Monday, September 17, 2012

Music City Arts Update - Sept. 17, 2012

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The Latest Arts News:

***THIS WEEK! CAMILLE ENGEL TO SHOW ORIGINAL PAINTINGS... Internationally awarded Nashville visual artist Camille Engel is exhibiting a large array of original contemporary realism oil paintings in a rare solo exhibition through Nov. 4 at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center in Clarksville, Tenn.  The artist will celebrate with a special reception from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 20 (Thursday).  The Customs House is located at 200 S. Second St. in downtown Clarksville. (Scroll down to "Visual Art" and the full story at the end of this newsletter.)

(Painting: Camille Engel's "Strike A Pose")

***'TUNESMITHING' TO CELEBRATE NINTH ANNIVERSARY...  "Tunesmithing Off Music Row" will celebrate its ninth anniversary from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 3 (Wednesday) at the Best Western Music Row. More than 20 singer-songwriters will perform.  The event will help kick off the "Independent Music Fest".  Learn more about "Tunesmithing" at . (See "Songwriting")

WATERCOLOR PAINTING CLASSES... Artist/instructor gail McDaniel's next round of watercolor painting classes will begin on Oct. 2 in Brentwood and Oct. 3 in Nashville.  (See "Artist Resources")

CONGRATULATIONS TO... The WannaBeatles, who have released the new song and video, "Oh Betty! (The Betty White Song)". The project is being considered for a Grammy nomination in the Best Short Video, Best Song Written for Visual Media, and Best New Artist categories. (See "Congratulations to...")

BLIND GOLFERS HIT HOLES-IN-ONE!... Four blind or partially blind members of the United States Blind Golf Association have hit holes-in-one at various golfing events in the past week.  Congratulations to... Kevin Edwards, Ty Thompson, Ron Plath and Brian MacLeod for this amazing achievement.

EARTH MAMA RELEASES 'BLESSINGS OF THE UNIVERSE'... Earth Mama (Joyce Rouse) has released the new CD "Blessings of the Universe". The project features 13 inspirational songs "for the foreground and background of your days."  The CD is being considered for two Grammy nominations (CCM Song: "All Shall Be Well", and CCM Album: "Blessings of the Universe"). (Full story coming soon)

***'INDEPENDENT MUSIC FEST' TO OCCUR OCT. 5-7... More than 150 performing artists and songwriters from around the world will visit Nashville's Music Row from Oct. 5-7 (Friday-Sunday) for the "Independent Music Fest".  Learn more at .  (See "Artist Resources" and "Music")

ARTIST QUOTE FOR SEPTEMBER... " A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians." -- Frank Zappa

Artist Resources, Career Growth and Opportunities...

***Watercolor Painting Classes --
Gail McDaniel, an acclaimed watercolor artist/instructor who has served as an associate member of the Winsor & Newton Creative Artist Network of London, England, will teach a series of watercolor painting classes in Middle Tennessee this fall for artists at all levels. Two separate watercolor painting classes will be offered to beginning, intermediate and advanced artists on selected Tuesdays beginning Oct. 2 at the Brentwood United Methodist Church, 309 Franklin Road.  The classes will meet from 9 a.m.-noon and 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; and Nov. 6, 13 and 27.  No classes will occur the week of Thanksgiving.  Tuition is $150 for eight, three-hour sessions. A watercolor painting class will be offered to intermediate and advanced artists on selected Wednesdays at Plaza Artist Materials, 633 Middleton St., in downtown Nashville beginning Oct. 3. The class will meet from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; and Nov. 7, 14 and 28.  A class will not occur the week of Thanksgiving. Tuition is $165 for eight, three-and-a-half-hour sessions. Because space is limited for the classes, reservations are required.  Both check and credit card payments are accepted.  For more information or to register, contact the artist by phone at (615) 599-5115 or send an inquiry to Individuals can learn more about the artist/instructor and view her artwork at . (Whiting Publicity)

***Sign Up for the 'Independent Music Fest' -- Singer-songwriters will have the opportunity to showcase their talents, learn from music industry professionals, and network with their peers at the upcoming "Independent Music Fest" on Nashville's Music Row.  The festival will occur at various locations, including the Best Western Music Row, from Oct. 5-7 (Friday-Sunday).  Learn more: or write Popcorn at . (Whiting Publicity)

(Duo performs at "Independent Music Fest")

