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Kristian Bush Makes Solo Grand Ole Opry Debut

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Kristian Bush made his solo debut at the Grand Ole Opry on Friday night (7/18). The country singer, also known as one-half of Platinum-selling duo Sugarland, stepped up to the microphone and took the opportunity to introduce his voice and new material to the live audience.

“I feel so grateful, to the Opry for inviting me, to the audience who heard me use my voice, and to my brother for joining me in both writing this song and performing it on such a hallowed stage. It was an amazing experience, like a roller coaster I want to get back on,” said Bush.

Bush performed his new single “Trailer Hitch,” an infectious song that carries the underlying message of enjoying the gift of giving back over the desire for material things. Already available for pre-order on iTunes, “Trailer Hitch” is set to hit Country radio nationwide on July 28. He also treated the packed crowd to the tune “Southern Gravity,” his own love song to the South. Both songs will be featured on Bush’s upcoming debut solo album for which he is collaborating with longtime producer Byron Gallimore to be released on Streamsound Records.

Bush has been leaving his mark on music for more than two decades. The singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist started his career with folk rock duo Billy Pilgrim in the early ’90s, releasing a much-lauded pair of albums for Atlantic Records (self-titled debut and BLOOM). In 2004, he exploded onto the country music scene with Sugarland, surpassing sales of over 22 million albums worldwide, achieving five No. 1 singles and winning numerous awards, including Grammys, AMAs, ACMs, CMT Music Awards and CMAs. To date, Bush garnered six BMI Awards for his songwriting, and in 2011 founded the music publishing company and songwriting collective Songs of the Architect. Recent producing/songwriting collaborations include Mike Elizondo, Rita Wilson, Dia Frampton, Ellis Paul, Matt Nathanson, the dB’s, Martin Johnson of Boys Like Girls, Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale, and up-and-comers including Larkin Poe, Natalie Stovall, Canaan Smith, Jaida Dreyer, Alana Springsteen, and The Voice contestant Savannah Berry.

Brad Paisley Makes Good on Grand Ole Opry Offer to Sarah Darling

Photo By: Chris Hollo for Grand Ole Opry

Photo By: Chris Hollo for Grand Ole Opry

Last week (July 18) on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, country superstar and Opry member Brad Paisley and former Rising Star contestant Sarah Darling performed Paisley’s hit “Whiskey Lullaby.” This was the fulfillment of the invitation he extended to Darling last week during the live broadcast of ABC’s new hit singing competition Rising Star after she was eliminated from the show by just a fraction of a percentage in the votes.

Paisley introduced Darling before the performance, saying “Welcome home – back to the place you belong, Nashville, Tenn.”
Darling responded, “There’s no place like home.”

Tune in for Rising Star on ABC, Sunday evenings through August 24, 9:00pm ET.

Krystal Keith Makes Her Grand Ole Opry Debut

Backstage at her debut performance at The Grand Ole Opry,

Backstage at her debut performance at The Grand Ole Opry.

On Wednesday, July 9, country music singer-songwriter Krystal Keith took another stride forward with her debut performance at the venerable Grand Ole Opry.

“I have never been nervous on a stage in my life…until that night at The Grand Ole Opry,” Krystal recalls. “There is something so special and sacred about that stage and being in the circle knowing all of my musical heroes have performed there so many times before me. I was so humbled and honored to have joined that long line of legends who’ve shared that moment.”

The artist also shared her moment with her dad, Toby Keith, on the day after his birthday adding another special element to the night. She notes, “his love of the good ole time country music is one of the greatest influences for both my dad and I and being asked to perform just after his birthday didn’t feel like a coincidence. It felt like a sign that he is watching over me smiling and guiding me through this journey.”

This performance follows many recent firsts for Krystal. This summer she embarked on her first major tour, opening for her dad on his Shut Up And Hold On Tour Presented by Ford F-Series. She is on the road in support of the release her debut album, Whiskey & Lace. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel raved “when Krystal lends her deep, well-polished voice… she reveals herself as an exciting new artist;” and the Cleveland Plain Dealer praised, “Keith has matured into a solid singer, with a wide range. And, like her dad, she’s evolved into a songwriter capable of not just tugging at heartstrings, but playing them like a puppet master. …From top to bottom, [Whiskey & Lace] is filled with good, catchy country songs.”

At recent tour stops in the Washington DC (June 28) and Cleveland (June 29) areas, Krystal brought her show out to the fans before the venue gates opened and performed with her band in the back of a pickup truck for a crowd full of tailgaters in the parking lot. Follow Krystal on her Instagram and Facebook pages for notices about more impromptu ‘get your tailgate on’ pre-shows at upcoming tour stops, dates include:

July 25 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Center
July 26 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre
July 27 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center
Aug. 08 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
Aug. 09 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion
Sept. 13 Indianapolis, IN Klipsch Music Center
Sept. 27 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Bank Center

Ryman Auditorium to Undergo Massive Expansion

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Nashville’s iconic National Historic Landmark and world renowned performance venue, The Ryman Auditorium, will undergo a $14 million planned expansion and renovation of the Ryman’s 1994 addition. The historic auditorium, restored in 1994, will remain unchanged.

