STS9 LIVE in Nashville War Memorial Auditorium Saturday, November 14

STS9+540x300 Instrumental electronic rock band STS9’s meteoric rise to the forefront of the international music scene began nearly 17 years ago in Atlanta, GA, and since that time they’ve headlined America’s most classic theaters, arenas, amphitheatres, and large music festivals. The band consistently lands themselves on Pollstar Magazine’s top touring charts in the country, with recent average attendance of over 5,000 fans per city on full fledged tours.

The band’s eleventh album, WHEN THE DUST SETTLES, keeps with XLR8R Magazine’s exclamation that STS9 is “one of the country’s most intriguing, innovative outfits around.” WTDS debuted at #1 on the iTunes Electronic Charts and found itself in Billboard’s Top 25 that same year. Their self-owned record label, 1320 RECORDS, currently boasts 350,000 unique downloads of over 1,400 releases by more than 100 artists including Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, ESKMO and The Glitch Mob.

STS9 is currently touring with their largest production rig ever, using the latest cutting edge sound and lighting to deliver one of the most audibly and visually stunning shows in all of North America today.

Tickets for the Friday, November 14, 2015 STS9 show at War Memorial Auditorium, go on sale Friday, July 31, 2015 starting at 10AM. Tickets will be available at wmarocks.com, in person at Downtown TPAC Box Office, or by phone at 615-782-4030

For more information, please visit www.sts9.com

War Memorial Auditorium

Friday, November 14, 2015 | 8:00PM

Ages 18 & over

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 31, 10AM and are $30.00 in advance

** ticket prices increase $5.00 day of show

wmarocks.com | Downtown TPAC Box Office | 615-782-4030

 

Digital Rodeo Announces Line-Up For August 4 DRX Showcase

Online social network and country lifestyle portal, Digital Rodeo, has announced the artist line-up and guest host for the upcoming DRX Artist Showcase, to be held August 4 at 6:00 p.m. at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley Bar & Grill“American Idol” alum and rising country singer Bucky Covington will host the August showcase, which will feature performances by Allison Bray, Rylie Lynn, Emily Minor, Ben Rueand Denny Strickland. The DRX monthly showcase highlights some of the platform’s most promising Country acts and will help to promote some of the website’s featured independent artists. The live performance will be streamed and can be viewed at http://www.wherever.tv/tv-channels/Digital-Rodeo-TV.jsf
 
DRX showcases offer valuable opportunities for attendees to enjoy musical performances from up-and-coming acts while engaging and networking with others in the field.

Music industry representatives that RSVP in advance toshowcase@digitalrodeo.com will be offered a limited number of complimentary drinks during the event. 
Bucky Covington: The rock-influenced Country singer first rose to fame in 2006 as a contestant on the televised talent hunt, “American Idol.” This past month, he released a new EP titled Happy Man, featuring his newest single, “I Feel Ya.” For more information on Bucky Covington, visit his website atwww.buckycovington.com.
Allison Bray: Allison is an accomplished vocalist at the young age of 18, who is driven by an incredible passion for music. Her ability to entertain audiences is remarkable and noted at home in Kentucky and the surrounding states. She auditioned for Season 7 of NBC’s “The Voice” in 2014. For more information on Allison Bray, visit her website at www.allisonbray.com
Rylie Lynn: Rylie Lynn’s confident Country style, smooth voice and edgy lyrics show the true potential that she has in becoming one of Country music’s “Leading Ladies.”  Her place on the 2014 Teen Nation Tour gave her original acclaim leading to various shows, and her most recent performance at the 2015 CMA Fest in Nashville, Tenn. For more information on Rylie Lynn, visit her website at www.rylielynn.com
Emily Minor: In 2007, Emily auditioned for “American Idol,” where she accelerated in the competition and became a Top 50 “Hollywood” contestant. She played more than 40 dates in 2014 and has over 50 dates scheduled in 2015. Most recently, Emily recorded a four-track EP alongside Scott Trayer. For more information on Emily Minor, visit her website atwww.emilyminor.net
Ben Rue: Ben is a 26-year-old, born and raised in Silverton, Ore. He has worked on a family grass seed farm since he was 11 years old with his dad and two older brothers. Recently, he had the opportunity to be part of the first season of “X-Factor,” making it into the Top 80. He now lives in Nashville, Tenn. where he is continuing his dream of being a Country music singer. For more information on Ben Rue, visit his Facebook page.
Denny Strickland: Denny recently released a new single in February of 2015 titled “Swerve On,” as well as an official video for the track. He has spent much of this year on the road for a radio tour where he has been promoting his new single at Country stations across America. For more information on Denny Strickland, visit his website at www.dennystrickland.com.

