Category Archives: Seen in the City

Keith Urban – performance, celebration “We Were Us”

Keith Urban celebrated his 16th #1, “We Were Us” with the songwriters of the hit. Keith, Nicole Galyon, Jon Nite & Jimmy Robbins performed a stripped down acoustic version for the crowd of music insiders at the Music City Tippler in Nashville and Yallwire was there. I take you to the event where Keith talks about Miranda being the perfect fit, how the song was always meant to be a duet and how it all came about.

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!

Seen in the City!

Well if you haven’t tried Nashville’s latest hot spot for all hours of dining, The Southern Steak and Oyster you need to! It’s located in the bottom of the Pinnacle building downtown, there is complimentary valet parking and the food is deelish. Seems like the country stars are making their rounds there. Glen Campbell took some time off from his ‘‘Goodbye Tour,’’ Thursday to enjoy dinner there and Kix Brooks was also in for lunch Monday of this week. If you see any celebs out and about Email me by clicking here! or stephnthecity@gmail.com

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!

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!

Gaylord Opryland’s Country Christmas!

It’s a family tradition in my household, the lighting of the more than 2-million lights at Gaylord Opryland. This year Point of Grace and Thompson Square kicked off the festivities. Plus I got to hang out with Alex the Lion and see the Rockettes. Tag along with our cams for all of the fun or go check it out for yourself through January 3rd.

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