Michael W. Smith 2014 Spirit of Christmas Tour Dates

Three-time GRAMMY® winner Michael W. Smith will bring holiday cheer to audiences across the country this holiday season as he launches "The Spirit of Christmas Tour,” set to hit several cities in the U.S. and Canada. Partnering with Smith as the official tour sponsor is Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.

Earlier this year, Smith debuted his first classic hymns album, aptly named Hymns, exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations and online at www.crackerbarrel.com. The tremendous success of the album, which was recently nominated for a Dove Award for Inspirational Album of the Year, led to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store signing on as the official tour sponsor.

"I’m really happy to have Cracker Barrel as a tour sponsor," remarked Smith. "Our local Cracker Barrel has become a very special place over the past several years. It’s where I take my Dad once a week for breakfast. We’ve shared some great memories there that I’ll always cherish. It feels great to have Cracker Barrel as part of my tour."

“We enjoyed working with Michael and his team when we exclusively released his Hymns album earlier this year, and were so happy for them when it was recently nominated for a Dove Award,” said Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager Julie Craig. “Christmas is a time when families come together, and often they gather to share a meal at Cracker Barrel. When we were approached about sponsoring his ‘Spirit of Christmas Tour,’ we knew it would be a great fit.”

In addition to "The Spirit of Christmas Tour," Smith will co-headline three special events with long-time friend and fellow GRAMMY® winner Amy Grant. Teaming up in Dallas, Minneapolis and Atlanta, Smith and Grant will showcase their beloved Christmas set while performing alongside a full symphony orchestra. Full tour dates are listed below. For more information, visit: www.michaelwsmith.com.

Smith made national headlines last month as he announced the release of Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, featuring an all-star lineup of guests – Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Bono and Michael McDonald. The album will be available in stores – including Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® - as well as online on September 30.

“This is the most unique and unusual record I've ever done in my 31-year career,” remarked Smith. The album was co-produced by Smith, CMA Music Awards and CMA Country Christmas producer Robert Deaton and renowned orchestral maestro David Hamilton.

"The Spirit of Christmas Tour" Dates:
  • November 30 Anaheim, CA
  • December 1 - Modesto, CA
  • December 3 - Clarksville, TN
  • December 4 - Nashville, TN
  • December 5 - Birmingham, AL
  • December 6 - Richmond, VA
  • December 11 - Wichita, KS
  • December 12 - Dallas, TX*
  • December 13 - Minneapolis, MN*
  • December 15 - Atlanta, GA*
  • December 18 - Spokane, WA
  • December 19 - Portland, OR
  • December 20 - Seattle, WA
  • December 21 - Abbotsford, BC, Canada
*Co-headline with Amy Grant

Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas CD, will be available September 30, 2014.



GLEN CAMPBELL...I'LL BE ME Benefit Screening & Concert

GLEN CAMPBELL...I'LL BE ME Benefit Screening & Concert
Acclaimed Documentary Unveils the Remarkable Legacy of America's Great Country Music Legend

GLEN CAMPBELL…I'LL BE ME, directed and produced by James Keach (producer of Walk The Line) and produced by Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day), will be presented by LeadingAge at a special benefit screening and concert on October 19 at the Music City Center in Nashville.

The evening features a screening of the film, and acoustic performances by critically acclaimed acts such as The Band Perry, Delta Rae and Ashley Campbell. Proceeds will benefit Alzheimer's disease awareness. The event will take place at the Music City Center, 201 5th Ave S, Nashville. Tickets go on sale to the general public September 26 at 10:00am CT. The base ticket price is $95.

GLEN CAMPBELL…I'LL BE ME opens in theaters in New York and Nashville on October 24, followed by a national release to more than 50 cities. View the official movie trailer.

This powerful portrait of the life and career of great American music icon Glen Campbell reveals to the viewer the world of the singular talent who created hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, Wichita Lineman, Southern Nights and Gentle on My Mind.

Winner of the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Glen was the first country music star to cross over to the pop charts, opening a new realm of opportunity for generations of country musicians. In 2011, when Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world.

The Campbell family then embarked on a short "Goodbye Tour," but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force. This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song.

GLEN CAMPBELL…I'LL BE ME is the true tale of how America's greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.

GLEN CAMPBELL…I'LL BE ME features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and The Band Perry among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen's most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.

This film is made possible by LeadingAge, EMA, Volunteers of America (VOA), Mayo Clinic, The Disney Family Fund for the benefit of The Alzheimer's Association California Southland Chapter, Open Hearts Foundation and Easter Seals. These partners are passionate about improving the lives of those with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, and are proud to support GLEN CAMPBELL…I'LL BE ME as part of their ongoing efforts to promote awareness and find a cure

GLEN CAMPBELL...I'LL BE ME (2014, USA, 104 min.) Directed by James Keach. Produced by Trevor Albert and James Keach. Executive Producers: Scott Borchetta, Susan Disney Lord, Jane Seymour, Stanley Schneider, Julian Raymond. Editor: Elisa Bonora. Original Score by Julian Raymond. A PCH Films Production.