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Amy Wilcox Goes Behind-The-Scenes on Set of Music Video for New Summertime Single, “Summer In Slow Motion”

Photo credit: Chase Lauer of The Lookout Collective

Photo credit: Chase Lauer of The Lookout Collective

Singer-songwriter Amy Wilcox has released a behind-the-scenes look at the making of her music video for new single, “Summer In Slow Motion.” The behind-the-scenes video features exclusive interviews with Wilcox and fun-filled footage from the “Summer In Slow Motion” music video shoot, and is now available for viewing on Wilcox’s YouTube channel, here.

Produced by Dusty Barker and directed by Justin Clough, the official music video is also available for viewing on YouTube and the song is available for download on iTunes, Amazon and other major digital retailers.

Written by Wilcox, Lisa Goe and Jordan Schmidt, and produced by Schmidt, “Summer In Slow Motion” is an upbeat party anthem about enjoying the long days of summer with friends. 

Of the new single, Wilcox commented, “Lisa, Jordan and I were all talking about how excited we were that summer was finally coming and how every year, we always say, ‘I’m really gonna make this one count,’ and then it just flies by. The idea behind ‘Summer In Slow Motion’ is that you have to do everything you can to make every second count. Do the things you truly want to do and have fun. Just remember to slow down, appreciate what you have and make every moment worth it.” 

Born in Oklahoma and raised in Arlington, Va., Wilcox first moved to Music City to play Division 1 soccer at Vanderbilt University. While majoring in history and economics with a minor in communications, she topped the SEC Academic Honor Roll and was a leader in shots-on-goal percentage for the Vanderbilt Commodores.

After graduating from Vanderbilt, Wilcox took to the road to pursue music full time and began playing at bars and honky-tonks all over the U.S. 

Wilcox was also a featured cast member on A&E’s “Crazy Hearts: Nashville.” The show documented the lives of up-and-coming Nashville artists and Wilcox is featured on two tracks from the Original Soundtrack, now releasing her highly anticipated single since coming off the show.  

For more information on Amy Wilcox, visit her official website at www.AmyWilcox.com and follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

 

Hall Of Fame Songwriter, Session Legend Mac McAnally Takes Center Stage With New Album

Seven-Time CMA Musician Of The Year Unfurls Triple-Threat Talent As Singer, Songwriter and Picker On A.K.A. Nobody

WorkmFileStandingWcropOn Sept. 18, the world will be reminded why Mac McAnally enjoys unparalleled respect among the country music elite in Nashville.

Set to release on Mailboat Records, A.K.A Nobody is McAnally’s latest solo album, sung, performed and produced by the much beloved session ace. All but one of its songs were written by McAnally, either on his own or with illustrious co-writers including Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown, Sonny Landreth, Chris Stapleton, Al Anderson, and others.

Working with an all-star assembly of friends and studio colleagues, McAnally achieves a rare blend of deep soul and polished technique on each track. His expressive range is on full display — swampy blues on “Place Where You Belong,” some exotic Parisian-style swing on “Zanzibar,” a saucy Cajun swagger on “Loser Gumbo” with McAnally rocking the piano as Sonny Landreth wails on slide guitar, complex but catchy pop reminiscent of Steely Dan’s best on “Someday,” straight-ahead, steel-sweetened country with Southern rock seasoning on “Coast of Carolina.”

And perhaps the album’s biggest surprise, “With a Straight Face,” a sensitive portrayal of two gay children raised by parents who can’t understand their kids are “something God made.”

