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Stars of “Nashville” Kick-Off First Ever Concert Tour

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The first-ever “Nashville” Concert Tour with series stars Charles Esten, Clare Bowen, Jonathan Jackson, Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack, is scheduled to take place starting April 25, 2014. Will Chase joins his cast mates for the New York concert only.

Tickets are on sale now and information on dates, venues and how to purchase can be found below:

4/25 – Joe’s Bar, Chicago, IL
On sale: 4/4 at 10am CT

5/4 – Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC
On sale: 4/4 at 10am ET

5/6 – Best Buy Theater, New York, NY
On sale: 4/4 at 12pm ET

The tour is presented by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation and produced by the Opry Entertainment Group.

Big Machine Records, ABC Studios and Lionsgate have previously released three “Music of ‘Nashville’” soundtracks with all original music. The fourth highly-anticipated soundtrack will be on sale May 6, 2014. Collectively, the previous albums have sold over 3 million tracks.

“We’re thrilled to have an opportunity to showcase our artists in a live setting where fans can enjoy the music from the show in a more intimate setting,” said Dawn Soler, Senior Vice President, TV Music, ABC Entertainment Group. She added, “Each song is a crucial part of our storyline and each week our multitalented actors are able to breathe life into the story by performing these wonderful lyrical works.”

“We have an exceptionally talented cast of great actors, many who are also wonderful singers, musicians and songwriters,” said Steve Buchanan, “Nashville” executive producer and President, Opry Entertainment Group. “It is exciting to be able to hit the road and be face to face with our show’s fans.”

Nashville’s “Deacon & Scarlett” to Headline Country Music Marathon Concert

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On Saturday, April 26th the 15th annual St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan, continues the strong tradition of great country music combined with the premier running event in Tennessee as Television actors Charles “Chip” Esten and Clare Bowen, who play Deacon Claybourn and Scarlett O’Connor on ABC’s hit television show “Nashville” will take the stage for the post-race concert at the Bridgestone Arena at 7:00 p.m. Rising star, Chase Rice, will open the show.

The musically themed road race attracts more than 30,000 runners, walkers and 6,000 junior racers through KiDS ROCK Nashville, who will take on the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses while passing many of Nashville’s best live bands along the route.

The concert is open to the public and tickets are now on sale for $35.00. Tickets can be purchased at the Bridgestone Arena box office, TicketMaster charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or

“The St. Jude Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon presented by Nissan continues as a marquee event in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series,” said Malain McCormick, Event Director. “We are thrilled that Chip, Clare and Chase will perform at this year’s post-race concert and are proud that so many participants return year after year to experience the event and everything Nashville has to offer.”

During the marathon, thousands of St. Jude Heroes will run for a reason, hoping to raise more than $2 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

“The St. Jude Country Music Marathon uniquely unites the country music industry, fitness enthusiasts and St. Jude Heroes who, together, are bringing children one step closer to victory in their fight against cancer,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “The funds raised from this event and our St. Jude Heroes help ensure no family will ever receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food so that all they should worry about is helping their child live.”

Adding to the excitement of the event, race organizers have compiled a brand new start line, amidst Lower Broadway’s honky tonks in downtown Nashville, and course is being planned for the over 30,000 runners that are expected take to the streets for the monumental milestone.

The changes will continue to highlight the key elements of Nashville and will be less taxing on city agencies while improving the participant and spectator experience. Spectators will now be able to walk between the start and finish lines.

The St. Jude Country Music Marathon weekend kicks off Thursday, April 24th with a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo at the new Nashville Music City Center. All race participants will visit the expo to pick up their race numbers and browse over 100 exhibitors featuring free samples, the latest in running gear and sports apparel, as well as a series of interactive clinics.

Fifty of Nashville’s favorite live bands will perform along the course, interspaced with cheerleaders and themed water stations. Race weekend includes a post race headliner concert at the Bridgestone Arena Saturday night where participants and volunteers receive free admission. The event concludes on Sunday afternoon with KiDS ROCK Nashville, where more than 6,000 junior racers from grades K-7 will complete the final mile of their modified marathon.

For more information or to register for the event, visit

Hayden Panettiere Making Nashville Home


Nashville isn’t just for music.  Many celebrities who find themselves here for work enjoy it because it gives them a sense of normalcy… Thanks to the small town feel and lack of stalking paparazzi, Hayden Panettiere is loving making Nashville home.

“Living in Nashville gives me a sense of normalcy that I wasn’t sure I was ever going to get back in my life,” Hayden Panettiere tells Southern Living magazine. “The people here are amazing… when I first got here, all my defenses were still up, and I was waiting for that world to suddenly creep back in. When it didn’t, I realized that I can live a normal life here with people who don’t judge you based on what you do or who you are in the public eye.”

