THE RAISING OF THE LARGEST TOURING TENT IN THE WORLD MARKS THE OFFICIAL ARRIVAL OF THE SHOW AHEAD OF THE AUGUST 30 OPENING NIGHT
NASHVILLE, TN – (Tuesday, August 1, 2017) #OdysseoTN – The most impressive and immense big top on the planet – part of the largest touring production ever created - has been raised in Nashville (near Opryland by Briley Parkway at exit 12),in preparation for the much-anticipated Tennessee debut of Odysseo, an exceptional theatrical adventure by Cavalia. Imagined by Normand Latourelle - one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil - the $30 million extravaganza that expands the definition of performance into an epic, yet soulful theatrical experience will open under the gigantic White Big Top August 30, with matinee and evening shows scheduled through September 10. Yesterday, at the show's site, Claudia Huskey(Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Nashville), Robert Swope (District 4 Council Member) and John Adams (Gaylord Opryland VP & Market General Manager)joined Normand Latourelle (Cavalia Founder and Artistic Director) for brief remarks about the excitement of bringing such a unique production to Music City. Huskey, Swope, Adams, and Latourelle, alongside District 15 Council Member Jerry Syracuse, cut the symbolic ribbon heralding the official arrival of the production in Nashville.
While the White Big Top rose to the sky, guests and members of the press toured the impressive site that will soon host the epic experience Odysseo by Cavalia - a breathtaking production featuring more than 100 horses, riders, acrobats, dancers, aerialists and musicians. Standing 125 feet tall and covering a surface area of 58,397 square feet - the size of a football field - Odysseo’s exceptional White Big Top is a mix of art, technology and advanced engineering. In order to break through the limitations of standard big top tents, allow for more flexibility in the performance area, and to give the horses the space they need to express themselves in all their beauty, Normand Latourelle partnered with specialized companies in Europe and Canada to create the high-tech structure. By removing the usual supporting masts from the stage and shifting the weight of the structure from the masts to three arches above the tent, this specially designed White Big Top is the best environment for the horses and acrobats to perform breathtaking numbers and for the creative team to design immense staging.
This unprecedented ‘traveling theatre’ is also composed of several exceptional features including its grandiose stage – larger than The Predators ice rink – that enables large-scale, cutting-edge creative performances. Faced by bleachers with 2,074 seats, just like an auditorium setting, the 17,500-square-foot stage requires 10,000 tons of stone, earth and sand to create so that it offers nature on stage, a vast space of freedom where more than 100 two and four-legged stars can display their intimate collaboration.
The multi-dimensional and magical world of Odysseo is conjured through images of the most beautiful landscapes from around the world, projected onto an 8,400-square-foot screen, a feast for the eyes with staggering effects created by state-of-the-art scenery. Odysseo’s technical grid, worthy of the largest permanent installations in Las Vegas, New York or London, can support 80 tons of equipment for the stage needs of the show, including a majestic life-sized merry-go-round.
During the breathtaking finale, a vertiginous virtual waterfall overhangs a lake made possible by an underground drain system that releases 40,000 gallons of recycled water onto the stage, in which horses, riders and artists join to frolic, leaving behind them the traces of their splashes—and an astonished audience.
The White Big Top is just one part of a larger ensemble; the Odysseo village will take shape over the next few weeks and consists of five tents: the White Big Top, the stable tent, the Rendez-Vous VIP tent, the warm-up & artistic tent, and the kitchen tent serving the 200 permanent employees. In total, 110 semi-trailer trucks will be required to transport the world’s largest touring production to Nashville.
Odysseo is a veritable revolution in live entertainment that marries the equestrian arts, stage performances, and high-tech theatrical effects in never-before-seen ways.