***Help The WannaBeatles Win A Grammy! -- The WannaBeatles didn't win a Grammy this year for their CD "Fab Fan Memories -- The Beatles Bond", but they hope to walk the Red Carpet again in 2013 with "Oh Betty! (The Betty White Song)". The Nashville band's new song and video honor the ever-popular, 90-year-old actress (the one who beat them out for a Grammy in the "Best Spoken Word Album" category).  The video, which features The WannaBeatles as a '60s-styled singing quartet and Evelyn Ford as a Betty White imposter, is available for free download at or at .  The song is available at ."Oh Betty!" was released on Sept. 1, just in time to be considered for a Grammy nomination in the Best Short Video, Best Song Written for Visual Media, and Best New Artist categories. Members of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences can vote for the song and video and/or The WannaBeatles at through Oct. 9.  Grammy nominations will be announced on Dec. 1. (Whiting Publicity)

PR Brainstorming --
Artists and entrepreneurs of all kinds can learn the nuts and bolts of the public relations process (and receive career-changing advice) by attending "Publicizing Your Dream" brainstorming sessions in Nashville. The sessions are specially designed for artists with specific needs. Attendees can learn all aspects of publicity... or they can receive insights on how to develop "can't miss" newsworthy events. The sessions are led by Chuck Whiting, founder of Whiting Publicity and an adjunct professor of journalism at MTSU and Motlow College.  To learn more:, or visit (Whiting Publicity)

The Producer's Chair -- Meet and learn invaluable insights from award-winning producers on the last Thursday of each month at Douglas Corner on Eighth Avenue South.  "The Producer's Chair" begins at 6 p.m (Doors open at 5 p.m.). The Producer's Chair will celebrate its anniversary on Oct. 1 (Monday) with special guest Dann Huff. Cover: $10.  Details: or write James Rea at . (JR)

SongU -- There are always opportunities to hone your songwriting chops and learn from the pros at . (DA)

International Songwriting Competition -- The International Songwriting Competition 2012 is now accepting song entries. The submission period ends on Sept. 20. To learn more, visit . (ISC)

Virtual Music Conference -- Indie Connect will hold its first online music conference and trade show from Jan. 15-17, 2012.  The "IC Virtual Music Conference and Expo" will feature more than 30 speakers from around the world, artist and record label showcases, and a music industry trade show.  Learn more: . (IC)

JOIN NSAI! -- NSAI is the must-join organization for every emerging songwriter.  Receive a free gift and tour coupon at the next "Tunesmithing Off Music Row".  For more details, visit  If you join, please say you heard about it from MCAU.  (MCAU)

'ARTlightenment' Accepting Film and Visual Art Submissions -- The annual "ARTlightenment" film and visual art festival is currently accepting submissions.  Film submissions should be about 10 minutes long.  A few spaces remain for visual artists.  The deadline is Sept. 28.  The festival will occur at Celebrity Centre from Nov. 8-11.  Learn more: . (RM)

Singer-Songwriter Competition -- Artists can sign up to compete in "The Coweta (Ga.) County Fair Singer-Songwriter Competition" by visiting the website .  The competition will continue through Sept. 22. (Open Mic)

Exhibitors Sought -- Area companies and professionals who specialize in health, wellness and the environment can showcase their products and services to Middle Tennesseans from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3 (Saturday) during the "Health and Wellness EXPO" at the Center for Spiritual Living Nashville, 6705 Charlotte Pike.
The event will feature product demonstrations, display booths, and lectures by prominent natural health care and environmental experts across the region.  Booth space, room rentals, and sponsorships are available on a first-come, first-served basis through Oct. 15. The first 12 business professionals to sign up will have the opportunity to speak during special breakout sessions throughout the day.  A list of Expo attendees will be provided to participants after the event. Exhibitors and sponsors will receive mention in all promotional materials, including flyers, invitations and press releases. Booth and room rentals are $100 for the entire day or $30 per hour.  Two or more vendors can share exhibit space at a reduced rate. Exhibition booths will offer insights on nutrition and herbal remedies, senior health, aging, empowerment, happiness, recovery from addiction, biofeedback wellness, hormone balancing, breast cancer awareness, and the environment.  Some of the exhibitors will offer free herbal, nutrition, and skin care product samples. Professional health practitioners will provide massages, Reiki, Chakra energy clearings, biofeedback, and chiropractic demonstrations. Exhibitors will include Intuition... Spirit, Heart & Soul; Roth Wellness and Chiropractic; Shred on the Run; and Tisha: Feng Shui Your life. Breakout session speakers will include Kim Mollenkopf, Tisha Morris, Dr. Hal Roseman, and Dr. Sharon Roth. For more information about booking exhibition space and/or sponsoring the "Health and Wellness Expo", send an email inquiry to Bonnie Troxel at, call the CSLN office at (615) 356-0174, or visit (Whiting Publicity)

