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Party like a Parrothead at Nashville Margaritaville Hotel

Party Like A Parrothead At The New Nashville Margaritaville Hotel

Parrotheads rejoice! After years of construction, the Margaritaville Hotel Nashville has finally swung open the doors to a tropical paradise smack dab in the middle of SoBro at 425 5th Ave North. The attractive and modern property is the first urban destination hotel in Margaritaville’s empire of hotels. You have to hand it to Jimmy Buffett; for a singer/songwriter with only one top-10 hit to his credit, he has created quite an industry around himself and the Parrothead lifestyle.

Nashville has a particular soft spot in Buffett’s heart since he cut three early albums in Music City when he was just starting out on his decades-long career. While most Margaritaville Hotels are attached to casinos, this newest one is just about fun and relaxation, with six stories of guest rooms featuring amenities like huge LCD Smart televisions, dedicated coffee bars, refrigerators and all the technical gadgets you could ever need.

The entire property is decorated in a laid-back island vibe with dramatic flourishes like a huge flip flop in the middle of the lobby and a chandelier made out of margarita glasses. The rooftop level features an outdoor pool, sundeck, fire pits and live entertainment, and the hotel is home to the two first-ever Margaritaville dining concepts, FINS Rooftop Bar and JWB Grill, in addition to an on-site Starbucks in the lobby for your caffenation needs.

Whether you’re a fan of Buffett as a troubadour or as an entrepreneur, his new Margaritaville Hotel is a welcome addition to Nashville’s stable of hotel options, and it definitely merits consideration when you next plan a visit to Music City. Even if you’re not staying there, it’s worth dropping in to soak up some of the ambiance and search for that lost shaker of salt!

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Shania Twain Performs Her Biggest Hits At AMA

Shania Twain Performs Her Biggest Hits At The AMA’s

Nobody saw this AMA performance coming!

Country icon Shania Twain closed out the 2019 American Music Awards in shocking style on Sunday night (November 24), using the night’s last performance to cover rappers, rockers and more. A six-time winner who first took home an AMA trophy more than 20 years ago, Twain was part of a night that celebrated nostalgia multiple times — but she wasn’t content to just trot out her hits.

Starting out seated behind a bedazzled pink guitar and wearing a striking, princess-style pink gown, the country superstar surprised everyone by jumping into an acoustic medley of recent pop favorites. Strumming lightly with no band or pre-recorded track, she tackled Post Malone’s “Rockstar” (even getting censored by ABC for the song’s bad language), Twenty One Pilots’ “Stressed Out,” Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and Drake’s “God’s Plan.”

The quiet moment felt like a nod of respect to today’s artists, but it led Twain back to her own catalog — and into some fun for the audience. Soon she was playing along to the romantic “Still the One,” before dropping the guitar and pumping up the volume for catwalk-strutting renditions of “Any Man of Mine” and “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” Twain then capped the night with a euphoric run through “Man! I Feel Like a Woman,” with current superstars like Swift and Post Malone singing along and dancing in the crowd.

Twain’s Let’s Go! Las Vegas residency kicks off on December 6 at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino with more than 20 dates scheduled through June of 2020.

Carly Pearce & Lee Brice In ‘I Hope You’re Happy Now’

Carly Pearce And Lee Brice In ‘I Hope You’re Happy Now’ Video

This Powerful New Video Will Stop You In Your Tracks

Carly Pearce and Lee Brice capture romantic torment from two different angles in the powerful video for their new duet, “I Hope You’re Happy Now.”Directed by Sam Siske and filmed as a split screen narrative, it finds a used-to-be couple experiencing their now-separate lives in totally different ways. One has moved on with a new love and a new life, while the other struggles to let go. It was all inspired by what Pearce went through with a former flame — and how even though she wished her ex the best, it just wasn’t meant to be.

