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Restless Heart to Celebrate the Holidays at Opryland!

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Country music powerhouse group Restless Heart is bringing its rich, soaring harmonies to Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas with the all-new A Season of Harmony Dinner Show. Known for chart-toppers like “The Bluest Eyes in Texas,” “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)” and “When She Cries,” the band—celebrating 30 years with its five original members—will perform holiday classics and original songs from its new Christmas album, A Season of Harmony, as well as favorite hits.

“We are really looking forward to keeping it close to home this Christmas,” says Restless Heart lead singer Larry Stewart. “We’re thankful for this wonderful opportunity and we hope all of our fans will come spend Christmas with us at at Gaylord Opryland!”

Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas kicks off mid-November with Restless Heart performing nearly 30 live A Season of Harmony Dinner Shows leading up to Christmas. Held in the iconic 2,882-room hotel’s Tennessee Ballroom, each show will include a four-course meal prepared by Gaylord Opryland’s award-winning chefs.

Tickets go on-sale this Friday, July 18 and may be purchased online at

Dallas Davidson Arrested After Drunken Debacle at Tin Roof

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Songwriter and Private Lives of Nashville Wives star Dallas Davidson was arrested last night for a drunken tirade and the popular bar The Tin Roof in Nashville. When police reported to the scene around 3am, Davidson was punching into his hand and yelling obscenities and racial slurs at passersby. The Tennessean reports he also punched a guy and shouted a gay slur.

Davidson was released on his own recognizance on charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

Dallas Davidson has had his hand in several no. 1 songs including “All About Tonight,” “Rain is a Good Thing,” “That’s My Kind of Night,” Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and more.

Lake City, Tennessee, Is Now Rocky Top, Tennessee

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The town of Lake City in Tennessee has changed its name to Rocky Top, over the objections of the publishers of the song of the same name. Mayor Tim Sharp confirms the town council voted for the name change last night. The publishers of the song made a last-minute bid in federal court to stop the change. A group of developers hopes to capitalize on the name by building a complex that includes a 3D animated theater, a live music venue, an indoor-outdoor waterpark and a 500-seat paddleboat restaurant.

Kevin Sharp Dies at Age of 43

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Kevin Sharp, best known for his 1996 hit “Nobody Knows” died Saturday in his Fair Oaks, California home at the age of 43. He was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer as a senior in high school, and thanks to Make-a-Wish, he met famed producer David Foster, which started several ongoing conversations.

After going into remission in 1991, Sharp eventually released an album, Measure of a Man in 1996 which garnered his no. 1 single “Nobody Knows” as well as “She’s Sure Taking It Well” and “If You Love Somebody.”

Throughout his life, Kevin worked closely with Make-A-Wish and traveled the country as a motivational speaker.

He had a good, strong heart,” Kevin’s mother tells CNN. “He’s not hurting anymore.”

A memorial service is being planned in Nashville, Tennessee. Details were not immediately available. In lieu of flowers, Sharp’s family requests that memorial donations be made to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Jeff Bates Honored by State of Mississippi

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Recently, Country Music artist, Jeff Bates was recognized with a Resolution put forth by the State of Mississippi’s House of Representatives. The resolution commended Jeffery Wayne “Jeff” Bates for his contributions and success in Country Music, for having confronted and overcome adversity, and for his dedication to his family, wife Kelly Vaughn and daughter Brianna.

“Whereas, a man with a life’s story that seemingly chronicles a classic country song,” listed the Resolution, “…Jeff rebounded with an undeniable affirmation of self and a renewed awareness of purpose to once again seize the reins of destiny which were innately embedded in the core of his musicality.”

The resolution went on to recognize Bates’ ongoing charity work and upcoming endeavors and concluded “Mr. Bates’ stature and incredible success, whose talent, life’s story and benevolences have bestowed great pride and integrity upon the great State of Mississippi.”

Bates was raised in Bunker Hill, Miss., adopted as the eldest of nine children by sharecropping parents. After moving to Nashville to chase his dreams, he landed a publishing deal with Warner-Chappell. However, in 2001, Bates’ battle with drugs and his addiction landed him in jail putting an end, if only for a while, to his music career.

After being released, Bates co-wrote Tracy Lawrence’s 2002 single, “What a Memory,” putting him well on the path to success. In 2003, Bates inked his first record deal with RCA Records and released his debut album Rainbow Man that produced a top-ten single, “The Love Song.” Three more albums would follow, including Leave the Light On (RCA), his self-titled project and One Day Closer (Black River), culminating in seven top-40 singles and a No. 1 Christian country single.

“I am honored and humbled by this award,” stated Bates. “I wish my Mama and Daddy were still here to physically see and share in this occasion. However I trust that they are with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven, smiling down with the pride only Parents can feel!” Bates continued “I would like to personally extend thanks to Aaron Williams; Rep. Charles Busby; District 111, Phillip Gunn; Speaker of The House, Rep. C. Scott Bounds; District 44, Senator Giles K. Ward; District 18, Senator Lydia Chassaniol; District 14, Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves; and last but definitely not least my friend, brother, and mentor Fred Robinson and his wife Dianne for your selfless efforts on my behalf in making this momentous event in my life happen!”

Bates currently celebrates 13 years of sobriety. He continues the outreach of Jeff Bates Ministries and dedicates his life to what he considers “the most important and ultimate accomplishment,” the job of being a full-time father. Additionally, Bates is back in the studio working on a variety of projects, including the highly-anticipated album Me & Conway (which will feature Twitty classics as well as a mix of original tunes) and The Songwriter Series, both due out later this year. Bates is also assisting up-and-coming artists as a manager and has recently built Bates Shop Studios.

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