“I have a heart for the underdog and for the oppressed and persecuted,” McAnally says, addressing “With a Straight Face.” “And I have close friends who have suffered for no good reason I can see. This song is for all the above.”

McAnally’s depth and breadth as an artist are no secret within the recording community. Born in Alabama, raised on church choirs and formal lessons, playing pro gigs at 13, tutored on the mysteries of session excellence at the historic Muscle Shoals Studios and relocated to Nashville, he was an essential ingredient on studio dates with Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton, George Strait, Lee Ann Womack, Randy Travis, George Jones, Billy Joel and many other headliners. He’s traveled the world as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. His peers have honored him every year since 2008 as Musician of the Year at the CMA Awards. And with a track record that includes writing No. 1 hits on his own for Kenny Chesney (“Down the Road”) and Alabama (“Old Flame”) as well as penning chart-toppers for Sawyer Brown (“All These Years”) and Shenandoah (“Two Dozen Roses”), it’s no wonder that he has been voted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“This selection of music made me stay up late and get up early, filled up my fairly big heart and historically large head for the last several years in between also working on musical projects with other artists, which I also love to do,” Mac says. “Because of the long process in recording this album I had the chance to give some long attention to the songs that demanded it, and the ones I thought would benefit from a spontaneous joyfest in the studio with a great band were saved for last. I’m very proud of both the work and that my fans continue to follow my little career. Small though it may be it’s one of the biggest blessings ever. I’m grateful… and to borrow one of the song titles ‘Proud To Be Alive.'”

The ironic title notwithstanding, the music of A.K.A. Nobody speaks to everybody. This is music for all who love the marriage of art, craft and passion that Mac McAnally — and few others — have achieved.

For further information, visit MacMcAnally.com.

 

A.K.A. Nobody track listing:

1. A Little Bit Better (Chris Stapleton and Mac McAnally)

2. Last But Not Least (Zac Brown Wyatt Durrette, Jimmy De Martini, Coy Bowles and Mac McAnally)

3. Mississippi, You’re On My Mind (Jesse Winchester)

4. With A Straight Face (Mac McAnally)

5. Don’t Remember Leaving (Mac McAnally)

6. Zanzibar (Mac McAnally)

7. Place Where You Belong (Al Anderson and Mac McAnally)

8. Proud To Be Alive (Mac McAnally)

9. Better Get Your Story Straight (Mac McAnally)

10. Everything (Ain’t Too High a Price) (Mac McAnally)

11. Loser Gumbo (Sonny Landreth and Mac McAnally)

12. Coast of Carolina (Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally)

13. Someday (Mac McAnally)

14. Island Rain (Kenny Chesney and Mac McAnally)

15. Working Prayer (Mac McAnally)

 

Mac McAnally on tour:

AUG 13 First Niagara PAvilion – Pittsburgh, PA *

AUG 15 Xfinity Center – Mansfield, MA *

AUG 18 Nikon @ Jones Beach – Wantagh, NY *

AUG 20 Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ *

AUG 22 Alpine Valley Music Theatre – East Troy, WI *

SEP 10 Lee Hall Auditorium – Starkville, MS

SEP 26 La Cigale – Paris, France *

SEP 27 La Cigale – Paris, France *

OCT 15 Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA *

OCT 17 MGM Grand Arena – Las Vegas, NV *

OCT 20 Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM *

OCT 22 Hollywood Bowl – Hollywood, CA *

OCT 24 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA *

NOV 7 Meeting of the Minds (Casa Marina) – Key West, FL

DEC 31 Barclays Center – New York, NY *

 

* These shows are with Jimmy Buffett as part of The Coral Reefer Band.

 

Eric Church opens Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville with unique solo show; sold out second show tonight

NASHVILLE, TN - JULY 30:  Musicians Lee Hendricks and Craig Wright join Singer/Songwriter Eric Church (left) for the opening of the new Ascend Amphitheater with the first of two sold out solo shows on July 30, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, TN – JULY 30: Musicians Lee Hendricks and Craig Wright join Singer/Songwriter Eric Church (left) for the opening of the new Ascend Amphitheater with the first of two sold out solo shows on July 30, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

Even by Eric Church’s ever-expanding definition, Thursday night’s show under a full moon to open Nashville’s brand new Ascend Amphitheater was different. Maybe even a little weird, country music’s road warrior told fans.

