Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show 2018 Recap

Even though the holiday season is now over, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s never a good time to help support some of your local causes.

Last year, The CMBeat did a feature on the non-profit organization, Christmas 4 Kids, which is a cause that helps collect and donate toys for children that may be less fortunate in the Middle Tennessee area. The article talks about information about their organization, the charity’s annual show held every year at The Ryman Auditorium in Downtown Nashville, along with information about their inaugural Tour Bus Show. (If you would like to read this article, you can do so by clicking HERE.) Continue reading

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Lexi Lauren Talks About Christmas EP, California Christmas 

It’s that time of year where we are all pulling out our favorite Christmas music to play during the holidays, and, Lexi Lauren is joining in on the Christmas spirit this season, as she just released her Christmas inspired EP, California Christmas.

The young upcoming country music artist, chatted with me recently about the new record and is thrilled to be sharing some holiday tunes with y’all to help spread the joy during the holiday season. Lauren wrote the original tune and title track to the Christmas themed EP, and also came up with a great concept for songs to record for the project. Continue reading

Silverado Records Releases A Very Nashville Christmas 

Everyone knows that Christmas time is one of the most special holidays that only comes around once a year, and nothing’s better than to celebrate the special occasion with Christmas music! That’s why Silverado Records has brought out another great project entitled, A Very Nashville Christmas.

This new album is the second holiday record the label has released, of course featuring some of their artists from their roster, such as David Adam Byrnes, Ali Morgan, Crystal Yates, and Tyler Jordan along with some special guest appearances by different singer/songwriters. Continue reading

Exclusive Interview: Bobby Tomberlin

Bobby Tomberlin, a Grammy®, CMA, & ACM nominated songwriter in Nashville, Tennessee, who has enjoyed a 20+ year tenure as a staff writer at Curb Records, recently released his new album Out Of Road. At a recent CD-Release party, held at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop in Downtown Nashville, I got to chat with Tomberlin about the new project, and a few other surprises he has for his fans in 2017.

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Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas in Nashville, Tennessee

All throughout the Christmas season, many people rounded up their families and took them on mini road trips, in search of ways to get into the holiday spirit. Popular destinations with these families included places that go all out with their holiday lights and decorations. One such destination in the Nashville, Tennessee area is the one and only Gaylord Opryland Hotel, located just across the parking lot from the famous Grand Ole Opry theater. Even though it’s been 48 hours since Christmas Day came and went, and if you’re not ready to let the spirit of the season go just yet, you still have time to see this spectacular display, which runs through January 1st.

This past November 5th, the hotel ceremoniously flipped the switch to kick off their annual collection of seasonal attractions, collectively called “Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas“. Some of the attractions include an incredible outdoor light display, which includes more than two million lights, a life-sized nativity display, an ice sculpture exhibit, appropriately called “ICE“, horse carriage rides, and an entertaining dinner show featuring the legendary Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers. For the more adventurous visitors, the 2,881 room hotel also features a giant ice slide, an ice skating rink, and snow tubing. Continue reading

Emily’s Pick: Top 3 Favorite Country Christmas Songs & Albums

It’s that time of year when everyone just wants to enjoy the holiday season by gathering around a fire, drinking some hot chocolate, and listening to their favorite holiday songs or albums.

The holidays mean something different to everyone, and I know every person has their own favorite holiday music (or lack of it), but, I’m definitely in the group of people I described in the first paragraph. So, I thought this is the perfect opportunity to make a list of MY top favorite Christmas songs and albums.  Continue reading

Chris Young Announces Details For Upcoming Christmas Album

Many Chris Young fans were thrilled back on July 1st, when the country singer/songwriter announced on Facebook Live, that for the first time, he would be releasing a Christmas Album this fall. You can check out The CMBeat’s article on the announcement, published back in July, by clicking HERE.

Yesterday Young released the cover artwork for the album, which will be titled It Must Be Christmas, and will be released on October 14th, 2016.

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Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors Getting A Sequel

“My coat of many colors
That my momma made for me
Made only from rags
But I wore it so proudly
Although we had no money
I was rich as I could be
In my coat of many colors
My momma made for me”

We all know the melody and lyrics from that legendary Dolly Parton song, Coat Of Many Colors. And last Christmas, fans rediscovered and fell in love with the tune all over again when Parton released a television movie on NBC based on the autobiographical story behind the song.
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American Idol And Its Impact on Country Music

Two Words – American Idol. This music reality competition show has been in our homes, on our television screens, on Wednesday and Thursday nights for the past fifteen years. If you’ve been a loyal watcher, like I have been through the years, I’m sure you experienced the same rollercoaster of emotions, when we said a final, bittersweet goodbye to the show last month, on April 7th.

While we’re all still trying to figure out what Ryan Seacrest’s “For Now” comment at the end of the show meant… I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane and explore the impact that American Idol has had on country music, and revisit the 7 wonderful country artists who owe their careers to the show, its producers, and of course the countless fans who faithfully cast their votes.

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