BMI Showcase Info -- BMI hosts songwriter showcases in Nashville, New York, LA and other cities.  Info: .  (BMI)


Sept. 22 (Saturday) -- Butterfly will host the "Fall Equinox Medicine Wheel" at 4071 Bernard Road in Joelton.  The event will begin at 7 p.m. with a Medicine Wheel, followed by a Sacred Fire Circle at 8 p.m.  Please bring something to make music, something to share (food, poems, love, stories, songs, your beautiful self), something to sit on, and something to release bugs from your presence.  This is an alcohol-free event.  Learn more: (615) 876-5891 or write Butterfly at . (B)

Dec. 6 (Thursday) -- The Gordon Jewish Community Center of Nashville will host the monthly "Compassionate Coffeehouse" from 7-9 p.m.  The event will feature performances by songwriters, musicians, poets, dancers, storytellers and other creative expressionists.  Artist signups begin at 6:15 p.m.  The GJCC is located at 801 Percy Warner Blvd. (KRR)

Sundays -- Scarritt-Bennett Center hosts "Vespers & All That Jazz" in Wightman Chapel every Sunday at 6:30 p.m.  The free event will allow individuals to encounter the sacred in a new and unique way through this music-shaped, experiential worship service.  Inspired by jazz as a process of making music and using the music to help individuals experience the interruptive spirit of God, the event encourages compassion, peace, justice and wonder.  Info: . (SB)

Congratulations to...

The WannaBeatles, who have released the new song and video, "Oh Betty! (The Betty White Song)". The project is being considered for a Grammy nomination in the Best Short Video, Best Song Written for Visual Media, and Best New Artist categories. Learn more: . (Whiting Publicity)

(Photo: The WannaBeatles)

Singer-songwriter-author Judy Rodman, who will perform with 6 Play (an original music Americana band of studio and stage veterans) at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 (Monday) at 3rd and Lindsley.  (JR)

Children's book author Miranda Sullivan, who is putting the finishing touches on her forthcoming children's book, "Positive Penni".  Look for more details, including a description and release date, in Music City Arts Update. (MS)

Singer-songwriter-author Thornton Cline, who has released the new book, "Practice Personalities: What's Your Type?". (TC)

The Tennessee Songwriting Association International (TSAI), which recently celebrated the opening of its new office at 118 16th Ave. S., Suite 260A. (DA)

The late singer-songwriter Marcia Jones, whose song "Closer Than We've Ever Been" (co-written with David Lloyd) was featured in the Hallmark film, "Lake Effects", starring Jane Seymour.  The song was performed by the group Diamondback near the end of the movie.  Marcia Jones' song catalog is handled by Striking Moon Music (ASCAP).  Learn more: . (LOLF)


Sept. 21 (Friday) -- "Movies That Matter" will show the film, "Painting The Future", at 7 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 6705 Charlotte Pike.  Info: .

Nov. 8-9 (Thursday-Friday) -- Filmmakers will be in the spotlight at the annual "ARTlightenment" film and visual art festival at Celebrity Centre Nashville, 1130 Eighth Ave. S. in Nashville.  Attendees can view original films from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  Info: . (RM)

More Film News:

Get Well Soon...

