|Following a bold, killer set by opening act Shea Coulee, Betty Who took the stage on Monday night at Nashville's Brooklyn Bowl in what can only be described as (being all at once) a euphoric, jubilant, intimate and purely stunning celebration of unity, identity, and the power of music.
With intricate lighting, flawless choreography, and expert musicianship from all involved, Betty Who completely blew the roof off Brooklyn Bowl in a set spanning her multi album career. Perfectly balancing more tender, emotional ballads with anthemic hits and fan favorites, it was impossible to not be impressed by the sheer amount of joy and enthusiasm Betty and the band exuded from the stage.
Closing out with an encore of Blow Out my Candle and I Love You Always Forever, the crowd was completely entranced in the power of the music. When it finally came time for the performers to leave the stage, they walked off with just as much energy as they had when they had first walked on. Smiling at the crowd, they turned an ordinary Monday night into an unforgettable memory for each and every member of the audience. When Betty Who comes back to Nashville, expect an even bigger crowd and another astonishing night of music from the Australian artist.
With her most recent album "BIG", Betty Who's passion to create music and artistic performances to make people feel inclusive has resulted in a huge influence by the LGBTQ community. She has been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Music Artist category for her album "BIG!" (BMG).
“Making art that makes queer people feel seen and less alone is more important to me now, more than ever. The queer community I have found - the people I get to walk through this life with, holding hands, taking care of each other - is one of the greatest blessings I have ever known,” says Who. “To be a name amongst these incredible artists who have all contributed so much to the community, I mean... I'm humbled and grateful. It really is an honour just to be nominated. Thank you so much GLAAD.”
Who is currently on The BIG! Tour making stops throughout North America to a city near you. Tickets and VIP packages may be purchased through seated.com for upcoming events.
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Nashville, Tennessee hosted one of the largest events in the country to close out the year with the 14th annual "Nashville's Big Bash" hosted at Bicentennial Park. Metro Nashville Police estimated approximately 210,000 at this year's event surpassing the 200,000 record set in 2019. The New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville's Big Bash was aired 7p.m. to 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. central time on the CBS Television Network, and was available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. The five hour celebration featured almost 50 performances from multiple locations including Nashville's Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.
For over three decades, Brooks and Dunn has been well known in Nashville for their numerous hits including "My Maria," "Boot Scootin' Boogie" to name a few.
Recently declared in 2021 as the three most played female artist on country radio and CMT artists of the year, Kelsea Ballerini has constantly delivered hit after hit songs backed by many awards and recognition that has innovated country music.
Holding the record for most consecutive sold out shows at Fenway Park, Southern rock group Zac Brown Band is no stranger to Billboard charts with over six of their albums reaching the top 10 of the Billboard 200.
In addition to the Nashville performances, the CBS broadcast also featured performances from other locations including Little Big Town.
Nashville rang in the new year at midnight with the tradition of the music note drop followed by fireworks. Be sure to follow the Visit Music City official website and social media for future events:
“Traditional classics revisited in a new and unique fusion of sounds and style, with both artists adding their own brand of musicality to a host of songs, some well-known and others less so. Thoroughly enjoyable throughout, the CD combines vocal excellence with outstanding, sensitive and intelligent instrumentation. For me, quite simply as good as it gets!” ~ Alex McKinven, Mull of Kintyre Music & Arts
For more than 25 years, Alabama natives Jil Chambless and Scooter Muse have been performing the music of Scotland, Ireland and America with various ensembles in a wide variety of venues, from simple house concerts to festivals and concert halls. Jil and Scooter have been fortunate to work alongside many of the finest artists in Celtic music, resulting in many spontaneous collaborations. In 2010, Chambless & Muse began performing as a duo to promote their individual solo projects. Since then they have released several CDs, The Laverock Sang (2011), Passing Tales & Glories (2014), Live @ NTIF with John Taylor (2016), and The Lang Awa’ Ships (2017).
As singer and flute and whistle player, Jil Chambless has performed across the US as well as in Canada, Scotland, and Israel with the band Henri’s Notions, Chambless & Muse, Scottish singer Ed Miller, Scottish fiddler John Taylor, the band Vulcan Eejits!, The Mairtin deCogain Project, the John Whelan Trio, the Vogt Family Contra Band, and others. In 2009, Jil released her first solo CD, The Ladies Go Dancing, produced by the legendary Brian McNeill. Jil brings to any audience a wonderful listening experience from haunting ballads to upbeat songs with a smooth delivery that never fails to bring both smiles and tears in each and every performance. See www.jilchambless.com
Although Scooter Muse has his roots in bluegrass and is quite an accomplished 5-string banjo player, in the late 1980s he moved into the world of Celtic guitar and soon after founded the Full Moon Ensemble, performing for eight years across the US and in Scotland before joining Henri’s Notions in 2003. In 2005 Scooter released his first solo recording of original guitar instrumentals, Saddell Abbey, which he is proud to say was purchased by the Scottish Tourist Board in Kintyre. The Saddell Abbey Trust of Scotland calls the recording, “…a haunting and beautiful piece of music.” See www.scootermuse.com.
Sugar Harp’s “Back Alley, Storytelling” Blues
When Charles Burroughs was 8 years old, his great-grandfather would simultaneously blow harp and strum a handmade guitar formed from an orange crate and broomsticks. Charles would say, “Grandaddy, I need to do that.”
If you witness what Charles describes as his “down in the gutter, back alley, storytelling blues” today, you’ll know he inherited his great-grandfather’s creativity and musical talent. In the decades since he first picked up the harmonica, he has more than earned his moniker, Sugar Harp.
