Thursday, November 1, 2012

Music City Arts Update Spotlights Artists and Events

Nov. 1, 2012

Providing resource information and exposure for artists of all kinds


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The Latest Arts News:

CLOSING NOV. 4! CAMILLE ENGEL'S 'IMPRESSIONS OF REALITY'... 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 Customs House is located at 200 S. Second St. in downtown Clarksville. See a remarkable collaboration between Camille and fellow visual artist edie ManeyLearn more about the exhibit: .  See photos from Camille's artist reception:  (See "Visual Art")

'HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO' ADDS EXHIBITORS'... Middle Tennessee artists can receive life-changing advice from some of the area’s top natural health care and environmental experts by attending the "Health & Wellness EXPO" from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3 (Saturday) at the Center for Spiritual Living Nashville, 6705 Charlotte Pike in west Nashville.  Costco will offer free hearing tests and flu shots for only $16.99.  Read the full story at (See "Health and Wellness")

'SONGS OF CHRISTMASES PAST'... The Nashville Caroling Company will bring Victorian holiday cheer to Cheekwood Mansion in Belle Meade with a special caroling concert from 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 24 (Saturday). Admission is free with Cheekwood admission.  

(Photo: The Nashville Caroling Company)

Read the full story: (See "Holiday Events")

'TUNESMITHING' TO RETURN IN JANUARY...  "Tunesmithing Off Music Row" will return at a new venue in January 2013.  Do you know a great place for our monthly songwriters showcase?  If you do, please drop us a note at Special thanks to Cornelius "Popcorn" Robertson and Annabelle Lee of the "Independent Music Fest" for hosting our ninth anniversary show on Oct. 3.  It was an unforgettable night.  Learn more about "Tunesmithing" at . (See "Songwriting")

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. Read the full story: (See "Congratulations to...")

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 a Grammy nomination (New Age Album, Cat. 30: "Blessings of the Universe").  The artist will celebrate the project's release with events in Abingdon, Va., and Independence, Va. on Nov. 16 and 17.  Learn more: (See "Congratulations to...")

... "The Littlest Star: a musical story" art book is the perfect holiday gift for children of all ages.  The book, which features original illustrations by award-winning folk artist Robert Roberg, is available at and .  The accompanying CD features "The Littlest Star" song performed by Margo SmithDenny Jiosa, and Conni Ellisor with symphony string players.  Please contact us at for non-profit and bulk order discounts.  (See "Holiday Gifts")

SINGER-SONGWRITER PLANS NEW ALBUM... Country/pop/adult contemporary singer-songwriter Amy Allen is set to release her highly anticipated new album in early 2013.  The artist recently performed at the "Tunesmithing" anniversary celebration. Amy and her manager, Tracy Fort, have assembled a music industry team that includes Whiting Publicity & Promotions. Stay tuned for the full story. (See "Congratuations to...")

'ORLEANS & FRIENDS' SHOW TO HONOR LATE LARRY HOPPEN... The pop/rock bandOrleans will honor the late singer and group co-founder Larry Hoppen with a special “Orleans & Friends” show on Nov. 11 (Sunday) at the Mercy Lounge.  Learn more: . (See "Music")

ARTIST QUOTE FOR NOVEMBER... "The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you." -- John E. Southard

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 in 2013 for artists at all levels. Two separate watercolor painting classes will be offered to beginning, intermediate and advanced artists on selected Tuesdays at the Brentwood United Methodist Church, 309 Franklin Road.  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. 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)

Touring Career Workshop -- The second annual "Touring Career Workshop" will occur on Nov. 19 (Monday) at Soundcheck Nashville (Annex).  At no cost, touring and production professionals are invited to examine ways to maintain career longevity in the future of the touring industry alongside event founders Chris Lisle (Chris Lisle Lighting Design) and Erik Parker (Lighting Director for Billy Currington). Featured panelist sessions include Ed Wannebo (Keynote Speaker),Troy Von Haefen (Financial Planning), Joy Black (Tax Planning and Accounting), Shane Hamill,Sara Hamill, Patti Lisle (Navigating Relationships on the Road), Eric Elwell (Your Career is a Business), Debbie Carroll and Stephen Navyac (MusiCares® and Stress of the Road), Chris Lisle (Getting Into Touring), and RJ Stillwell (Heath Insurance). Learn more: . (DT)