Positive Penni Foundation co-founder Teresa Rose, who is recovering from a serious illness. (MS)

Singer-songwriter Diane King, who is battling follicular lymphoma.  You can send a get well message to this wonderful singer-songwriter and read her story at . (AG)


Fourth Thursday -- Scarritt-Bennett conference center hosts the "Poet's Corner" from 7-8 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month.  Noted poets/writers read selections at The Front Porch @ Scarritt-Bennett, 1000 19th Ave. S. (corner of Grand and 19th).  Sept. 27: Kory Wells with music by Kelsey Wells. Details: . (SB)

NEW BOOK FOR SONGWRITERS: Hit songwriter Casey Kelly has penned the book, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to The Art of Songwriting".  Stay tuned for a review of his new book.  (CK)

NOW AT AMAZON -- Download your free copy of Candy Paull's "The Heart of Abundance" at


***Oct. 3 (Wednesday) -- "Tunesmithing Off Music Row" will celebrate its ninth anniversary from 7-10 p.m. at the Best Western Music Row.  Performers will include singer-songwriters Amy Allen, Lisa Aschmann, Joel Atkins, Meredith Blis, Everette Brown, Butterfly, Wil Comstock, Bryan Cumming, Ashley Helms, Lance Hoppen, Les Kerr, Nancy Moran & Fett, Max Niederle, Candy Paull, Steve Trinward, Betsy Warren, and Chuck Whiting.  Comedian Paulina Combow will emcee the show.  Admission is free. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase (BYOW). "Tunesmithing" is sponsored by Whiting Publicity & Promotions, Music City Arts Update, and Shine Time Books & Music.  For more information about the event, call (615) 242-9857, write, or visit . (Whiting Publicity)

***Oct. 5-7 (Friday-Sunday) -- More than 150 performing artists and songwriters from around the world will visit Nashville's Music Row from Oct. 5-7 (Friday-Sunday) for the "Independent Music Fest". Performers and songwriters will take the stage along Demonbreun and Division streets from noon-midnight Friday-Sunday at entertainment venues such as Red Rooster and the Music Row Best Western Lounge. The Best Western also will host music industry information tables, networking areas, and training sessions from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday.  Attendees can receive hands-on advice, critiques and training on topics such as stage presence, the craft of songwriting, recording techniques, publishing, song plugging, contracts, product development, audio podcast development, video production, management, and publicity.  The annual "Indie Music Masquerade Gala" will feature costumed dancing from 7 p.m.-midnight on Oct. 6 (Saturday) in the Music Row Best Western Lounge. Songwriters can introduce their new songs by performing at two special "open mic" stages located between Demonbreun and Division streets. "The 'Independent Music Fest' is a wonderful career-building opportunity for artists and songwriters at all levels," said Cornelius "Popcorn" Robertson, founder and coordinator of the festival. "More than 60 community volunteers will donate their time and resources to make this possible.  Shows are open to the public." Musical performers will include Billy Arr, Lisa Aschmann, Phil Brown, Jerry Foster, Bobby Keel, Bobby Pizzaz, Denny Sroakin, and Tony Stampley. Music industry mentors, exhibitors and sponsors include Kim Copeland Productions, Crowe Entertainment, producer Ron Eckerman (author of the new book "Turn It Up"), Indie Connect, Mind Coup, Musik and Film, Nashville Music Guide, National Media Group, Out of the Box Records, Radio Free Nashville 107.1 LPFM, music industry attorney David Ray, SAE Institute, Tennessee Songwriters Association, Top Notch Entertainment, Treasure Isle Recording, Tri Star Entertainment, and Whiting Publicity & Promotions. Festival registration is $150 for three days, $110 for two days, and $60 for one day.  The general public can enjoy three days of live music with a $20 armband.  To register or for more information about the "Independent Music Fest", visit, send an email inquiry to, or call (615) 424-1491.

Oct. 5 (Friday) -- The "Co-Creator's Coffeehouse" will occur from 7-10 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living Nashville, 6705 Charlotte Pike in west Nashville.  Artists of all kinds will share their talents at an open circle from 7-8:45 p.m. The featured act, The CSLN Music Ministry Team, will take the stage at 9 p.m. The event will be emceed by Butterfly. For more information, send an e-mail to Butterfly at . (B)

Mondays -- The Bill Eastep Band hosts an "Open Jam" at 6 p.m. at the Muddy Beaver, 403 Riverside Drive in Columbia, Tenn.  The event is open to musicians and songwriters.  Guitarists should bring a guitar and small amp.  Drummers/percussionists should bring sticks.  Info: . (BE)

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays -- The Long Hollow Jamboree in Goodlettsville features live music four days a week.  Admission if $6 on Tuesday and $6 Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  The venue, which is alcohol and smoke-free, is located at 3600 Long Hollow Pike. (Misc)

Last Thursday -- "Sam's Monthly Jams" feature musical guests at 8 p.m. at Douglas Corner, 2106 Eighth Ave. S. in Nashville.  The event follows "The Producer's Chair".  Info: . (SC)

Sundays -- The "Sunday Night Open Blues Jam" occurs at Jefferson's Showcase, 1036 Jefferson St.  Info: . (TJBS)

Networking Events...

