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CMA Fest 2018 – Thomas Rhett & Kelsea Ballerini to host TV special

In addition to the performances they both delivered during the 2018 CMA Music Festival in June, Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini are hosting a TV special featuring performances from the event for the second year in a row. On Aug. 8, CMA Fest 2018 highlights will be broadcast during a special televised event, giving festival attendees, fans who couldn’t make it and the hosts themselves the chance to live out the experience one more time.

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Clare Bowen announces first headline tour and debut record

Australian-born, US-based singer-songwriter-actress Clare Bowen, is releasing her debut album in the UK just in time for her first ever headline UK tour. Released on Aug 31st 2018 via BMG, the eponymous album will be preceded by the beautifully crafted single ‘Let It Rain’, which showcases Clare’s striking vocal abilities perfectly and is the album opener. ‘Let It Rain’ was debuted on the legendary Bob Harris’ Radio 2 show yesterday to incredible reactions.

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Charles Esten making and breaking records

With the finale of Nashville airing on CMT in America tonight , Charles Esten has had a busy time but that’s not even the half of it.

Remember back in July of 2016 when he made the announcement promising to release a new single every Friday for “as long as it made sense?” Well, it made sense for an entire year, with his campaign, #EverySingleFriday, yielding 54 original songs that he either wrote or co-wrote, recorded and released each Friday.

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Nashville’s Jonathan Jackson reflects on his experiences on the show

Jonathan Jackson, who plays singer-songwriter Avery Barkley on CMT’s Nashville, has been part of the cast for the entirety of the show’s six-season run. As the final season comes to a close, he’s been looking back at the changes — both on- and off-screen — that have shaped the TV drama’s actors.

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Margo Price – Three Night Sell Out Spectacular at The Ryman

Dressed in a tailored black suit by Manuel (Legendary Nashville Country Costume designer), Margo Price held her own at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium last Wednesday night (May 23) for the grand finale of her sold-out, three-night stand at the historic music venue.

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New Nashville Bar from Blake Shelton due to open next month

Ole Red Nashville, the highly anticipated partnership between Ryman Hospitality Properties and Opry member, Blake Shelton, will officially celebrate its grand opening June 6-10, welcoming fans to CMA Fest. The restaurant, bar and music venue will host multiple events throughout the week, including a “Blake Shelton and Friends” concert.

On Wednesday, June 6 Blake Shelton will christen the Ole Red Nashville stage with an exclusive late night “Blake Shelton and Friends” concert following the CMT Awards. Tickets for Shelton’s performance will not be available for sale to the public. However, fans who want to attend this can’t miss evening will be able to enter for a chance to win tickets to the show.

Fans who want in on the action can enter to win at or by listening for a chance to win on local country radio. A select group of lucky fans who enter will be chosen at random to attend. Special guest performers joining Shelton will be announced at a later date.

Fans who don’t win a coveted slot to “Blake Shelton and Friends” can stream the first three songs from the event live on Ole Red Nashville’s Facebook page at 11 p.m. Central: or catch Shelton’s Grand Ole Opry performance on June 7. To purchase tickets, visit


“Lower Broadway is the centerpiece of Nashville. There’s so much great music and fun going on down there all the time and it’s exciting to now be a part of it – it’s a dream come true,” said Shelton.

Everyone is invited to join in on the fun as celebrations continue all week long with live music programming presented by Spotify. During select hours, guests can experience the restaurant’s highly anticipated menu under the direction of James Beard Award Nominated Executive Chef Garrett Pittler. Highlights include everything from traditional southern favorites (hot chicken, fried pickles and skillet cornbread) to high-end cuisine (oysters, pimento cheese burrata and charcuterie), with a few clever, Oklahoma-inspired specialties like catfish corndogs as well as specialty, hand-crafted cocktails, local brews and a curated wine selection.


“Ole Red is an experience unlike anywhere else on Broadway – from the live entertainment quality to the food, drinks, décor and retail,” said Ryman Hospitality Properties Chairman and CEO Colin Reed. “We are excited to celebrate its grand opening with the thousands of fans and visitors that join us in Nashville for one of the most exciting weeks of the year, CMA Fest.”

Ole Red Nashville is a multi-level, 26,000 square foot entertainment epicenter at the intersection of city chic and southern roots, and is raising the bar on Broadway. The venue features a two-story bar and restaurant, retail area, performance space, dance floor, private VIP booths for small groups as well as a large, upscale private event space – The Hall at Ole Red.  The performance space is equipped with a state-of-the-art sound system and acoustics tailor-made for event programming, including intimate concerts, live-band karaoke, showcases for up-and-coming talent and more.

Topping off Ole Red Nashville is a 6,000-square-foot rooftop with an indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant called The Lookout at Ole Red, which provides unmatched views of historic lower Broadway and downtown Nashville.

