Friday, December 8, 2017

26th ANNUAL TIN PAN SOUTH SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL SET FOR APRIL 3-7, 2018

Partners With Watkins College of Art, Design and Film for Festival Artwork


The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has announced April 3-7, 2018 as the dates for the 26th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. The popular event features hit songwriters from all genres of music performing at some of Nashville's hottest music venues. Regions Bank returns for the 11th year as the presenting sponsor of the event.

Tin Pan South reigns as the world's largest all-songwriter festival, and thousands of music fans attend the event annually to hear songwriters tell stories behind hit songs they have written and perform the songs as they were originally composed. The 2017 festival featured over 400 talented songwriters performing 100 shows during the five-day event.

For the 11th consecutive year, NSAI invited a select group of students at the Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film to present artwork concepts to be used on all marketing materials for the upcoming Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. Students are given full creative license on how to best capture the sense of community, diversity and energy the festival embodies. Of the 13 participating students, the chosen design was created by María Sol Mancini. Currently an Illustration major at Watkins, Mancini was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, raised in Sunrise, Florida and studied at the Dillard Center for the Arts.

"The idea behind the 'Tin Pan' piece was to create something fun and down to earth, so I went with a more hand-drawn style to reflect the heartfelt and creative part of original songwriting," said Mancini. "I tried to capture the wildness and energy that comes while 'cooking up' song ideas and I wanted to showcase the festival 'in-the-round' experience."

Stay tuned to tinpansouth.com in the coming months for information about venues, lineups, the popular Fast Access Passes and more.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

VOLUNTEER JAM XX: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE DANIELS SET FOR MARCH 7, 2018

MUSIC SUPERSTARS ALISON KRAUSS, BLACKBERRY SMOKE, BILLY GIBBONS OF ZZ TOP, CHRIS JANSON, EDDIE MONTGOMERY, JAMEY JOHNSON, JUSTIN MOORE & MORE TO HONOR COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE CHARLIE DANIELS

VOLUNTEER JAM XX: A TRIBUTE TO CHARLIE


ROCK LEGEND BILLY GIBBONS OF ZZ TOP TO MAKE HIS VOLUNTEER JAM DEBUT

MARCH 7, 2018 - BRIDGESTONE ARENA - NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

TICKETS ON SALE DECEMBER 8 AT 10 AM CT VIA TICKETMASTER

Blackbird Presents and Charlie Daniels are proud to announce “Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie,” an all-star concert event at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7 PM CT.  Since its inception in 1974, Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam has brought together some of music’s greatest legends. Now, 43 years later, friends, fans, and an extraordinary lineup of musicians will come together for a very special Volunteer Jam honoring the southern rock pioneer Charlie Daniels – the man who started it all.

This unforgettable concert event will feature performances by Charlie Daniels and The Charlie Daniels Band, Alison Krauss, Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Top, Blackberry Smoke, Bobby Bare, Chris Janson, Chuck Leavell, Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Justin Moore, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Ricky Skaggs with many more special guests to be announced in the coming weeks. Storme Warren will be returning as host. For the first time ever, rock great Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top will honor Daniels at the Jam. Country music legend Eddie Montgomery will make a heroic return to the stage after the tragic passing of his partner, Troy Gentry.  

Tickets go on sale December 8, 2017, at 10 AM CT online at Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office. A portion of the proceeds from 2018’s Volunteer Jam will be donated to The Journey Home Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit co-founded by Daniels and manager David Corlew to help Veterans.

Charlie Daniels has collaborated with some of music’s most influential artists – from Elvis Presley to Bob Dylan – and with The Charlie Daniels Band has created such memorable hits as “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and of course, the signature “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a GRAMMY® for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. Daniels is also a tireless supporter of the men and women who serve the United States military.

“Charlie has had an enormous impact on American culture through his dedication to supporting our troops, founding the unique southern sound that we know and love, and creating the unforgettable Volunteer Jam legacy,” says Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents. “I am honored to be producing this year’s Jam alongside Charlie’s longtime manager, David Corlew.”

"It’s hard to believe that it’s been 43 years since the CDB and some of our friends got together at War Memorial Auditorium for what was supposed to be a live recording session, a one-time happening that took on a life of its own and was to become known worldwide as The Volunteer Jam. I am extremely honored and excited to have this year’s Jam documented by Blackbird Presents. Gonna be a great night at the Volunteer Jam!"

Blackbird Presents’ Keith Wortman, creator and executive producer of Nashville’s recent highly acclaimed “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration” and “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard,” is the executive producer of “Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie.” GRAMMY® Award Winner Don Was will serve as music director, and preside over a stellar house band including Chuck Leavell, Kenny Aronoff at this unforgettable concert event.

FOR COMPLETE SHOW DETAILS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL CONCERT WEBSITE:
#VolunteerJamXX


TAYLON HOPE MAKES HOLIDAY DEBUT WITH CAROLINA CHRISTMAS CD


As an official introduction to the holiday recording project, Taylon released the title track (“Carolina Christmas”*) to country radio via PlayMpe/12-7-17. Taylon delivers a wistful, romantic holiday ballad as a fond recollection of the place she calls “home,” and true to her namesake, “Carolina Christmas” shimmers with the whimsical magic the hopeful season brings. Complemented by flowy, graceful lyrics, Taylon’s angelic vocals dance like a ballerina to delicate piano instrumentation.

“There’s just something about the holidays that make us all recall the place where we grew up--like my hometown; some of my favorite holiday memories stem from this special place,” said twelve-year-old singer/songwriter Taylon Hope. “North Carolina is snuggled in mountains, blanketed in snow and surrounded by pine trees. The storyline celebrates faith, family and the true meaning of Christmas--Jesus. It was in my heart to write a song about the ‘reason for the season,’ the magical moments and the memories from my hometown, and I’m so grateful to Corey and Timothy for helping me to paint the picture.”

The release of CAROLINA CHRISTMAS, and the title track, is in keeping with the momentum of Taylon Hope’s flourishing country music career. Taylon’s most recent self-penned country single, “Showin’ My Roots” (produced by Kent Wells) charted on the MusicRow Breakout chart (June 2016). Inspired by Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Martina McBride, Vince Gill and Kelsea Ballerini, the young vocalist’s talents have been recognized by various music industry organizations. Taylon was named “Vocalist of the Year, Junior Division” (The Josie Show Music Awards/2016); she was presented the “Youth in Music” award at the Inspirational Country Music Awards (2016) and this year, Taylon was decorated as “Artist of the Year, Junior Division” at 2017 Josie Show Music Awards. The live entertainer has performed nearly 80 dates in 2017 taking the stages at the Grand Ole Opry, MerleFest, the Lyric Theater in Lexington, KY, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and under the spotlight at various notable Music City writers rooms and infamous visitor destinations (including the Bluebird Café, Listening Room Café, the Nashville Palace and the Texas Troubadour Theatre). A sought-after opening act, Taylon has performed before Suzy Bogguss, Ned Ledoux, T. Graham Brown, Jamie O'Neal, Red Roots and Adam Crabb; she was also tapped to make a special appearance at The Ralph Stanley Tribute (October 2017). Taylon is currently in the studio (with Kent Wells at the helm once again) putting the finishing touches on her next CD project with plans to release in early 2018.

The track will be available via all major digital retail and streaming outlets (Amazon/iTunes/Pandora/Rhapsody/Spotify) on 12/11/2017; digital retail distribution services will be provided by Ed Gertler, Digital Delivery Services.