Music Spotlight: George Ducas

When I initially heard George Ducas sing at Bluebird café, I didn’t realize he was an accomplished songwriter with quite a few songs under his belt.  What I did immediately perceive was what strong, smooth vocals he had and how was completely at ease he was in the intimate setting. When I interviewed Ducas a few weeks later, I was shocked to find out that he had no previous formal musical training. Here is his story.

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Music Spotlight: Kyle Rife

The night I interviewed Abi Hoffman at the Bluebird Café I met two other songwriters. Greg Friia, who was a mentor to Abi in Nashville and Kyle Rife who is an accomplished guitar player and had recently co-written songs with Darius Rucker, Joel Crouse and Ed Sheeran. I knew right away I wanted to interview him as soon as we could get it arranged.

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Hootie and the Blowfish Rock Sold-out Crowd in Nashville

Twenty-eight years after performing their first Nashville show at the revered rock club Exit/In, Hootie & The Blowfish brought their Group Therapy Tour to the city’s Bridgestone Arena for a sold-out show Saturday night.

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Michael Ray Celebrates 3rd Number One Hit ‘One That Got Away’

The “One That Got Away” is a song written by Jesse Frasure, Josh Osborne, Matthew Ramsey, and Trevor Rosen, and recorded by American country music singer Michael Ray.  Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen are part of the blazing hot country band, Old Dominion, and are among the top songwriters in Nashville and America. They, along with Jesse Frasure and Josh Osborne decided to “let this one go” and not put the song on their own album. Yet somehow, in the back of their heads, they knew they had written a likely hit.  It got tossed in the pile with all the other “later” songs.

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Michael W. Smith’s Star-Studded Tribute Featuring 50 Artists Set for April 30th

Billy Ray Cyrus, Charlie Daniels, Gavin DeGraw, Home Free, The Katinas, Wes King, Nicole C. Mullins, Michael Tait, Matthew Ward and Zach Williams join the star-studded tribute concert ’35 Years Of Friends: Celebrating The Music Of Michael W. Smith’ at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

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George Strait Releases 30th Studio Album, Honky Tonk Time Machine

After collaborating with country music giants such as Bubba Strait, Dean Dillion, Luke Laird, Barry Dean, Lori McKenna and Willie Nelson, iconic entertainer, George Strait, continues his reign as the King of Country Music with the release today of his 30th career studio album ‘Honky Tonk Time Machine.’

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Music Spotlight: Whiskey Myers

Whiskey Myers are currently on the road for their 2019 Die Rockin’ Tour, which kicked off January 24 continues across the U.S. before making stops at Stagecoach and Cotton Fest then heading overseas this spring for 15 European dates.

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The Country Music Hall of Fame Announces it’s First New Exhibit of 2019

American Currents: The Music of 2018 opens Friday, March 8 at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Some of the artists featured include Jason Aldean, Bobby Bones, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Reba McEntire, Carly Pearce, Pistol Annies, John Prine, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and more.

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Alison Krauss and Other Guests to Join Keith and Kristyn Getty for ‘Sing! An Irish Christmas’ at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on December 21

Modern hymn-writers Keith and Kristyn Getty will bring their seventh annual Sing! An Irish Christmas tour to Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Friday, December 21, at 7:30 p.m. The duo will revisit popular hymns and Christmas carols during a performance that will include appearances by Alison Krauss, Phil Keaggy and Scott Mulvahill.

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2018 CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban Returns for Third Time to Headline Nashville’s New Year’s Eve

Diverse Lineup for “Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight” at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park Includes Peter Frampton, Kelsea Ballerini Judah & the Lion, Caitlyn Smith, Devon Gilfillian and Fisk Jubilee Singers.

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Music Spotlight: Stephanie Owens Talks Family, Faith, and Country Music

Nashville, TN — Stephanie Owens grew up in a musical family. Her dad was a high school choral director and her mom was a classical organist. She knew from a young age that performing was what she born to do. “I had an old turkey-baster for a microphone and ran…

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces Nominees for 2019 Induction

Fans can cast their vote for inductees at Rockhall.com/vote or in person at the museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Commentary: Changing the School Culture

His biggest piece of advice is to “get out of the office, get in the hallways, in the classrooms, in the community. No school in Tennessee has changed its culture more than ‘The Mount’. This school culture is an example of a strategy that other schools and districts can duplicate.

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Four New Inductees Added Into Music City Walk of Fame

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Four more stars were awarded on Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame. Brenda Lee, Jeannie Seely, Ray Stevens and Ben Folds received the 81st, 82nd, 83rd and 84th stars on the Walk of Fame. Inductees are recognized for their significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song or other industry collaboration.

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JC Bowman Commentary: Mothers, Wives and an Everlasting Love

JC Bethany Mothers Day

If language is everything, we could not, even if we tried, honor the women that shapes and inspires our lives. No matter how much you thank the woman who does it all for her children, once a year is never enough.

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Tennessee Educator Survey Reveals Teacher Frustration With Testing, Flood of New Initiatives

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  Tennessee teachers surveyed this past spring reported frustration with statewide standardized exams, while administrators surveyed showed more confidence in them. A majority of teachers disagreed with the statement, “Overall, information received from statewide standardized exams is worth the investment of time and effort.” Sixty-five percent disagreed, while only 35…

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Brad Paisley Promotes Love and War Album at Nashville’s SiriusXM Radio Studio

Sirius/XM On the Highway host, Storme Warren, interviewed Brad Paisley and revealed that country music’s first “visual album” arrives April 28 and will be a companion to the regular album which was released April 21st.

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Teacher Shortage Worries Tennessee Department of Education

Tennessee is scrambling to come up with ways to find and keep quality teachers in the classroom. The state Department of Education released a report last week that details the problem and outlines proposed solutions that focus especially on strengthening ties with teacher education programs in the state’s postsecondary schools. “More…

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