Category Archives: Nashville

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Dee Jay Silver

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In today’s music, it is common to hear a remix of some of your favorite songs; even heartfelt power ballads have turned into dance hits with the help of some of music’s most talented DJs. And just when you thought DJ’ing couldn’t become anymore unique, enter Dee Jay Silver, the first DJ to be signed to a major Nashville record label. Dee Jay has played in premier venues in virtually every major market in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, but has ultimately found his home in Nashville. Whether he is touring with Jason Aldean and playing in sold out stadiums, performing on the American Country Awards, or remixing the work of some of country’s best known artists, Dee Jay is bringing his talents to the fans of country music in a myriad of ways. Dee Jay took some time out of his day of “bad television” while he recovered from the ACAs in Las Vegas to talk with me about his music, his favorite tour stop to date, and his future plans (which included getting back to Nashville stat!). 

Kelly Clarkson Films Guest Appearance on ABC’S “Nashville”

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Kelly Clarkson has sure been busy lately. Between getting married, releasing her brilliant Christmas album, Wrapped In Red, appearing at the CMA Awards and erm, getting busy (TMI Alert!), it’s amazing she has time for anything else. However, Clarkson paid a visit to music-city’s most famous residents yesterday to tape a guest spot on ABC’s hit show, Nashville.

Speaking to extra from the TV set, Clarkson revealed, “This is just me being a part of a show. I’m really a big fan. I’m playing me, so there’s not as much pressure.”

She also spoke candidly about her recent marriage and her much buzzed about appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Sarah Darling and Guy Penrod Performing ICM Awards

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In 2009, rising country music star Sarah Darling spent days at her grandfather’s hospital bedside as he battled a serious illness. A spiritual man, he comforted her greatest fear of him succumbing to the fight by sharing his thoughts on the meaning of life, and what happens when someone leaves this world. Forever moved by what she heard in those precious moments, Darling later sat down with Nashville songwriters Dave Robbens and Billy Austen and wrote the song, Knowing What I Know About Heaven, never knowing years later, internationally-known Christian recording artist and former lead singer of the Gaither Vocal Band, Guy Penrod, would make it be heard by millions around the world. In celebration of the song’ success, Darling and Penrod will perform the song together as a duet for the very first time at the 2013 Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards on October 24, 2013. Penrod is nominated in the “Entertainer” category at the awards.

Nashville Renewed For 2nd Season

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Nashville fans received exciting news this week! ABC has renewed the hit drama, and it will be back for another season.

I am a super fan of this show and watch it religiously. The cast, the writing, the music… it’s all so great. I also might be a complete fan girl for Deacon and Rayna!

If you have not checked out the show yet, you really should give it a shot especially if you’re a country music fan.

Congratulations to everyone involved with Nashville! Millions of us can’t wait to watch and hear some more stellar music.

 

Catch Sarah Darling on CNN’s “100 Places to Eat Like a Local”

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Are you planning a trip to Nashville in the near future? If so, one of the questions you are probably asking yourself is “where can I find the best Nashville food?!” Lucky for you, during a worldwide quest to uncover “100 Places To Eat Like A Local” in various cities, CNN made a stop in Nashville and asked rising country star, Sarah Darling, to reveal one of her favorite local eateries. Tune in to CNN’s “News and Views” network, HLN, to see what Sarah picked!

You can catch Sarah on “100 Places To Eat Like A Local” on HLN at the following times:

Thursday, May 2: 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 3 p.m. EDT
Saturrday, May 4: 9 a.m., 10 a.m. EDT
Sunday, May 5: 9 a.m., 10 a.m. EDT

DVR Alert: Nashville Cast on The View 3/27

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So let me do a fangirl squeal for my current favorite TV show… Nashville!

The cast of the ABC hit series will be guests on The View this morning. There will be appearances from co-stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere as well as musical performances from Charles Esten, Clare Bowen & Sam Palladio, and Jonathan Jackson.

Set your DVRs, fans! The View airs on ABC at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT.

Plus, there is an all new episode of Nashville on ABC at 10 p.m. ET./9 p.m. CT.

