Today, Lionsgate unleashed a new trailer featuring Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” to promote the September 20 release of “Rambo: Last Blood,” starring Sylvester Stallone. Click here to watch.
The trailer’s release coincides with the eighth consecutive week “Old Town Road” rules the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 and boasts the second-biggest streaming week ever following the May 17 premiere of the official video .
“Old Town Road” continues to shatter its own records and knocked itself out of the No. 2 streaming spot with 130.7 million last week:
Total weekly U.S. streams, Title, Artist, Chart date
143 million, “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, April 20, 2019
130.7 million, “Old Town Road,” June 1, 2019
125.2 million, “Old Town Road,” April 27, 2019
116.2 million, “In My Feelings,” Drake, July 28, 2018
114.4 million, “Old Town Road,” May 4, 2019
106.2 million, “In My Feelings,” Aug. 4, 2018
104.1 million, “Old Town Road,” May 18, 2019
104 million, “Old Town Road,” May 11, 2019
103.1 million, “Old Town Road,” May 25, 2019
Three years before “Old Town Road,” Cyrus began planning his passion project, The SnakeDoctor Circus, with his longtime musical soulmate, Don Von Tress. The concept album, which “employs some fanciful allegorical imagery to make a very serious real-life point” (Taste of Country),” is available now via BMG. Billboard compared Cyrus’ performance of “I’ve Been Around” on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” as a “powerful Johnny Cash-like ballad.”
Be sure to follow Cyrus on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram and. For more information on Billy Ray Cyrus and his upcoming projects, visit BillyRayCyrus.com.
About Billy Ray Cyrus:
Billy Ray Cyrus became a household name over the course of his unprecedented career which spans across music, television and theater. Throughout his nearly three decade career, Cyrus has achieved worldwide success as a singer, songwriter, actor and producer. The Flatwoods, KY native exploded onto the music scene when his first album, Some Gave All, debuted on the all-genre Billboard album chart at No. 1 and stayed there for a record-breaking 17 weeks in 1992. The lead single, “Achy Breaky Heart,” became a phenomenon as the single went multi-platinum. After “Achy Breaky Heart,” Cyrus followed up with back to back hits “It Could’ve Been Me,” “She’s Not Crying Anymore,” “Wher’m I Gonna Live When I Get Home?” and the anthemic “Some Gave All.” Cyrus knocked himself out of the top Billboard position with the his second No. 1 album, It Won’t Be The Last, featuring smash hits “In the Heart of a Woman,” “Words By Heart” and “Somebody New.” Cyrus followed up with dozens more that defined country music. “To me, my most defining moment in country was being joined by George Jones and Loretta Lynn on my self-penned ‘Country Music Has the Blues,’” said Cyrus. He also enjoyed a successful career as an actor in “Doc” and “Still The King,” as well as the Disney series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley.
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MuttNation Foundation, founded by Miranda Lambert and her mother, Bev Lambert, will have a paw-stomping, tail-wagging presence at next week’s CMA Fest. After leading the Mutt March, featuring over 1,000 dog-loving participants and their pets, parading from Nissan Stadium to Walk of Fame Park, Miranda’s MuttNation will bring some of the most adorable, adoptable pups on the planet to the floor of Xfinity Fan Fair X at Music City Center.
“Our goal is to raise awareness for shelter pets across the country while we find as many loving homes as possible for the incredible pups from Nashville Humane. So, if you’ve got a heartbeat, be prepared to fall in love the minute you see them,” said Miranda, the proud owner of eight rescue dogs.
From Thursday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Xfinity Fan Fair X, Nashville Humane Association will have a steady supply of playful pups looking for their new forever families. And while there’s no shortage of amazing performances during CMA Fest – including Miranda’s Nissan Stadium show on Saturday night – few things will be as entertaining as when the adoptable dogs all strut out to the MuttNation exhibit on the Music City Center floor, each day at noon.
“Nashville Humane is thrilled to partner with MuttNation again and can’t wait to join forces with the country fans to find more loving homes for our dogs,” said NHA’s Laura Chavarria, Executive Director. Here is a preview of some of your new best friends that will be available for adoption.
