Americana Music Association Announces13th Annual Honors & Awards Performers

The Americana Music Association revealed an initial presenter and performer lineup for its 13th annual Honors & Awards show today. As anticipated, the list reflects Americana’s “spirit of eclecticism” (New York Times) through its diverse production and curation.

In addition to previously announced performances by Loretta Lynn, Flaco Jimenez, Taj Mahal and Jackson Browne, the tastemaker event will feature Buddy Miller, Cassandra Wilson, Flaco Jimenez, Hard Working Americans, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Jason Isbell, Jim Lauderdale, Marty Stuart, Parker Millsap, Patty Griffin, Robert Ellis, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Ry Cooder, Sarah Jarosz, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Sturgill Simpson, The Devil Makes Three, The McCrary Sisters, The Milk Carton Kids and Valerie June with presentations by Amy Ray, Carlene Carter, Elizabeth Cook, Emmylou Harris, JD Souther, Joe Henry, John Paul White, Josh Ritter, Keb' Mo', Rhett Miller, Shovels & Rope, Todd Snider and Vince Gill.

The 13th Annual Honors & Awards Show, held at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, September 17, will be hosted by Jim Lauderdale and feature a house band led by Buddy Miller that includes Don Was, Joachim Cooder, Tim Lauer, The McCrary Sisters and legend Ry Cooder.

Broadcast live with SiriusXM "Outlaw Country" and online via NPR's Folk Alley, and edited for television for PBS that will air November 22 in the Austin City Limits time slot, the Americana Honors & Awards, for the first time, will also air on Australia's CMC (Country Music Channel).

The show kicks off the 15th Annual Festival and Conference that runs Wednesday, September 17 through Sunday, September 21. The conference will deliver a range of panels, networking and seminars while the “finely-tuned festival” (Travel + Leisure) hosts a record 175 artist showcases across 11 Music City venues, including The Avett Brothers at Riverfront Park Saturday, September 20th.

For a full list of performers, panels, and ticket and registration information, please visit



Professional Bull Riders Family Event Set at Nashville Bass Pro Shops

Professional Bull Riders family event to be hosted at Nashville Bass Pro Shops

The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) and Bass Pro Shops are bringing family fun to the Nashville Bass Pro Shops store located at 323 Opry Mills Drive in Nashville, Tennessee.

Professional Bull Riders family event at Bass Pro Shops Nashville store. The event will be held Sept. 6, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature free family activities including:

• Mechanical bull rides for all ages
• Free fishing seminar
• PBR rider autograph signings

Kids can enjoy free, fun activities throughout the event, too, including stick bull riding, bull roping, and mechanical bull rides. PBR riders will be signing autographs from noon to 1 p.m. Plus, don't miss the fishing seminar hosted by PBR announcer and fishing enthusiast Clint Adkins from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Activities and appearances are subject to change.

Visit the Nashville, Tenn., store or Bass Pro Shops website for the latest Bass Pro Shops’ Professional Bull Riding news.



2014 Grand Ole Opry Line-Up - August 29th & 30th

Friday, August 29

7:00 - 7:30
Boot Barn
Jeannie Seely - host
Jimmy Wayne
Jesse McReynolds

7:30 – 8:00
Dollar General
Connie Smith - host
The Henningsens
Mary Gauthier


8:15 – 8:45
Cracker Barrel
Bill Anderson - host
The Whites
Kathy Mattea

8:45 – 9:15
Riders In The Sky - host
Mark Wills
Alison Krauss

Saturday, August 30

7:00 - 7:30
Fiddler's Inn
Jim Ed Brown - host
w/ Helen Cornelius
Mark Wills

7:30 – 8:00
Dollar General
Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers - host
Chaley Rose
Jean Shepard
Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press


8:15 – 8:45
Johnny Cash Museum
Bill Anderson - host
John Conlee
The Steeldrivers
Opry Square Dancers

8:45 – 9:15
Lorrie Morgan - host
Charles Esten
Alison Krauss



Cheekwood To Host 1st Annual Family Benefit - Fall For Cheekwood

On Sunday, September 28th, Cheekwood is making philanthropy a family affair with its first all-family benefit, FALL FOR CHEEKWOOD!