The star of ABC’s hit show Nashville is featured on the cover of the first-ever flip issue of Southern Living. It marks the first time a celebrity has appeared on the cover in the brand’s 48-year history. This debuts the brand’s first-ever, 30-page Spring Style Guide in the March issue, on newsstands February 21st.

“Even if something happens to the show, I know this is a place I want to call home,” Panettiere tells Southern Living of her decision to buy a house in Music City with fiancé heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko.

Southern Living shot Panettiere at Nashville’s iconic Ryman Auditorium where she discussed her style and beauty secrets, country music icons and what she loves about Nashville.

“You get everything walking through that door [Ryman]. When you look at the walls and the display boxes, you find that you have everything there—from the beautiful gowns country stars have worn to cowboy hats and even some rock ‘n’ roll stuff. The city, which is very influenced by music, has become very eclectic. It’s just not country anymore,” she says.

“My parents love country music, so I listened to a lot of it growing up,” Panettiere says. “Allison Krauss’ ‘The Boy Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn’ is still one of my favorite songs of all time. And Faith Hill is an icon.”

When in her new hometown of Nashville, the 24-year-old star admits she likes to shop at “Two Old Hippies…[it] is an awesome store downtown with a wide range of stuff from gadgets to fun books.”

For the full interview, go to:

To watch behind-the-scenes footage of Hayden’s cover shoot, go to:

“Nashville’s” Jonathan Jackson, aka Avery, Inks Real-Life Record Deal


Nashville” star Jonathan Jackson, aka Avery, won’t just be playing a big music star on tv. According to Billboard Jonathan has signed with Loud & Proud Records, and has the exposure of “Nashville” to thank.

Being a part of a show like ‘Nashville,’ [with] the music side of it, I knew from the very beginning that it was extremely important and that they were obviously putting a lot into it,” Jackson says. “It was pretty easy to see that at the least, I would get more exposure as a singer. For years, I’ve thought about a project or a way where I could do acting and music together, and I never really thought that would happen. Then ‘Nashville’ came along, and it was like a dream come true to marry both of those worlds.

“At the same time, the last however many years of my life, I’ve started to get to the place of not having expectations about how things are supposed to turn out and really just try to live day to day. So I haven’t thought about the specifics much, but I knew the exposure was there.

As for the type of music you can expect from Jonathan, you most likely won’t be reading about it much further on CMTT. His previous band, Enation, is known for indie-alternative rock music. Luckily, we’ll still get to continue to see Jonathan stir-up drama on “Nashville.”

‘Nashville’ Mayor Teddy Conrad, aka Eric Close, to Serve as Parade Grand Marshal

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Television and film actor Eric Close, who plays Mayor Teddy Conrad on ABC’s hit television show “Nashville,” will serve as Parade Grand Marshal for the 61st annual Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade. The parade kicks off the holiday season in downtown Nashville on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at 7 p.m. The parade theme this year is “Sharing the Joy of Giving.”

“Piedmont Natural Gas is proud to continue this Nashville holiday tradition,” said Stephen Francescon, Community Relations Manager, Tennessee, at Piedmont Natural Gas. “This is the 61st year for the Nashville Christmas parade, and the people of Nashville and all of Middle Tennessee have enjoyed and supported the parade with huge turnouts every year. We are especially excited to have ‘Nashville’s’ Eric Close join us as Grand Marshal.”

This year’s night of festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. with the lighting of the city’s Christmas tree in Public Square Plaza in Downtown Nashville. Mayor Karl Dean will be joined by Eric Close, Piedmont Natural Gas executives and other special guests. The tree lighting will be immediately followed with fireworks. The parade begins at 7 p.m. at Public Square Plaza and travels down Second Ave. and up Broadway to Ninth Avenue.

“The Nashville Christmas Parade is a great family-friendly tradition that brings people out to enjoy our beautiful downtown,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “With the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on the same night, these festivities are a great way for our city to kick off the holiday season. This year’s Mayor’s tree lighting will take on a whole new level of excitement since it will include an appearance by another mayor – the mayor of the ‘Nashville’ TV show. I want to thank Eric Close for serving as grand marshal of the parade and being part of our Nashville community in this special way.”

All proceeds from the parade will benefit Piedmont’s Share the Warmth program, which assists local low-income families who need help paying energy bills at any point during the year, regardless of their energy source. Since 2003, Piedmont Natural Gas and its customers, along with the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation, have donated more than $1.5 million to Share the Warmth energy assistance funds.

To stay up to date on parade happenings and announcements, visit the Piedmont Natural Gas Nashville Christmas Parade Facebook page at Additional information on how to participate in this year’s parade is also available at

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