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Black Keys play secret Nashville show

PhotobucketWell folks they don’t call us Music City for nothing. Wednesday afternoon, Nashville rockers The Black Keys tweeted they would play a secret show for fans and to stay tuned for details. Word quickly spread and by three in the afternoon some twenty fans had lined up outside the Springwater Supper Club off of West End. The grew to hundreds as folks found out that the arena performers would be playing a small hole in the wall. Some 6 hours later, the first forty fans were let in to the small hot venue, but apparently it was well worth the wait.

The show was actually a video shoot for the El Camino cut “Little Black Submarines.” They played the song several times throughout the night and treated guests to an hour long set as well. One lucky gal scored the set list and a drumstick. Thanks to Tori Velasquez for sharing the photo.

Photos backstage at the CMA Music Fest~

The cowboy hats and boots have left along with the crowd in downtown Nashville. The CMA Music Festival set a new attendance record with daily attendance topping 71,000 fans and a sell out for the third consecutive year at LP Field.

“Third time’s the charm and to achieve a sell out for a third straight year and increase attendance says a lot about the strength of this event, the dedication of our fans, the support of our industry and local community, and the popularity of our music and artists,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

Performing Thursday were Jason Aldean, Glen Campbell, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley and Zac Brown Band. Hank Williams Jr. made a surprise appearance, joining Paisley on “I’m Gonna Get Drunk and Play Hank Williams.” Lauren Alaina and Kellie Pickler delivered acoustic sets.

The Band Perry, Brantley Gilbert, Ronnie Milsap, Jake Owen, Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood performed on Friday. Randy Houser and Gwen Sebastian of “The Voice” performed acoustic sets and the national anthem was performed by the Oak Ridge Boys.

Performing Saturday were Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Faith Hill, Little Big Town and Kenny Rogers. Rodney Atkins made a surprise appearance, performing “Just Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Love and Theft and Kip Moore performed acoustic sets and the national anthem was performed by Julie Roberts.

The Sunday lineup featured Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, The Mavericks, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery and Rascal Flatts. Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild made a surprise guest appearance with Bentley. Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson and Steel Magnolia performed acoustic sets and the national anthem was performed by Sarah Darling.

I provided live coverage every night on WKRN and I’ll have wrap up pieces with the artists on Yallwire soon.

Tim McGraw fires shots for Celebrity Sporting Clay Shootout

Tim McGraw brought out his guns (muscles) for the first Celebrity Sporting Clay Shootout at the Nashville Gun Club Tuesday. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Tug McGraw Foundation and its efforts to improve the lives of military service members who have been affected by Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. Keith Anderson, Luke Bryan (pictured), Troy Gentry, Brantley Gilbert and Mike Fisher (pictured) were among the stars that joined him for the shootout.

McGraw joked that the only person he wanted to beat was Luke Bryan.

“You always go for the weakest link and he’s probably the weakest link so that’s probably who I am going to go for. Plus he’s a Georgia boy, Louisiana boys can kick Georgia boys’ ass every time,” said the country music superstar before hitting the course.

Stay tuned for my full piece on Yallwire.com.

Nashville Film Festival sets another record year!

It’s sad to say that another Nashville Film Festival has come and gone. This year I got to see more movies than ever, attend several parties and even check out a panel. I wish this festival was year round! I know there are nearly 27,000 other people out there that would agree, as another record attendance was reached. There is no way I could go over all of the educational, inspirational, artistic hours that were crammed in this past week so I put together a few of my favorite highlights.

The 2012 festival kicked off with Tennessee in the spotlight. The Nashville rollergirls (Hell or Highwater) skated on to the red carpet keeping things classy in their dresses, I also chatted with Eddie George (He Aint Heavy) and Bill Brummell (Erasing Hate).

Nicole Kidman, Lizzy Caplan, Beth Grant, Carrie Preston, Famke Janssen, Blayne Weaver and Natalie Morales walked the NaFF Red Carpet Saturday. The Evolution of Women Behind the Camera panel saw a sold out crowd as well as the screenings of The Godmother of Rock & Roll, Louder Than Love and Hollywood to Dollywood.

Lee Ann Womack, Mark Chesnutt, Jeannie Seely, Beegee Adair, Mandy Barnett and others came out Wednesday night for Hank Cochran: Livin’ for a Song.

I caught up with my boys Old Crow Medicine Show Thursday night as their film Big Easy Express closed out the week.

The 43rd annual Nashville Film Festival presented by Nissan wrapped with a closing night party at the W.O. Smith School and the announcement that the The Intouchables and Beauty is Embarrassing grabbed the two major Southwest Airlines “Freedom to Choose” Audience Awards.

Check out some of the weeks highlights and interviews in our video above!

Keith Urban, Ashley Judd, Brooke Hogan & more seen in the city!

It’s been another exciting week in this little, big town known as Music City. Keith Urban has been a busy bee, but he’s not the only one out and about in Nashville this week.

Things kicked off Monday with soundcheck for We are All for the Hall. I got to chat with Keith & Vince Gill about the 3rd annual event. If you missed my story on WKRN you can see it by clicking here . After our chat I stood beside Charles Kelly of Lady A while Little Big Town sang with Keith & Vince on back up. It was an “only in Nashville” moment indeed.