The MuttNation March and Adoption Drive are sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States that also serves as a one-stop shop for all things pet. Tractor Supply is passionate about animals and supporting organizations like MuttNation Foundation that put deserving pets in loving homes.
2019 also marks the 10th Anniversary of MuttNation Foundation, which has grown from a mother-daughter venture to become a leading voice for animal advocacy. Since its inception, Miranda, Bev, and the MuttNation team have stepped up in times of natural disaster, providing millions of dollars to help rescue thousands of animals as well as supporting hundreds of shelters across the country. To help celebrate MuttNation’s 10th Anniversary, a one-of-a-kind Epiphone guitar signed by Miranda will be raffled off to benefit MuttNation’s mission. Enter the drawing here:
About MuttNation Foundation
Founded by Miranda and her mom, Bev Lambert, in 2009, MuttNation is a donation-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to promote the adoption of shelter pets, advance spay & neuter and educate the public about the benefits of these actions. MuttNation also works with transport partners to assist and relocate animals under threat of euthanasia and during times of natural disaster. With a goal of finding a forever home for every shelter animal, MuttNation supports animal rescues across the country, hosts adoption events throughout the year, provides positive reinforcement for the shelter adoption experience, works to raise awareness for its causes and develops and implements initiatives to further its mission-driven goals. www.muttnation.com
About Miranda Lambert
Superstar recording artist Miranda Lambert just announced her rotating all girls “Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars” tour for 2019. Miranda toured extensively in 2018, starting with the “Living Like Hippies” and then following it up with “The Bandwagon” summer tour with Little Big Town.
Miranda’s accolades include two Grammy Awards, 13 (CMA) Country Music Associations Awards, and 32 (ACM) Academy of Country Music Awards as well as many other honors, including the prestigious Harmony Award from the Nashville Symphony. She was also honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame and named “Artist In Residence” with two performances in September 2018.
The singer/songwriter released six studio albums that all debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Album Charts, including the critically acclaimed double record The Weight of These Wings (2016), Platinum (2014), Four The Record(2011), Revolution (2009), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2007) and Kerosene (2005), in addition to the three albums she recorded with her trio, the Pistol Annies. For more information go to www.Mirandalambert.com
About CMA Fest
The Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience™ began in 1972 as Fan Fair®, which drew 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. Now in its 48th year, the legendary festival has become the city’s signature Country Music event that hosts tens of thousands of fans from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and 36 international countries. In 2018, CMA Fest featured 11 official stages with hundreds of artists performing—all to benefit music education. CMA Fest is a one-of-a-kind festival with artists donating their time to perform so ticket proceeds can directly benefit high-quality music programs across the country through the CMA Foundation. CMA Fest is filmed for a prime time ABC Television Network special, with 2019 marking the 16th consecutive year the event has been filmed for television, a feat no other music festival has achieved.
About Tractor Supply Company
Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, has been passionate about serving its unique niche, as a one-stop shop for recreational farmers, ranchers and all those who enjoy living the rural lifestyle, for more than 80 years. Tractor Supply offers an extensive mix of products necessary to care for home, land, pets, and animals with a focus on product localization, exclusive brands and legendary customer service that addresses the needs of the Out Here lifestyle. With more than 29,000 team members, the Company leverages its physical store assets with digital capabilities to offer customers the convenience of purchasing products they need anytime, anywhere and any way they choose at the everyday low prices they deserve. At March 30, 2019, the Company operated 1,775 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.TractorSupply.com.
Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services. At March 30, 2019, the Company operated 176 Petsense stores in 26 states. For more information on Petsense, visit www.Petsense.com.
About Nashville Humane
Nashville Humane Association, incorporated in 1946 to protect the well-being of animals in Davidson County, is one of the oldest service organizations in Nashville. We are committed to finding responsible homes, controlling pet overpopulation, and promoting the humane treatment of animals. Each year, NHA places more than 3,800 healthy and happy animals into loving homes, giving them a second chance to find a forever family.
It’s no secret that there are thousands of car enthusiasts across the country. Many car enthusiasts, like myself, aspire to collect at least a modest collection of notable automobiles.
