Thursday, September 18, 2014

unPHILtered: The Way I See It - The Ultimate Guide to Everything Phil Robertson

The beloved patriarch of A&E’s  Duck Dynasty series, Phil Robertson, shares his thoughtful—and opinionated—philosophy on life.

In Phil Robertson’s #1 New York Times bestseller, Happy, Happy, Happy: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander, we learned about Phil’s colorful past and the wild road to becoming the beloved patriarch of A&E’s smash hit show, Duck Dynasty. Now, he returns to share his philosophy on life, which can be summed up in five short words. Love God, love your neighbor.

In this inspirational and entertaining book, you will learn what makes Phil Robertson tick. Robertson shares his views on faith—and how it has totally changed his way of life and how he treats others; family—how he raised his kids and is raising grandkids while teaching them the life principles he lives by; ducks—and the business principles that started the Duck Commander empire; marriage—including what he’s learned from his own marriage; and of course, his opinions on controversial topics like gun control, taxes, prayer in school, and the government.

unPHILtered: The Way I See It is the ultimate guide to everything Phil Robertson believes in. Balancing his sometimes off-the-wall comments with his strong focus on home and family life, it is sure to spark discussion, laughs, and a sincere appreciation for Phil’s unique approach to life.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Husband and Wife Duo @GraceAndTony to Hit Nashville among Fall Tour Dates

Loretto,TN-based husband-and-wife duo Grace & Tony are set to hit the road with Dom Flemons (Carolina Chocolate Drops) for a fall tour that begins in late September in Cleveland and will visit 14 cities throughout the Midwest and Northeast into October. The pair is touring in support of their latest album, November, (which was released in November of 2013), and they are also set to perform twice at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville in September. (See full tour schedule below).

Says Tony:  “We are very excited to be supporting our friend, Dom Flemons on his album launch tour. Not only is he a great guy, but a lot of fun to watch every night.”

In addition to keeping busy on the road, the pair has been filming clips for their online video series, the collaborative “Greenroom Sessions” (which launched in April 2014).  The sessions feature backstage/on the road video performances with fellow musicians of Grace & Tony songs and covers shot on an iPhone.  Partner site world premieres new clips on the 1st and 15th of every month.  Past sessions have included performances with Tony’s brother, John Paul White (formerly of The Civil Wars), Malcolm Parson (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Christian Lopez, Odane Whilby, Misty Mountain String Band, Humming House, Penny & Sparrow, Black Feathers, Fireworks Over London, and Cutthroat Shamrock.

Grace & Tony, known for playing a blend of musical styles dubbed “punkgrass” (a mix of genres including punk, folk, bluegrass, and Texas swing), have headlined the historic Crockett Theater (Lawrenceburg, TN), appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and performed twice on the “Daytrotter Sessions,” as well as performed for Balcony TV, “Jimmy Lloyd’s Songwriter Showcase,” and Knoxville’s “Blue Plate Special” programs.  In addition, three of their videos (“Let You Down,” “November,” “The Chameleon” and “Resonate”) have been in regular rotation on ZUUS Country.  They’ve also scored airplay on CMT Edge and GAC.

No Depression praised the album November, saying:  “Telling universal stories about love and loss through the perspective of larger-than-life characters gives November a literary feel. Place that in the setting of a musical genre that opens up traditional forms of musical communication to the adventurous nature of punk and even a little swing, and Grace & Tony has produced an album in November that is not only a lot of fun, but provides the music lover with musical substance that demands repeat listening.”

Recently, they’ve shared the stage with folks like the Lone Bellow, Billy Joe Shaver, Misty Mountain String Band, Jim Avett, and Carolina Chocolate Drops, as well as hitting the high seas on the Cayamo music cruise, playing alongside the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Ricky Scaggs, Bruce Hornsby, and Lyle Lovett.  They performed at the  Winnipeg Folk Festival in July 2014.