PR Career Building -- 
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.). Cover: $10.  Details: or write James Rea . (JR)

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

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)

"I Create Music EXPO" -- ASCAP's "I Create Music EXPO" will occur from April 18-20, 2013 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.  Learn more: . (ASCAP)

Art Classes for Kids -- Children will learn history through paper dolls and puppets during theHistoric StARTS art classes from 10-11 a.m. on Nov. 13 at Carnton Plantation in Franklin.  The classes are sponsored by The Arts Council of Williamson County. To register, call (615) 428-3845 or send an email inquiry to . (LH)

Deep Dreams -- Art & Soul will host the workshop, "Deep Dreams: Tending the Border of Possibility", from 7-11 p.m. Nov. 10.  Learn more: . (A&S)

CMA Annual Meeting -- The Country Music Association's Annual Meeting of the Members will occur at 10 a.m. Nov. 2 (Friday) at the Downtown Hilton.  RSVP: . (CMA)

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".  Breaking news! You can try out some of NSAI's services for free.  To learn more, visit or  If you join, please say you heard about it from MCAU.  (MCAU)

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

Environmental songstress Earth Mama (a.k.a. Joyce Rouse) of Independence, Va., who will celebrate the release of her latest CD, "Blessings of the Universe", with live performances, CD signings, and music composing demonstrations from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 16 (Friday) at the Heartwood Artisan Center, 1 Heartwood Circle in Abingdon, Va. The artist also will headline "Share Our Blessings" with live performances and CD signings from 4-6 p.m. on Nov. 17 (Saturday) at the Historic 1908 Courthouse, 107 E. Main St. in Independence, Va.  Learn more about Earth Mama at . (Whiting Publicity)
Singer-songwriter Shawn Gallaway, who will join Carly Thorne and Jan Salerno for the "Hawaiian Retreat" on Jan. 19, 2013. (SG)

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)

Thornton Cline, who will lead a free music workshop with a concert and book signing at 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Vanderbilt University Barnes and Noble. (TC)

Visual artist Robyn Morshead, who was featured in the October issue of Nashville Arts magazine.  Read her story: . (RM)

Singer-songwriter Kari Hilpert, who will perform with Keith Larsen and Charlotte Ryerson from 8-10 p.m. Nov. 3 at Lulu's Coffeehouse and Cafe, 120 E. Main St. in Watertown, Tenn. (KH)

Jazz sensation Suzahn Fiering, who will celebrate her birthday with a special performance at 8:15 p.m. Nov. 16 at Douglas Corner Cafe, 2106 Eighth Ave. S. (SF)

Children's entertainer Rachel Sumner, who will perform at the Thompson Lane Public Library at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 14.

Singer-songwriter Dale Allen, who will perform in the round with Bill Flowerree and Mary Fallon at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Ri'chard's Cajun Cafe', 4420 Whites Creek Pike. (DA)

The late singer-songwriter Mary Lafleur, who has won several awards for her music and poetry from the National Parenting Publications Awards and Parents' Choice.  Mary's music and spoken-word recordings include "Pink Elephants in Paris", "Give Yourself A High Five", and "Tap Those Toes". (AP)

SongU, which is celebrating its 10th year as an invaluable education and connection resource for songwriters. (DA)

Music pros John Pisciotta and Will Akers, who have joined the board of the Nashville Composers Association (NCA)

Hit songwriter Rand Bishop, who is writing a screenplay and novel while visiting family on the West Coast.  His first novel, "Grand Pop", is now in development as a premium cable series with a well-known executive producer and show runner.  (RB)

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)

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)


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...

Singer-songwriter Ron Young, who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.  You can write Ron at 205 Brooks Ave., Shertz, TX 78154. (WC)

Studio engineer Fett, who is recovering from a recent illness.

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)

Health & Wellness...

