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Clarksville’s Customs House Museum hosting Anthony Scarlati Exhibit


Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – Nashville artist Anthony Scarlati brings his latest works to the Customs House as part of the museum’s Season of Equine. A native of Chicago, Anthony has spent more than twenty years working in the entertainment, sports and equine industries.

Published photo credits include numerous entertainment, equine and special interest publications along with editorial portraits spanning across all genres of music.

An image from the Anthony Scarlati collection

An image from the Anthony Scarlati collection

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‘Nashville Songwriter’ reveals “Stories Behind The Country Music’s Greatest Hits”


BenBella Publication Includes Songwriting Tips From Music City Elite; Available In Stores September 9th

Jake BrownNashville, TN – A hit song resonates across generations, genders and backgrounds. These #1s become “our songs.” They are the soundtrack to our lives. The songs themselves become timeless, and the stars who sing them become legends. Every song tells a story and, in his new book “Nashville Songwriter”

(The Inside Stories Behind Country Music’s Greatest Hits), music biographer Jake Brown reveals these stories – and one of Music City’s best-kept secrets. The book will be available September 9th from BenBella Books, at popular online retail outlets including Amazon and in major book retail chains nationwide including Barnes&Noble, IndieBound, !ndigo and Books-A-Million.

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APSU’s Darren V. Michael presents Original Short Plays in “Brief Encounters” at Clarksville’s Roxy Regional Theatre, March 19th-21st


Roxy Regional TheatreClarksville, TN – A jaded Hank Williams Jr. fan, a man basking in the glow of the morning after, a Middle Eastern immigrant seeking a room to rent, a middle-aged man with a fear of spiders and dentists — these are just a handful of the various characters who will take the stage of the Roxy Regional Theatre’s theotherspace this month.

For three nights only, beginning March 19th, four original one-acts by area playwright Darren V. Michael will be treated to a readers theatre production in “Brief Encounters: A Night of Short Plays”.

"Brief Encounters: A Night of Short Plays" presented by Darren V. Michael.

“Brief Encounters: A Night of Short Plays” presented by Darren V. Michael.

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Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s Hank Hung the Moon is Great Reading

Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Rheta Grimsley Johnson

Clarksville, TN – If you haven’t read Rheta Grimsley Johnson’s books, you’re missing several great reads. Her latest, Hank Hung the Moon (NewSouth Books, Montgomery, Alabama: 2012), is a description of the influence of Hank Williams on Southern life and Southerners in particular

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, Johnson writes a column that appears in about 50 newspapers throughout the U.S. She has reported for United Press International, the Memphis Commercial Appeal, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Some of her other awards include the Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for human interest writing, the Headliner Award for commentary, and the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Distinguished Writing Award for commentary.

"Hank Hung the Moon" by Rheta Grimsley Johnson.

“Hank Hung the Moon” by Rheta Grimsley Johnson.

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Land Between the Lakes Golden Pond Planetarium brings back Lasers and Music


Land Between the LakesGolden Pond, KY – Back by popular demand! The Golden Pond Planetarium in Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area will once again feature Laser Light Music Nights beginning May 24th, 2013.

Experience Laser Light Music Night shows every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday at 5:30pm and 7:00pm. Additional shows will be Saturdays at 8:00pm on June 1st and 29th, July 13th and 27th, and August 10th and 24th. All seats are $7.00.

Golden Pond Planetarium Laser Image. (Land Between the Lakes)

Golden Pond Planetarium Laser Image. (Land Between the Lakes)

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Grammy-Award Winning Blues Artist Keb Mo to Perform on Tennessee Titans Party Stage


Tennessee TitansNashville, TN - The Tennessee Titans on Sunday welcome three-time Grammy Award winning blues musician, Keb Mo to perform pregame on the Titans party stage  at LP Field.

A singer, guitarist and songwriter, Keb Mo has been making critically acclaimed albums since 1994 and worked with notable talent such as India.Arie, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, James Taylor, The Dixie Chicks, Natalie Cole, Willie Nelson, Robert Cray and Herbie Hancock, to name a few. In addition, his songs have been covered by greats like Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker, Robert Palmer, BB King and Wynonna.

Keb Mo

Keb Mo

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Marshall Chapman’s CD, Big Lonesome, Takes You to the Blues and Back


Big LonesomeMarshall Chapman and Tim Krekel were writing, singing and music-making buddies for many years, so when Tim was diagnosed with cancer and consequently died only three months later, it was a huge hurting in the heart of Marshall Chapman. Although she had begun to devote her time to writing books and had vowed never to make another CD, the songs began to blossom without warning and Big Lonesome, her latest CD, was born.

Nine of the songs on Big Lonesome were written by Marshall, two of them with Tim. Cindy Walker wrote “Going Away Party,” the third song in the line-up and, of course, Hank Williams wrote “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” the ultimate sad song on this album.

Marshall Chapman and Tim Krekel

Marshall Chapman and Tim Krekel

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Eighth Clarksville Writers’ Conference 2012: Songwriter, Performer and Author Marshall Chapman Rocks the House


Clarksville Writer's ConferenceClarksville, TN – Marshall Chapman, born in a prominent South Carolina family and groomed to become a socialite, bolted from her confining future to make waves in the world of rock ‘n’ roll during and after her years at Vanderbilt University. Some of her 400 songs have been recorded by people like Jimmy Buffett, Emmylou Harris, Olivia Newton-John, Wynonna Judd, Sawyer Brown, Conway Twitty — and the list goes on and on. Her “Rode Hard and Put Up Wet” was featured in the movie Urban Cowboy.

Marshall Chapman spoke and sang at this year’s writers’ conference in honor of her dear friend, William Gay, who died this past February. The conference itself was dedicated to William, who had been a central speaker at the conference for the past several years. Marshall told her stories and sang her songs with intimate details of her friendship with William and introduced songs from her new album, Big Lonesome, named by The Philadelphia Inquirer “Best Country/Roots Album of 2010.”

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Land Between the Lakes Laser Shows Return to Golden Pond Planetarium


Land Between the LakesGolden Pond, KY – Back by popular demand!  The Golden Pond Planetarium in Land Between The Lakes (LBL) National Recreation Area will once again feature Laser Light Music Shows beginning May 25th, 2012.

Experience Laser Light Music Shows Tuesdays and Fridays at 5:30pm and 7:00pm and Saturdays at 8pm on June 9th and 23rd, July 7th and 28th, and August 11th and 25th. All seats are $6.00. «Read the rest of this article»

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Bonnaroo Music Festival marks 10 Years of Charitable Giving totaling more than $5 million in Donations to worthy Organizations across the County


Event Founders Set Sights on Next 10 Years of Contributions

Bonnaroo Music & Arts FestivalManchester, TN – The organizers of Bonnaroo announced today that after careful analysis of the first 10 years of the festival, they have been able to donate more than $5 million to local, regional and national charities and organizations.

Festival partner Rick Farman further explained that as they prepare for the 2012 festival, Bonnaroo organizers have challenged themselves to significantly surpass that amount over the next 10 years with innovative new programs and upgrades to existing charitable outreach and philanthropic support through the Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF), the festival’s official charitable arm. «Read the rest of this article»

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