Grace & Tony Tour Schedule:
9/20 – Nashville, TN / Americana Music Festival – Musicians Corner @
            Centennial Park (opening for Over The Rhine)
9/20 – Nashville, TN / Americana Music Festival – Station Inn
9/27 – Peninsula, OH / G.A.R. Hall (w/Dom Flemons)
9/28 – Pittsburgh, PA / Club CafĂ© (w/Dom Flemons)
9/30 – Lancaster, PA / Tellus360 (w/Dom Flemons)
10/1 – Washington, DC / The Hamilton (w/Dom Flemons)
10/3 – Arden, DE / Arden Gild Hall (w/Dom Flemons)
10/5 – Providence, RI / Columbus Theater (w/Dom Flemons)
10/7 – Philadelphia, PA / Tin Angel (w/Dom Flemons)
10/8 – Hamden, CT / The Outer Space (w/Dom Flemons)
10/9 – Northampton, MA / Iron Horse (w/Dom Flemons)
10/10 – Cambridge, MA / Club Passim (w/Dom Flemons) – 2 shows
10/11 – New York, NY / SubCulture (w/Dom Flemons)
10/12 – Portland, ME / One Longfellow Square (w/Dom Flemons)
10/13 – Burlington, VT / Higher Ground (w/Dom Flemons)
10/15 – Rocky Mount, VA / Harvester Performance Center (w/Dom Flemons)
11/15 – Pinos Altos, NM / Buckhorn Opera House

Thursday, September 4, 2014

After watching "It's Time" Must Read "A Dixie Farewell: The Life and Death of Chucky Mullins"

A Dixie Farewell: The Life and Death of Chucky Mullins chronicles the lives of University Of Mississippi football Player Roy Lee "Chucky" Mullins and Vanderbilt University fullback Brad Gaines and the heartrending account of the "hit" which brought them together.

Gains and Mullins are presented as disparate forces - Mullins from a poor black family and Gaines from a middle class white background - and how their lives became meshed through the hardships that they must face.

While the story ends with the tragic death of Chucky Mullins, it is nonetheless a tale of undying courage, indelible spirit, and the determination of two very special young men.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sibling Group, @TheCainsTrio, Make Country Radio Debut With Single, “Be Yourself With Me”

Sibling group, The Cains Trio, is gearing up for the release of their debut single, titled “Be Yourself With Me.” Made up of sisters, Madison and Taylor, along with brother, Logan Cain, the three Alabama natives have been singing together since their toddler days, and are now bringing their harmonies to Country Radio.

“Be Yourself With Me” will hit Country radio on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The mid-tempo track is a tender hearted tune about allowing loved ones to take their guard down and be open and honest with one another. Filled with calming harmonies, “Be Yourself with Me” reflects on one’s ability to “breathe a sigh of relief” and “be yourself with me.”

The emerging group has already achieved success in their home state of Alabama and has garnered a solid fan base by performing shows at music venues across the state. While all three were students at Troy University, the trio entered into a video contest, eventually winning the opportunity to open for Dave Barnes at WorkPlay in Birmingham, Ala.

“Ever since we can remember, the three of us have dreamed of having a career in music and are ready to work harder than ever to make our vision happen,” said Madison Cain. “The album (Stay On Board) is an accumulation of years of writing and singing together, and we can’t wait to introduce it to our fans. We feel as if our debut single (‘Be Yourself With Me’) truly represents the trio perfectly, and we’re looking forward to sharing more of our musical labors of love with our fans and radio as we dive into this journey!”

In addition to their forthcoming single and album release, The Cains are currently honing their songwriting and recording skills by collaborating with established songwriters in both Nashville and Muscle Shoals. Besides drawing from their own DNA, their original music is inspired by a vast combination of genres from country, soul and pop to Americana, folk and contemporary Christian. Even with a wide variety of influences, they know exactly what they want in their music.

“Our hope is to brand ourselves as ‘fun music,’” says Logan. “All I know is that no matter the song or genre, we want our songs to be uplifting, joy-filled and fun.”