From 4 to 7 pm on Sunday evening, families will gather in support of Cheekwood’s mission to make the beauty of fine art and gardens accessible to all. This kid-friendly fundraiser will benefit Cheekwood’s year-round school tour program, giving 9,000 school children from across the Southeast access to the wonder of Cheekwood free of charge.

FALL FOR CHEEKWOOD will be a high-end take on an old-fashioned fall festival, complete with hay rides, lawn games, s’ mores, caramel apples, and a Southern supper. Families will also enjoy a live performance by Nashville’s praised singer-songwriter duo Striking Matches. While the little ones try their hand at butternut squash bowling, parents can sip festive cocktails and enjoy the splendor of Cheekwood’s color garden, transformed into an upscale biergarten for the evening.

FALL FOR CHEEKWOOD is made possible in part by Bass Berry Sims and AT&T, with generous in-kind donations from Music City Tents & Events, The Farm House, Lipman Brothers, The Bang Candy Company, Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co., Schenk Photography and Batch Nashville.

Family Package tickets are available for $150 for members or $200 for non-members, including up to four children free of charge. An Extended Family Package is also available for $300 to $400 and includes four adults with up to four free children. Single Adult ticket prices range from $75 per Cheekwood member to $100 for non-members and also include admission for up to four children. Additional information on ticket prices and patron levels can be found at

For further inquiries about FALL FOR CHEEKWOOD, families should email or call (615)353-6994. Families are encouraged to purchase tickets early online, as space is limited!



Sounds Unveil Seating Map & Ticket Plans For First Tennessee Park

The Nashville Sounds have unveiled the seating map and details of its season ticket membership plans for the team's inaugural season at First Tennessee Park in 2015.

Current Sounds season ticket holders as well as all individuals who have made a deposit for tickets at the new ballpark will have an exclusive window to select their seats, beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 25 at the team's administrative office at Greer Stadium or by calling 615-690-HITS.

On September 2, season ticket memberships will go on sale to the remainder of the general public at the Sounds' administrative office beginning at 9 a.m.

"This a significant moment for Sounds fans to have their first opportunity to become stakeholders in the new First Tennessee Park," said Sounds owner Frank Ward. "This will be the finest ballpark in the country, a state-of-the-art facility with many upgraded amenities."

Located on the Luxury Suite level, Premier Club and Club season ticket members will enjoy padded seating as well as access to a private bar and lounge and suite level restrooms -- all included in the ticket price. The first row behind each dugout is also classified as a Club seat location. Prices start at $25 per game ($1,800 per seat for the 72-game season). Premier Club and Club seating areas will provide fans with an incredible view of the city's skyline.

The Premier seating in the 11 sections located dugout-to-dugout on the lower level are $20 per game. Dugout seat locations are located in the rear portion of the dugout-to-dugout seating areas for $14 per game.

Season tickets for the Select seating locations cost only $12 per game, and Bullpen seating locations, located adjacent to each team's on-field bullpen, cost only $9 per game.

"We invite baseball fans and businesses to take the best advantage of early seat selection as we move the Sounds into our new ballpark next spring," said Eric Rowley, the Sounds' Vice President of Ticket Sales & Service. "While we realize some of our season ticket prices have increased, one of our main points of emphasis during the planning stages was to also keep affordable options, which we have accomplished."

Additional to early seat selection, there are a number of benefits to being a season ticket member, including:

Savings over individual ticket prices
Unused ticket exchange program
Online account management
Exclusive gifts and entry to the ballpark
Merchandise discounts
A dedicated service representative
The first opportunity to purchase tickets to other events held at First Tennessee Park

For more information, visit to go on a virtual tour of the new ballpark or for complete details on season ticket pricing and packages.


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