TICKETS – BUY NOW AND ENJOY “PRESALE” PRICES – Up to 15% discount is applied automatically for online and phone transactions for purchases made through August 29, 2017. The presale ticket prices range from $39.50 to $109.50 + applicable fees. For a memorable outing, the Rendez-Vous package offers the best seats in the house, a full meal buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit to the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The presale Rendez-Vous package prices range from $144.50 to $224.50 + applicable fees. Special pricing and packages are also available for groups of 12 spectators and more. Tickets for Odysseo are available at www.cavalia.com/nashville or by calling 1-866-999-8111.
MUSIC CHOICE AND THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION CONTINUE PARTNERSHIP FOR THE FOURTH YEAR Program Kicks Off July 31st with “CMA Fest™” Content Available Across All Music Choice Properties
NASHVILLE – Music Choice extends its strategic partnership for the fourth year with The Country Music Association for 2017. The promotion kicks off July 31st with CMA Music Festival content across all Music Choice properties including Music Choice On Demand, Music Channels, the Music Choice App and digital properties. As part of the collaboration, Music Choice will continue to feature CMA content through 2017 for marquee events including “The 51st Annual CMA Awards” and “CMA Country Christmas.” “CMA Fest” airs August 16th (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
Starting today, Music Choice On Demand will highlight interviews, music videos and playlists from “CMA Fest” hosts Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini, plus many more artists appearing on The Music Event of Summer. (Directional: MC Music Choice > Country Hits)
“CMA Fest” artist facts and images will appear across Music Choice’s Today’s Country, Pop & Country, and Country Hits Music Channels. “CMA Fest” programming will also take over the Today’s Country Video Channel (available via the app or MusicChoice.com) featuring music videos and original content from “CMA Fest” artists.
Get Music Choice on all your devices, and find out more at app.musicchoice.com.
About CMA Music Festival: The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville's Municipal Auditorium. Now 46 years later, the legendary Festival has become the city's signature music event hosting tens of thousands of fans from every state and two dozen foreign countries. The 2017 CMA Music Festival featured 11 stages with more than 300 acts and 100 hours of music, all to benefit music education. CMA Music Festival was filmed for a national television special that airs on the ABC Television Network. This is the 14th consecutive year the event will be broadcast on national television, a feat no other music festival has achieved. "CMA Fest" is executive-produced by Robert Deaton and co-hosted by Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini.
Nashville, Tenn. – Atlantic Records/Warner Brothers recording artist, Michael Ray, has been chosen as NRA Country’s Featured Artist for August. Read an exclusive Q&A with Michael Ray about the great outdoors at NRACountry.com.
The Florida native hit the top of the charts with his debut single “Kiss You In The Morning,” as did his single, “Think A Little Less.” His self-titled debut album reached the top ten on the Country Albums chart, and he is poised to become one of the top stars in the format.
“I was practically raised and learned my most valuable life lessons either on an air boat or in the woods with my father, grandfather, friends and family. Those times made me the man I am today, and I cherish the times I can get back out there in nature now as an adult,” said Michael Ray.
As an NRA Country Featured Artist, Michael Ray joins some of country music’s biggest acts including Hank Williams Jr., Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice, Justin Moore, Gretchen Wilson, Aaron Lewis, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Aaron Watson, Granger Smith and many more, in teaming up to celebrate their support of our brave men and women in uniform, appreciation for the great outdoors, and love of family.
Listen for Ray’s current single “Get to You,” rapidly gaining popularity on radio now. For a more information and a complete list of tour dates, visit www.michaelraymusic.com.
Get NRA Country connected at www.NRACountry.com.
BURBANK, Calif. – Kick up your boots and get ready to sing your heart out as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and WWE® Studios bring you a touching, tune-filled All-American tale of family in Pure Country: Pure Heart today, August 1. Featuring country music icon Willie Nelson, Tony Award nominee Laura Bell Bundy, WWE Legend Shawn Michaels in a feature-length film filled with both new and popular songs, Pure Country: Pure Heart is priced to own on DVD ($18.94 SRP), Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and Digital ($19.99 SRP). The DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack are available exclusively at Walmart.
