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Old Dominion Celebrates New Music With Fervent Nashville Audience

Photo Credit: David McClister

Photo Credit: David McClister

“One of country’s hottest buzz bands” (Taste of Country), newcomers Old Dominion lit up the stage to a packed house at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge on Wednesday, Nov. 19 to celebrate the release of their self-titled debut EP (Oct. 7 digital release; ReeSmack/Thirty Tigers), produced by critically-acclaimed writer and producer Shane McAnally. The release party, presented by WSIX, was hosted by radio personality Cody Alan and celebrated new music as well as their versions of hits they have collectively penned for other artists like Dierks Bentley, Craig Morgan and The Band Perry. Their EP is available for purchase on iTunes here.

“It was incredible to play a Nashville show without it feeling like a ‘typical Nashville show,’” shared Matthew Ramsey, lead vocalist/guitarist for Old Dominion, the band that was just named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “Ones To Watch.” McAnally added, “Seeing them own that audience with music they’ve written and are known for was a watershed moment for me.”

The New York Times called McAnally “a commercial force in Nashville, a songwriter with a unique melodic and lyrical touch, and an uncommon knack for hits,” and given his own credentials, along with early support from the man The Wall Street Journal named “Nashville’s newest hit maker” John Marks, Old Dominion is certainly backing the hype with substance.

Old Dominion has been on the road with Chase Rice on his Ignite The Night Tour and will open select December dates following their tour dates in Las Vegas, Nev. listed below.

Upcoming performances include the following:
Saturday, November 22 | Buchanan, Va. | BAMA Benefit
Wednesday, December 3 | Las Vegas, Nev. | 28th Annual Hoedown
Thursday, December 4 | Las Vegas, Nev. | MGM Grand NFR Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone
Friday, December 5 | Las Vegas, Nev. | MGM Grand NFR Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone
Saturday, December 6 | Las Vegas, Nev. | MGM Grand NFR Crown Royal Gold Buckle Zone
Saturday, December 13 | Duluth, Ga. | Wild Bill’s
Thursday, December 18 | Raleigh, N.C. | The Ritz
Friday, December 19 | Silver Spring, Md. | The Filmore Silver Spring
Saturday, December 20 | New York, N.Y. | Irving Plaza
Sunday, December 21 | Philadelphia, Penn. | Theatre of The Living Arts

Old Dominion EP track listing:
1. “Shut Me Up” (Andrew Dorff, Matthew Ramsey and Brad Tursi)
2. “Break Up With Him” (Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung and Brad Tursi)
3. “Nowhere Fast” (Matthew Jenkins, Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen)
4. “Beer Can In A Truck Bed” (Matthew Jenkins, Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen)
5. “Wrong Turns” (Matthew Jenkins, Matthew Ramsey and Trevor Rosen)

For more information on Old Dominion and their upcoming live dates, visit www.olddominionband.com

Billy Gilman Comes Out as Gay

Following in Ty Herndon‘s footsteps, child country artist Billy Gilman has come out as gay via YouTube.

“It’s taken me a good many weeks to figure out how I was to approach this video that you’re watching right now,” he said. “But today, actually, a fellow country artist and friend made it easier for me to make this video. And I wanted my fans, who have stuck by me for many, many years, to know.”

Billy goes on to say that he’s in a happy loving relationship with a partner, and after a reporter snapped a photo of the two together, he decided that he’d rather the news come from him instead of the news.

“I guess coming to terms with this situation, people were stating, ‘Oh, you don’t know how many times we heard comments made.’ … It’s difficult for me to make this video. Not because I’m ashamed of being a gay male artist, or a gay artist, or a gay person. But it’s pretty silly to know that I’m ashamed of doing this knowing that because I’m in a genre, and in an industry, that is ashamed of me for being me.”

Times, they are a changing, and it’s great to see so many people finally being true to themselves, and although they’re afraid… It’s truly refreshing to see so much courage.

“Anyway it’s been a crazy day and I can honestly say I’m scared to death, but I thank each and every one of you for your support. You know how much I love you and just thank you for all of your support. Know that I will always strive to be the best artist that I can be. Now that I have finally found my place as a person, that only makes the music that much better,” he said.

“So I thank you for your support and I know some people won’t agree with this. And that’s OK. To each his own. But I felt it was time for me to be honest and to be truthful. I love you all and from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.”

Michael W. Smith Brings Christmas to Life with New Album

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On Wednesday, Franklin, Tennessee was put in the holiday spirit while friends, family, and industry folks celebrated the release of Michael W. Smith’s new Christmas album, Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas. The album was released, Tuesday, September 30th and boasts a compilation of collaborations between Michael and some of country music’s top artists including Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Nettles along with Bono and Michael McDonald.

<embedAfter listening, the album is sure to be a huge success and a new family favorite to slip into the CD player while making cookies and wrapping presents. Stand-out songs include “Silent Night” with Little Big Town and the powerful “All is Well” with Carrie Underwood.The album is more than just holiday music, it’s a soundtrack to the holiday season through the hustle and bustle of busy shops and streets lined with lights to the reason for the season, the birth of Jesus Christ. We urge you to pick-up your copy now and start listening to your new favorite Christmas album!

Grammy-Winner Lynn Anderson Arrested on DUI

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Grammy winner Lynn Anderson was arrested on September 11th for DUI after she was involved in a collision in Nashville. She admitted to being under the influence of alcohol and prescription drugs at the time of the accident.

The 66 year old “Rose Garden” singer has had a string of similar incidents over the past decade which include being passed out in her car on the shoulder of the highway, accidents, and theft.

“I apologize for the choices I made and subsequent actions on Thursday evening that ultimately resulted in the accident,” she said. “By the grace of God, I am very grateful that no one was injured as a result. I am committed to the accountable steps that I will be facing on the road to recovery and am deeply sorry for anyone that I have harmed along this path.”

We hope Lynn gets the help she needs.

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 www.christmasatopryland.com.

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