The 45th Annual @GMADoveAwards Announce More Performers and Presenters

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announces more presenters and performers to appear at the 45th Annual GMA Doves Awards (  Current nominees set to appear are for King & Country, 1 Girl Nation, Ellie Holcomb, Tedashii, David and Tamela Mann, Al and Lisa Robertson of Duck Dynasty and Sandi Patty. The Dove Awards will take place on Tuesday, October 7 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.; set to air on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on October 12, 2014.  For Dove updates and breaking news, please visit the Gospel Music Association’s social networks.

These top artists will join the recently announced co-hosts Bart Millard of Mercy Me and Lecrae, as well as Natalie Grant, Hezekiah Walker, Erica Campbell, Capital Kings, Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton, author Karen Kingsbury and Bill Gaither as participants on the show.  The pre show hosts include Dove nominees Jonathan McReynolds and Meredith Andrews.

In addition, nominees for Songwriter of the Year have been announced as:
Songwriter of the Year
Ben Glover
David Garcia
Chris Tomlin
Chris Stevens
Jessie Reeves

GMA Executive Director notes, “Our 45th awards season is a milestone and testament to the industry, the artists and the fans and we continue to recognize excellence in our marketplace. Our mission is to be the face of the industry enhancing the word of God through music. The GMA is celebrating 50 years of service and look forward to 50 more. With the amazing talents representing our mission through song, we are more than elated to see them receive such recognition for their work on this, Gospel and Christian Music’s Biggest Night.”
Once again, the nominee luncheon will be sponsored by the Cantinas Foundation and will be held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville. “Congratulations to all of this year’s Dove nominees.  On behalf of the Cantinas Foundation, we want to thank you and bless you for that you are doing for the kingdom.  May the Lord send you a fresh wino of His spirit as you continue and to inspire and touch other through your music,” says Wendy M. Hughes, Director, Cantinas Foundation.

The 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards will take place on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee at 6:30pm CT.  The show will air exclusively on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), America’s most watched faith channel on October 12, 2014.

Pre-Order The Midnight Special Collector's Edition: 16 hours of Live Performance from the Best Artists of the 70's

Pre-Order The Midnight Special Collector's Edition: 16 hours of Live Performance from the Best Artists of the 70's on 11 DVDs for only 4 Easy Installments of $24.99 + FREE Shipping at TimeLife! (Expected to ship the week of 09/08/14)

Saturday, August 30, 2014

3rd Annual Nashville Street Food Awards is Today

3rd Annual Nashville Street Food Awards

A free, all-ages event with more than 30 local food trucks participating in a friendly, culinary competition. A panel of judges will sample blind entries from competing trucks in a variety of street food categories throughout the day. The winners will be named at the conclusion of the event at 5 pm. Plus, craft beer, live music, farmers’ market vendors and activities for children.


Friday, August 29, 2014

How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time "Walkable City"

A Best Book of the Year according to Planetizen and the American Society of Landscape Architects

Jeff Speck has dedicated his career to determining what makes cities thrive. And he has boiled it down to one key factor: walkability.

Making downtown into a walkable, viable community is the essential fix for the typical American city; it is eminently achievable and its benefits are manifold. 

Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time—bursting with sharp observations and key insights into how urban change happens—lays out a practical, necessary, and inspiring vision for how to make American cities great again.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Should the Titans Bring Back Rob Bironas?

They say that if you have two starting quarterbacks you really have no starting quarterback. Arguably, the same holds true when it comes to kickers. Just ask Tennessee Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt, who has been watching Maikon Bonani and Travis Coons battle it out this offseason.

Is he getting close to picking one?

"Coach Ken Whisenhunt said he plans to continue letting Bonani and Coons kick this week – including Thursday's preseason finale against the Vikings at LP Field – before evaluating the position," wrote Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean.

"Whisenhunt said the competition is 'pretty close,' but he wouldn't identify a leader.

"There's also a chance the Titans could look elsewhere for a kicker."

There are a few veteran kickers on the free-agent market, including Jay Feely, Rob Bironas and Garrett Hartley. Feely has some history with Whisenhunt, having kicked for him while they were with the Arizona Cardinals.

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