“The thing about tonight is you get to see something you’ll never see again,” Church told the crowd, which pushed against the lip of the new venue’s stage and stretched up to the top of the new shed’s back walls. “Because after tonight we’re never doing this (bleep) again.”

Full of deep cuts, improvisational arrangements, a few lyric slips, a never-before-heard new song and lots of laughs, the set was reminiscent of the solo outing Church played earlier this year in Salt Lake City when most of his band fell ill due to a virus on The Outsiders World Tour.

Church built “The Outsider’s Joint” on stage, complete with bars and bartenders, friends and band members seated along his playing space, and a cowhide couch. He invited band members Jeff Cease, Joanna Cotten, Lee Hendricks, Jeff Hyde, Driver Williams and Craig Wright on stage individually Thursday night as accompaniment as he worked through some of his biggest hits and favorite album tracks.

“My heart rate is going up because I have no idea what the hell he’s doin’ next,” Cotton said. Church launched into a version of “Creepin’” with a long improvisational coda before telling the crowd: “It’s gonna get way weirder, I promise, man.”

After J Roddy Walston and The Business opened the night with a high-energy set, Church walked onto a darkened stage while working a solo jam on his guitar as he leapt into “Smoke a Little Smoke,” then played most recent No. 1 “Talladega.” After that, there was no set list or road map.

NASHVILLE, TN - JULY 30:  Singer/Songwriter Eric Church opens the new Ascend Amphitheater with the first of two sold out solo shows on July 30, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

NASHVILLE, TN – JULY 30: Singer/Songwriter Eric Church opens the new Ascend Amphitheater with the first of two sold out solo shows on July 30, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

“Welcome to the first night ever at the Ascend Amphitheater here in Nashville,” Church told the crowd. “I‘ll be honest with you: I came out here with those first two songs as kind of my plan, and I don’t have one after this,” Church said. “This only works if you guys sing everything you know as loud as you can.”

Then Church told the first of several personal stories – about his early days on Music Row more than a decade ago. “I was thinking about this one as I was driving in,” Church said before playing “What I Almost Was.”

The singer-songwriter thanked the crowd for allowing him to play his songs simply, as they’d first been written, before the studio veneer was added. He then rewarded fans with a song he’d never played live before called “Three Year Old” about the wonderful travails of fatherhood. The song got its start on a fishing trip during which his son threw both his rod and reel and tackle box into the water. “I’m 38, and I never knew a fishing rod sinks faster than a tackle box,” Church joked.

The Tennessean noted of his performance, “Church wore his heart and his creativity on his sleeve Thursday night – a fitting, memorable way to open a new amphitheater in the heart of Music City.”

RollingStone.com adds, “The number of artists who can pull off the feat, standing vulnerable on a stage with just a guitar, is minuscule, and the number of radio-country artists who would even attempt it is likely smaller still. But Church rose to the occasion, proving that sometimes a simple “oh shit” can beat any bells, whistles or inflatable devils.

As for Friday night, Church promises something completely different. Stay tuned.

Church’s pop-up store, The Outsider’s Joint, remains open through Saturday in East Nashville. The store’s first appearance during CMA Music Festival was a huge success with more than $20,000 going to Church’s Chief Cares Fund. The pop-up store offers official merchandise as well as These Boots by Lucchese, Church’s custom boot line usually only available to VIP ticketholders.

The pop-up shop is located at 218 South 11th Street in the 5 Points area of East Nashville across from the Bill Martin grocery store. Park at LP Field and receive a free ride to 5 Points (excluding tip) from JoyRide by calling (615) 285-9835 or use Uber code OUTSIDERS for $20 off your first ride. While there, a handful of local restaurants have special food and drink offers for those with Ascend Amphitheater tickets. Pop-up store hours are 12-6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.