Category Archives: Seen in the City

CMA Heavy Hitters Attend BMI Awards~

Tuesday was a big night, before an even bigger night. The BMI Awards were star studded indeed. Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and even Kenny Chesney were among those that came out to pay homage to where the music all starts and that of course is with a song.

Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson share the Songwriter of the Year crown. The close friends and frequent collaborators are part of a songwriting trio known as the “Peach Pickers.” They both contributed five songs to the year’s most-performed, including: “All About Tonight” (Blake Shelton) and “All Over Me” (Josh Turner). “All Over Me” also earned Song of the Year.

Bobby Braddock was saluted as the 2011 BMI songwriting Icon. The man behind George Jones’ hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today” has earned 30 BMI songwriting awards. I caught up with Braddock on the carpet who laughed that if he could get Eminem to perform one of his songs.

Pistol Annies kicked off the tribute with “D-I-V-O-R-C-E”; Blake Shelton delivered “Same Old Song”; John Anderson followed with “Would You Catch a Falling Star”; and LeAnn Rimes was joined by Vince Gill for “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

Dozens of fans lined the streets outside BMI headquarters on music row and many of the stars took time to take photos and sign autographs, including Carrie Underwood.

Among those pictured:
Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman, Clay Bradley and Jody Williams, Carolyn Bryant, and BMI President & CEO, Carrie Underwood, Bobby Braddock, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Kenny Chesney, Mirnada Lambert, John Anderson performing “Would You Catch a Falling Star” and Brantley Gilbert.

Taylor Swift Seen in the City~

Taylor Swift and her mother were spotted Sunday in Brentwood. The two went into the Pet Supermarket near TJ Maxx, but didn’t stay long. Steph spies say the two walked into the crowded store, but quickly walked out. I am told there was quite a buzz in the store over their presence, which they believe led the two to leave. They were probably just going to grab some dog food for her miniature pinscher, Bug.

Friday, Taylor made a public appearance at Belk in the Cool Springs Galleria to promote her new perfume, Wonderstruck.

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Photo by Royce Degrie//Getty Images

Johnny Depp Seen in the City!

Actor Johnny Depp was spotted by Steph spies over the weekend at the music venue Center Stage. I got a tip that he was spotted at the venue off of 8th Ave both Friday and Saturday night. Saturday night the venue hosted Viva Music Artfest.

Depp recently played a cameo role in comedian Ricky Gervais’ new TV series ‘Life’s Too Short.” Just last week he made a New York premiere of his new movie ‘The Rum Diary.’

Steph spies say they believe he is shooting a movie here, or is Depp looking to make Nashville another home? Guess we will have to stay tuned to see. If you have any celeb scoops you want to share Email me HERE!

Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban seen in the city~

Following her hubby’s birthday, Nicole Kidman was seen shopping at Ash Blue in Nashville. Steph spies say the multi-talented red head was shopping, at the small boutique in Green Hills, with her mother and father. Apparently, they bought a couple of items including some earrings as gifts.

I’m assuming the rents were in town for her hubby, Keith Urban‘s birthday. On Tuesday night he sang his hits for a sold-out Opry House audience. After the CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee performed his first song of the night, “Sweet Thing,” fans who were gathered near the stage serenaded him with “Happy Birthday.” Urban, who concluded his Opry set with “Making Memories of Us” and “Where the Blacktop Ends,” is scheduled to return to the Opry twice next month.

This Saturday Opry member Charlie Daniels will be celebrating his 75th birthday at the Opry.

Kidman photo courtesy of people.com, Keith Urban Photo by Chris Hollo

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The Scene in the City~

What a week it has been! Monday I covered Justin Moore‘s latest #1, If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away at the CMA offices off music row. I caught up with Justin and the songwriters Dallas Davidson, Rob Hatch and Brett Jones (pictured) to get the story behind the song. Stay tuned for my interview on Yallwire.

Tuesday Bluegrass rang out from the grounds of Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium as the International Bluegrass Music Association kicked off “World of Bluegrass” week with a free outdoor concert from The Del McCoury Band and their special guests. Some 1,000 fans filled the plaza where Del McCoury and his band performed a two-hour concert with guest performances from Dierks Bentley, Sam Bush, Vince Gill and more. The concert was hosted by the non-profit Foundation for Bluegrass Music.