Monday-Sunday -- Indie Connect hosts a number of networking events for musicians and artists of all kinds at 2720 Old Lebanon Road, Ste. 108, in Donelson.  Admission fees vary.  Full Details and Calendar: .  (VR)

Tuesdays -- CEO Nashville hosts its "Mastermind Luncheon" at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at Corky's Ribs & BBQ, 100 Franklin Road in Brentwood.  Details: . (CEO Nashville)

Wednesdays -- The Tennessee Songwriters Association International (TSAI) meets regularly, benefiting tunesmiths at all levels.  Wednesday gatherings typically occur from 7-9 p.m. in Room 200B (or Room 413 during the summer) at the Massey Business Center Building at Belmont University. Details: . (TSAI)

Thursdays -- Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) stages workshops every week.  For more details, visit . (NSAI)

Third Thursday -- Author Patricia Leonard (The Everyday Diva) leads the "The Runway - For Women". The monthly meeting is open to women who are in career transition, have a goal or dream they want to get focused on, or just want to explore what they wish to accomplish… when they grow up. The Runway meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6:15-8:15 p.m. at (call for location details).  A $15 fee helps cover expenses.  Info: or (615) 265-8146 or  (Patricia Leonard)

Third Thursday -- Celebrate the visual arts at the "Third Thursday" networking event from 5-8 p.m. at Picture This Gallery, 4674 Lebanon Pike in Hermitage.  Info: . (PTG)

Fourth Monday -- The Arts Council of Williamson County's "Art: Up Close and Personal" evening speaker series occurs from 6-7:30 p.m. in the main conference room of the Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Pike in Franklin, Tenn.  Currently on Summer Break... Sept. 24: "Ceramics, Painting and Music" with Lena Lucas. Details: or . (ACWC)

Second or Third Friday -- The Arts Council of Williamson County's "Brown Bag Lunch Bunch" occurs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the second Friday of each month in the main conference room of the Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Pike in Franklin, Tenn. Sept. 21: Julie Horn, "Tennessee Arts Commission Grant Writing". Details: or . (ACWC)

Saturdays -- The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) has extended office hours to better serve the songwriting community. Each Saturday songwriters of all levels and genres are invited to stop by (1710 Roy Acuff Place, Nashville) from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for fun and excitement during "Saturday Sessions".  Scroll down to the Artist Resources section for more information.  Info: . (NSAI)

Appreciation to Doak Turner -- Songwriter networking/marketing pro Doak Turner has discontinued his popular barbecue for songwriters in Nashville.  Special thanks to Doak for a highly successful 112-month run.  Visit his publication/website, The Nashville Muse, for a detailed list of other songwriting happenings.  Info: . (DT)

Coming Up -- The Nashville Chapter of the Positive Music Association will meet soon at a Nashville area location. Learn more: Yvonne Smith at . (PMA)

(Do you have a networking event in the arts?  Please let us know: or .)


Wednesdays -- Join children's entertainer Rachel Sumner every Wednesday from 4:30-5 p.m. on WRFM 107.1-FM and cable Channel 10 for her show "Rachel's Fun Time".  Hear it online: . (RS)

Saturdays -- Join T.J. Kirby on "T.J. and Company" from 3-5 p.m. CST on WRFN 107.1-FM in Nashville or streaming online at . Info: . (WV)

Saturdays -- Joe Rieg's "The Story Behind the Song" features interviews and one-of-a-kind recordings from some of the world’s top songwriters, along with the best new writers in Nashville.  Tune in at 2 p.m. every Saturday at . To summit material and be part of the show, contact Joe at . (JR)

Sundays -- JAZZ On The Side, a weekly radio documentary featuring music and stories about the great sidemen and women of jazz, airs at 12 noon CT on WMOT Jazz89 at 89.5FM and at . The program is hosted by R. Austin Bealmear.  Details: . (AB)

Nashville Jazz Workshop -- The Nashville Jazz Workshop has launched a new on-line jazz radio station.  Hear music recorded in the "Jazz Cave" 24 hours a day at .  (TJBS)

The Jazz Zone Report -- Join Sharon Kay for the "The Jazz Zone Report", aired five times daily Wednesday-Saturday on 88.1 FM WFSK covering arts, entertainment and community activities.  You can also join Sharon for "What's the 411" from 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays and 7-9 a.m. Sundays. The station is a great supporter of the arts in Nashville.  You can send your arts news to Sharon at . (SK)

Anytime -- Join Joe Rieg at for artist interviews and the latest music industry news. (JR).

