Tuesday, August 25, 2015

This Friday @RaineyQualley Makes Her Debut on the @Opry Stage

Cingle Records recording artist Rainey Qualley will step on the very same stage that the subject of her new single “Me And Johnny Cash” rocked many times, when she makes her debut on the Grand Ole Opry® on Friday August 28th at the Grand Ole Opry houseRainey Qualley Makes Opry Debut. Cash actually kicked out the footlights on the hallowed stage during a performance in 1965, a move Qualley makes reference to in her incendiary new single that is currently rising up the charts.
 
The up-and-coming new artist is turning heads all over the industry with her powerhouse pipes and stunning looks, and is celebrating the recent release of her new EP, ”Turn Down the Lights” with an autograph signing in the Opry Store following her debut appearance on the legendary radio show. Qualley is sure to bring down the house with her edgy, high-octane performance during her Opry segment, in true “Man-in Black” style.

Rainey will take over the Grand Ole Opry's Instagram to share behind-the-scenes photos from her Opry debut. Follow @Opry on Instagram, plus watch for live video from backstage via the Opry and Rainey's Periscope streams.
  
Exuding passion and embracing wonder in every endeavor may well be the most defining qualities of Asheville, North Carolina’s native daughter and rapidly rising star Rainey Qualley. Moving to Nashville to pursue songwriting, Rainey quickly embraced her desire to entertain. She is now the flagship artist for the new label Cingle Records, and her debut EP, produced by Russ Zavitson and John Ramey, was released June 2, 2015. Her “Turn Me On Like the Radio” song was a “Highway Find” on SiriusXM’s The Highway, and her debut single, “Me and Johnny Cash,” is currently receiving airplay at mainstream country radio.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Nonstop Service to Begin by @OneJetAir from @Fly_Nashville to @INDairport

Nashville International Airport (BNA) announces OneJet will begin nonstop service to Indianapolis International Airport (IND). The new service will operate Monday through Thursday beginning Sept. 8.

“We are pleased to welcome OneJet to Nashville and to announce new nonstop service to IndianapolisNonstop Service to Begin by @OneJetAir from @Fly_Nashville to @INDairport,” Rob Wigington, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority president and CEO, said. “This new service will be an added benefit for our business community, as well as leisure travelers, with an opportunity for future growth in this market. Indianapolis is just one of the many new destinations recently announced in our continuing efforts to increase air service for the Nashville community and visitors.”

“The addition of Nashville as a destination city is part of OneJet’s multi-phase expansion plan to grow our network of nonstop regional travel,” Matthew Maguire, OneJet Chief Executive Officer, said. “Nashville has been one of the key destinations demanded by both Indianapolis corporate and community leadership. The introduction of Nashville provides an immediate, highly accessible nonstop travel solution for our Indianapolis bound or originating customers and we believe, in the longer term, represents a highly productive addition to our overall network.”

The flight will depart Indianapolis at 8 a.m. Eastern and arrive in Nashville at 8:15 a.m. Central. The Nashville flight will depart at 4:15 p.m. Central and arrive in Indianapolis at 6:40 p.m. Eastern.

Tickets are now available for purchase through all major corporate and online travel agencies, including BCD Travel, Carlson Wagonlit and Expedia.

BNA is currently served by 10 airlines and offers 390 daily arriving and departing flights. Nashville International provides nonstop air service to more than 50 markets.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Festival of Praise Tour with @RealFredHammond at the @NMAuditorium


Festival of Praise Tour at the Municipal Auditorium

Thursday, November 12 at 7 p.m.
at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Featuring Fred Hammond, Donnie McClurkin,
Kim Burrell, Pastor Hezekiah Walker,
Israel Houghton.

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 7 at 10 a.m.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Michael Smith Pleads Guilty to Bankruptcy Fraud

Michael Ross Smith, 44, of Brentwood, Tenn., pleaded guilty today to making a false material statement under oath in a bankruptcy case, announced David Rivera, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.

During the plea hearing, Smith acknowledged that he filed for bankruptcy and then committed bankruptcy fraud by providing false testimony, under oath, during an examination conducted by the U.S. Trustee. Smith falsely testified that he was no longer employed by a Nashville business at the time of the examination. Subsequently, the United States Trustee discovered that Smith continued to be employed by the business as the President of Sales, earning an annual base salary of $150,000.

Bankruptcy fraud carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Smith will be sentenced on August 5, 2015.