Fellow Fashion Designers Rally to Support Local Store Owner

Local Fashion Designers Rally
Fellow Fashion Designers Rally to Support Vintage Store Owner in Need

One of the designers involved in the upcoming Fall Fashion Bash on Sept. 27th, is recovering from a total loss after a fire on Music Row Monday night. Beloved clothing and accessories shop, Pura Vida Vintage, was one of the several companies that called the building off Music Square West home.

Owner Krystle Ramos opened the one of a kind shop a year and a half ago and has already dressed several notable Nashville icons, including Grammy winning artist, Kacey Musgraves.

Pura Vida Vintage is scheduled for a runway show at the Fall Fashion Bash on September 27th. The event begins at 6 pm at Play Dance Bar in Nashville, TN.

Fellow Fashion Bash designers SUNNYband, Daisy Alexandria and Pomp are asking Nashville to come out to the event in support of their dear friend, Krystle Ramos and her family. They have transformed the event into a fundraiser to help Pura Vida Vintage recover from the fire.

There will be a raffle benefiting Pura Vida with a chance to win unique Nashville items and 50% of all SUNNYband sales are going to the cause.They will also be accepting donations at the event.

The event will feature a Pink Carpet experience, smoking cocktails, shopping and other fabulous surprises. The first 50 guests to arrive will receive swag bags. Guests who wear a SUNNYband headpiece will receive $5 off their SUNNYband purchase that night. Tune into i106 for a chance to win a VIP experience to the event.

Please show your support for Krystle Ramos by sharing this story and attending the Fall Fashion Bash this Saturday.



Tennessee Craft Fair Kicks Off in Centennial Park

More than 200 artists to gather in Centennial Park

The 36th Annual Fall Tennessee Craft Fair (formerly TACA Craft Fair) is expected to draw a crowd of around 50,000 people. Fair-goers will have the unique experience of interacting with artists and learning about handmade craft while also shopping a wide variety of goods created from wood, clay, glass, fiber and more.

The Kids’ Tent will inspire future artists with activities provided by community partners, the Demonstration Tent will be open to show how craft is made and the Emerging Makers Tent will showcase the next big thing in Tennessee Craft.

This event is free and open to the public.

WHO: Tennessee Craft (formerly TACA) is a statewide, nonprofit organization. Founded in 1965, Tennessee Craft strives to continue and create Tennessee’s fine craft tradition. Through their Craft Fairs, Tennessee Craft aims to introduce the residents of Tennessee to the art of fine craft, while providing a forum for creative and personal expression for the artists. For more information, visit www.tennesseecraft.org.

WHEN: September 26, 27 & 28 beginning at 10 a.m. each day, continuing until 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

WHERE: Centennial Park, Nashville, Tenn. on the lawn in front of the Parthenon.


· Two hundred and ten exhibitors join us this weekend from around the country as far as New York and California and 86 exhibitors are from Tennessee.

· Thirty-four new artists will be exhibiting.

· The Nashville International Airport will provide a free shuttle service to fairgoers from the HCA parking lots on Park Plaza to the Tennessee Craft Fair. The shuttles will run in 15 minute loops on Saturday and Sunday only beginning at 9 a.m. All guests are encouraged to use this free service.

· The Kids’ Tent will host performances by the Nashville Public Library Puppet Truck at 10:30 and 2:30 Saturday and Sunday. Storytime with a dancer, presented by the Nashville Ballet, will occur at 1:30 and 3:30 on Friday and 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30 on Saturday and Sunday.

· The Emerging Makers Tent will feature the work of Tennessee Craft members just beginning their craft career in addition to a few “Craft Fair Veterans” there to help them learn the ropes.

· Demonstrators: The Clay Lady’s Studios, Artist Co-op, and Galleries (clay), The Tennessee Association of Woodturners (wood), Adele Seitzinger (fiber).


Dierks Bentley's Miles & Music Rolls In This Weekend

Dierks Bentley's "Miles & Music For Kids" Rolls In This Weekend
All-Star Concert Lineup Includes Randy Houser, Kip Moore, Jon Pardi, Chris Young and DeeJay Silver

Multi-CMA nominee Dierks Bentley is set to host his ninth annual "Miles & Music for Kids" celebrity motorcycle ride and concert this Sunday, Sept. 28 in Nashville, TN. Tickets for the family–friendly event are available now through Ticketmaster.com.

This year's concert includes previously announced special guests Randy Houser, Kip Moore, Jon Pardi and Chris Young, along with the recently added DeeJay Silver and host Storme Warren.

Bentley will also be joined by additional celebrity riders for the hour-long motorcycle ride. Festivities begin at the Harley-Davidson of Columbia (1616 Harley Davidson Blvd., Columbia, TN) and end at downtown Nashville's Riverfront Park where RISER TOUR sponsor Ole Smoky® Tennessee Moonshine will be the official spirit of the music-filled afternoon.

Fans can purchase a combo ticket for the ride and concert for $50 or individual concert tickets for $30.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, a Children's Miracle Network Hospital. Special VIP packages are also available. For more ticket info, visit www.dierks.com.


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