It’s true that not all of us can achieve the car collection of our dreams. But there are a few select cities where you are more likely to find America’s hidden horsepower than others.
Here’s the deal, WikiLawn, a lawn care company wanted to know which cities top the list when it comes to car enthusiasts. So, they drummed up some US Census data and found out which cities have the highest number of households owning 3 cars or more.
And the results are quite interesting.
In fact, did you know that there 4 cities in the United States where one in four households own 3 cars or more?
That’s a lot of horsepower!
So which city tops the list? Let’s take a look!
5. Nashville, TN
Occupied housing units: 691,266
Occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 164,594
% of occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 23.81%
Nashville has long been known for its country music; however, car enthusiasts know a different sound that comes from Nashville. That sound is the revving of high horsepower machines. Coming in at number 5 of most revved-up metro areas in the US comes Nashville, Tennessee. With over 160,000 residents owning at least 3 cars. Car fanatics makeup just over 23% of all of Nashville’s residents.
4. Salt Lake City, UT
Occupied housing units: 382,620
Occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 98,057
% of occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 25.63%
Located deep in the heart of the mid-west, is a city whose motors can be heard as far away as Vegas I am told. Salt Lake City is in at number four when it comes to automobile ownership. Salt Lake City is also one of four cities on this list in which 1 in 4 households have more than three cars. With lots of racing activities and access to the wide-open spaces in the mid-west, it comes as no surprise that Salt Lake City is one of the top 5 revved up cities in America.
3. Richmond, VA
Occupied housing units: 479,256
Occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 123,195
% of occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 25.71%
Home of the Richmond Raceway and well over 300,000 automobiles, Richmond is more than the state capital of Virginia, it’s a hub for car enthusiasts. If you want to find some of the hidden gems parked in the garages of Richmond, VA, why not check out Cars and Coffee, a bi-monthly gathering of all the top car enthusiasts in Richmond.
2. San Jose, CA
Occupied housing units: 647,891
Occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 174,268
% of occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 26.90%
California makes this list a number of times, and this perhaps comes as no surprise. California is loaded with automobiles. In fact, according to a 2004 New York Times article, California is noted as the number one state when it comes to car ownership. Surprisingly, there are nearly as many cars as people in California, maybe that’s why the traffic is so bad!
1. Riverside-San Bernardino, CA
Occupied housing units: 1,335,366
Occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 378,794
% of occupied housing units with 3+ vehicles: 28.37%
In at number one according to WikiLawn’s research is Riverside-San Bernardino, CA. Now, this place is revved up! With a whopping 378,000 households owning at least three cars, it leaves one to wonder just what kind of horsepower is hiding in San Bernadino’s city limits.
Whether you are an avid car collector, or simply like to admire amazing cars. You would likely feel at home in any of these 5 cities.
It gets better however, there are actually 12 cities which made the list of revved up cities. Including Virginia Beach, Los Angeles, and Denver Colorado. If you want to check out the whole list compiled by WikiLawn’s research, check out The 12 Metro Areas That Are the Most Revved Up About Cars.
Rising singer-songwriter and Silverado Records’ artist Tyler Jordan takes a haunting spin on Blue Oyster Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper” premiering exclusively with 360 Magazine.
Jordan’s cover of the 1976 classic is featured on The Silverado Cover Sessions, available this Friday April 26. For pre-order click here.
“ ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’ has always been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. I remember singing this song at the top of lungs with my mom. When I had the chance to cover a song, I knew this would be a perfect song for me to sing and show my love for other kinds of music other than country!” said Jordan.
Tyler Jordan’s track on the Silverado Cover Sessions follows his latest single “Back.” Previously Jordan released a special Christmas tune on Silverado Records’, Ultimate Country Christmas, a rendition of Willie Nelson’s “Pretty Paper” which premiered on Roughstock.com. The South Carolina native released “Why Her” on Silverado Signature Songwriter Series Vol. 3 this past year, with the video premiering exclusively on Billboard.
About Silverado Records
Silverado Records has been charting new territory as an independent record label, getting the attention of industry and media alike through their unique approach, as profiled in Billboard. The company prides itself in collaborative relationships with its artists and boasts an impressive roster of talent including Crystal Yates, Tyler Jordan, Tony Winkler, Ali Morgan and country music icon Joe Diffie. The company is a division of Exegan Media & Entertainment and recently announced their first imprint, Silverado Texas.