Nov. 3 (Saturday) -- Middle Tennesseans can receive life-changing advice from some of the area’s top natural health care and environmental experts by attending the "Health & Wellness EXPO" from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3 (Saturday) at the Center for Spiritual Living Nashville, 6705 Charlotte Pike in west Nashville. The free event will feature health and wellness-related lectures, product demonstrations, and display tables. Professional health practitioners will offer gluten-free and organic foods, aromatherapy, healthy breathing sessions, essential oils, massages, books and other educational materials, Chakra energy clearings, ionic foot baths, iridology readings, mini-facials, skincare products, and chiropractic demonstrations. Attendees can visit exhibition booths for complimentary product samples, as well as insights on nutrition and herbal remedies, life coaching, and the environment.  As a special service to the public, Costco will provide free hearing tests and flu shots for $16.99. Shred on the Run will offer free paper shredding from 10 a.m. to noon at a specially marked truck in the CSLN parking lot.  Private individuals are welcome to shred up to eight boxes or bags of personal items, including credit card statements, old checks and tax returns. Other exhibitors will include A Matter of Taste (offering gluten-free and vegan food for sale); Beach BodyBellevue Chiropractic CenterCenter for Spiritual Living NashvilleCostcoEast Meets West Holistic Education CenterFeng Shui Your life;Harmonic BodyworkHealth4Life CenterIntuition - Aroma for the SoulIt WorksIt's a Family Affair Catering (offering free vegetarian/vegan food samples); East Meets West Holistic Education CenterLoAdebarMelaleucaMoore Living with SarahMy Spa & SalonNashville Acupuncture & HerbsNashville Breathwork CenterNashville Cares;Natural AwakeningsNeuroclarityOne MiracleOptimum Health MattersRadiant Health InstituteRoth Wellness and ChiropracticBrenda Starr (iridology); Transformation Body Therapy; and Wild Muffin (offering gluten-free, vegan and organic brownies, cookies and muffins). The Health & Wellness EXPO is sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Living Nashville. If you need assistance covering this event, contact Chuck Whiting of Whiting Publicity and Promotions at (615) 423-9857 or; Gayle Brinker at (615) 516-3545; or Bonnie Troxel at (615) 356-0174 (Whiting Publicity)

Holiday Gift Ideas...

Children's Book and CD -- "The Littlest Star: a musical story" art book is the perfect holiday gift for children of all ages.  The Littlest Star was left alone in God's pocket, waiting for his time to shine.  Just when he was about to give up, he was sent out on the most important mission in The Universe.  The book, which features original illustrations by award-winning folk artist Robert Roberg, is available at and . 

The accompanying CD features "The Littlest Star" song performed by Margo SmithDenny Jiosa, and Conni Ellisor with symphony string players.  

Please contact Shine Time Books and Music at for non-profit and bulk order discounts.

(Cover for "The Littlest Star: a musical story"  book and CD)

In Memoriam...

The gifted and giving singer-songwriter Tim Johnson, who passed away recently.  

Read about his life: . (T)


Nov. 9 (Friday) -- Butterfly will read from her newly published book of poetry at 9 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living Nashville, 6705 Charlotte Pike in west Nashville.  She will be accompanied by pianist Ed Branding, serving as the featured artist for the monthly "Co-Creators' Coffeehouse.  A book signing will follow.  For more information, send an e-mail to Butterfly at or visit . (B)

Nov. 15 (Thursday) -- Scarritt-Bennett conference center will host the "Poet's Corner" from 7-8 p.m.  Noted poets/writers read selections at The Front Porch @ Scarritt-Bennett, 1000 19th Ave. S. (corner of Grand and 19th).  This month's featured poet is Victoria Clausi, who has published a chapbook of her poems, "Boarding House". 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


***Coming Soon! -- "Tunesmithing Off Music Row" will return to a new venue in January 2013 with performances by professional and emerging singer-songwriters.  Special thanks to the following artists who performed at the ninth anniversary celebration: Amy Allen, Lisa Aschmann, Joel Atkins, Meredith Blis, Everette Brown, Butterfly, Wil Comstock, Bryan Cumming, Ashley Helms, Lance Hoppen, Les Kerr, Max Niederle, Candy Paull, Steve Trinward, Cornelius "Popcorn" Robertson, Betsy Warren, and Chuck Whiting.  The event would not have been possible without our host, "Popcorn" and the "Independent Music Fest". Comedian Paulina Combow helped emcee the show, and Annabelle Lee handled sound.  "Tunesmithing" is sponsored by Whiting Publicity & Promotions, Music City Arts Update,and Shine Time Books & Music.  For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 242-9857, write, or visit .(Whiting Publicity)

Nov. 9 (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. Butterfly (accompanied by pianist Ed Branding) will read from her newly released book of poetry from 9-10 p.m.  A book signing will follow.  For more information, send an e-mail to Butterfly at . (B)

