We have made it through 3 years of this thing! And on to Year 4! It’s pretty exciting, really. Four’s a good number. You got the Fantastic 4. The 4 major food groups. 4 leaf clovers. 4 seasons. 4 $250,000s in $1,000,000. 4 sides to a square. 4 Beatles. 4 strings on a violin. 4 suits in a card deck. 4 years between World Cups. 4 elements (earth, air, wind, fire). 4 directions. 4 virtues. 4 letters in the word four. I could go on. But I won’t. We’re moving in to our 4th year. We asked you what you wanted in this 4th year. You want everything! Things to do, events, restaurants, family activities, music, I could go on. But I won’t. We’re going to give you what you want: everything. 365 Days of Nashville. But you have to promise to use it. And do these things. Go to these events. Eat at these restaurants. Experience all that Music City has to offer. Deal?
Keith Urban and Vince Gill are ALL for the Hall – the Country Music HALL of Fame and Museum, that is. Each year, the musicians invite some of their musician friends to perform at a concert in Nashville to benefit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This year’s event is at the Bridgestone Arena on April 16. And this year, they’re bringing some VERY special friends. Along with Keith and Vince, Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Brantley Gilbert, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry, Willie Nelson, Kid Rock, Billy Joe Shaver, and Hank Williams, Jr. will take the stage that night. All of those stars in one night. And tickets start at just $35. That’s pretty cheap to see even ONE of these guys. Of course, you can pay a lot more than $35 if you want to get one of the super-special VIP packages. Either way – they all go on sale tomorrow morning, Friday, March 1 at 10am Central time. So, get ready.
The Boot recently sat down with Sam Palladio, “Gunnar” on “Nashville,” to talk Music City and the show. He’s from England but is now living in Nashville. And is impressed with the musical talent that permeates the city. Aren’t we all?
“The talent here is ridiculous,” says the singer-songwriter. “It does cross your mind, in terms of playing [in front of a Nashville audience].”
Yeah, you never know who’s in that audience. Quite often, some of the best musicians in the world could be sitting there listening to you play. No pressure, though!
He went on to talk about how the show really tried to keep the music portrayed in the show more like the music in the actual Nashville:
“But the music here is so diverse and we wanted to touch on that. The music could have gone one way, if we had bigwigs in L.A. making the shots.”
And maybe that’s why so many people actually like the show. Because the people that make real music in Nashville are the people that are making the music on “Nashville”.
Read the full piece at http://www.theboot.com/2013/02/21/sam-palladio-nashville/.
Grimey’s is one of the best record stores around. They actually sell records. Along with CDs and DVDs, too. They have in-store performances. They throw events every now and then out back. They even have a music venue in the basement. It’s called The Basement. Well, Grimey’s is growing. They’ve expanded and have opened Grimey’s Too, just two doors down from the original store, which will remain open. Grimey’s Too also houses Frothy Monkey, a popular coffeeshop in 12South and Franklin, and Howlin’ Books, a new independent bookstore. Grimey’s Too is all about “Tangible Musical Artyfacts,” so says their logo. So, now we have music, coffee, and books, just doors down from music, music, and music. Sounds like heaven, right? It’s not! It’s just 8th Avenue!
Every year about this time, Country Radio Seminar takes over Music City. Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention put on by Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. It’s really only fitting that it happen in Nashville, right? From their website: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Parties, seminars, speeches, workshops, networking, concerts, dinners, ceremonies, and more fill the week’s activities. This is when people meet people, when new artists are shown and discovered, and when established artists get to entertain those that play their music on the radio. The list of artists and panelists is VERY long, so I won’t go into that here. You’ll have to check out the website. There will be a LOT of country music people in town this week. More than usual. They come from all over for this event each year. Thousands of them. It’s a big deal. At the Nashville Convention Center Feb. 27-March 1.
The CMA Foundation hosts the CMA Music Festival each year. And each year at that festival, hundreds of artists perform for FREE. Absolutely true. They perform for free. And the CMA turns around and donates half of the net proceeds from the huge 4-day music festival to a program called Keep the Music Playing. Keep the Music Playing benefits music education in Nashville’s public schools. The CMA Foundation likes to help causes they think are important. Music and arts education are most definitely important causes. And from the 2012 CMA Fest, the CMA has recently donated a whopping $1.2 million to help music education programs for Nashville’s 81,000 public school students in 144 Metro Nashville Public Schools. That donation brings the grand total of CMA’s Keep the Music Playing donation support to more than $6.5 million. Pretty great if you ask me. All students should have the opportunity of a music education. I may not be a very good singer, but I bet I can remember how to play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on a recorder! And I will always have that. You know what I’m talking about. Way to go, CMA. Admirable gesture.
For the first time in a very long time, CMA Fest and Bonnaroo are on different weekends! Yay for Nashville residents! Yay for music fans that want to go to both! Bonnaroo will be held, just down the road from Nashville in Manchester, TN, June 13-16. They announced their lineup this week. It’s big. It’s Bonnaroo. Of course it’s big. Just a sampling: Paul McCartney. Mumford & Sons. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Bjork. Wu-Tang Clan. Yes, Wu-Tang Clan. The National. David Byrne & St. Vincent. ZZ Top. Yeah, that’s right: ZZ Top. Jim James, “Weird Al” Yankovic, The Gaslight Anthem, Dwight Yoakam, Sam Bush & Del McCoury, Wilco, Passion Pit, Nas, Grizzly Bear, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Divine Fits, and – wait for it – Billy Idol. Uh huh. There are many more acts than that. But I had to entice you. I think we covered every genre and every age group there, right? And it’s kind of cool how many are from Nashville, record in Nashville, and have played here recently or are playing here soon. And at Bonnaroo, you can see them all just a short drive down the interstate. But I digress.
TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY. AT 11AM. CENTRAL TIME.