The proposed expansion and renovation will improve the Ryman Auditorium experience for both tour guests and concert attendees and will include an event space featuring a new, state-of-the-art daytime tour attraction, which will provide a unique way to relive the Ryman Auditorium’s storied past. The space will be available in the evenings for private functions. Other amenities include a dedicated café space, enhanced food and beverage services throughout the building and an expanded retail area with interior and exterior access. Renovation plans also include a new box office, additional restroom facilities and larger lobbies.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined Colin V. Reed, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Ryman Hospitality Properties, Sally Williams, general manager of the Ryman Auditorium and Opry Entertainment vice president of business and partnership development and Steve Buchanan, president of the Opry Entertainment Group for today’s announcement at the Ryman Auditorium.

“The tourism industry adds more than a billion dollars annually to our state’s tax base, making it critical to fostering sustained economic growth in Tennessee,” Haslam said. “Continued investment from hospitality leaders like Ryman will further improve our state’s unique tourist offerings and attract even more visitors to Tennessee.”

In a statement made prior to today’s press conference, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said, “There’s no place in the world like Music City, and we owe a great deal of that unique identity to the city’s iconic landmarks, particularly the Ryman Auditorium,” Dean said. “This expansion is a welcome addition to our vibrant downtown area. I thank Ryman Hospitality and Colin for this investment and all they’ve done to help make Nashville a top destination.”

The planned renovation and expansion are part of Ryman Hospitality Properties’ ongoing investment in Nashville and its attractions business, which recently experienced record-breaking tour and concert ticket sales.

“The Music City brand has never been more powerful than it is today. We strongly believe that we are at the very front end of a meteoric rise in both national and international tourism thanks largely to the ever-increasing popularity of country music and the “Nashville” television show,” Reed said. “We are making this investment now so that the Ryman Auditorium is better equipped to accommodate the current and future demand we are seeing from both a tourism and concert attendance perspective.”

The project is expected to break ground in late summer 2014 with a planned opening in early June 2015. The Ryman Auditorium is slated to host a full calendar of events and tours throughout construction.

Williams said, “Just as Steve Buchanan and the company’s management team did in 1994 with the original Ryman Auditorium expansion and reopening, we are thoughtfully planning for the future of one of the most historic and revered places to hear and perform live music. The enhancements will dramatically improve the pre-and post-show experience and allow visitors to share in our 122-year history in ways that are not possible within our current space. With no renovations taking place in the historic auditorium, we expect little to no disruption in our operations throughout the construction phase, which we anticipate will be complete in time to welcome our guests during next year’s CMA Music Festival.”

 “Before we decided to move forward with our plans for this expansion, we felt that it was important to have the support of the artist community who played a vital role in making the Ryman Auditorium the internationally-celebrated venue it is today. We have shared our plans with several artists who have a strong connection to the Ryman Auditorium and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Maintaining the historic integrity of the Ryman Auditorium was a high priority and we have selected two Nashville-based firms who share in that vision, Hastings Architecture Associates and R.C. Mathews Contractor, who served as the general contractor for the original 1994 Ryman Auditorium expansion. The proposed design will preserve the historic 5th Ave. entrance skyline and original Ryman Auditorium aesthetic while providing some much needed room to grow.”

Also in attendance at today’s press conference were Grand Ole Opry members and multi-Grammy Award-winning artists Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs and Marty Stuart.

“The Ryman has always been in the best hands since this company has taken over its operation,” said Vince Gill. “This is an important renovation, but the heart this company has shown for the Ryman’s preservation is even more special.”

“To me, there is no place like The Ryman Auditorium,” said Ricky Skaggs. “Whether I’m performing, seeing a show or just walking around in the building, it’s home to my heart.

That’s why I’m so excited about the new expansion The Ryman is getting. It’s gonna be great for the fans and the performers. The Ryman is The History Of The Future!”

“The Ryman Auditorium has seen countless changes in the Nashville landscape since its doors opened in 1892,” said Marty Stuart. “It has somehow been a standard-bearer all the while, moving forward with the times. The new expansion to the “Mother Church of Country Music” is a fitting reflection of the global interest in our city as well as the world of country music. It’s exciting to watch the continuance of the legacy of one of America’s most cherished buildings.”

Lucy Hale Debuts New Single at Grand Ole Opry Debut

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Lucy Hale was honored to make her debut appearance on the famed Grand Ole Opry stage on Saturday, June 21st to perform her brand new single, “Lie A Little Better.” On Monday, June 30th, the Memphis born and raised singer is set for a return appearance on the #1 rated morning show, “Good Morning America,” for the nationally televised debut performance of the song.

The up-tempo track, “Lie A Little Better,” can be found on the singer’s debut album, ROAD BETWEEN, released by DMG Nashville and featuring 11 songs, produced by Mark Bright and Mike Daly. “Lie A Little Better,” written by Melissa Peirce, Mike Daly and Chris DeStefano, will impact country radio on July 21st. The music video for the catchy tune was also filmed over the weekend at the Opry House and will give fans an intimate backstage view of the legendary stage, home to countless historical moments in Country Music.

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