Monthly Archives: October 2011

Paisley, Gill, Urban to honor Glen Campbell at CMA Awards.

Glen Campbell at the Ryman Dec. 5Reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley and former CMA Entertainers of the Year Vince Gill and Keith Urban will pay tribute to Country Music Hall of Fame member and former CMA Entertainer of the Year Glen Campbell during “The 45th Annual CMA Awards.” The three guitar virtuosos’ performance saluting the legendary singer/musician will be a highlight of “Country Music’s Biggest Night™.”

“The 45th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Thompson Square, Keith Urban, Chris Young, and Zac Brown Band, plus Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter singing their hit collaboration “You and Tequila;” Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield singing their current hit duet “Easy;” Lionel Richie performing a medley of hits with Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, and Darius Rucker; and co-hosts Paisley and Underwood in their first live televised-performance of their No. 1 song “Remind Me.”

Campbell was named both CMA Entertainer and Male Vocalist of the Year in 1968, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. The legendary performer has sold more than 45 million albums and recorded such classic hits as “Wichita Lineman,” “Gentle On My Mind,” “Galveston,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Southern Nights,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” As a musician, Campbell was part of the much-heralded Wrecking Crew that performed on a variety of artists’ albums. His guitar prowess is featured on the Beach Boys’ seminal album Pet Sounds and on Frank Sinatra’s megahit “Strangers in the Night,” among others. He acted alongside John Wayne in the movie “True Grit,” and hosted “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour” on television from 1968-1972. Earlier this year, Campbell announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He is in the midst of his successful Goodbye Tour after releasing his final album, the critically-acclaimed Ghost on the Canvas.

Campbell is scheduled to play the Ryman on Nov. 30 and Dec. 5. Tickets for the first show are sold out, but a few tickets remain for the Dec. 5 date and are available here.


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Seniors Realize their Dreams on Ryman Stage at Silver Stars Finale.

Talented competitors vie for $5,000 prize, performing for audience and celebrity judges Bonnie Bramlett, Billy Burnett and Mel Tillis at free-to-public event

Ten Silver Stars™ will take the stage to compete for thousands of dollars in prize money before a live audience when HealthSpring presents the Silver Stars™ talent competition finals, Sunday, Oct. 23 from 4 – 6 p.m. at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The show is open to the public with complimentary admission.

HealthSpring’s Silver Stars™, now in its fourth year, features a roster of impressive 60-plus singers and musicians who will perform before a live audience and celebrity judging panel for the chance to be crowned HealthSpring’s 2011 Silver Star. Music industry icons Bonnie Bramlett, Billy Burnett of Fleetwood Mac and Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis will serve as judges to determine the first-, second- and third-place winners, who will receive a total of $7,500 in prize money.

“The show will be fantastic, with something for everyone,” HealthSpring of Tennessee President Greg Allen said. “We are honored to host this unique event for the senior community. Every year we are so impressed with the level of talent we see in the Silver Stars finalists and this year is no exception. It’s going to be great family fun, and as always, a tough competition for the top prize!”

Event host and producer Billy Block said, “The show will feature a variety of entertainment, from country and gospel music to jazz and Latin vocals and more. Come early to what is sure to be a great show. The first one thousand attendees will receive a free Silver Stars CD, featuring performances from finalists.”

The finalists were chosen by local celebrity judges during weekend auditions in Nashville and, for the first time, Memphis. Over 200 talented contestants competed for the chance to perform in the spotlight of the Ryman Auditorium. The 2011 Silver Stars™ finalists are:

Nashville Finalists

David Balph
Boomer Castleman
Richard Fagan
Diane Hill
Marilon Larson
Alicia Lundquist
Lawrence Thomison
Memphis Finalists
The Masqueraders
The Memphis Reed Riders
Ruby Wilson

The 2011 Silver Stars™ competition is co-sponsored by Harvest Construction, Healthways Silver Sneakers, Human Arc, Solid Gospel 105 FM, Southeast Venture and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Silver Stars™, presented by HealthSpring, is a Nashville talent competition for active adults 60 and older. HealthSpring established Silver Stars™ in 2008 to reach the pool of untapped talent ignored by shows like American Idol™ and Nashville Star™, which exclusively focus on young contestants. HealthSpring, a Medicare Advantage plan dedicated to helping older Americans get more from Medicare and more from life, designed the Silver Stars™ competition to give local seniors the chance to share their talent from the stage in Music City.

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Aretha Franklin, October 19 Setlist

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Event Announcement: Christmas 4 Kids

Top country artists Colt Ford and Joe Nichols have just been annouced as the latest additions to the line-up for the 10th Anniversary of the Charlie Daniels Band & Friends Concert to benefit Christmas 4 Kids (a division of Christmas For Kids, Inc.). The show will take place at the famed Ryman Auditorium on Monday, Nov. 21. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 21 and will be available by clicking here. They will be joining previously announced artists Phil Vassar and Sawyer Brown to round out the line-up for this special event. The Charlie Daniels Band will also take the stage throughout the night, as Daniels will play host for entire evening.

Christmas 4 Kids is a not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for over 25 years providing many children, each year, with their very own shopping spree. The funds generated by the concert, and the Tour Bus Show/Artist Meet and Greet event, are used to give over 400 children from 29 different schools, a day-long shopping excursion. The special day consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard an entertainer’s luxury tour bus, lunch, and a party hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus at College Heights Baptist Church. To wrap up the day, the tour buses journey to the Hendersonville, Tennessee Walmart, where the kids receive a brand new winter coat, and $150.00 to spend on anything they want!

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Goo Goo Dolls, October 17, 2011 Setlist and Photos

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2011 Americana Awards & Honors

The 2011 Americana Music Honors & Awards were once again held at the Ryman and honored a virtual who’s who of the genre. Show highlights included performances by Allison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller and Don Was. They kicked off an unforgettable evening with “I’ll Fly Away” as a tribute to the 10 year anniversary of the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” soundtrack release. Album of the Year winners, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy covered the Low song, “Monkey.” Duo of the Year, The Avett Brothers and newcomers The Civil Wars captivated the audience with their unique style performing “Once and Future Carpenter” and “Barton Hollow” respectively. Other performances included Song of the Year winner Justin Townes Earle, Lifetime Achievement honoree Gregg Allman, Hayes Carll, Elizabeth Cook and more!

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Photos (c) Steve Lowry/Ryman Archives

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Concert Announcement: The Civil Wars, January 12, 2012

Singer/Songwriter duo The Civil Wars have played the Ryman stage as part of other shows in the past (“Prairie Home Companion”, Americana Music Awards) January 12, 2012 they will return to headline for the first time. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 21 and tickets will be available by clicking here. Known for their powerful, haunting harmonies, members John Paul White and Joy Williams instantly clicked when they first met back in 2008. Their song “Poison and Wine” appeared on Grey’s Anatomy in 2009 – helping to kickstart their career.

Nominated for CMT, CMA and Americana Music Awards in 2011, The Civil Wars keep up a relentless international touring schedule. Their latest effort “Barton Hollow” is available now.

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