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JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES 2019 AMERICAN FALL TOUR
TWO-TIME GRAMMY-NOMINATED BLUES ROCK GUITARIST TO PLAY AT THE SHOW AT AGUA CALIENTE RANCHO MIRAGE ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2019 AND OTHER ICONIC VENUES
TICKETS ON SALE NEXT FRIDAY, APRIL 26, AT 10 A.M.
Today, two-time GRAMMY-nominated blues-rock titan Joe Bonamassa announces tour dates for summer 2019 in support of his all-original studio album Redemption (J&R Adventures), which was released last September. New tour dates will go on sale Friday, April 26th and will be available here. These additional dates bring Joe’s already busy touring schedule to nearly 100 shows for 2019.
Backed by a stellar band of legendary musicians including Late Night with David Letterman’s Anton Fig (drums), Nashville recording legend Michael Rhodes (bass), Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and member of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Reese Wynans (piano/organ), Paulie Cerra (sax), Lee Thornburg (trumpet), and featuring soulful background singers to bring a whole new life to the show which will feature brand new songs alongside career-spanning favorites.
Bonamassa is one of today’s top live performers and his enthusiastic shows are one of the biggest parts of his career, and a favorite for music lovers worldwide. Hailed internationally as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, Bonamassa has almost single-handedly redefined the blues-rock genre and brought it into the mainstream. He’s on the road about 200 days out of the year, and when he’s not on stage, he’s fully committed to crafting the most intricate, diversified new music to share with his dedicated audiences and fans.
In 2018, Bonamassa achieved his 21st #1 album on the Billboard Blues Chart, with Redemption, his most ambitious, barrier-breaking studio album yet. With over 30 albums to his credit, including studio and live recordings, collaborative albums with blues sensation Beth Hart, and side projects Black Country Communion and Rock Candy Funk Party, the guitar sensation somehow always finds ways to reinvent his artistry.
Earlier this year, Bonamassa also became the host of a new weekly show on SiriusXM’s Bluesville. The show, Different Shades of Blue with Joe Bonamassa, explores all aspects of the blues music genre like never before and has Bonamassa curating his favorite blues songs with an eclectic mix of everything from legendary classics to historical deep cuts and modern hits, airing 6pm ET every Monday on SiriusXM channel 74.
A prolific writer who is always on the hunt to expand his eclectic musical horizons and develop new ways to interact with fans, Bonamassa has a limitless work ethic whether it’s in studio, on the road, or working with other artists to spur new music. This year on the road, audiences see Bonamassa at his ultimate creative peak as an artist, and with these new tour additions his fire is unstoppable. With a vast, unparalleled catalogue of music under his belt, this tour promises to be Bonamassa’s best.
For tickets and more information, visit jbonamassa.com.
Date: Wednesday, October 23 at 8 p.m.
Location: The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa, 32-250 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage.
Prices: $89-$199, based on seat location.