Anytime -- Indie Music Nashville airs concerts and recordings by independent artists in Americana, country and rock music 24 hours a day at . (LCR)

Songwriter Events...

***Oct. 3 (Wednesday) -- "Tunesmithing Off Music Row" will celebrate its ninth anniversary from 7-10 p.m. at the Best Western Music Row.  Performers will include singer-songwriters Amy Allen, Lisa Aschmann, Joel Atkins, Meredith Blis, Everette Brown, Butterfly, Wil Comstock, Bryan Cumming, Ashley Helms, Lance Hoppen, Les Kerr, Nancy Moran & Fett, Max Niederle, Candy Paull, Steve Trinward, Betsy Warren, and Chuck Whiting.  Comedian Paulina Combow will emcee the show.  Admission is free. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase (BYOW). "Tunesmithing" is sponsored by Whiting Publicity & Promotions, Music City Arts Update, and Shine Time Books & Music.  For more information about the event, call (615) 242-9857, write, or visit . (Whiting Publicity)

Mondays and Thursdays -- Songwriter James Breedwell hosts a writers night for the Nashville Music Group from 6-11 p.m. at the Nashville Palace, 2611 McGavock Pike.  Children are welcome.  Bookings: . (PG)

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays -- Jack Scott hosts a writers night from 7-10 p.m. at 315 Bar & Grill in the Hotel Indigo at 315 Union St.  Info: or . (JS)

Monday-Sunday -- Songwriters perform nightly at Taps, 2117 Belcourt Ave. in Hillsboro Village.  For more details, visit . (BTT)

Tuesdays -- Doc Bennett hosts "Doc's Music Tuesday" from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at Dan McGuiness Pub, 9200 Carothers Pkwy. in Cool Springs.  The event features 30-minute songwriting sets.  Details: Contact Doc at (931) 398-0516 or . (DB)

Tuesdays -- "Hit Song Casa Writers Night/Open Mic" occurs from 6:30-10 p.m. at Legends Restaurant, 3436 Lebanon Pike in Hermitage. Info: (615) 293-9500. (JM)

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays -- Debi Champion hosts her world-famous songwriters nights from 7-11 p.m. at the Commodore Grill, 2613 West End Ave.  More than a dozen tunesmiths perform each night.  Info: . (DC)

Tuesdays and Thursdays -- Jack Scott hosts shows for songwriters at 315 Bar & Grill at the Hotel Indigo, 301 Union St. in downtown Nashville.  Information: . (JS)

Wednesdays -- Doc Bennett hosts "Doc's Wednesday Pig Gig" from 7:30-11:30 p.m. at The Bunganut Pig, 1143 Columbia Ave. in Franklin.  The event features 30-minute songwriting sets.  Details: Contact Doc at (931) 398-0516 or . (DB)

Wednesdays -- Lorna Flowers hosts a round at Red Rooster from 7-11 p.m.  Info/bookings: .

Wednesday-Sunday -- Richards Cafe hosts a variety of songwriter and music events.  The eatery is located at 4420 Whites Creek Pike in Whites Creek, Tenn.  Details: (615) 299-9590 . (RC)

First Thursday -- Nashville Music Guide's "Acoustic Performance Night" occurs the first Thursday of each month at Douglas Corner, 2106 Eighth Ave. S. (DW)

Last Thursday -- "Sam's Monthly Jams" occurs at 8:30 p.m. at Douglas Corner, 2106-A Eighth Ave. S. (following "The Producer's Chair").  June 28: Wood Newton. The event is hosted by singer-songwriter Sam Cooper.  Info: . (SC)

Fridays and Saturdays -- Rick & Tammy Stewart host songwriter rounds from 7-10 p.m. at the Commodore Grille, 2613 West End Ave.  Sign up by 9 p.m. to play the unscheduled round.  Details: or . (RS)

Saturdays -- Hotel Indigo hosts a writers night from 8 p.m.-midnight on Saturdays.  The hotel is located at 1719 West End Ave.  Bookings: . (PG)