“The first time I watched this music video I cried — it is as real and honest as the ‘Every Little Thing’ video was for me,” Pearce says in a statement. “This song is so personal and I wanted the visual to truly reflect that part of my story. I feel like this song is the closing piece to this chapter in my life, so the ending is bittersweet, but it leaves things on a positive note. If I were to run into this person today, my hope is that things would play out exactly how the video ends.”

“So excited to be a part of this with Carly… Singing with her is natural!” Brice adds. “This one was so fun to shoot!”

Co-written with Luke Combs, Jonathan Singleton and Randy Montana (and produced by the late busbee), “I Hope You’re Happy Now” is the first track revealed from Pearce’s self-titled sophomore album, which is set for release on Valentine’s Day (February 14). Speaking with reporters when the track was first revealed, Pearce admitted the song seems like an odd fit for her life right now — she and singer Michael Ray just got married, after all — but says the song’s regretful theme is something most people can relate to, from one side or the other.

“It’s an interesting time to be putting out a heartbreak ballad,” she said at the time, “but I’ve tried to answer that and I think the best way is we all have yearbook photos. You can go back and look at those and tap into so many memories, and to me that’s how I relate to my songs. They’re like my yearbook photos of the evolution of who I am.”

Pearce performed during CMA Awards alongside Kelsea Ballerini, Lindsay Ell, Runaway June, Maddie & Tae, Ashley McBryde and Little Big Town, celebrating country’s female artists with the hit, “Girl Crush.” She’s currently on tour with dates scheduled all the way into next summer.

2019 CMA Awards: 10 Best Dressed Looks We Love

2019 CMA Awards: 10 Best Dressed Looks We Love

Sounds Like Nashville breaks down 10 best dressed looks from 2019 CMA Awards

The only thing giving us life after Wednesday’s (Nov. 13) 53rd annual CMA Awards is reliving all the bold and beautiful styles from the red carpet. Country’s leading women shined in glimmering sequins, lush velvets and daring colors. Men were stylin’ and profilin’ in florals and concert blacks, while couples rocked showstopping numbers for an unforgettable date night with their significant others.

Here are Sounds Like Nashville’s favorite ensembles from the CMA Awards red carpet.

Carrie UnderwoodDolly Parton and Reba McEntire

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 13: (L-R) Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire attend the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Music City Center on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage,)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – NOVEMBER 13: (L-R) Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire attend the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Music City Center on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage,)

It’s said that magic always happens in threes, and this trio was pure enchantment on the red carpet together. Underwood stunned in a sheer gold gown by Elie Madie. Parton looked ravishing in her white dress by Jackson Lowell, and McEntire rocked a gorgeous black ensemble by Nashville’s Jonathan Kayne that just wouldn’t quit with the glamor.

Danielle Bradbery

Danielle Bradbery on the Red Carpet at “The 53rdAnnual CMA Awards,” on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Bridgestone Arena in Downtown Nashville; Photo courtesy of CMA
Danielle Bradbery on the Red Carpet at “The 53rdAnnual CMA Awards,” on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Bridgestone Arena in Downtown Nashville; Photo courtesy of CMA

Bradbery knocks red-carpet looks out of the park every single time. She did not disappoint with this beautiful, off-the-shoulder, red Hamel dress.

Kacey Musgraves

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – NOVEMBER 13: (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Kacey Musgraves attends the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Music City Center on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage,)

Musgraves holds court at any red carpet, and last night was no different. She lit up the CMA Awards in a yellow pastel Valentino gown that was pure sunshine with feather accents.

The Highwomen

The Highwomen on the Red Carpet at “The 53rdAnnual CMA Awards,” on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Bridgestone Arena in Downtown Nashville; Photo courtesy of CMA
The Highwomen on the Red Carpet at “The 53rdAnnual CMA Awards,” on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Bridgestone Arena in Downtown Nashville; Photo courtesy of CMA

The Highwomen Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby are each stunning on their own. But when their powers combine, they are proverbial fire. Carlile’s custom suit was by Sanne London and paired with a Gucci blouse and Saint Laurent boots. Morris looked like the belle of the ball in her astonishing pastel blue gown by Honayda’s Honayda Serafi. Shires played up her power suit like the boss she is, and Hemby was elegance personified in her Greta Constantine dress.