Directed by Damon Santostefano (Another Cinderella Story, Three To Tango) from a script by New York Times best-selling author Holly Goldberg Sloan (Angels in the Outfield, Made in America), Pure Country: Pure Heart is the newest installment of the adored Pure Country franchise and also stars Kaitlyn Bausch (One Life To Live), Cozi Zuehlsdorff (Dolphin Tale, Dolphin Tale 2), Amanda Detmer (Final Destination), Dara Sisterhen (Dog with a Blog, Switched At Birth), Mathew Barnes (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), Myra Turley (Flags of Our Fathers), famed singer-songwriter Ivan Neville, and Ronny Cox (Deliverance, Total Recall, Robocop). Pure Country: Pure Heart is produced by Hunt Lowry (Pure Country 2: The Gift, A Time to Kill, A Walk to Remember) and executive produced by President of WWE Studios, Michael Luisi (Fighting with My Family, Oculus, The Call).
The DVD, Blu-ray and Digital release of Pure Country: Pure Heartwill include the all-new original movie, as well as exciting enhanced content featuring a music video with Willie Nelson, interviews with the cast, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more.
Pure Country: Pure Heart is the moving, music-driven tale of teenage sisters Ada and Piper. Upon discovering a letter about their late father, a Marine who died in Iraq, they leave rural Tennessee and hit the road secretly in search of the truth about the man they never knew. As they uncover his past as a budding country music star, the sisters find their own voice, beginning their journey as singers/songwriters.
Pure Country: Pure Heart is rated 'family-approved' by The Dove Foundation. The Dove Family Approved Seal is awarded to movies, DVDs, made for TV movies and specials, books and other entertainment products that portray and encourage positive values.
Filmed on location in the heart of country music’s capitals New Orleans and Nashville, Pure Country: Pure Heart boasts 23 songs, curated by music supervisors Frankie Pine (Nashville, Mozart in the Jungle) and Mandi Collier (Nashville, Secrets and Lies), including 16 new songs making their debut in the film. Among the featured songs is Willie Nelson’s beloved “We Don’t Run,” Laura Bell Bundy’s all-new “Grass Ain’t Greener,” the Ronny Cox penned-and-performed “Silver City,” and a bevy of songs from award-winning country-music songwriters – including Trent Dabbs & Jabe Beyer, Jon Kenzie, Maren Morris and Dallas Davidson & Natalia Starzuynski. The songs are performed in the film by Bausch, Zuehlsdorff, Barnes, Bundy, Cox and Nelson. WaterTower Music will release the Pure Country: Pure Heartsoundtrack on July 28th.
“Pure Country is a wonderful, heartwarming franchise with proven success,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. Pure Country: Pure Heart pulls you in with its music and engaging story about love, loss, and dreams.”
This is the third film in the Pure Country series. Other titles include Pure Country and Pure Country 2: The Gift.
Music Video: “We Don’t Run”
Pure Country: You’ve Got to Have Heart
Me Oh My-Meemaw’s PecanPie!
Street Date: August 1, 2017
Total Run Time: Feature Approx. 80 minutes //Bonus Features: 14 minutes
DVD Pricing: $18.94 SRP
BD Pricing: 24.98 SRP
BILLY CURRINGTON SCORES 12th CAREER #1 SINGLE WITH “DO I MAKE YOU WANNA” ON BILLBOARD’S COUNTRY AIRPLAY CHART
(Nashville, TN – TBD) – Country music mainstay, Billy Currington, has reached the #1 spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart with his latest singe, “Do I Make You Wanna,” off his sixth studio album, Summer Forever (Mercury Records Nashville). The single marks Currington’s 12th career #1 and third song from Summer Forever to top the charts following his hit “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To.”
“Do I Make You Wanna” was produced by Dann Huff and written by Ashley Gorley, Zach Crowell, Matt Jenkins, and Jerry Flowers.
