Category Archives: Exclusive

Red or White? Martina McBride, John Oates, Kix Brooks & more on the red carpet of the 15th annual Nashville Best Cellars Dinner

It was a star studded affair at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 15th annual Nashville Best Cellars Dinner. I take you on the red carpet to chat with Rock n’ Roll Hall of famer John Oates, Martina McBride, Kix Brooks, Brett Eldredge and Chris Young to find out their favorite wines and the cause of the event. Founded in 1975 by the music industry, the T.J. Martell Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that funds cutting-edge research for leukemia, cancer and aids at top research hospitals in the United States.

We take you to the Musicians Hall of Fame for the 2014 inductees

The Musicians Hall of Fame inducted 12 new members, including bluesman Buddy Guy, British rock guitarist Peter Frampton and country singer Barbara Mandrell. This marked the first time members had been inducted into the hall of fame since 2009. It was also the first awards show in their new home inside the Municipal Auditorium. Also inducted during the ceremony in Nashville were Randy Bachman, Jimmy Capps, Will Lee, Corki Casey O’Dell and Velma Smith. Posthumous inductions went to Stevie Ray Vaughan, along with his band Double Trouble, and pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith. The Musicians Hall of Fame also gave their first Iconic Riff Award posthumously to Roy Orbison for “Pretty Woman,” and their first Industry Icon Award to Mike Curb, the founder of Curb Records. Yallwire takes you behind the scenes and to the show featuring performances by Neil Young, Duane Eddy, Brenda Lee, The Oak Ridge Boys and Chris Isaak.

Behind the Scenes: Rodney Atkins and Bubba Sparxxx Music Video “Right”

We take you behind the scenes for Yallwire as Rodney Atkins and Bubba Sparxxx team up for “Right.” See what united the unlikely pair together and the story behind the song.

Building 429 talks touring, music and signing toilet seats!

Building 429 sat down with Yallwire before hitting the road for the ‘United We Stand’ tour. The guys talk with me about reinventing their performances for the tour, the strangest thing they have ever signed for a fan, and why ‘We Won’t Be Shaken’ is their most focused album yet.

I woke the lone Titans camper, I went viral

WKRN, Nashville News, Nashville Weather and Sports Going viral is an interesting animal. I didn’t have any intentions when I decided to wake David Cline from his slumber to talk about camping out for Titans tickets. Once Deadspin picked up my live shot, it took off like a virus. The station phones lit up, my phone blew up and in a flash it was all over the Internet, the radio and the TV. It made headlines on Yahoo, USA Today, ESPN, CNN, LA Times, etc. I have heard it takes 10,000 hits in 24 hours to go viral; we hit nearly 30,000 in only a couple of hours. Unfortunately, we ended up having to remove the video from Youtube. Those numbers no longer exist.

Once my story was in the hands of other Networks and journalist, I had no control over how Mr. Cline was portrayed. Unfortunately, some took a negative approach. I personally think that the majority of people buy tickets online. I am sure the Titans will continue to sell out like they have every game since 1999. For the three or four naysayers out there… Did I have to wake him? No. However, I knew David would be happy to talk about his love for the Titans especially on TV. I have interviewed him several times before. One of my jobs as a live reporter is to interact with my environment and I did just that. I by no means meant to insult him with my Internet comment. I was making a joke and I believe he knows that. David has reached out to me since and was ecstatic about the mad amount of coverage.

The best part of all this buzz is how many people have reached out wanting to give David a ticket. He did tell me that he was buying the one ticket, with money he made by selling The Contributor. I strive to use my platform to help others; hopefully this story will do just that and score David a few free tickets. After all, he is the biggest Titans fan around and a darn good sport at being awakened by a TV crew.

Purple Carpet Fun from the CMT Awards

WKRN, Nashville News, Nashville Weather and Sports I caught up with Rascal Flatts, Nelly, Kellie Pickler and more of your favorite stars on the purple carpet at the annual CMT Awards for WKRN. Check it out!

Elvis Costello, Jeff Bridges, Charles Esten, T Bone Burnett & Vince Gill on the red carpet for T.J. Martell Foundation Benefit

It was an “only in Nashville” type of night as some of the biggest names in music came out for the the fifth annual T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala. Attendees were treated to an entertaining and emotional event benefiting the foundation and honorees T Bone Burnett, Vince Gill, Butch Spyridon and Peggy Joyce. Burnett was honored with performances from legendary rockers John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello and nearly the entire cast of ABC’s Nashville showed up. Clare Bowen (Scarlett O’Connor) joined Elvis Costello on stage, ending the night with a duet. I take you on the red carpet to chat with the stars about the affair that has raised more than $2,225,000 since it began. The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer, and AIDS.

Scotty McCreery Host Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert

CMA Award nominee Scotty McCreery hosted the Fourth Annual CMA Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. On behalf of the CMA Foundation, Scotty helped present a $1.2 million check to benefit music education programs for Nashville’s public schools. In addition to hosting the concert, Scotty performed Garth Brooks’ “The River” with students from Sylvan Park Elementary School. I caught up with Scotty for Yallwire about his hosting duties, how his ‘Weekend Road Trip’ tour is going, and the progress he is making on a new album.

Chris Janson one-on-one & acoustic performance

Multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Chris Janson performed a special acoustic set for our Yallwire crew in Nashville and talked with me about his first full-length album and new single “Better I Don’t.” Janson tells the story of how he first got started on Lower Broadway, how he learned to play the harmonica and write songs, and how excited he is to finally release his debut album.


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