Jennifer Nettles

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 13: Jennifer Nettles attends the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Music City Center on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage,)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – NOVEMBER 13: Jennifer Nettles attends the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Music City Center on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage,)

Nettles arguably had the most-talked-about outfit of the night with her collaboration by Christian Siriano and artist Alice Mizrachi. Her Siriano suit was paired with an original Mizrachi illustration and the message, “Play our f*@#!n records, please, and thank you!” “I saw a wonderful opportunity to invite and inspire conversation about country music’s need to play more women artists on radio and playlistings,” Nettles wrote on Instagram. “What better and more womanly way to invite such conversation than with fashion that sends a message?!”

Michael Ray

Michael Ray on the Red Carpet at “The 53rdAnnual CMA Awards,” on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Bridgestone Arena in Downtown Nashville. Photo courtesy of CMA
Michael Ray on the Red Carpet at “The 53rdAnnual CMA Awards,” on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Bridgestone Arena in Downtown Nashville. Photo courtesy of CMA

Ray gets a standing ovation for his Alexander McQueen suit with the silver flora embroidery. We just can’t get enough!

Home Free

Home Free on the Red Carpet at “The 53rdAnnual CMA Awards,” on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Bridgestone Arena in Downtown Nashville. Photo courtesy of CMA
Home Free on the Red Carpet at “The 53rdAnnual CMA Awards,” on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Bridgestone Arena in Downtown Nashville. Photo courtesy of CMA

Home Free’s Adam Chance, Tim Foust, Austin Brown, Rob Lundquist and Adam Rupp could wear burlap sacks and look great. However, they were hands down the most stylish men on the red carpet. Their scheme of gray, burgundy and floral made them stand out among the pack on country’s biggest night. Pictured from left to right are Chance in an Indochino suit, Foust in a Robert Graham sport coat and Ted Baker pants, Brown in a Topman sport coat and Ted Baker pants, Lundquist in Indochino and Rupp in Express. Their boots were a mix of Asos and John Varvatos.

LANCO

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 13: (L-R) Chandler Baldwin, Jared Hampton, Brandon Lancaster, Eric Steedly and Trip Howell of LANco attend the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Music City Center on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage,)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – NOVEMBER 13: (L-R) Chandler Baldwin, Jared Hampton, Brandon Lancaster, Eric Steedly and Trip Howell of LANco attend the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Music City Center on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage,)

Check out the boldness on LANCO! What’s not to love about these rock star looks? Pictured from left to right are Chandler Baldwin, Jared Hampton, Brandon Lancaster, Eric Steedly and Tripp Howell.

Dustin Lynch

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 13: Dustin Lynch attends the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Music City Center on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – NOVEMBER 13: Dustin Lynch attends the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Music City Center on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Lynch’s irresistible pearly white smile this year was paired with a sleek white Dolce & Gabanna suit with Lucchese boots, and the result pretty much made us flatline in a good way.

Jon Pardi and Summer Duncan

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - NOVEMBER 13: Jon Pardi and Summer Duncan attend the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Music City Center on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage,)
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – NOVEMBER 13: Jon Pardi and Summer Duncan attend the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Music City Center on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage,)

Pardi and fiancee Summer Duncan’s coordinating sparkle and twang made us secretly hope they would adopt us for their next shopping trip. This couple has some serious style.

Clare Dunn Steps Into Christmas With Holiday Single

Clare Dunn ‘Steps Into Christmas’ With New Holiday Single

This funky cover is sure to get anyone in the holiday spirit!

Christmas came early for Clare Dunn fans when she dropped new single “Step Into Christmas” on Friday (11/8). The holiday tune was originally written and performed by legendary performer Elton John, becoming an international hit in the 1970s. While John’s version of the song blends elements of pop and soft rock, Dunn’s is a groovy piece that incorporates rock, soul and a little bit of country twang. The country songstress produced the track herself and recorded it in just a single weekend with one-pass vocals.

