Friday, March 30, 2018

Tin Pan South to Kick Off with Annual Party on Music Row

It's time to celebrate Nashville's outstanding songwriters... Tin Pan South is here!

Hit Men of Music Row to Reunite at Tin Pan South on April 5

         NASHVILLE-- "We're getting the band back together" takes on a special meaning at The 26th Annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival Presented by Regions Bank, as organizers have announced the famed Hit Men of Music Row are reuniting for one show on April 5 at 3rd & Lindsley.

         The performance will bring Craig Wiseman, Jeffrey Steele, Tony Mullins and Bob DiPiero together for their first Nashville performance together in 10 years.

         "We can't thank these guys enough for putting together what is guaranteed to be an incredibly entertaining round," said Jennifer Purdon Turnbow, NSAI senior director of operations. "We're not sure how much of this show will be laughter and how much will be music, but it will be fun!"

         The 9 p.m. show is open to all Tin Pan South attendees with Fast Access passes, and the cash price at the door is $20, space permitting.

         Produced by Nashville Songwriters Association International, the Tin Pan South will take place April 3-7, 2018 at 10 of Nashville's top music venues. The popular Fast Access passes sold out in minutes, but cash admission for individual shows not already at the posted capacity will be an option at most venues.

         The free Tin Pan South Festival App is currently available in the iOS and Android app stores or at Features include

         * The ability to add individual events to a personal schedule.
         * News and social media feeds to stay informed of festival happenings.
         * Real-time notifications on the status of show changes.
         * Festival map and venue information.
         * Explore Music City with a list of landmark recommendations. 

         For up-to-date lineups, tickets, venues, schedules and other festival information, download the Festival App or visit Updates can also be found on the Tin Pan South Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Christopher Wood Becomes Partner of Kiser + Vogrin Design in Franklin, Tennessee

            NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 2018) – Christopher Wood, a 21-year veteran in landscape architecture, has been named a partner in the fast-growing Kiser + Vogrin Design, an award-winning land planning/landscape architecture firm in Franklin, Tennessee.

            In his new role for KVD, Wood will not only contribute towards the direction/goals of the firm, but also manage a wide range of projects from conceptual design to review and implementation. He also will continue to serve as a mentor to the entire KVD team for site and landscape/hardscape design and construction documents.

            "We are delighted to name Christopher a partner of Kiser + Vogrin Design," said Gary Vogrin, who co-founded the company in 2010 with partner Dwight Kiser. "His great personality and interaction with our clients/staff in addition to his never-ending attention to detail during design and construction helps him to create sound and functional landscape and hardscape designs.

Christopher Wood has been named a partner of Kiser + Vogrin Design in Franklin, Tennessee.
            Wood's passion for landscape architectural design through schematic design, pre-construction, and construction has allowed him to be involved in a wide range of project types involving commercial, residential, healthcare and industrial uses across the country. As a senior landscape architect for KVD, he serves as project manager and landscape architect for major projects such as Capitol View in downtown Nashville, the Hub mixed-use development in Bowling Green, Kentucky; Innovation Park in Franklin; Carothers Crossing East (Life Time Fitness and Commercial Campus) in Franklin, and Brentwood Commons office development in Nashville.

            "Chris is on a mission to help KVD build a landscape architecture firm that's your go-to for design and recognized as an industry leader in Tennessee and across the Southeast," Vogrin added.

            Wood earned his Bachelor of Science degree in landscape architecture from Auburn University. He is a registered Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina landscape architect and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He is a husband of more than 15 years and a father of two competitive boys residing in Williamson County.

            To learn more about Kiser + Vogrin Design, visit You can contact a KVD representative directly at (615) 708-0567 or

Hit Songwriter Pam Belford to perform at 'Tunesmithing' on March 17

         NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 2018) -- Five professional songwriting acts will perform on March 17 (Saturday) at "Tunesmithing," a monthly songwriters show at WXYZ Restaurant/Bar at the Aloft Nashville West End Hotel, 1719 West End Ave. 

          Attendees will enjoy original songs and instrumentals by Scott Barrier, Pam Belford, Donna Frost, Mike Lewis, and Bill Warrington. Admission is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Nashville composer-educator-publicist Chuck Whiting will emcee the show. Songwriter/audio engineer AJ Bigler will handle sound. 

          Pam Belford's songs have been recorded by Dean Dillon, Doug Stone, Rich McCready and a variety of other artists. She wrote the title cut on the George Strait album, “Holding My Own,” and her song, “If I Know Me”, also recorded by George Strait, was number one on the Billboard Country Chart for two weeks in a row. 

Hit songwriter Pam Belford performs in Nashville (Photo by Chuck Whiting)

          "Tunesmithing" songwriters showcase is sponsored by Music City Arts Network, Striking Moon Music, and Shine Time Music. The monthly show was founded in 2003 to spotlight emerging, professional and hit songwriters, as well as artists of all kinds. The event offers mentoring, career growth and networking opportunities for artists at all levels.  