“This album, Summer Forever, is the album that keeps on giving.” states Billy. “Having the song ‘Do I Make You Wanna’ become my 12th No. 1 hit is beyond gratifying and so rewarding. I want to thank my team, my label, my co-writers, country radio and most of all you, my fans! This could have never happened without the fans, so a deep felt thank you to all of you,” elaborates Billy.
Currington is currently on the road for his headlining “Stay Up Til The Sun” tour through August.
Today we have something so fun to share with you! We are brining you an interview with NashNext competitor Liv! Liv has an amazing voice so we wanted to get to know her as well as hear why she chose her song "That Bronco" as her entry song! Get to know Liv!
NashNews: Tell us about yourself, who are you? How did you get into music? For those who might not know about your music, how would you describe your sound?
Liv: I first got into music when I was really young. I had my first ever “solo” singing “Under The Sea” in my kindergarten graduation and ever since then I got hooked on performing. I’m born and raised right outside Boston, MA so growing up I wasn’t raised on country music. Rock and 90s pop was more my jam. I discovered my love of country music in middle school and since then I’ve sort of developed my own country sound.
NN: You are currently competing in the NashNext competition. Tell us about the song you chose, “That Bronco”. Why did you chose this one? What did you hope is shared about you as an artist?
Liv: I chose “That Bronco” because out of all the songs off my new EP “Something Wild” it’s the most personal and tells the most about me as an artist. I wrote it 100% (meaning no cowriters) and it’s based off my Bronco I drove in high school (named Bruce!) Country music about trucks isn’t a new concept but I think having it be from a female’s perspective gives the topic a fresh take.
NN: What is the best piece of advice you have been given about the music industry?
Liv: You have to have thick skin. This industry has a way of one day making you feel amazing, then the next day doubting absolutely everything about yourself. They don’t call Nashville a “7 year town” for nothing. There are thousands of people trying to accomplish the exact same dream as you every day, so you have to have an undeniable brand and sound as an artist.
NN: You graduated from Belmont with a songwriting major, when you sit down to write what do you do? What are your processes or habits for songwriting?
Liv: Most of my songs start with a hook that I came up with completely out of the blue while doing something completely unrelated to music. Lyrics definitely come to me first before melody. Any songwriter will tell you that our “Notes” apps on our phones are FILLED with lyric ideas that we come up with while out and about and can’t get to a guitar or something. My priority when writing is to create something that hasn’t been written before. I know for me, I listen to songs sometimes that I didn’t write and think “wow, that’s insanely creative and well written” and I want my own music to give people that same reaction.
NN: What is one song you wish you would have written? Why?
Liv: “Peter Pan” by Kelsea Ballerini, written by Ballerini, Forest Glen Whitehead and Jesse Lee. I first heard it a few years ago before it was released and I thought, “that’s going to be a hit.” I’m a big fan of the writers on the track and lyrically, it’s just so damn well written. It deserves every bit of success it’s gotten.
NN: What is something fans might not know about you?
Liv: If you follow me on social media this might not be breaking news, but I’m a huge fan of sports and fitness. If I weren’t in music, I’d be working as a personal trainer or a sports broadcaster. Being from New England, I was surrounded by sports growing up and they’ve become a huge part of my life. Go Pats!
NN: Name 3 songs you’re listening to right now?
1. HUMBLE. – Kendrick Lamar
2. A Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega – Ashley McBryde
3. Happier – Ed Sheeran
(I realize how different these selections are, my music taste varies a lot!)
NN: Who would be your dream collaboration?
Liv: For country, I’d say Carrie Underwood. She’s the reason I wanted to pursue country music in the first place. I watched her every night on American Idol and voted for her! But in any genre, I’d say Kendrick Lamar. I’d love to sing the hook on one of his songs. He’s so talented and his lyrics are genius.
NN: Anything else you want me to share with my readers? How can they help you?
Liv: Just keep supporting country music, especially women in country music. Call into your radio stations and request female songs, there’s not enough being played. And if you like a song you hear on the radio, buy it as opposed to streaming it. Artists and writers make next to nothing off streaming sites.