The Ole Red concept first came to life in Shelton’s adopted hometown of Tishomingo, Okla., last fall. Nashville is the second location, with a third planned for Gatlinburg, Tenn., set to open in 2019.

About Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc.
Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE:RHP) is a REIT for federal income tax purposes, specializing in group-oriented, destination hotel assets in urban and resort markets. The Company’s owned assets include a network of four upscale, meetings-focused resorts totaling 7,811 rooms that are managed by lodging operator Marriott International, Inc. under the Gaylord Hotels brand. Other owned assets managed by Marriott International, Inc. include Gaylord Springs Golf Links, the Wildhorse Saloon, the General Jackson Showboat, The Inn at Opryland, a 303-room overflow hotel adjacent to Gaylord Opryland and AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor, a 192-room overflow hotel near Gaylord National. The Company also owns and operates media and entertainment assets, including the Grand Ole Opry, the legendary weekly showcase of country music’s finest performers for over 90 years; the Ryman Auditorium, the storied former home of the Grand Ole Opry located in downtown Nashville; 650 AM WSM, the Opry’s radio home; and Ole Red, a country lifestyle and entertainment brand. The Company also is a joint venture partner in Opry City Stage, the Opry’s first home away from home, in Times Square. For additional information about Ryman Hospitality Properties, visit

About Ole Red
Ole Red is a country lifestyle and entertainment brand designed to embody the spirit of Blake Shelton’s clever, irreverent third-chart hit, “Ol’ Red.” The brand is anchored by its flagship multi-story bar, restaurant andentertainment venue in the heart of downtown Nashville’s famed Lower Broadway, with its first location in Blake’s hometown of Tishomingo, Oklahoma. A third location is planned for Gatlinburg, Tennessee, set to open in 2019. Ole Red is owned and operated by Ryman Hospitality Properties, as part of its Opry Entertainment division. For more information, visit

About Blake Shelton
Country Music Association’s 2012 “Entertainer of the Year,” five-time Male Vocalist of the Year winner and GRAMMY nominee Blake Shelton continues to add to his superstar status. In November he released his album Texoma Shore, which became his sixth record to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and marked his 11th all-genre Top 10. Texoma Shore features his Top 10 and climbing single “I Lived It” as well as the smash hit “I’ll Name The Dogs,” a romantic tune that boasts over 68 million streams and recently became his 25thNo. 1 song. In the week following album launch, Shelton became the first artist in Country Aircheck / Mediabase history to have six songs chart simultaneously. Texoma Shore follows 2016’s Gold-certified If I’m Honest, the best-selling country album release of the year, which spawned three chart-topping songs and earned him a No. 1 on both the Billboard Top Country Albums and the all-genre Top Album Sales charts.

A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Shelton has earned a host of honors throughout his career including 20 ACM nominations and the Top Country Artist title at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. Shelton proved worthy of the distinction on this winter’s Country Music Freaks headlining tour alongside Brett Eldredge, Carly Pearce and special guest Trace Adkins. As a coach for the Emmy Award-winning television show “The Voice, Shelton is a six-time champion, most recently with his contestant Chloe Kohanski. Offstage, Shelton has teamed up with Ryman Hospitality to open a string of Ole Red entertainment restaurant venues, a nod to his 2001 hit of the same name. The flagship location in his Oklahoma hometown Tishomingo opened its doors in September 2017, with Nashville’s venue on lower Broadway following in May 2018.

For more information and upcoming tour dates, please visit and follow @BlakeShelton.


Spend the Night in Deacon’s Nashville Bungalow

Ever dream of  relaxing on Deacon Claybourne’s front porch?

Well now your dreams can come true! — now’s your chance to check out the Nashville landmark on your next trip to Tennessee’s Music City.

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Carrie Underwood Celebrates 10 Years at the Opry

Seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner Carrie Underwood celebrated her 10th Anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member with an appearance on the Opry Friday night (May 11th) at the Grand Ole Opry House. Carrie was inducted into the Opry family on May 10, 2008 by Opry member Garth Brooks.

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Jason Aldean’s Kitchen & Rooftop Bar Coming to Nashville June 2018

CMNI have discovered that Jason Aldean’s is to open his very own restaurant and bar in Nashville.

Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar, a four-story complex in the heart of Nashville’s famed Broadway, is set to open its doors in June.

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Maren Morris returns to the Bluebird Cafe

17th May Maren Morris will return to the iconic Bluebird Cafe to lead an intimate songwriter round. The venue at Hillsboro Pike, Nashville is steeped in music and songwriting history and is where Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift were discovered and many other talented song writers cut their teeth. The cafe has also featured on many films and TV shows, not to mention almost every episode of the music drama ‘Nashville’.

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