Sundays -- "Ty Brando's Singer-Songwriter Show" occurs every Sunday from 6-10 p.m. at Mad Donna's Loft, 1313 Woodland St.  Learn more: . (TB)

Second Sunday -- The "Second Sunday Writers Night Series" will occur at 7 p.m. on selected Sundays at Fiddle and Pick, 456 Highway 70 in Pegram, Tenn. The event is hosted by hit songwriter Wood Newton.  Details and bookings: (216) 571-0016 or . (JR)


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Saturdays -- "The Country Vibe with Chuck and Becca" airs in Nashville on The CW-Nashville (WNAB, Comcast Channel 18) at 8 p.m. The series originates from ground zero of Nashville’s Honky Tonk scene, the legendary The Stage nightclub on Lower Broadway. On-set guests have included Blake Shelton, Darryl Worley, Phil Vassar, James Otto, Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann, Randy Houser, Tracy Lawrence, Jimmy Wayne, Steve Wariner, the Oak Ridge Boys, Steve Azar, Steel Magnolia, Colt Ford, Lorrie Morgan, Joey + Rory, Josh Thompson, Aaron Tippin and Jaron and the Long Road to Love.  On the scene interviews have featured a wide range of artists, including Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, Joe Nichols, Clay Walker, Garth Brooks, Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton, and Trisha Yearwood. Learn more: . (VH)

Anytime -- Inside Music Row is a country music program that airs weekly on WNAB-TV (Channel 18) in Nashville and anytime online at . (IMR)


Various Dates -- The Metro Nashville Parks Theatre Department's "New Play Reading Series" will continue through the fall.  Upcoming schedule: Nathan Ross Freeman's "Hannah Elias" (Oct. 22); and Ted Swindley's "Stories My Grandmother Told Me" (Nov. 12). Readings will occur at the Z. Alexander Looby Theatre on Rosa Parks Boulevard. (JD)

Various Dates -- The American Negro Playwright Theatre stages a host of theatrical events at The Next Level, 1008 Charlotte Ave. in Nashville.  Learn more: . (BS)

Visual Art...

Sept. 20 (Thursday) -- Internationally awarded Nashville visual artist Camille Engel will celebrate the opening of her solo exhibition "Impressions of Reality" from 5-8 p.m. at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center, 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville, Tenn.  The exhibition will continue at the Customs House through Nov. 4.  Check out Camille Engel's breathtaking work at . (Scroll down for the full story)

First Saturday -- A host of galleries participate in Nashville's monthly "Art Crawl". The next "Art Crawl" is Oct. 5.  Times vary.

Nov. 10-11 (Saturday-Sunday) -- Visual artists will showcase their works at the annual "ARTlightenment" film and visual art festival at Celebrity Centre Nashville, 1130 Eighth Ave. S.  Info: . (RM)

Conferences, Festivals, Events, and Auditions...

"NSAI World's Largest #1 Party": 4-6 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Roundabout in Nashville.

"NSAI Songposium": Sept. 18-22, Nashville.

Grammy Voting Deadline: Nomination voting deadline is Oct. 9.

"La Femme International Film Festival": Oct. 11-14, Hollywood, Calif.

"Artists Music Guild Convention and Heritage Awards": Nov. 8-11, Fort Mill, S.C.

"ARTlightenment": Nov. 8-12, Nashville, Tenn.

Grammy Nominations Announced: Dec. 1


Spotlight Story:


By Chuck Whiting
MCAU Editor

          NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 2012) – Internationally awarded Nashville visual artist Camille Engel will exhibit a large array of original contemporary realism oil paintings in a rare solo exhibition from Sept. 12 through Nov. 4 at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center in Clarksville, Tenn.  You can congratulate the artist in person during a special reception from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 20 (Thursday).

            Meanwhile, the artist has stepped back into the international spotlight by showcasing several original bird paintings in the International Guild of Realism Exhibition in Carmel, Calif., through Sept. 30 and at the prestigious Woodson Art Museum “Birds in Art” international exhibition in Wausau, Wis., from through Nov. 11. “Birds in Art” is exhibiting “Strike A Pose”, one of her most intricate oil paintings recently purchased by the Tennessee State Museum.