From there I was off to talk to actress and activist Ashley Judd. Judd looked pretty pink and didn’t shy from reporter questions, despite being bashed earlier by media claiming that her face looked “puffy.” We caught up at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel where she was speaking at the Power of the Purse luncheon. Judd chatted with us about the possibility of another Missing series and how she would have some control over the future content. She also talked about how much she loves fighting in the series and how Yoga helps her with her mean moves. Oh and that her hubby race car drive Dario Franchitti thinks it’s hot!

Tuesday morning, Keith surprised his Monkeyville fan club members at the Country Music Hall of Fame with an acoustic performance. I caught up with some of the fans at the hall. You can watch that story by clicking here!

Tuesday night at the star studded We are All for the Hall benefit, the legendary Merle Haggard and Don Williams made surprise appearances to support the cause. Guests were also surprised when Vince Gill asked Keith to become an official Opry member on stage. You can see highlights of the show by clicking here!

Wednesday night, Bobby Pinson got nearly a dozen of his pals on board to play Lucy’s Country Cafe and raise money for wounded troops. Heidi Newfield, Rhett Akins, Pam Tillis and Jake Owen were among them. Chuck Wicks even made a surprise visit on stage. Stay tuned for my story and performance footage on Yallwire.

Wednesday Keith was at it again, this time celebrating his latest #1 song You Gonna Fly with songwriters Preston Brust, Chris Lucas and Jaren Johnston at Chappy’s on Church. His wife Nicole Kidman also came out for the bash and in true Keith form, he played the song for guests.

Thursday night Hulk Hogan‘s daughter and reality TV star Brooke Hogan was seen hanging with a music row insider. Could this mean there is a country album in the works for Brooke? Hmmmmm… I wouldn’t be surprised. The Hulk himself made an appearance at Direct insurance corporate office in Nashville Friday. Hulk is in town for the Lockdown at Municipal Auditorium Sunday.

Some lucky music fans got to enjoy privately taped shows this week with Kix Brooks and Keith Urban for some upcoming TV shows. Stay tuned!

Thanks to my readers for the skinny. If you see any celebs out and about Email me by clicking HERE!

Heart of Tennessee: A Musical Journey kicks off on General Jackson~

All aboard! If you have never stepped foot on the General Jackson Showboat, know that the view alone is worth the ticket price. I love cruising by our city scape and under our bridges that are staples of our city. Now there is even more of a reason to see what all of the rage is about, the 300-foot paddlewheel riverboat is featuring a new show that is bound to not only entertain, but also educate guests. Journey down the Cumberland River with the new evening show, Heart of Tennessee: A Musical Journey. No doubt this performance takes you on a “journey” down the ‘Musical Highway,’ featuring music born in Tennessee.

With the three stars of the Tennessee State flag on display, a cast of seven singers backed by a full band performs songs from bluegrass to soul, gospel and country music. The journey starts with songs by some of our historic music greats and leads up to those artists that make Nashville known as Music City today. You can catch tunes by Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Hank Williams, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and many more.

A Tennessee-inspired meal of Braised short ribs and a chocolate chess tart with Jack Daniels spiked seasonal fruit is also included in your three hour cruise.

Heart of Tennessee: A Musical Journey runs through Nov. 11, 2012. Tickets start at $91.42 plus tax for adults and at $62.11 plus tax for children ages 4-11. Children ages three and younger are free. For more information visit generaljackson.com

Photos of the Ryman’s new stage!

The Mother Church of country music is ready to debut it’s new stage. You can see Ryman officials incorporated a 36-inch lip of the old blonde oak stage at the front of the new one. The rest of the stage is now a medium brown Brazilian teak that will be far more durable and camera friendly.

The Band Perry will be the first act to play the new stage. The show is sold out.

PHOTO CREDIT: STEVE LOWRY/RYMAN ARCHIVES

Keith Urban & Richard Marx perform at #1 party, Keith’s 1st since vocal surgery

Keith Urban and Richard Marx finally celebrated the success of their number one song, Long Hot Summer Tuesday night at Cabana in Nashville.

Keith recently underwent vocal surgery and had to keep silent for 3 weeks. He talked to the media about how hard it was to keep his silence, especially around his daughter. The country star even toted around a white marker board to write on throughout his recovery.

Keith & Richard performed “Long Hot Summer” for the small crowd, with the help of two fans he found on Youtube.

Keith will make his official come back February 3rd the Grand Ole Opry.

Keith and Richard shared that this song was extra special regarding a rekindling of their friendship. Marx expressed his love for both the song and Keith. He jokingly said, “Keith’s not a bad kiss, for a guy.”

I will have more from the party on Yallwire. Stay tuned!

Lady A’s Hillary Scott ties the knot!

Congrats to Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott and drummer Chris Tyrrell who tied the knot Saturday in New York. A Steph spy reports that the couple got hitched in Albany, NY in a town called Altamont. Family and close friends attended the ceremony.

People reports that Steven Curtis Chapman sang for the couple’s first dance.

You can see Hillary pictured in a custom Vera Wang strapless mermaid dress and a long chantilly lace veil, with her hubby.

Photo Credit: Joe Buissink

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