          For more information about "Tunesmithing", call (615) 423-9857, write, or visit

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Award-Winning Artist/Instructor Gail McDaniel to Teach Watercolor Painting Course near Atlanta

            ATLANTA -- Gail McDaniel, an acclaimed watercolorist who, by invitation, has served as an associate member and demonstrating artist/instructor for the prestigious Winsor & Newton Creative Artist Network of London, will lead an eight-week watercolor painting course this winter/spring just south of Atlanta in Griffin.

            The course will be offered to beginning, intermediate and advanced artists on selected Wednesday afternoons starting March 7, 2018 at Griffin First United Methodist Church, 1401 Maple Drive. Sessions will occur from 1-4 p.m. on March 7, 14, 21 and 28; and April 4, 11, 18 and 25.

            The artist/instructor will provide insights on composition, value, color theory and application. She also will demonstrate some of the techniques that have helped make her an award-winning artist, including abstract under paintings, disappearing purples, painting on Masa Paper, white on white, monotype paintings, let it flow, texturize your paintings, portraits, reflective surfaces, and wax-resist Batik. The course is structured to serve artists at all skill levels, from the very raw beginner to the most advanced. McDaniel will close each session with individual critiques.

            Because space is limited for the classes, reservations are required. Tuition is $165 for eight class sessions. For more information or to register, contact the artist by phone at (678) 603-1502 or send an inquiry to Individuals can learn more about the artist/instructor and view her artwork at and follow her at and

Tofino Pearl watercolor painting by visual artist Gail McDaniel

            McDaniel was commissioned to create four program covers for Griffin Choral Arts' 10th anniversary concert season. Before moving to Georgia, McDaniel spent more than 20 years working as a professional watercolorist and art instructor in Nashville and Brentwood, Tenn. During that time, she taught more than 1,400 students in classes and workshops around the world. A number of her former students have developed into professional artists with exhibitions and commissions.

            "Some people come to find out if they can paint in watercolor," said the artist, who painted the invitation cover for "A Little Night of Music" starring country superstar LeAnn Rimes. "Like me, others love the look of watercolor paintings and want to learn the medium. Many come for the change of pace and the new, wonderful, relaxing challenge it brings. The intermediate and advanced students come to me to grow in the medium."

            Over the years, McDaniel has seen the positive change that comes over many people when they spend three hours with her, creatively thinking from the right side of their brain.

            "It's truly a night-and-day change, not to mention the fun they have," McDaniel added. "Many who come to me with no art background find they really have a true talent for painting. Some of them never had the slightest notion they had any talent. It's such an outstanding reward for them and a source of real pleasure for me."

            A good example is Phyllis Tatum, a watercolorist who studied with McDaniel for 14 years in Middle Tennessee. She and her fellow students were thrilled when she won four blue ribbons and a red ribbon at the Tennessee State Fair. Her crowing achievement came later when she won the fair's "Best of Show", a rare occurrence in watercolor circles.

            McDaniel fondly remembers receiving a thank you note from former student Suzy Foy of Estes Park, Colo., who wrote, "My whole life I have dreamt about being an artist... I never believed I could live that dream, one painting at a time. Because of my workshops, mentoring and support (from McDaniel), it is happening."

            "One of the obvious results of classes is the togetherness that comes upon the group," McDaniel noted. "Friendships develop, and with that interest in each other's lives and the happenings and events in their world. The group watches children grow up, grandchildren being born, and members die. The group celebrates the joys together, as well as the sad times, giving special support. Sometimes, our paintings reflect those experiences."

            The classes near Atlanta should be no exception. McDaniel will demonstrate the techniques, shortcuts and concepts that she has developed or learned by doing, reading or studying with others. She plans to show her students everything she knows, holding nothing back. Her goal is to inspire them without making them feel overwhelmed.

            During her career, McDaniel has trained artists from 36 different states (including Alaska and Hawaii), the District of Columbia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, the Philippines and South Korea. She has taught 11 workshops at historic Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, a landmark where the late Georgia O’Keefe lived and painted. She also served as a member of the arts faculty of Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art.

            In 2002, she and her husband, Ken, launched the "Students and Friends of Gail McDaniel Awards", raising more than $90,000 for Middle Tennessee public schools. The fundraising effort earned Gail and Ken a nomination in the "volunteer innovator" category of the 2009 Mary Catherine Strobel Award. In 2012, the artist was named the PENCIL Foundation's "Volunteer of the Year".

            Before leaving Tennessee, she received an award for "Excellence in Community Service" from the Travelers Rest Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was inducted into the Cave City, Ky., Hall of Fame and named (as an eighth generation Kentuckian) to the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels as one of  "Kentucky's ambassadors of good will and fellowship around the world."

            In 2001, she was invited by directors of the "Art in Provence" program to conduct an eight-day watercolor workshop in Dieulefit, France. She studied under 38 noted art instructors to help build her reputation as one of the South's top artists/instructors. -- even accepting a commission to paint a family landmark for former Kentucky Gov. Louie B. Nunn.

            Gail McDaniel's artwork was featured on the program covers of four major concerts in 2016-17 performed by The Griffin Choral Arts group. The choir, which is led by Artistic Director Dr. Stephen J. Mulder, is celebrating its 11th anniversary season.

            For more information about Gail McDaniel or to see her work, visit