Exile photo courtesy of Morris Public Relations.
R.O.P.E. International will hold a new event during this year’s CMA Music Festival. “Breakfast with the Stars” will take place June 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in Nashville at The New Nashville Nitelife, a venue formerly known as Stardust Theatre. Some of the many stars scheduled to appear are Exile, Mel Tillis, Jean Shepard, T.G. Sheppard and Jeannie Seely.
Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-12. To purchase tickets, call 615-86-9257 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased by sending a check or money order to PO Box 2048, Madison, TN., 37116.
Artists Scheduled To Attend ‘Breakfast With The Stars’
Jimmy C. Newman
George Hamilton IV
Jim Ed Brown
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Frankie Ballard photo courtesy of Warner Music Nashville.
The lineup for the 2012 CMA Music Festival’s Bud Light Stage at the Bridgestone Plaza and the new BIC Soleil Bella Beach Stage have been announced. The two concerts will provide fans with over 40 hours of concerts for free. The CMA Music Festival takes place June 7-10. “Live music is a hallmark of CMA Music Festival and we are excited to be able to add a new stage and even more performances this year,” Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer, said.
The BIC Soleil Bella Beach Stage is a new addition to this year’s CMA Music Festival with concerts and activities starting at 11:00 AM/CT each day during the Festival. The Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, is a fan favorite and a great place to catch up and coming country artists.
Artists currently scheduled to perform at the Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza include:
Thursday, June 7
11:00 AM – 11:25 AM Jeff Bates
11:45 AM – 12:10 PM Greg Bates
12:30 PM – 12:55 PM Julie Roberts
1:15 PM – 1:40 PM Tyler Farr
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM “Classic Country Show” featuring Moe Bandy, T. Graham Brown, Jane Fricke and Gene Watson, hosted by Moore & Moore
3:20 PM – 3:45 PM Trent Tomlinson
4:05 PM – 4:30 PM Miss Willie Brown
4:50 PM – 5:15 PM Cledus T. Judd
Friday, June 8
11:00 AM – 11:25 AM Eric Paslay
11:45 AM – 12:10 PM Rose Falcon
12:30 PM – 12:55 PM Katie Armiger
1:15 PM – 1:40 PM Exile
2:00 PM – 2:25 PM The McClymonts
2:45 PM – 3:10 PM Frankie Ballard
3:30 PM – 3:55 PM Big Smo
4:15 PM – 4:40 PM Drake White
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Garth Brooks photo by Mark Tucker, courtesy of Pearl Records.
Spurs, chaps, dust, cheering crowds and angry bulls. They call the thing rodeo, to quote a Garth Brooks song, and Championship Bull Riding sets the scene for this weekend’s edition of GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdown with host Nan Kelley.
Country music’s love affair with the rodeo is well-documented. Reba McEntire and Chris LeDoux both participated in the sport prior to their careers as country singers, and Chris was a particular inspiration for Garth’s very first hit, “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old).” It’s hardly the only rodeo-themed song to make the grade in country. George Strait had “Amarillo By Morning” and “I Can Still Make Cheyenne,” Moe Bandy found success with “Rodeo Romeo” and “Bandy The Rodeo Clown,” and Jake Owen played with rodeo culture for the title of his hit “Eight Second Ride.”
Carl Smith photo courtesy of Marty Martel.
Country Music Hall of Fame member Carl Smith, one of the genre’s dominant stars in the 1950s, died Saturday at his home in Franklin, Tenn., according to The Tennessean.
Carl, 82, operated his career in a much different manner than many of his peers. While most country stars continue to record and tour as long as they’re able to find a market, he rather quietly retired from the music business once his hit-making prowess cooled in the late 1970s and lived off his investments with wife Goldie Hill, who had her own recording career in the ‘50s.
When songwriter Richard Fagan performs Wednesday evening at Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Café, the evening will be wrapped in personal symbolism. An installment in the Bluebird’s annual series of benefits for Alive Hospice, this particular show is dedicated to the late Tom Oteri, a former Alive Hospice volunteer who was Richard’s publisher.
Tom’s April 2008 death, in the aftermath of a fight with Richard, forced Rich — best known for writing John Michael Montgomery’s “Be My Baby Tonight” and “Sold (The Grundy County Auction Incident)” — to confront his addiction to alcohol and his perpetual irresponsibility. Wednesday’s performance, with Rob Crosby and “Three Wooden Crosses” songwriter Doug Johnson, marks the first time Richard has performed at the venue since completing rehab, and he’ll no doubt be feeling Tom’s spirit.
Richard and Tom shared a house and had been business partners for 32 years, so when Tom died — apparently, it seemed at the time — by Richard’s hand, it shocked Nashville’s music community. Tom was being treated for a broken rib with fentanyl, an opiate that can create breathing issues. He’d gone through a long stretch of depression, and Richard — unused to seeing his associate in that state of mind — wasn’t dealing with it well. He got high April 26, 2008, on tequila and antidepressants, then got in a fight with Tom that turned physical. In the process, he slashed Tom’s wrist with a knife. They both went into immediate shock over what had happened.