            “This is probably the busiest and most successful year I’ve ever had, and I couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Engel, whose work has been exhibited and collected throughout the world.  “It is rare for me to exhibit locally, so I’m looking forward to presenting this retrospective exhibition in my home state of Tennessee.”

            For her “Impressions of Reality” exhibition in Clarksville, Engel is organizing a large collection of paintings spanning a little more than a decade. Art lovers will be able to see her original oil paintings of still life’s, abstract views of realism, contemporary trompe l’oeil, and her trademark birds. This Camille Engel collection includes the award-winning painting, “Sunflower at the Old Factory”, which won the 2005 TAL Memorial Award, the 2007 cover competition of American Artist Magazine, and recently returned from a 12-city, three-year traveling museum tour being compared to a Vincent Van Gogh sunflower in an educational context. Also exhibiting will be several recognizable paintings that have been featured in national magazines such as American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, and Southwest Art, as well as Nashville Arts Magazine. 

(Painting: "Hello Sugar")

           The artist will celebrate the opening of her solo exhibition in Tennessee with a reception at the historic Customs House from 5-8 p.m. Sept. 20 (Thursday).  The exhibition will continue through Nov. 4.  Viewing hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission to the museum is free on the second Saturday of each month.  The Customs House is located at 200 S. Second St. in downtown Clarksville.

            Two Engel bird paintings have been selected for the highly anticipated International Guild of Realism exhibition at the Jones & Terwilliger Galleries in Carmel. “Hello Sugar”, a 12 by 12-inch oil painting from her best-selling “Trespasser” series, depicts an Allen’s hummingbird perched inside a trompe l’oeil ripped hole in blank art paper.  The second painting, “On the Edge”, shows a Fairy Wren standing on the edge of an antique book. The exhibition, which is open to the public from Sept. 7-30, will present the best in today’s realism art featuring a wide spectrum from contemporary to classical realism, created by more than 75 artists from all over the world. This is the seventh straight year one or more Engel paintings have been selected for this important juried exhibition.

            “For two of my paintings to be accepted into the IGOR exhibition in Carmel is a high honor indeed,” Engel added. “I enjoy painting realistically. With a dedication to creating rich visual intricacies, I revel in the painstaking details. Each brushstroke is a statement, much like the notes in music. Everything matters.”

            On loan from the permanent collection of the Tennessee State Museum, Engel’s “Strike A Pose” painting will appear in the prestigious “Birds in Art” international exhibition at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wis., from Sept. 8-Nov. 11 before embarking on a national tour through Oct. 14, 2013. The trompe-l’oeil painting, which measures 20 inches wide by 16 inches tall, is a witty depiction of a raven posing to resemble the bird on the Rook playing cards.

            “I’ve often heard people express that ravens are ominous,” Engel noted.  “My goal was to depict a raven as beautiful and even humorous. My husband, Todd, is very creative and helped me title my painting ‘Strike A Pose’, which is our light-hearted endeavor to glamorize this ‘bad boy’.”

            The artist introduced her first bird painting, “Home Sweet Home”, at the International Guild of Realism in 2006, winning the “Artist's Choice Award”.  Her first Cardinal painting, “Out on a Limb”, won the “People’s Choice Award” at Gilcrease Museum’s 2008 “American Art in Miniature” exhibition.  Her first painting of an American Robin won “Best Wildlife” in the 2010 IGOR exhibition and the “People’s Choice Award” in the Tennessee Art League’s 2010 “Central South National Exhibition”.  She is now internationally known for her colorful paintings of birds.

            After heeding advice to “Pursue the dream that burns inside you,” Engel began oil painting, intuitively in a realistic style. Known for her use of rich colors, textures, and intricate detail, her paintings have been commissioned or acquired by art collectors from around the world, and she has emerged as one of America’s most respected realist painters.      

            The artist is represented by Giacobbe-Fritz Fine Art in Santa Fe, N.M., Dean Day Gallery in Houston; Lovetts Gallery in Tulsa; River Gallery in Chattanooga, Tenn.; Rare Gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyo.; and Dolphin Galleries in Wailea, Hawaii.

            A native of Tulsa, Engel moved to Nashville in 1984, where she now lives with her husband, Todd.

          For more information about Engel or her paintings, call (615) 289-2264, send an e-mail to, or visit or .  For more information about the "Impressions of Reality" exhibition at the Customs House, contact Terri Jordan at or (931) 648-5780, Ext. 38.


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