“I remember when we were kids, waking early, exchanging gifts with my sister and parents, then us all bundling up and going out and taking care of cattle,” the Colorado native shared about her early Christmas experiences. “By the time we came back in, we were all frozen, trying to shake off the cold, scraping snow off our boots and jeans and waiting for the ice to melt out of clumps of our hair while we packed up all the food into pickups and got ready to make the 50-mile drive down a dirt road to my grandparents’ house in Oklahoma.” For Dunn, the holiday season has always been about spending time with loved ones.

“Our biggest tradition is just being together, whether it was in Colorado, Oklahoma or even in Nashville sometimes now,” she said. “Being together is what our holidays are all about.” The debut of “Step Into Christmas” follows the release of three songs plus an R&B-inspired remix of “My Love.” Dunn will tour through the beginning of Thanksgiving week, making stops in Iowa, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Larry M Clark’s Veterans Day Special to Air Worldwide

Larry M Clark’s Veterans Day Special to Air Worldwide Nov 11

Radio Stations Welcome To Download Larry’ Veterans Day Special Free link below

The Old Chief, as Larry M Clark is affectionately referred to, is a retired Navy Chief, a disabled Vietnam Vet, Hall Of Fame Member, Gold and Platinum recording artist, a Country Singer, BMI songwriter, Husband, Father, Grand Father and friend.

Larry has lived a remarkable life spending most all of his youth in the military. Being retired now, Larry has concentrated on his songwriting and singing skills to keep his mind off the Navy life which he still loves and misses way too much these days. Today Larry, like many U.S. servicemen, who suffered long exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam developed a number of cancers and other health disorders. Despite the difficulty of living with Agent Orange and the medication that goes with that, Larry lives everyday to the full taking full advantage of every day, every hour and every minute.

He has a new CD out and has no problem making his music available to his many fans worldwide for free (with permission), on as many music sites as possible. You can find most, if not all of Larry’s song’s on AirplayExpress.com by simply typing his name into the search box. Most of Larry’s songs are Traditional Country and so it will stay he says till he hangs up his boots.

The following radio stations will air Larry’s Veterans Day special on November 11.

NBRNonline.com at 10am Nashville Time, just after Keith Bradford’s, “Ya Gotta Luv It” special Veterans Show

WHIR Wildhorse Internet Radio at 4pm South African time

(In the next press release we want to add your radio station info here)

Now we know there will be more as many radio stations download the show air it but don’t let us know. So if you are airing the show please let us know so we can add your station name to our Veterans Day special press Release, thank you

The Veterans Day radio special features all Larry’s Navy and Patriotic songs, he has recorded and written over the past few years. Larry tells us why he wrote the songs and why he decided to record them. The radio special runs for 30 minutes and is available absolutely free, with no strings attached, to all radio stations worldwide and especially to those in the United States of America. It was produced by AirplayExpress for Wildhorse Entertainment.

Follow this link to AirplayExpress to download this special Veterans Day show in two parts for easy radio programming from RadioWorld.

Radio Shows Larry M Clark Veterans Day Special

 – WHISNews21

Scotty and Gabi McCreery In Berlin, Germany

Scotty McCreery In Berlin, Germany

First Ever Performance in Berlin, Germany Is A Sold Out Show 

Triple Tigers recording artist Scotty McCreery performed his first-ever show in Germany to a sold out show on October 10, in Berlin at a PrivatClub. Scotty McCreery and his wife Gabi (Main Picture) visited the historic Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany the night before he playd to a sold-out show at PrivatClub. That was the first night of his five show tour in Germany and England. McCreery is currently on the charts with his single “In Between,” following his two back-to-back Platinum-certified No. 1 hits “Five More Minutes” and “This is It.”