Later that afternoon, Dierks also celebrated a #1 for “Am I the Only One” at Losers. The bar was packed as the country star gave bottles of tequila to co-writers Jim Beavers & Jon Randall, in celebration of the songs success. Stay tuned for our interviews and footage of the bash on Yallwire.

Wednesday Nissan announced a founding partnership with Urban Green Lab, Nashville’s first community center dedicated to sustainable living. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean was on hand as I covered the event for News 2. This place sounds awesome. I can’t wait to make some jam. If you missed my story you can click HERE to watch it .

Superstar Justin Bieber drew quite the crowd Wednesday afternoon in Franklin. Fans lined the streets to get a glimpse of the pop star and his girlfriend Selena Gomez. Bieber was working on a video for his upcoming Christmas album.

Steph spies say next week more stars are expected in Franklin for the premeier of Footloose. The remake of the classic film from the 80′s stars Kenny Wormald, Julianne Hough, Dennis Quaid, and Andie MacDowell.

Thursday night my hula hoop troop, The Spinderellas, hooped it up at Live on the Green. If you haven’t been you need to go. There are only two more shows left of the free 6 week concert series at Public Square Park. Brett Dennen headlines the event next week and Here Come the Mummies will close out the series. You can watch a my video wrap up from the 1st show by clicking HERE.

After LOTG, we hustled over to the Ryman AUditorium for the International Bluegrass Music Awards. One of my highlights of the evening was meeting actor, comedian and banjo player Steve Martin (pictured). Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers took home the big award of the night for Entertainer of the Year at the 22nd annual awards show. I also caught up with Del McCoury was inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Stay tuned for my interview on Yallwire.

Friday Miley Cyrus stopped by John Trotwood Moore Middle School. I am told the teen star was there to record a promo for a CBS special about teachers who go above and beyond to help kids. A parent tells me that Mr. Maguire at the school was recognized and that Miley forked over $5,000 for the schools arts program.

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Live on the Green Kickoff video recap~

Check out our video recap from last Thursday night at Live on the Green. It turned out to be the perfect evening for a night of free music outside of Nashville’s Metro Courthouse.
I caught up with K.S. Rhoads who did a phenomenal job in collaborating with the Nashville Symphony, Grimey, American Bang and some of the latest crazes in food trucks!

Live On the Green’s third season, presented by Lightning 100, will continue Sept. 15 with a live performance by headliner Los Lonely Boys. This week’s performances will kick off a celebration of Hispanic Heritage month. Activities begin at 5 p.m. and live music starts at 6 p.m. with performances by The Kicks and Rumba, both Nashville-based groups.

The Fray play intimate Nashville show~

Rock band The Fray (How to Save a Life) played for an intimate crowd of friends and industry insiders Monday night at Peter Nappi Studio. The band was in Music City to perform a Cumberland Heights benefit at The Ryman Auditorium Tuesday night, but gave the small group of Peter Nappi fans a special show.

The studio space in Germantown houses a leather crafting workshop, custom made boots, bags and other goods. However, the stage inside the warehouse has been used recently to showcase several music events in Nashville and I am told there will be more shows to come.

Check out the space for yourself, it’s pretty darn cool peternappi.com/studio

Photos courtesy of Peyton Hoge

George Jones celebrates star-studded 80th birthday~

Grand Ole Opry star and Country Music Hall of Famer George Jones celebrated his 80th birthday Tuesday night. Festivities kicked off at Rippy’s on Broadway with several industry insiders, chicken wings and a possum cake. His wife Nancy, Travis Tritt, The McClymonts and The Kentucky Headhunters were among those that came out for the party.

From there Jones headed over to the Grand Ole Opry house, where he sat front row for the sold out show. Alan Jackson performed “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and together with Lee Ann Womack sang “Golden Ring.” Jamey Johnson performed “Whose Gonna Fill Their Shoes,” while The Oak Ridge Boys entertained with “Same Ole Me.”

At 80 years young, there is no slowing Jones down. He is still out touring and promoting his latest CD “A Collection of My Best Recollection,” which includes several of his classics like “Why Baby Why,” “White Lightning” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”

I caught up with the country star to see what his secret is. Stay tuned for our Yallwire interview!

Rascal Flatts “I Won’t Let Go” #1 party

Rascal Flatts celebrated their 13th #1, “I Won’t Let Go” with a bash at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville. Yallwire cameras caught the acceptance speeches from the super group and I caught up with songwriter Jason Sellers who talks about the message behind the song.

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