“IF YOU LOOK AT THE OLD BLUES ARTISTS, THEM GUYS COULDN’T EVEN READ. THEY PLAYED BY EAR; THEY DIDN’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT NO SEVENTH CHORDS, ABOUT NO WHEEL OF FIFTHS. ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS PICK UP A GUITAR AND SING ABOUT HOW THEY FEEL.”Sugar Harp
But recently, Sugar Harp found himself sugarless and harpless. On November 26, 2019, driving his van — packed with all of his treasured belongings, including his harmonicas — through his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, Sugar Harp noticed a driver in another vehicle motioning to him frantically. Sugar’s van was becoming engulfed in flames. Moments later, Sugar acted on instinct, jumping out of the moving vehicle, and rolling on the ground to extinguish the fire that had spread and caught onto his jacket. Sugar was completely distraught, and soon thereafter, when the pandemic hit, he worried he might be done playing the harmonica for good.
But a year and a half later, with the help of a few friends, Sugar had a new ride, a set of harmonicas, and an optimistic attitude. He joined Music Maker in Birmingham in May of 2021 to record a few songs. Upon first introductions, Sugar seemed like a wise, reserved, wordly professor. But despite his quiet demeanor, once you get Sugar started talking or singing, his passion and joy for the music is clear. Sugar has a way with words in his songs: His original lyrics are a little raunchy, full of innuendo but always clever. He guides listeners to draw their own conclusions, never saying anything X-rated outright, keeping his shows technically family-friendly but keeping the audience cracking up.
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THE SALT AND PEPPER ROOTS MUSIC CELEBRATION Presents DEEP ROOTS
As the Salt & Pepper Series moves into SEASON 7, it is honored to be one of the recipients of a grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
The music series is presented quarterly at UNA'S The Mane Room in partnership with The Music Preservation Society, the presenters of the annual W.C.Handy Festival, and The Alabama Folklife Association (AFA), a partner of the Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA).
Season 7 of the Salt & Pepper is continuing to focus on Traditional and Roots Music and its influence on the Muscle Shoals Music Industry's contributions to the American Soundtrack. Gospel, Soul, Blues, Country, Rock and Roll, and Folk Music are at the roots of the American Soundtrack and very much a part of the Sound of the Shoals. Russell Gulley, a long time AFA board member and director of the series, along with associates, Dick Cooper, Bob Garfrerick and Tori Bailey are proud to announce the premier of Season 7 on Oct. 28th featuring the Deep Roots of Celtic Music and Blues.
The Oct. 28th Presentation will feature Celtic Music, one of the earliest Roots of American Country Music as performed by the internationally acclaimed CHAMBLESS AND MUSE and introduces The Blues of Music Maker Foundation artist, CHARLES "SUGAR HARP" BURROUGHS. Special Guest, MAXWELL RUSSELL, the Muscle Shoals "Blues Guru", will open the performance at The Mane Room at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm.
The July 22nd 2021 event featured Grammy Award Winner for Traditional Blues, the legendary Bobby Rush and marked the beginning of a new era for The Salt and Pepper. Under the direction of former mainstays at Alabama Public Television, Bob Corley and Sandra Polizos, the music series has begun to be streamed live on YouTube. The productions will be broadcast quality and will be edited for distribution to television as well as radio.
In fact March 17th 2022, marked the debut broadcast on APT. Catch it at the UNA Mane Room and enjoy what is now promoting the Shoals Music Scene World Wide.
Funding from The Alabama Folklife Association and Exe.director Emily Blejwas is making this advancement possible and the live stream of the Oct. 28th performance will be accessible on YouTube.
Tickets at the door will be $20.00. Advance tickets are available for $15.00 at Counts Brothers Music in Muscle Shoals, Ye Ole General Store in Florence, and at WZZA Radio in Tuscumbia. Online advance Tickets are available at Salt and Pepper on Eventbrite
The most popular music event in Nashville returned this Labor Day Weekend with Live on the Green. Performers this year included Sheryl Crow, COIN, Moon Taxi, Santigold, Yola, Arrested Development, Cautious Clay, Colony House, Devon Gilfillian, and Jenny Lewis, and many more.
Nashville is well known for its music and offers lots of it. This year marked the return of the Live on the Green Music Festival, which has a very special meaning to the Nashville community. Started in 2009 by Nashville's independent radio station Lightning 100, a locally owned and operated station, the festival has been a very popular event attracting over 700,000 fans across the United States as well as 15 other countries to Nashville. Why is this Live on the Green and Lightning 100 so popular? The reason is simple. For over 30 years Lightning 100 has focused on a wider variety of music in multiple genres that most other stations do not play. The station's dedication is backed by year after year awards for it's unique programming while focusing on new and upcoming artists. The station and festival both have had very strong support from the community, and with their contributions the return of Live on the Green in 2022 is once again a reality!
This year Live on the Green Music Festival provided five days of music over Labor Day weekend across two stages in Nashville's Public Square Park, while continuing their tradition of keeping admission COMPLETELY FREE to all. Patrons also had the option to support the festival by purchasing VIP tickets to gain special perks such as the VIP Plaza, Lightning Lounge, and more.
Also performing at this year’s festival are Nikki Lane, Patrick Droney, Ruby Amanfu, Stephen Day, The Wild Feathers, Danielle Ponder, Seratones, Strung Like A Horse, Susto, The 502s, Bre Kennedy, *repeat repeat, The Brummies, The Criticals, The Foxies, Daisha McBride, Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country, The Shindellas, The Watson Twins, Cecilia Castleman, LadyCouch, Los Colognes, Sweet Lizzy Project, Tayls and Phillip-Michael Scales.