Keep following my journey as an artist on social media and let me know what you want to see/hear next from me! If you have a question/comment, feel free to message me. I keep it very real. I just want to be a country artist that people can relate to and will say, “She’s the type of chick I wanna have a beer with.” I have a lot in store for the future and I’m excited to reveal new things soon. Thanks to everyone who has supported me so far!
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – July 28, 2017 - Much like music, “love has a way of outliving everything,” and multi-platinum selling BBR Music Group/ Red Bow Records artist JOE NICHOLS has a lifelong way of delivering that traditional country sound, as displayed on his new album NEVER GETS OLD, out today. Download and stream the album HERE.
Written by Steve Moakler and Connie Harrington, the lead single and title track “Never Gets Old,” for which the album takes its name, offers a sweet, nostalgic melody delivered by Nichols’ traditional baritone. The lyric video for the title track exclusively premieres today via One Country, sharing the catchy tune with their more than 6.45 million Facebook fans - watch HERE.
“By mixing contemporary themes with traditional sounds, Joe Nichols stays true to his roots…throughout Never Gets Old, Nichols proves why he has stayed a prominent name in country music for so long. His desire to stay relevant while staying true to his traditional country identity makes for a perfect contemporary blend of country sounds.” ~ Sounds Like Nashville
“This guy endures as one of the greatest singers in contemporary country music.” ~ Music Row
“Joe brings his flawless voice to this straight forward love song and the rest of the album.” ~ One Country
Drawing from Country tradition in its truest form, the album reflects a timeless sound and features songwriter heavyweights Chris Stapleton, Zach Crowell, and Shane Minor. Standout tracks include the soaring tribute to the human experience of “We All Carry Something” to the traditional steel-laden sing along “I’d Sing About You” while “Diamonds Make Babies” adds a dose of light-hearted mischief.
Joe Nichols – Never Gets Old - Track Listing:
1. “Diamonds Make Babies” (Chris Stapleton, Jim Beavers, Lee Miller)
2. “Girl In The Song” (Lynn Hutton, Neal Coty)
3. “We All Carry Something” (Westin Davis, Justin Weaver)
4. “I’d Sing About You” (Chris Janson, Preston Brust, Chris Lucas)
5. “Breathless” (Zach Crowell, Matt Jenkins, Jon Nite)
6. “Tall Boys” (Monty Criswell, Shane Minor, Tom Shapiro)
7. “Hostage” (Brett Tyler, Aaron Eshuis, Ryan Lafferty)
8. “Never Gets Old” (Steve Moakler, Connie Harrington)
9. “Billy Graham’s Bible” (Chris Dubois, Jimmy Melton, Neal Coty)
10. “So You’re Saying” (Ross Copperman, Chris Tompkins, Josh Kear)
11. “This Side of the River” (Clint Daniels, Justin Lantz, Jeremy Crady)
12. "Baby Got Back" feat. Darren Knight aka “Southern Momma” (Anthony Ray)
Fans of Nichols’ live show will recognize his throwback country interpretation of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back,” featuring comedian Darren Knight. Nichols has been performing this classic-twist in concert thanks to fan demand, and this is its first time on a recorded project. Watch Joe give a tongue-in-cheek reading of the song’s iconic chorus HERE.
This summer, Nichols brings the nationwide NEVER GETS OLD Tour to festivals and legendary clubs such as Cotton Eyed Joe in Knoxville, Tenn. (Aug. 5) and Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, Texas (Aug. 26). For a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit https://joenichols.com/events.