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It’s Official Taylor Swift Supports Abortion

It’s official. Pop sensation Taylor Swift supports abortion.

When it comes to abortion Swift said “Obviously I’m pro-choice”

It’s no surprise that a member of Hollywood’s elitist of the elite would put her stamp of approval on snuffing out the lives of unborn babies. But in a new interview with the Guardian published today, on the same day her new album was released, Taylor Swift endorsed abortion and trashed President Trump. When it comes to abortion, Swift said, “Obviously I’m pro-choice.” And when it comes to pro-life legislation in states across the country that would ban abortions and protect unborn children she said “I just can’t believe this is happening.”

She pledged to “do everything I can for 2020″ to defeat President Trump, who has governed pro-life.

Taylor Swift doesn’t seem any different from any other Hollywood abortion supporter. Her support for abortion is wrapped and cloaked in sloganeering and there appears to be very little thought behind it. “Obviously.” No explanation, no in-depth discussion of why destroying the lives of unborn babies is intellectually the right thing to do. Just “obviously.”

“Obviously” I Support Abortion. “Can’t Believe” People Want to Protect Unborn Children” Taylor Said

Supporting abortion in the highest end of liberal circles is the expected thing to do. Because if you don’t support abortion in today’s self-based, me-focused society you are wrongly viewed as anti-woman. And that certainly will never do when you’re trying to sell pop music.

Coming out as pro-life would end her career. Understanding that abortion takes a life of unique human being is a rational thought that Swift can’t afford to make and appease the music industry at the same time. Never mind that she is supporting the destruction of potential fans. 61 million people can’t purchase her music because their lives were ended in an abortion. But that “obviously” doesn’t make sense.

Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC

 

Old Dominion Lets You In Behind The Cover Story

Old Dominion Lets You In Behind The Cover Story

Consisting of Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung, Brad Tursi.

t’s not exactly breaking news to suggest that Music Row isn’t a hotbed of casual spontaneity in terms of its day-to-day operations. Album releases are scheduled many months in advance, same with how studios are booked solid for the foreseeable future. Songwriter’s Gmail calendars are typically packed with carefully slotted co-writing sessions, with each morning and afternoon of a given week looking like an expert game of Tetris.

It’s not unheard of for the most major of record labels to painstakingly plot out the breaking of a new artist, which sometimes results in a new record being shelved for a certain length of time. It’s all about proper planning, checking market trends, protecting yourself against risk, optimizing any move you make for the highest reward.

Consisting of Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung and Brad Tursi, modern country pop band Old Dominion has seen all the methods and strategies a record label might employ since forming in 2007. As with any rule, however, there are exceptions. And with a couple of gold records and a handful of No.1 hit singles to its name, Old Dominion is a band that’s earned the right to absolutely be one of the proverbial hit-making exceptions to the often restrictively controlling record label rules.

For the five-piece band’s new self-titled RCA Nashville record, producer and longtime ally Shane McAnally was enlisted to helm the free-spirited sessions that resulted in a record that’s already spawned a couple of hits in “Make it Sweet,” the group’s most recent No.1, as well as the breezy, groove-intensive “One Man Band.” Aside from a few musical and lyrical bits and pieces here and there, what listeners experience on the new record was conceived and perfected in the studio by the band and its producer acting as craftsmen toiling away in a tool- and scrap-filled workshop.

Lead singer Matthew Ramsey found the sessions to be just what the group needed at this point in its existence. The picture he paints of free-flowing creative brainstorming is more or less the opposite of what many efficiency-focused, quick turnaround Nashville recording sessions are often like.

“It was very relaxed, and at times, very spontaneous,” the Virginia-native says over the phone, with a slightly mischievous chuckle growing more obvious. “There would be times when we’d be sitting in the control room and we would be like, ‘O.K. what are we going to do next?’”

