The 2017 lineup has been announced for the highly anticipated music festival, Nashville Meets London, set for July 22-23 in Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf. This year’s talent lineup includes US-based acts Russell Dickerson, Lucie Silvas, Ashley Campbell, Sam Outlaw, Angaleena Presley, Jo Smith, and , along with UK-based acts Flats & Sharps, Wildwood Kin, Kevin McGuire, and Raintown.
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) serves as a sponsor of the two-day event, designed to bring the “Music of Nashville” abroad, showcasing musical talent from both Nashville and the United Kingdom. The festival is free and open to the public to attend. Representatives from TNECD will be in attendance for this year’s event.
The site of the annual festival, Canada Square Park, is located in the heart of Canary Wharf, that hosts over 300 shops, bars and restaurants. For the past eleven years, Canary Wharf has hosted the Canary Wharf Jazz Festival, which is largest free jazz festival in the UK. Canary Wharf Arts + Events presents a world class, year-round arts and events program, offering tenants and visitors over 200 diverse and culturally inspired events throughout the estate. The majority of these events are free for all and range from outdoor theatre, live music concerts, sporting events, dance performances, community showcases, global street food and family friendly shows.
The inaugural Nashville Meets London festival took place in August 2016. The event drew an impressive number of people and left an overwhelmingly positive response among UK-based Country music fans and locals. Nashville Meets London is co-produced by Canary Wharf Arts + Events, Peter Conway Management and Nashville-based agency, The AristoMedia Group. Baylen Leonard, BBC Radio 2 Country and Chris Country DJ, is the artistic program consultant.
RAMBLIN’ MAN FINDS PEACE The Allman Brothers band’s lead singer and keyboardist, Gregg Allman is one of the major creators of the fusion of Blues, Jazz, Country and Rock as a Southern Rock pioneer of the 1970s, along with Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Marshall Tucker Band. Gregg’s Hammond B-3 organ anchors the Allman’s rhythm section with a raging musical mesh between his brother Duane and Allman’s other lead guitarist, Dickey Betts. On Saturday, May 27, 2017 Gregg Allman passes away in his home in Savannah, GA at 69.
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RED DIRT MUSIC STAR FADES Singer-songwriter and Folk musician Jimmy LaFave born in Wills Point, TX creates Red Dirt music in Stillwater, OK. He is a regular performer at the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. In the 1980s, the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame member drifts to Austin, TX as one of the Capital City’s best-known singer-songwriters. In 1996, he receives the Kerrville Folk Festival songwriter of the year award. On Monday, May 22, 2017, Jimmy LaFave passes away of sarcoma cancer at home at 61.
IHEARTMEDIA HAS 50-50 SURVIVAL According to the New York Post, iHeartMedia creditors request it to replace its current restructuring adviser Moelis & Co. The NYPost story also states: …a lead iHM institutional lender believes that iHeartMedia has ‘only a 50-50 chance of reaching a restructuring deal with creditors and avoiding a bankruptcy by early 2018’. The NYPost story indicates: iHM plans to offer a new proposal to creditors within the coming weeks.
ESPN ENDS POPULAR MIKE & MIKE SHOW Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch who speaks to various ESPN staff of its soon-to-end Mike & Mike show says: …the mood on the set isn’t great. Mike Greenberg signs new $6.5 million a year deal. According to philly.com: the staff paints a picture of a fractured relationship between hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, who they say create a ‘poisonous atmosphere’. But Mike Golic tells the South Bend Tribune: …the comments made to Deitsch are not true. Greeny and I are fine.
TRIVIA QUESTION: When Samuel F.B. Morse gives the first public demonstration of his telegraph, what is his message? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Buddy Sadler May 31st. Mary [Sam] Stoddard June 3, 2017. •STEVE DAHL Chicago, IL radio legend returns to WLS-890 after hospitalization from diverticulitis. •MATTHEW [Doughboy] FLORENCE is new PD and PM Drive personality on Cumulus Rhythmic KVYB FM (103.3 The Vibe) Oxnard-Ventura, CA beginning June 1, 2017. •LESLIE MOONVES who joins CBS in 1995 as President of Entertainment new agreement extends him as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer through June 30, 2021.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1951 STEVE BROOKINS drummer with Rock band .38 Special passes away on June 2nd. •1962 HANK SNOW records I’ve Been Everywhere (#1 for 2 weeks-1962) on June 27th at RCA Studio B in Nashville, TN. •1979 JIM HUTTON 6’5″ actor (Ellery Queen) dies of liver cancer at 45 on June 2nd. •1984
LORRIE MORGAN joins Grand Ole Opry on June 9th. •1990 JACK GILFORD actor (Cracker Jacks) dies at 82 on June 2nd. •2013 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE video Round Here debuts on June 3rd on CMT.
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TIM MCKEE (San Antonio, TX) Subject: Darrell Taylor’s Passing. It is with a heavy heart that I let you know that Darrell Taylor has passed away. Please keep Darrell’s Dad Patrick and his Sister Renee in your prayers. A memorial service is being planned and you will be notified when it will be. Thank you all for your prayers during this very rough time for Darrell. Tim D. McKee
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CHARLES GEORGE [KC5RAI, ex KCHU FM] (Dallas, TX) Subject: Outlaw Country. I think it helped to move Country Music to audiences that would not listen otherwise. Like I enjoy the Possum 92.1 wherever it is located. Not the best signal in my part of town. Like I use to wonder why a person would listen to Pat Boone instead of Hank Ballard and/ or Joe Turner doing a song, since theirs were much better. I just watched an interesting movie that came from Netflix, Edge Of America. I think it was originally done for Showtime. I would recommend but would not review it since do not want to give away too much information. I think any one in Sports or Broadcasting would like the movie. As for as Fads, my favorite station in High School was KFAD 94.9, though KNUS, KZEW, KAFM, KTXQ lasted longer. Makes me think of a song by Carole King with the words, “Doesn’t anyone stay in one place anymore.” 73, Charles, KC5RAI
TRIVIA ANSWER: On May 24, 1844 when Samuel F.B. Morse gives the first public demonstration of his telegraph, his famous message is: What hath God wrought?
CHUCK DUNAWAY [ex WABC-770, KILT-610, KLIF-1190, KBOX-1480, WKY-930 & WIXY-1260] (Houston-Katy, TX) Subject: it’s one a.m. and Kendall is sound asleep… Thunder woke me up so Tuffy and I grabbed a cup of coffee and decided to say Good morning to you…have a happy day. Love. now it’s finish the coffee and back to bed…nighty night… C & T
MUHAMMAD ALI (January 17, 1942 – June 3, 2016) Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
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