PS: I’m not-so-patiently waiting for Rayna & Deacon to reunite!

Kip Moore, Vince Gill & Pam Tillis appearing on Nashville

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ABC’s hit new series “Nashville” is really pumping up its country music cred. After already having country stars Chris Young and Brantley Gilbert have cameo performances on previous episodes, producers announced that Kip Moore, the legendary Vince Gill, and Pam Tillis will be part of the February 27th episode.  The episode follows the birthday of character Deacon, who is played by Charles Esten.

Kip, who is a fan of the show, shares on why he hopes fans don’t think the real Nashville isn’t as dramatic:

”I don’t think that everybody believes that’s exactly how Nashville is. Tell people to lighten up a little bit. It’s TV. You gotta put the drama in there, and you gotta do stuff entertaining for people.”

Check out the preview for “Dear Brother” below. Who do you want to see appear on the show next?

Country Music Blog Rodeo: The Year of the Country Crossover

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Over the last few years, country music has certainly expanded beyond the old stereotype of boots, big hair and ten-gallon hats. Artists like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum have huge pop hits, the Zac Brown Band & Jason Aldean sell out Madison Square Garden and the Scotty McCreerys and Tate Stevens of the world rise to fame via televised talent shows. On the flip side, Mumford & Sons get played on country radio, UK-lite-rocker Ed Sheeran tours with Taylor Swift and Kelly Clarkson performs on the CMA’s. Over the last few years, it has become commonplace for country musicians to dabble outside of their genre, and if January of 2013 is any indication, this trend is only going to continue into 2013.

Interestingly enough, I grew up claiming that I loved all music “except country.” (Seriously – I think I wrote that on my Myspace…don’t judge me, I’m from NY.) However, after being taken to see Rascal Flatts at Madison Square Garden, my perspective on the genre completely changed and I was hooked. Now I’ll listen to anything from Garth to Reba to Taylor to Jason. However, if you were to ask a purist of country music, they’d probably argue that Rascal Flatts is just a boy (err, man) band in cowboy boots, Taylor is a dubstep-loving pop act and Jason’s renegade hick-hop style bastardizes country music. Yet, on the heels of Aldean selling out a show at New York’s Madison Square Garden in mere minutes, I’d argue that the biggest development of country music in 2013 will be the pure magnitude of its reach and ability to cross over, while also openly welcoming those who dabble and stretch the ideas of what typical “country” is.

DVR Alert: Brantley Gilbert and Chris Young Head to Nashville

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ABC’s Nashville, that is. The two country music artists are slotted to make cameos on ABC’s newest smash hit musical drama as party goers at a celebratory bash thrown by fictional country music sensation, Juliette Barnes (played by Hayden Panettiere). Brantley Gilbert and Chris Young, who will appear as themselves, attend the party, which is intended to celebrate the success of Barnes’ and Rayna James’ (played by Connie Britton) duet, “Wrong Song”.

The episode featuring Brantley and Chris will air on Wednesday, January 23rd a 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

See Your Favorite Country Acts From “The Voice”

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Several alumni from NBC’s “The Voice” will be sharing the stage in Franklin, Tennessee this weekend at Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant! Scheduled to perform are the following acts:

Cherie Oakley – Season 1 (Team Christina)
Patrick Thomas – Season 1 (Team Blake)
Adley Stump – Season 2 (Team Blake)
Jordan Rager – Season 2 (Team Blake)
Nicole Johnson – Season 3 (Team Blake)
Rudy Parris  – Season 3 (Team Blake)
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Cecelia Westbrook – Season 3 (Team Christina)
Jessica Cayne – Season 3

While all the tables for the event are sold out, there is still a waiting list. If you are in the Franklin, Tennessee area, contact Puckett’s to have your name placed on the list. If you are unable to obtain entry, have no fear — the show will be streamed live online on Puckett’s website, as well as singer, Nicole Johnson’s Ustream. Make sure you tune in on Saturday night, January 12 at 8:00 p.m. CST to watch alumni from “The Voice” and friend of the site, Cherie Oakley, as they come together to bring their talents to Tennessee!