Nov. 11 (Sunday) -- The pop/rock band Orleans, best known for its '70s classics “Still the One,” “Dance With Me”, and “Love Takes Time,” suffered tragedy earlier this year. Lead singer and co-founder Larry Hoppen passed away suddenly on July 24. Larry was well loved and highly respected as a great musician, player, singer, songwriter, brother, father and friend. He was also a great humanitarian activist with a big heart. In Larry’s honor, there will be a special “Orleans & Friends” show at the Mercy Lounge, One Cannery Row, in Nashville. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. with a $20 minimum donation. Tickets will be sold online and at the door. Many local and regional artists, who are also longtime friends of Orleans, will join them on stage. Artists scheduled to appear include Jimi Jamison, John Ford Coley, Henry Paul (Blackhawk), Jonell Mosser, Kathie Baillie & Michael Bonagura (Baillie & the Boys), Bill Lloyd (Foster & Lloyd), Alyssa Bonagura and Pete HuttlingerThe Boy Wonder Blues Band will open. All performers are donating their time and talent. All net proceeds will benefit the Hoppen family, especially Larry’s teenage daughters, Maeve and Claire. Additional donations are welcome. Checks can be made out to Hoppen Family Benefit Fund.  Read the full story: . (LH)

Nov. 16-17 (Friday and Saturday) -- The Blue Sky Riders (Kenny Loggins, Georgia Middleman and Gary Burr) will bring their incredible talents to the Franklin Theatre to benefit the Nashville Songwriters Association International.  Show times are 8 p.m.  For tickets, visit . (NSAI)

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. . (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". . (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.  The organization also is restarting its weekly artist luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Mondays at Corky's Ribs & BBQ, 100 Franklin Road in Brentwood.  Fees vary.  Full Details and Calendar: .  (VR)

Second 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. Nov. 12: edie ManeyDetails: or . (ACWC)

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 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)

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 or third Friday of each month in the main conference room of the Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Pike in Franklin, Tenn.Holiday Party: Nov. 9.  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)

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

News You Can Use...

Tom T. Hall Recognized as BMI Icon at 60th Annual BMI Country Awards -- Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI), the global leader in music rights management, honored its Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year at the 60th annual BMI Country Awards held at the company’s Nashville, TN building. Also saluted were the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed songs on radio and TV from BMI’s country repertoire. In addition, the incredible songwriting career of Tom T. Hall was celebrated by naming him a BMI Icon. For a complete list of 2012 BMI Country Award winners, visit . (BMI)

Five Important Copyright Misconceptions That Linger -- Here are five of the more common and more important misconceptions that you can find on the Internet and what the reality behind them is. Read more: (ASCAP)

Helping Victims of Hurricane Sandy -- Souls4Souls is working with local agencies to provide relief to families affected by Hurricane Sandy by providing safe, sturdy footwear, new clothing, and other necessary items as these unfortunate individuals begin the process of rebuilding their lives.  Give: . (EZ)


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...

***Returning in January 2013 -- "Tunesmithing Off Music Row", a monthly showcase spotlighting professional and emerging singer-songwriters. Admission is free. "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,, or visit . (Whiting Publicity)

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

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 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: . (JS)

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/ .

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"). 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 . (JR)


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'JAW-DROPPING' FEATS... Four blind or partially blind members of the United States Blind Golf Association hit holes-in-one at various golfing events -- all in the same week!  Kevin Edwards, Ty Thompson, Ron Plath and Brian MacLeod are thrilled about their "jaw-dropping" feats.  Read the full story with photos:


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)


Nov. 3 (Saturday) -- J.Karen Thomas will star as Shug Avery in the highly acclaimed theatrical production of "The Color Purple" at 7:30 p.m. at the TSU Performing Arts Center, 3500 John Merritt Blvd.  Admission is $15 (group rate). (KS)

Nov. 3 and 10 (Saturday) -- The Olde Worlde Theatre Company will stage the play, "Rumpelstiltskin" at 10 a.m. at the Belcourt Theatre in Hillsboro Village.  Admission: $8.  Tickets: .

Nov. 7 (Wednesday) -- "ARTlightenment" will kick off with a special theatre and cabaret celebration from 7-9 p.m. at Celebrity Center Nashville.  Participating artists will include Bob Teague, Andrea Coleman, Al Holbrook, Laurie O'Shea, and Suzahn Fiering.  Learn more: . (JD)

Various Dates -- The Metro Nashville Parks Theatre Department's "New Play Reading Series" will continue through the fall.  Upcoming schedule: 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...