JOE NICHOLS TOUR DATES:
7/28 – Guthrie Center, IA – Guthrie’s River Ruckus
7/29 – Wayne, NE – Wayne County Fair*
8/3 – Little Valley, NY – Cattaraugus County Fairgrounds*
8/4 – Hamilton, OH – Big Buls Roadhouse*
8/5 – Knoxville, TN – Cotton Eyed Joe*
8/12 – Little Current, ON, Canada– Manitoulin Country Fest*
8/19 – Calgary, AB, Canada – Country Thunder Calgary
8/26 – Fort Worth, TX – Billy Bob’s Texas*
9/9 – Pomona, CA – Los Angeles County Fairgrounds
9/14 – Columbus, OH – The Bluestone*
9/16 – Dubuque, IA – Diamond Jo Casino’s Mississippi Moon Bar*
10/1 – Atlantic City, NJ – Garden State Country Music & Food Truck Festival at Bader Field
11/18 – Harrington, DE – Harrington Casino Exhibit Hall*
* Denotes headlining date
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 28, 2017) – Logan Mize is an artist on the ascent with the numbers to back it up. His 12-track album — produced by Dan Agee— Come Back Road is out today and has already yielded a single demonstrating the power of his songwriting and voice. The full-length Big Yellow Dog Music release can be purchased HERE.
The debut single from the “driving” (Rolling Stone) Come Back Road, “Ain’t Always Pretty,” was pushed out early this year and has already exceeded 22 million streams on Spotify and has been selected for inclusion on popular playlists on both Spotify and Apple Music. With early support from The Bobby Bones Show, “Ain’t Always Pretty” has quickly become the most popular single ever released by Mize. He continues to prove that he is one of the hottest independent artists to watch in country music with cutting-edge success, strong fan feedback and glowing reviews.
“‘Come Back Road,’ written by Josh Kear, Ross Copperman and Rodney Clawson, benefits from symmetry in the production – a fingerpicked acoustic guitar and Mize's serrated edge vocals give way to a contemporary, thunderous drum loop before returning to the acoustic strums.” - Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone Country.
Exclusive premieres were released by Rolling Stone, Taste of Country, The Boot, Lovin’ Lyrics and The Shotgun Seat; all eager to be the first to share the music with their followers.
"I'm really blown away by the early response to this album. It's tough to drum up this kind of noise about a release without a major label and country radio airplay,” said Mize, adding, “I think the combined support of Spotify and Apple Music along with a decade of playing small town bars across the country has put us in a really great spot. Seeing these songs connect with country music fans in such a big way is a tremendous feeling.”
Come Back Road Track Listing:
1. Somebody To Thank (Josh Kear / David Frasier / Ed Hill)
2. Life’s a Party (Josh Kear/ Mark Irwin / Chris Tompkins)
3. Cool Girl (Logan Mize / Daniel Tashian)
4. Come Back Road (Josh Kear / Rodney Clawson / Ross Copperman)
5. Better Off Gone (Abe Stoklasa / Donovan Woods)
6. All This Night Needs (Daniel Tashian / Matraca Berg / Dave Berg)
7. Ain’t Always Pretty (Brett Warren/ Brad Warren / Chris Stevens / Lance Miller)
8. Drinkin’ Buddies (Chris Gelbuda / Kylie Sackley)
9. Bands Make Her Dance (Logan Mize / Rodney Clawson / Luke Dick)
10. Catch a Fish (Mize / Brett Warren/ Brad Warren / Lance Miller)
11. All Time (Luke Dick / Shane McAnally/ Josh Osborne)
12. Big City (Daniel Tashian / Troy Verges)
Logan Mize 2017 Tour Dates:
July 28 - El Dorado, KS - El Dorado Lake
July 29 - Concordia, KS - Cloud County Fair
Aug. 12 - Rossville, KS - Rossville Community Park
Sept. 2 - DuQuoin, IL - DuQuoin State Fairgrounds
Sept. 9 - Thomson, IL - Rebels On The Run Country Music Fest
Sept. 15 - Lincoln, NE - Box Awesome’s Bourbon Theatre
Sept. 20 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
Sept. 29 - Manhattan, KS - The Hat
Sept. 30 - Hays, KS - The Fox Pavilion
More dates coming soon…
“CMT HOT 20 COUNTDOWN” TO WORLD PREMIERE SARA EVANS’ “MARQUEE SIGN” MUSIC VIDEOCLIP. Set To Debut July 29
Nashville, Tenn. – July 27, 2017 – Tune in to “CMT Hot 20 Countdown” this weekend as the weekly music and entertainment show premieres Sara Evans’ “Marquee Sign” music video. The beautifully haunting clip, shot in a picturesque town square about an hour outside of Nashville, will debut during CMT’s “Hot 20” on Saturday, July 29 at 9:00am ET with a repeat airing Sunday, July 30 at 9:00am ET. The video reunites Evans with longtime director and visionary, Peter Zavadil, who is responsible for previous iconic videos with the multi-platinum artist including “Born To Fly,” which took home the 2001 CMA Music Video of the Year trophy, “A Little Bit Stronger,” and many more!