www.AguaCalienteCasinos.com; (800) 514-3849
|October 18, 2019||OAKLAND, CA||PARAMOUNT THEATRE|
|October 19, 2019||OAKLAND, CA||PARAMOUNT THEATRE|
|October 22, 2019||BAKERSFIELD, CA||FOX THEATER|
|October 23, 2019||RANCHO MIRAGE, CA||THE SHOW AT AGUA CALIENTE|
|October 25, 2019||PHOENIX, AZ||COMERICA THEATRE|
|October 27, 2019||LAS VEGAS, NV||THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESAR’S PALACE|
|October 29, 2019||OKLAHOMA CITY, OK||CHESAPEAKE ENERGY ARENA|
|October 30, 2019||WICHITA, KS||CENTURY II CONCERT HALL|
|November 1, 2019||SPRINGFIELD, MO||JUANITA K. HAMMONS HALL|
|November 2, 2019||KANSAS CITY, MO||ARVEST BANK THEATRE AT THE MIDLAND|
|November 3, 2019||SPRINGFIELD, IL||UNIV OF ILL SPRINGFIELD PERFORMING ARTS CENTER|
|November 5, 2019||SOUTH BEND, IN||MORRIS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER|
|November 7, 2019||MADISON, WI||ORPHEUM THEATER|
|November 8, 2019||DETROIT, MI||FOX THEATRE|
|November 9, 2019||WASHINGTON D.C.||THE THEATER AT MGM NATIONAL HARBOR|
|November 11, 2019||BURLINGTON, VT||FLYNN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS|
|November 12, 2019||BINGHAMTON, NY||FORUM THEATRE|
|November 14, 2019||NY, NY||BEACON THEATRE|
|November 15, 2019||NY, NY||BEACON THEATRE|
|November 16, 2019||NY, NY||BEACON THEATRE|
|November 19, 2019||GREENVILLE, SC||BON SECOURS WELLNESS ARENA|
|November 20, 2019||BIRMINGHAM, AL||BJCC CONCERT HALL|
|November 22, 2019||BILOXI, MS||BEAU RIVAGE THEATRE|
|November 23, 2019||ST. AUGUSTINE, FL||ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE|
ABOUT THE SHOW
The Show, Southern California’s premier concert theater located at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, is a stunning venue with 2,101 seats across four levels. With expansive views, and no seat more than 125 feet from the stage, there’s not a bad seat in the house. For the ultimate in luxury, 12 boxes offer catering, private bars and bottle service. Opened in 2009, The Show is celebrating 10 years of playing host to a lineup that reads like a hall of fame: Don Henley, Jerry Seinfeld, Toni Braxton, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, Sting, Alan Jackson, Tony Bennett, Martina McBride, Duran Duran, John Fogerty, ZZ Top, Goo Goo Dolls, and many more have all performed here.
ABOUT AGUA CALIENTE CASINOS
The Agua Caliente Casinos, located in Palm Springs and Rancho Mirage, are the Coachella Valley’s foremost resort gaming destinations. Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage is a AAA Four Diamond and Forbes Travel Guide Recommended property, ranked top 10 for “Best Casino Outside of Las Vegas” in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice 2018 travel awards, and is also home to the Forbes Four-Star Sunstone Spa, ranked in the top spas in the U.S. and no. 1 in California by Spas of America’s Top 100 Spas 2018. Agua Caliente Rancho Mirage is also home to Southern California’s premier entertainment venue, The Show, which features a legendary lineup of performers. Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs offers the newest games, a variety of table action, and high-limit gaming, plus fine dining and shopping, all in a fabulous resort setting in historic downtown Palm Springs at the site of the area’s natural hot water springs. The Agua Caliente Casinos are owned and operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, which also owns the world-renowned Indian Canyons and Tahquitz Canyon hiking trails, and the Indian Canyons Golf Resort.
ALLAN RAYMAN ANNOUNCES HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, SET TO KICK OFF MAY 21 IN PORTLAND
PRE-SALE AVAILABLE NOW AND TICKETS ON-SALE MARCH 22
Singer/songwriter Allan Rayman has just revealed his next run of live appearances, dubbed “The Allan Rayman Show.” Allan and his band will be heading to 21 cities across North America, launching in Portland, OR and making stops in major markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, Boston, San Francisco and more.
The tour will have the Toronto-based singer/songwriter back in North America after performing to captivated crowds throughout Europe this past winter. Allan has been on the road in support of his latest musical project Harry Hard-On released late last year via Republic Records/KIDindaKorner/Universal Music Canada. “Rose,” the album’s debut single, is quickly climbing the charts at U.S radio. Along with success on the airwaves, Harry Hard-On has been met with critical praise from the press, with Time Magazine heralding the track “Crush” writing, “Rayman’s voice contains multitudes: a rough ache, a smooth hum, a rock star’s confidence.”
Rayman, who is known for his theatrical live performances and genre bending musical style, recently gave followers a peak into his world when he released the music video for “Rose”. “Rose” features clips from his trip to the Alaskan wilderness last fall and can be viewed HERE. Those who want to get to know Rayman more can catch one of his shows throughout the U.S and Canada starting in May. Pre-sale tickets are available now here and tickets go on-sale March 22nd here.
