Southern Living announces the first-ever Biscuits & Jam Concert Series, presented by AT&T U-verse®, to be held at the 2013 Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel in Nashville. Emerging country artists will perform on Sunday evenings from July 7 to August 25. Tickets are on sale now for $15 at fontanelmansion.com.
Set against a scenic backdrop of classic Southern architecture and gardens, guests will enjoy acoustic performances and a picnic-themed menu featuring Southern Living Test Kitchen recipes, including a complimentary signature biscuit. Each concert will feature 60-75 minutes of live country music starting at 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Idea House. Following are the artists scheduled to play the series:
July 7: Nikki Lane
July 14: Jana Kramer
July 21: The Farm
July 28: Elizabeth Cook
August 4: Holly Williams
August 11: Brett Eldredge
August 18: Sarah Darling
August 25: DUGAS
Video footage from each show will be available on the new Country DeepTM App on U-verse TV 1, online at Uverse.com/countrydeep and on mobile devices via the U-verse App for smartphones & tablets.2 From September through December, videos from the series will also be available at SouthernLiving.com/Jam.
The Southern Living Idea House, designed to inspire consumers, is open for tours from Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This year, the home was built on Barbara Mandrell’s former estate, and will later reopen as a boutique hotel. Tickets to view the house are $12 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, visit southernliving.com/ideahouse. This concert series is the third musical attraction on the Fontanel grounds, in addition to the recording studio and outdoor amphitheater. The courtyard at the house can hold 450 attendees at each show.
Rising country music star Craig Campbell kicked off CMA Fest with a bang by hosting his inaugural Celebrity Cornhole Challenge. Craig and his celebrity friends competed in a cornhole tournament to raise money for the TJ Martell Foundation’s colon cancer research in honor of Craig’s late father who passed away from colon cancer at the age of 36.
The event took place Tuesday June 4th at the Public Square in Downtown Nashville, and featured many of Craig’s celebrity friends, including Bridgette Tatum, Dean Alexander, James Wesley, Ryan Kinder, Big D & Bubba, Chase Rice, THE FARM, Gloriana, Greg Bates, Jerrod Niemann, LoCash Cowboys, Love and Theft, Rachel Bradshaw, Whitney Duncan, Australian duo Baylou, GAC’s Suzanne Alexander, Titans Kicker Rob Bironas, and Storme Warren as emcee. A few lucky fans bid on the chance to play in the tournament alongside their favorite celebs. Campbell and his teammate Eric Lindsey proudly posed for photos with fans and their trophies after taking the top spot in the tournament. Second place went to Brad McDonald and Corey Hadley, third to LoCash Cowboys, and fourth to Bigger Picture artist Ryan Kinder and Bigger Picture President, Michael Powers.
In addition to watching their favorite celebs battle it out with beanbags, fans also enjoyed great musical performances from Baylou, Rachel Bradshaw, Ryan Kinder, Jerrod Niemann, and Craig himself closing out the event with a crowd-pleasing performance of his hit “Fish”. The event was a huge success, collecting more than $15,000 with proceeds benefitting the TJ Martell Foundation.
“I’m immensely grateful to all my fans and friends who came out to take part in my first Celebrity Cornhole Challenge. It meant a lot to have so much support in our efforts to toss out colon cancer,” says Campbell. “We are already making plans for next year’s event, and I’m strategizing how to land a win again in year two!”
As Campbell wraps his first Cornhole Challenge and begins planning for next year, he is also excited about his lead single “Outta My Head” climbing into the top 25 on the Billboard Country chart. Written by Brandon Kinney, Cole Swindell, and Michael Carter, the song is featured on his recently released sophomore album NEVER REGRET, available now everywhere music is sold.
Generous event supporters included Bigger Picture, Creative Artists Agency, McPherson Guitars, SESAC, Team Cocktail, The T.J. Martell Foundation, Twisted Tea: Hard Iced Tea, Yazoo, The Stage, Legends Corner, Second Fiddle, Crossroads, and more.
Join Warner Music Nashville on June 5th for The Warner Sound Presents: 2013 CMT Music Awards Official Fan After Party. The party will feature exclusive, intimate performances by Warner Music Nashville artists Brett Eldredge, The Farm Inc., Jana Kramer and Charlie Worsham. Immediately following the 2013 CMT Music Awards, country fans can head to the party at aVenue in downtown Nashville – a short walk from Bridgestone Arena where the 2013 CMT Music Awards take place.
Doors open at 9:30pm with a VIP meet and greet at 10:00pm and the show at 10:30pm. VIP tickets sold out within hours the day they were released, but general admission tickets are still available in limited quantities now in the Warner Music Nashville Official Store. You won’t want to miss this exclusive event!
TODAY, THE FARM will take part in Southwest Airlines’ Live at 35 concert series, performing on their Taylor Guitars at 35,000 feet to passengers on a flight traveling from Pheonix, AZ to San Diego, CA. The midair show is part of the 2013 Travelin’ Taylor Tour series which features current and rising stars in a unique inflight experience, while playing on custom Southwest-themed GS Mini guitars.
THE FARM was chosen by Southwest as one of the first acts to participate for the 2013 season, after the series kick-off Monday, May 13th. Other past performers on Southwest Airline flights include ZZ Ward, Youngblood Hawke, Vicci Martinez, Delta Rae, Eric Hutchinson and Hedley.
Fans not traveling on the flight can still view THE FARM’s performance on Southwest Airline’s blog, Nuts About Southwest and the Taylor Guitars Blog.