For what it’s worth, from Ramsey’s perspective, his label bosses weren’t wringing their hands and fretting too terribly over the band’s carefree approach. Some might think such hands-off freedom is the result of a band winning autonomy after netting its corporate minders an office full of gold plaques and stockholder earnings, but Old Dominion hasn’t yet toiled under the overbearing eyes or watch-tapping fingers of any such executive overlords up to this juncture.

“Our record label has always been supportive of what we want to do,” he says. “They’ve never so much as poked their head into any session of ours. I do think they sensed our excitement about what we were doing and how we were doing it.”

The video for “One Man Band” complete with raw, behind-the-scenes footage of the group and their producer at work in the studio, might as well be a cinema verité fly-on-the-wall piece of documentary film-making. Mixed in with footage of the guys playing the song live on a concert stage, are clips of the band taking notes, referring to their phones and goofing around in the studio while the song developed from nebulous idea to a fully-formed work of art, ready for mass consumption.

“The video is a good snapshot of what its like to be in this band,” Ramsey says. “It’s a very collaborative, constant discussion about what the next move is, what the next song is, what the next album will be like.

In fact, the origin story of that song specifically offers another glimpse into the democratic conceptualization the band employs as often as possible.

“We usually look for the collective agreement when deciding how a song should end up,” Ramsey explains. “‘One Man Band’ was a song we had worked on a little before the studio. It had more of a reggae feel to it with more of a full-band thing. But one night before we played a show, Brad played something by himself in the dressing room and we all looked at each other, and just knew that was how the song would need to be once we got into the studio. The right path usually reveals itself to us in terms of what will work best.”

Of course, it’s safe to assume that even the most analytical, number-crunching, spreadsheet-reading bean counter would be put at ease by the presence of one of Nashville’s hottest producers joining a proven group of hitmaking musicians. As a producer for a recent string of critical and commercial successes from Kacey Musgraves, Sam Hunt, Midland, and of course, the previous two Old Dominion albums, 2015’s Meat and Candy, as well as 2017’s Happy Endings, McAnally has earned widespread praise and trust for his impeccable ear and unflinching honesty.

The Texas-native is also a hit songwriter and musician, so his ability to relate to artists and execs in equal measure is certainly a commodity in Music City as precious as platinum. But McAnally and the men of Old Dominion have a bond forged by something deeper than professional respect.

“The beauty of our relationship with Shane,” Ramsey says, “is that we’ve all known each other for so long. He’s been with us since before we had any success or before he had any real success. His instincts are so strong. He knows our ins and outs, and strengths and weaknesses, and he’s quick to point out both, which he can do because he’s our brother.”

There’s no getting around the fact that in today’s modern country landscape, cranking out albums and singles which millions people will click on and spend money on is vital to a band keeping control over their music. Old Dominion is compromised of musicians who are also songwriters, and just happen to have a keen sense of how to construct a song that sells. Although some starving artists might automatically connect a song’s commercial aspirations with its artistic merits–as in, the slicker the tune, the lower its true substance—Ramsey and his mates welcome the challenge that comes with crafting a “commercial song” that sells as much as it appeals to hearts and souls.

There’s a place for the bleeding-heart poet, the swaggering indie-minded rocker and the introspective coffeehouse balladeer. But for Old Dominion, its seat at the storytelling table is every bit as substantive, hard-earned and artistically challenging as anyone else’s. If intentions matter as much as the recorded output, and art is deeper than what simply shows up on the surface, then Old Dominion’s chosen medium is unquestionably valid. “In the beginning for us,” he explains, “it was very intentional for us to be a commercial band. We made no bones about it with our first album. We wanted to deliver an album full of radio hits and it served us well.”

He goes onto explain the value of understanding the system in which you’re working, as well as the importance of finding the right way to give people what they want while still saying what you want to as an artist. Ramsey says that now “the commercial side of things is so ingrained in us.” Because of that intrinsic nature, Old Dominion can now be themselves, while more coincidentally rather than purposefully, producing albums that sparkle.