ABOUT ALLAN RAYMAN
Allan Rayman is a singer/songwriter. He has released four projects – Hotel Allan, Roadhouse 01, Courtney, and most recently Harry Hard-On, which have given him somewhat of a cult following. He has played sold-out headline tours in the United States and Canada and has made a name for himself at major festivals including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Ohana, Austin City Limits and Osheaga. Allan has seen success internationally with several European tours under his belt. Allan recently completed a headlining European tour and plans to embark on a North American tour this May.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
May 21 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
May 22 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
May 23 – Victoria, BC – Capital
May 25 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
May 26 – Calgary, AB – The Palace Theatre
May 28 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
May 29 – Saskatoon, SK – Louis’
May 30 – Winnipeg, MB – The Garrick
June 2 – Detroit, MI – El Club
June 4 – Boston, MA – Sinclair
June 5 – New York, NY – Warsaw
June 7 – Washington, DC – Union Stage
June 8 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
June 9 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
June 11 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl
June 13 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues Dallas – Cambridge Room
June 14 – Austin, TX – Antone’s Nightclub
June 15 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
June 18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Teragram Ballroom
June 20 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
June 21 – San Francisco, CA – August Hall
For tickets and more info: https://www.allanrayman.com/tickets
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ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Florence + the Machine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Jacquees, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd, Belly, NAV), Young Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records, and Universal Music Latin Entertainment. In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR, The Four), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.
Tom Wilmer 360 Magazine Culture Editor reports from the heart of Texas in Burnet County where he visits with a Texas country music legend.
One of Martinez’s songs went intergalactic—accompanying the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis.
Martinez, a veteran of the TV series Nashville Star, visits with correspondent Tom Wilmer at the Trailblazer Grill in the Highland Lakes town of Burnet.
Music segments included in the Podcast: An Early Thursday Morning, The Ride, and Making Good Time used with permission of the artist, John Arthur Martinez.
You are invited to subscribe to the Lowell Thomas Award-winning travel show podcast, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, featured on the NPR Podcast Directory, Apple Podcast, the NPR One App & Stitcher.com. Twitter: TomCWilmer. Instagram: Thomas.Wilmer. Member of the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Underwriting support provided by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Story × Photos by Ryan Johnson
360 Magazine visited the Upper Cumberland Area of Tennessee this October. Just in time to catch the transformation of the leaves into fall colors. This region of Tennessee is located between Nashville and Knoxville, 1 hour drive each way. The flagship towns in the area, Crossville and Cookeville, not only capture beauty of small towns on the fringe of picturesque landscapes, they provide access to a multitude of incorporated businesses. The combination of affordable shopping with the low cost of living and no state tax make this a hidden gem prime to visit for the traveler interested in an authentic experience, maybe more. If this isn’t explicit enough, it’s the only place I’ve been in the states I’m seriously considering moving to. That realization stuck in three days.
We spent most of our time in the state parks. Natural beauty wasn’t the only consistent theme. Each park was fitted with Jackson Kayaks, a local company that not only leads the sport but also the industry. The kayaks provided to the parks were offered at a massive discount to ensure everyone visiting would have the opportunity to try it themselves. A philosophy that says everything about the community and values of Jackson Kayak. This company created by Eric Jackson, a lead competitor in the sport, started the company with a kayak for his son. A product which at the time did not exist for someone that young, giving all kids the change to try it out.
In true pay it forward style, this collective effort in the community is full circle. One direct example being the contribution of outdated signs and details from the state parks to furnish a local brewery, Happy Trails Brewing Company. This brewery, headed by Jessica, a working Kindergarten Teacher in the community. Similar to all good breweries is a product of its surroundings. Another notable taste is Red Silo, a brewery that started as the winner of the home brew contest at the local WCTE PBS Station Blues & Brew fundraiser. Calf Killer is another local legend that brings a taste that will make your taste buds melt. These obvious must tries are only half the adventure, you could spend the day with the home brewers and be the judge yourself.