Through Nov. 4 -- Internationally awarded Nashville visual artist Camille Engel is exhibiting her latest works in the solo exhibition "Impressions of Reality" from 5-8 p.m. at the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center, 200 S. Second St. in Clarksville, Tenn.  Part of the exhibit features one-of-a-kind collaborative works by Engel and fellow visual artist edie Maney. Check out Camille Engel's breathtaking work at . (Scroll down for the full story)

Nov. 7 (Wednesday) -- Visual artist edie Maney will celebrate her latest exhibition, "Color Poet", with an artist reception from 6-9 p.m. at Imagine Gallery of Fine Art and Objects at the Factory in Franklin.  Learn more: (615) 794-7997 . (eM)

Nov. 9 (Friday) -- Haynes Galleries will celebrate the opening of "Five Figurative Artists" with an artist reception from 6-8 p.m.  Featured will be artists Jesús Emmanuel Villarreal, Lea Colie Wight, Ellen Cooper, Renée Foulks and Ryan S. Brown -- among the finest and most compelling painters in contemporary American realism.  The exhibition will continue through Dec. 4.  Haynes is located across from the Music Row Roundabout at 1600 Division.  Info: . (HG)

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.  Show hours: noon-10 p.m. on Saturday and noon-6 p.m. on Sunday.  Info: . (RM)

Nov. 16 (Friday) -- Bennett Galleries will host an artist reception for landscape painter Scott Hill and abstract expressionist Craig Alan from 6-9 p.m.  Bennett is located at 2104 Crestmoor Road in Green Hills.  (BG)

Through Nov. 24 -- Cumberland Gallery is exhibiting the works of painters David Kroll and Ron Porter through Nov. 24.  For other details, including gallery hours, visit . (CG)

Nov. 30-Dec. 2 (Tuesday-Sunday) -- Visual artist Charlotte Terrell will be among the artists to showcase original works at the "Brentwood Academy Fine Art Show".  

("On A Pink Cloud" by Charlotte Terrell)

Learn more about the show: . (CT)          

First Saturday -- A host of galleries participate in Nashville's monthly "Art Crawl". The next "Art Crawl" is Nov. 3.  Times vary.

Conferences, Festivals, Events, and Auditions...

"CMA Awards Show", Nov. 1, Nashville, Tenn.

"Health & Wellness EXPO", Nov. 3, Nashville, Tenn.

"Orleans and Friends", Nov. 11, Nashville, Tenn.

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

"ARTlightenment": Nov. 7-12, Nashville, Tenn.

"Grayson County Day at Heartwood", Nov. 16, Abingdon, Va.

"Share Our Blessings" (with Earth Mama), Nov. 17, Independence, Va.

Grammy Nominations Announced: Dec. 1

Indie Connect's "Virtual Music Conference & Expo", Jan. 15-17, 2013, online from Nashville.

ASCAP "I Create Music EXPO", April 18-20, Los Angeles.

Links to sites serving artists... 

Songwriting:  http://www.nashvillemuse.com,http://www.nashvillesongwriters.com, http://www.writesongs.comMusic: .

Music Composition:  http://nashvillecomposers.org
Arts:  http://www.interplaytn.org,http://www.nashvilleartssummit.org,

Theatre:  http://oldeworldetheatre.com

Film:  http://www.nashvillefilmfestival.org
Jazz: or
Culinary Arts:
Visual Arts:  http://www.williamsoncountyarts.org,
Networking/Resources for Independent Music Artists:,http://www.indieextreme.com,

News Media: http://www.nashvilleartsmagazine.com,,

Arts Calendars:

On-line Videos:


Music City Arts Update, which is distributed twice each month, spotlights the accomplishments of artists and arts-related businesses and organizations of all kinds.  Basic mentions in the monthly newsletter are free (based on time and space availability).  Feel free to pass this on to others who might be interested.  See photos and longer stories at or . The newsletter is written and distributed by Chuck Whiting of Whiting Publicity & Promotions. Our contributing writers include Debbie WattsKimberly Maiers ShawWil ComstockGreg Simsand Jaz Dorsey. Please note that all written materials in this newsletter are copyright 2012 -- used by permission only.  Thank you!

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