“We like hooks and the sing-along element to the more commercial songs,” Ramsey adds. “It does take skill and hard work to speak to an audience about their lives and to have them feel something and for us to speak about our lives with a certain degree of vulnerability, while still packaging it nicely in a commercial song. That all takes a lot of work.”“When you learn how to write songs in Nashville, there are some unwritten rules, for lack of a better term, on how to create a song that’s commercially viable. You learn the rules and then you learn how to let go of them and push them a little bit. But ultimately, the more commercial songs are what we’re drawn to and what speaks to us creatively.

With another album sure to be a hit, thanks to songs that are surely to blow the roof off any room the group performs in, regardless of how massive they may be, Old Dominion’s goals are likely to remain as simple moving forward as they were when it came time to make this infectious, pleasing new album.

“It was special because there really wasn’t any hard plan when we went in,” Ramsey says. “We just went in to make music together, which is really all we ever want to do.”

Don Williams: Music Of The Gentle Giant 

Don Williams: Music & Memories Of The Gentle Giant 

Gears Up To Premiere With Nashville Symphony Oct 31-Nov 2 – Curated by Keith Urban

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Spanning nearly 50 years, the music of Don Williams continues to connect adoring fans around the world, reminding them of simpler times and traditional country music. Now in 2019, Don celebrates two remarkable milestones; first being the 45th anniversary of Don’s first #1 hit “I Wouldn’t Want To Live If You Didn’t Love Me” and secondly being the first country artist to tour post-death as his touring band will be performing live with Don’s vocal and presence appearing via special technology.

“It has taken us over a year to get this show together,” says Don’s longtime manager Robert Pratt. “Fans will experience something that is truly remarkable as they will see performance footage of Don that has rarely been seen and all of Don’s vocals were taken from live recordings as they were performed around the world. In addition, I am honored that Keith Urban is serving as the shows curator.”

In total, Don Williams’ illustrious career generated a total of 17 #1 Hits and 38 Top 5 Hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Charts.  2019 also marks the 40th anniversary of his #1 hits “It Must Be Love” and “Love Me All Over Again.” He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, and was best known for his straightforward, yet smooth bass-baritone voice and soft tones which earned him the nickname The Gentle Giant of Country Music.

Don Williams: Music & Memories of The Gentle Giant takes its residency at Nashville’s famed Schermerhorn Symphony Center for three nights starting October 31 and will reflect on the Country Music Hall of Fame members music, accompanied by the Nashville Symphony.

Williams – (1939-2017) – was one of the earliest Country artists to take their music globally. In addition to his North American success, The Gentle Giant toured extensively throughout Europe and Africa and his legendary songs reached all corners of the globe and continue to capture the hearts of fans worldwide. His catalog is among the most streamed music from his era.

About Don Williams:
Williams first came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the folk group The Pozo-Seco Singers. The trio recorded several hit records, with the biggest being “Time.” By 1971, Williams had gone solo, and had signed a publishing deal with Jack Clement. The Hall of Fame producer was so taken with Don’s style that he offered him a recording contract with his JMI Records in 1972. Early hits included “Atta Way To Go” and “Come Early Morning,” as well as “We Should Be Together,” which became his first Billboard top ten hit from 1974. He then moved to ABC / Dot (Later MCA), where the hits increased. Tracks such as “Rake and Ramblin’ Man,” “Tulsa Time,” and “Nobody But You” helped to make him one of the most-played artists on Country Radio in the 1970s and 1980s. He took home the Male Vocalist of the Year trophy from the Country Music Association in 1978, and notched his biggest hit in 1981 with “I Believe In You,” which also crossed over to the top-30 on the Hot 100.

Subsequent moves to Capitol Nashville and RCA kept Williams o n the charts into the 1990s, as he continued to play for huge crowds on the road. His success in the United States is well. Tickets for these shows are on sale via Ticketmaster and are also currently available with Nashville Symphony season ticket packages at NashvilleSymphony.org, 615-687-6400 or the Schermerhorn Symphony Center box office.

Don Williams: Music & Memories Of The Gentle Giant

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