It’s easy to follow the well-traveled highways in between Nashville and Knoxville. You won’t regret taking an exit and heading to the green on the map. The state parks are vastly accessible, overlooks and access is a high priority brought forth by the pioneering effort of the CCC. The Civilian Conservation Corps healing gesture was an organized effort by the Roosevelt Administration in the wake of the great depression. If this doesn’t paint the picture, don’t worry. There’s a set of tourist binoculars that give people who are colorblind the ability to see colors for the first time, which in the fall will bring a loved one to their knees.
While most of the sites are accessible to all, there’s another layer for the more adventurous. Fairly strenuous hikes to the base of the many waterfalls are always buried beyond the overlooks. Some that were only made accessible by Disney in the production of the 1994 film “The Jungle Book” which created roads to some surreal and recognizable locations in the film. Justifiably integral to the jungle aesthetics the film demanded. Likewise, Tennessee is the one of two places in the world that offer the spectacle of synchronous fireflies. The other being in Southeast Asia.
With solid views and tasty beer, naturally comes great food. The care and attention restaurant owners put into their work makes the meals feel family style without the crockpot. Notably the buffet at Homestead Harvest in Cumberland Mountain State Park carries as much depth as the hike on Pioneer Trail around Byrd Lake. If you really feel like earning your meal, rent a Jackson Kayak to enjoy the cool breeze off the water. Whether you’re camping or staying in the luxury cabins at the top of the hill, wake early and catch the fog on the lake first thing in the morning.
Great things are made in Tennessee, you could be too.
As always, reach out on Instagram @360travelfood to see the best spots. Here’s a listed on vetted local flavors and experiences:
• Jackson Kayak, founded in 2003 based in Sparta, TN (jacksonkayak.com)
• Cumberland Mountain State Park, Crossville, TN (tnstateparks.com)
• Broast, TN Coffee Roasters, Cookeville, TN (broasttn.com)
• Blues & Brews Craft Beer Festival, Cookeville, TN (wcte.org/brews)
• Sunset Marina & Resort, Monroe, TN (sunsetmarina.com)
• Rock Island State Park, Rock Island, TN (tnstateparks.com/parks/rock-island)
• Fall Creek Falls State Park, Spencer, TN (tnstateparks.com/parks/fall-creek-falls)
• Ozone Falls State Park, Crossville, TN (tnvacation.com/local/crossville-ozone-falls)
• Black Mountain Overlook, Crossville, TN (cumberlandtrail.org)
• Homestead Harvest Restaurant, Crossville, TN (tnstateparks.com/parks/restaurant)
• Happy Trails Brewing Co., Sparta, TN (happytrailsbrewing.com)
• Red Silo Brewing LLC, Cookeville, TN (tnvacation.com/local)
• Calfkiller Brewing Company, Sparta, TN (calfkillerbeer.com)
• CrossFit Mayhem, Cookeville, TN (crossfitmayhem.com)
• Cumberland County Playhouse, Crossville, TN (ccplayhouse.com)
This holiday season, country music icon and lifestyle influencer, Martina McBride, has been busy helping spread a little Christmas magic to her fans. Whether it be by setting the mood for your annual holiday party with her recently released jazz influenced and symphony orchestra backed album, It’s The Holiday Season, or by helping craft perfect recipes for your family and friends with her new cookbook, Martina’s Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life and current show on Food Network, “Martina’s Table” (airing Sundays at 12pm ET/PT), McBride has all your holiday entertaining needs covered!
Most recently, McBride has been on the road with her The Joy of Christmas Tour 2018, which just had a stellar sold-out three night run at Nashville’s own Schermerhorn Symphony over the weekend. Each stop on the tour has incorporated the amazing talents of local orchestras as McBride delivers her jazzy take on everyone’s favorite holiday standards and her classic hits.
McBride also treated viewers of the 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to her rendition of “Most Wonderful Time of Year” atop the Balsam Hill float. She was also on hand at this year’s Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting event where she performed “Winter Wonderland” standing in front of the New York spectacle that draws thousands of visitors to the city from across the globe.
Up next, fans can catch McBride on “Live! with Kelly and Ryan” on Tuesday, December 11th where she will be in the kitchen showing the hosts a few of her favorite recipes that are perfect for holiday entertaining. She will return to the show on Monday, December 24th for their special Christmas show where she will perform.