In addition to the music video, literally clever in concept playing off of the “warning” lyrics of the track, fans will go behind the scenes with exclusive interviews with Evans and the director straight from the set!
“Marquee Sign” is the lead track from Evans’ critically acclaimed new album, Words. “Artistic freedom has never sounded so good,” as declared by the Associated Press, the project released July 21 and quickly hit #1 on the iTunes Country chart within hours.
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Country Music Fans Fill Canada Square Park in London, England for 2017 Nashville Meets London Music Festival
(Nashville, Tenn. – July 27, 2017) London’s largest free Country Music Festival, Nashville Meets London, took place this past weekend, July 22-23, in Canada Square Park and drew thousands of festival goers to the Canary Wharf estate. This year’s talent lineup featured US-based acts Russell Dickerson, Lucie Silvas, Ashley Campbell, Sam Outlaw, Angaleena Presley, and Jo Smith, alongside UK-based acts Flats & Sharps, Wildwood Kin, Kevin McGuire, and Raintown.
Nashville Meets London is on its way to becoming a firm fixture in London’s music calendar. Each year, the event features established and exciting new talent from the heart of country music, Nashville, Tennessee and the UK, and continues to grow in attendance.
Nashville Meets London co-producer and AristoMedia’s President of Marketing and International Relations, Matt Watkins commented, “The UK Country scene is alive. It’s obvious that fans are willing to do what it takes to hear the music in London, including standing in the pouring rain ALL day on Saturday. It's a great feeling to have a platform that introduces Nashville's emerging talent into the marketplace to perform alongside UK talent, providing an opportunity that helps increase the artist’s fan base there.”
Emmy award-winning television host and radio personality, Kelly Sutton served as a Nashville correspondent for the two-day event. Sutton provided coverage daily on NBC’s Today in Nashville and southern lifestyle website, One Country. Sutton captured performance clips and interviews with with established and Nashville and UK artists. She will also provide post-event coverage on the Country Roads channel for TuneIn Radio. TuneIn Radio currently has an audience of over 60 million subscribers. See clips from Sutton's festival coverage here: day 1 and day 2.
Sutton adds, “I’m so excited to have been a part of this event! Not only did we get to showcase incredible acts from Nashville and the UK, but also got to do it in beautiful Canary Wharf! It’s clear the fans are starving for Country music, and opportunities are building there for artists. This was my first trip to England and I already feel as if I’ve made so many friends there.”
Nashville Meets London is part of Canary Wharf’s Arts + Events programme which offers tenants and visitors over 200 diverse and culturally inspired events. From outdoor theatre, live concerts, sporting events, fashion shows, dance performances, global street food and family friendly shows, the majority of these events are free for the public. Canary Wharf is located in the former London Docklands. For the past ten years, Canary Wharf has hosted the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, which is the largest free jazz festival in the UK.
Nashville Meets London is co-produced by Canary Wharf Arts + Events, Peter Conway Management and Nashville-based agency, The AristoMedia Group. Baylen Leonard, BBC Radio 2 Country/Chris Country DJ, is the artistic program consultant. The event was sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD).
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