, "and you will find that our name appearing on this spectacular new ballpark is a strong symbol of First Tennessee's commitment to Nashville.

"We are thrilled to be involved in this exciting new ballpark and in such an historic and important part of Tennessee's capital city" she said. "First Tennessee Park - like First Tennessee Bank - will serve generations of Middle Tennesseans for years to come."

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean joined in today's announcement and saluted First Tennessee Bank for its commitment to the city.

"First Tennessee is a model corporate citizen with a strong philanthropic tradition, and this partnership with the Nashville Sounds is further proof of First Tennessee's commitment to our city," Mayor Dean said. "I am proud to have the First Tennessee name associated with Nashville, with our great minor league baseball team and our new ballpark. I can't wait to throw out the first pitch next spring at First Tennessee Park."

At today's news conference, Mr. Ward presented Ms. Yochem and Doyle Rippee, Chairman of First Tennessee Bank in Middle Tennessee, with Sounds home jerseys with their names emblazoned on the back.

Country Music Newcomer @DakotaBradley Releases New Single “Won’t Be Young Forever”

Country music newcomer Dakota Bradley has released a new single to Country radio, titled “Won't Be Young Forever.”Dakota Bradley Releases New Single “Won’t Be Young Forever” Co-written by Bradley, along with Lance Miller, Brad Warren and Brett Warren, this up-tempo single explains how life goes by all too fast, and while Bradley ‘won’t be young forever,’ he will ‘be forever young.’ The single is now available.

Bradley comments about the song, “Life on earth is short, so it is up to us to determine how we spend our time here. I have my entire life in front of me to reach for my dreams, while probably making some mistakes along the way. Life is all about the JOURNEY!”

The new single follows Bradley’s debut single release, “Somethin' Like Somethin',’” which garnered Dakota his first Top 50 on Billboard. Bradley has been in the studio working on his forthcoming album, which is co-produced by Grammy award-winning producer Byron Gallimore and Country music superstar Tim McGraw.

“Dakota is the real deal,” said McGraw. “He is a great young artist who defies the trends and lives for his music. His voice is unique and instantly recognizable, and his ability to convey pure emotion in his music draws the listener in from the very first word of every song.”

Alt-Rock Group @RocktheCorduroy Releases Second Single “Giant Neptune” Off New EP Revisions

Brooklyn-based alternative-rock group The Corduroy Suit releases second single “Giant Neptune” off their new EP, Revisions, out now. The second single off the Suit's five-track EP showcases lead singer John Schmergel’s signature haunting vocals, complimented by soaring, evocative melodies.The five-track EP was recorded and engineered by Roger Greenawalt (Ben Kweller, Rufus Wainwright, Albert Hammond Jr.); it features John Schmergel (guitar/vocals) and Chris Asta (guitar, bass, programming) and marks the group's formal debut on the alt-rock music scene.

Second single “Giant Neptune” re-imagines the burden of unrequited love as a journey to another planet—it’s a destination you know you’ll never reach, but you can’t stop yourself from attempting the trip, even if you know it might ruin you. Schmergel sings:
Isolation chamber’s starting to feel like home
But I’ve got friendly neighbors in Saturn’s rings
And I’ve got hostile strangers in the back of my brain
With my thoughts all scrambled from you magnetosphere
And my blood now boiling as you draw me near
And all the feelings I had for you carried me towards the Giant

The Corduroy Suit Revisions EPThe Revisions EP that was released April 8th, 2014, and has already garnered numerous positive reviews. Wildy’s World praised, “Revisions offers some serious glimpses of the band’s ability and potential…there’s something real afoot here.” Hellcat Media raved, “If you mix Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, and of course the energy and showmanship of The Boss in Schmergel, you have what could be a great emerging band.”

Monday, April 21, 2014

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Country musician and songwriter @Steven_Padilla is set to release #GoodatGoodbye, his debut album

Alabama-based country musician and songwriter Steven Padilla is set to release his debut studio album Good At Goodbye on May 13.  The project was co-produced by Padilla and Don Srygley, whose mixing/engineering credits include Alabama, Civil Wars, Alicia Keys and many more.

Predominately recorded and mixed at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, Padilla had a hand in writing all songs on the album. Drawing from a slew of eclectic influences including Eric Church, Waylon Jennings, Rolling Stones and Frank Sinatra Good at Goodbye showcases Padilla’s gritty passion and richly constructed efforts. “Overall, I would say FAME studios was the best experience. There is definitely something that permeates the building. The old wood panels have a life and soul of their own. You can feel the presence in that place” explains Padilla. “The recording process today is as high tech as it gets, but in Muscle Shoals the soul of music still lives.”

From start to finish, Padilla flawlessly weaves in elements of rock, gospel and plenty of traditional, modern and outlaw country. He soulfully sings stories that are drawn from true-to-life experiences.  “It’s a compilation of my 28 years of life.”
Good at Goodbye features the statement of Padilla’s rural upbringing in “Country Side Of Mine” while “No Time To Think” melds a haunting melody to a lyric about life and how fast it can be, it’s the type of song that speaks to the human condition while the percussive modern melody of “Fishin’” infuses a playfulness to the building of a relationship. “This Woman In My Life” is a sweet song about how love can change our lives for the better and it’s these songs from Good at Goodbye that speak to the poetic and heartfelt nature of Steven Padilla’s ’s artistry.