The U.S. Trustee Program is the component of the Department of Justice that protects the integrity of the bankruptcy system by overseeing case administration and litigation to enforce the Bankruptcy Code.

This investigation was conducted by the FBI with assistance from the U.S. Trustee. The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie N. Toussaint and Special Asst. U.S. Attorney Lloyd E. Mueller.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Singer-songwriter @AmyEWilcox Releases Music Video for New Summertime Single, “Summer In Slow Motion”

Singer-songwriter Amy Wilcox has released a new music video for her single, “Summer In Slow Motion.” Produced by Dusty Barker and directed by Justin Clough .



Written by Wilcox, Lisa Goe and Jordan Schmidt, and produced by Schmidt, “Summer In Slow Motion” is an upbeat party anthem about enjoying the long days of summer with friends.

Of the new single, Wilcox commented, “Lisa, Jordan and I were all talking about how excited we were that summer was finally coming and how every year, we always say, ‘I’m really gonna make this one count,’ and then it just flies by. The idea behind ‘Summer In Slow Motion’ is that you have to do everything you can to make every second count. Do the things you truly want to do and have fun. Just remember to slow down, appreciate what you have and make every moment worth it.”

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Arlington, Va., Wilcox first moved to Music City to play Division 1 soccer at Vanderbilt University. While majoring in history and economics with a minor in communications, she topped the SEC Academic Honor Roll and was a leader in shots-on-goal percentage for the Vanderbilt Commodores.After graduating from Vanderbilt, Wilcox took to the road to pursue music full time and began playing at bars and honky-tonks all over the U.S.

Wilcox was also a featured cast member on A&E’s “Crazy Hearts: Nashville.” The show documented the lives of up-and-coming Nashville artists and Wilcox is featured on two tracks from the Original Soundtrack, now releasing her highly anticipated single since coming off the show.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Bounty Hunter Kills Country Singer Randy Howard

Country singer Randy Howard was killed Tuesday in a gunfight with a bounty hunter who was trying to detain him, according to authorities.

The 65-year-old singer, who performed alongside Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings and cracked the country singles chart in 1988 with his take on Johnny Cash’s "Ring of Fire," was reportedly at his home in Lynchburg, Tenn. on Tuesday night when a bounty hunter arrived and attempted to detain Howard for missing a court appearance.

The two men opened fire and Howard was killed.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine told Billboard that the bounty hunter was trying to take Howard into custody on a warrant charging him with fourth-offense DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and driving on a revoked license.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Willie Nelson - It's a Long Story: My Life

The definitive autobiography of Willie Nelson

"Unvarnished. Funny. Leaving no stone unturned."

. . . So say the publishers about this book, "It's a Long Story: My Life", I've written.

What I say is that this is the story of my lifeWillie Nelson - It's a Long Story: My Life, told as clear as a Texas sky and in the same rhythm that I lived it.

It's a story of restlessness and the purity of the moment and living right. Of my childhood in Abbott, Texas, to the Pacific Northwest, from Nashville to Hawaii and all the way back again. Of selling vacuum cleaners and encyclopedias while hosting radio shows and writing song after song, hoping to strike gold.

It's a story of true love, wild times, best friends, and barrooms, with a musical sound track ripping right through it.

My life gets lived on the road, at home, and on the road again, tried and true, and I've written it all down from my heart to yours.

Signed,
Willie Nelson

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williams

Hank Williams, the quintessential country music singer and songwriter, died alone in the backseat of his Cadillac on New Year’s Day, 1953. He died much as he had lived: drunk, forlorn, suffering from a birth defect, wondering when the bubble would burst. Having sprouted out of nowhere, like a weed in the wilds of south Alabama, he was gone at the age of twenty-nine.

Now, with Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williams, his definitive biography of the man and his music, Paul Hemphill takes the reader on a journey through Hank Williams’s life and times: his dirt-poor beginnings as a sickly child, learning music from a black street singer, refining it in raucous rural honky-tonks during the Depression, emerging as a star of the Grand Ole Opry. Uneducated, virtually fatherless, an alcoholic in his teens, unlucky at love, Hank mined his experiences to write songs that will live forever.

Hemphill, author of The Nashville Sound and the son of a long-distance trucker from Alabama, brings his background to bear on a story that often reads like fiction. He has unearthed many fresh details in Williams’s life, but most importantly, he has explained that life and given it the lively telling it deserves.

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