Padilla will hit the road this summer in support of the new album and is set to play numerous venues throughout the Southeast.

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Beavers Husband and Wife Sentenced to 36 Months for Tax Fraud

James E. Beavers and Beverly S. Beavers of Knoxville, Tenn., were each sentenced to serve 36 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today.  James and Beverly Beavers were also each ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $591,123.  On March 20, 2013, a jury sitting in Knoxville, Tenn., found the couple guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States and filing false claims for tax refunds.  They have been in custody since they were convicted.

Court documents and the evidence at trial showed that James Beavers held a Ph.D. in civil engineering and was employed as an engineering consultant.  He was formerly employed as the director of an academic engineering center at the University of Tennessee.  Beverly Beavers owned a small formalwear and jewelry store in Knoxville.

According The Beavers Husband and Wife Sentenced to 36 Months for Tax Fraudto court documents and the evidence presented at trial, in June 2009, James and Beverly Beavers arranged to have a fraudulent 2008 tax return prepared by PMDD Services LLC, a tax return preparation firm that helped clients claim exorbitant tax refunds specifically intended to help the clients pay off their personal debts.  The tax return falsely reported that their personal debts, including the amount of the Beavers’ mortgage and the limits on their credit cards, were actually income on which federal income tax was withheld.  This fictitious income and tax withholding were reported to the IRS on false Forms 1099-OID, which were prepared by Penny Jones of PMDD Services based on information provided by James and Beverly Beavers.  As a result of the fraudulently inflated income and withholding, the Beavers’ 2008 tax return claimed a fraudulent tax refund of over $591,000.  Upon receiving the funds, James and Beverly Beavers paid off their home mortgage, then conveyed their newly unencumbered real estate to sham trusts in order to impede IRS efforts to collect the erroneously paid refund.  They later filed false amended tax returns for the 2006 and 2007 tax years, also prepared by Jones, requesting fraudulent tax refunds of $193,056 and $202,625, respectively.  Jones pleaded guilty to related tax crimes and was sentenced to 144 months in prison in January 2013.

#TheVoice Alum, @AnthonyEvansJr, Debuts New Pop/R&B Worship Album, Real Life/Real Worship

Last week, critically acclaimed worship artist Anthony Evans debuted his seventh studio record Real Life / Real Worship, nationwide and it landed the No. 2 spot on Billboard’s Top Gospel Chart, just behind Grammy Award winning artist Erica Campbell of Mary Mary, as well as No. 4 on Contemporary Christian Overall Albums and No. 5 on Top Christian/Gospel Albums Chart.Anthony Evans from The Voice Debuts New Pop/R&B Worship Album, Real Life/Real Worship Additionally, the record peaked at No.2 on iTunes Christian/Gospel chart. This is Evans first project since attracting the attention of Grammy Award-winning artist Christina Aguilera on Season 2 of The Voice, in addition to garnering thousands of new fans worldwide.

It was Evans who inspired the producers of the NBC hit show to implement the strategic “Steals” into the battle rounds, and will return as a talent producer for Season 7 and 8. Since his time on The Voice, Evans has recorded with iconic artists such as CeeLo Green, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion. It was through The Voice and his experiences living in Los Angeles that Evans discovered he had the desire to communicate more effectively with a broader audience, and that there is a vast common ground of shared experiences to catalyze that communication.

“Living in L.A. has made me think more progressively,” explains the Dallas native. “I want to make sure I’m not compromising my message or my faith, but I also want to speak in terms that connect with people in all walks of life. This record is about real life, things everyone goes through, regardless of their faith.”

The singer/songwriter partnered with up-and-coming Los Angeles producer Max Stark and together they created a current, pop/soul infused 11-track album, that shows how genuine worship can often be better understood through authentic life experiences.

Two powerful tracks include “Somebody to Call Home” and “I Found You,” both of which talk about the relationships he went through when living in Los Angeles and the desire he has to find someone he can share his life with.

“My hope for this record is for people to be encouraged. I go through the same things as everyone else: love, breakups, failures, triumphs. We are all in this together and they aren’t alone,” says Evans.

NDC International Exhibition Rockin' the Country Agenda

NDC is bringing the band back together! Join them at the spectacular Music City Center in Nashville, for the International Exhibition 2014, April 21-23. It’s all about the hits and headliners as you participate in the educational sessions, networking events and entertainment that set this show apart from all the rest. Spend meaningful time with healthcare’s leading manufacturers and fellow distributors to boost your knowledge and find new opportunities that will set you apart.

Monday, April 21st

1:00 – 6:00pm Registration
6:00 – 8:30pm Rockin' the Town Scavenger Hunt
(Members Only)

Tuesday, April 22nd

7:00am – 5:00pm Registration
7:00 – 9:30am Breakfast and Opening Session
7:00am – 5:00pm NDC University Boot Camp
9:45 – 11:45am Educational Breakouts
12:15 – 1:30pm Awards Luncheon
2:00 – 4:30pm Educational Breakouts
2:00 – 4:30pm Premier Vendor Exchange
(Members Only)
6:00pm Rockin' the Country Shindig

Wednesday, April 23rd

7:00am – 2:00pm Registration
10:00am – 4:00pm Trade Show/Exhibit Hall
7:00 – 10:00pm Wildhorse Saloon Party

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