Tue, 02/14/2012 - 4:51 pm

Mayor Karl Dean, the Cash family and friends and founders Bill and Shannon Miller welcomed press and industry executives to the future home of The Johnny Cash Museum on Tuesday, February 14, 2012. Located at 119 Third Avenue South between Demonbreun and Broadway, the museum will be en route between the tourist circulated Broadway strip and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

"It has been a lifelong dream of mine to showcase Johnny Cash's life and career in a world-class exhibit for all his fans from around the world to enjoy,” says founder Bill Miller.  “Today we take the first step in making that dream a reality by announcing the birth of the Johnny Cash Museum, a world-class attraction opening in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. This venue will feature the world's largest, most comprehensive and important collection of Cash artifacts and memorabilia anywhere in the world. I am honored that Johnny's children and family have joined us in enthusiastically supporting our project by sharing their precious artifacts with his fans."
The Johnny Cash Museum is projected to open its doors in summer 2012.  Many never before seen historical documents, letters, awards, costumes and instruments will take the visitor on a three dimensional journey through Johnny Cash’s life with innovative interactions via the Nashville based Griffin Technologies. The museum unites the extensive and acclaimed collection of Bill Miller, longtime friend of Cash’s and founder of the official Johnny Cash website, and pieces from friends, colleagues and family members including his daughters, son and siblings. The collection will feature the earliest known Johnny Cash letters and documents as well as the handwritten manuscript to the last song ever written by the prolific songwriter, just days before his passing. Visitors also will be given an extensive look into Cash’s non-entertainment related life including his childhood and early adulthood and his service in the United States Air Force.
The museum will occupy the site at 119 Third Avenue South with Phase One featuring a museum store, permanent exhibits and a multipurpose venue for performances, special exhibits and other events. Phase Two includes absorbing the balance of the ground floor space as it becomes available, as well as the top floor, bringing the ultimate square footage of the museum facility to 18,000 square feet. Plans include additional exhibit space, an enlarged performance area, an onsite food venue and working archives.
Columbia/ Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT will be releasing BOOTLEG VOL. IV: THE SOUL OF TRUTH at all physical and digital retail outlets starting April 3rd.  The project is a 2-CD, 51-track collection which compiles gospel and spiritual recordings (both released and previously unreleased) made by Cash in the 1970s and ’80s.
To stay updated on the museum and Johnny Cash, visit www.johnnycash.com.
Wed, 04/11/2012 - 2:15 pm
Award-winning public relations and marketing firm PLA Media is pleased to announce edgy, rock troubadour Jefferson Grizzard as a new client.
“We’re happy to work with Jefferson on the unique sound he brings to the table and to partner with Backporch Syndicate Records,” says Pam Lewis, President/CEO of PLA Media.
Bob Dylan infused with a bit of Neil Young, Donovan and Kris Kristofferson is one way to describe the young rocker and songwriter.  Jefferson joins other award-winning clients such as Big Machine recording artist and chart-topping powerhouse Justin Moore, legendary country artist Lynn Anderson, Oak Ridge Boy member William Lee Golden, former Warped Tour rocker Jett Mason and YouTube sensation Jessica Frech.
Hailing from Rome, Georgia, Jefferson started writing and playing guitar at the age of 13 and, by the time he was 18, had written more than 100 songs. He cites seminal acts such as The Beatles and acclaimed and influential roots rock group The Band as being major influences in the music that he writes. Shortly after graduating high school, he spent a year at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas before deciding to pursue music full time. During his time in Austin, Jefferson continued writing and going to local clubs studying the different acts on stage. From time-to-time he would muster up the courage to get up on stage and instinctively knew this was where he belonged.
His current album, A Crack in the Door, which is produced by Ben McRee and released on Backporch Syndicate Records, is a reflection of his roots in 60’s and 70’s rock & roll with a sliver of folk.
For more information on Jefferson Grizzard, to see his official music video for “Since You Came Around” or to receive a free download,” please visit http://jeffersongrizzard.com/.
Thu, 06/27/2013 - 1:56 pm

Seesaw reunites force-of-nature blues-rock vocalist Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa for a second album of choice covers from various musical eras. As with their first outing, Don’t Explain, the project is in collaboration with producer Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonamassa, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Black Crowes). Each of the three principals suggested and selected tracks for the 11-song set list, which mines soulful classics previously made famous by Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Donnie Hathaway, Lucinda Williams, Buddy Miles, Tina Turner, Slackwax, Melody Gardot, and Nina Simone.The one-two punch of Hart’s powerhouse vocals and Bonamassa’s scorching solos both honors and reinvents the original recordings. They are backed by the same world class band that kept the grooves going on Don’t Explain: Anton Fig (drums, percussion), Carmine Rojas (bass), Blondie Chaplin (rhythm guitar, backing vocals and percussion), Arlan Schierbaum (organ, piano). This time out, their mighty sound is augmented by a horn section, with Lee Thornburg on trumpets and trombones, and Ron Dziubla on saxophones.“Seesaw is one of those rare collaborations between two artists that transcends each of their established styles and creates something otherworldly.  Beth Hart's soulful voice and Joe Bonamassa's guitar mastery come together here to forge something special.  You may know them separately, but together here on Seesaw, Beth and Joe weave an artistic musical tapestry sure to leave many listeners wanting more.”  

Mon, 11/09/2015 - 4:39 pm

Whether it’s her soaring power vocals, gut-wrenching songwriting style or take-no-prisoners live show, Laura McCormick proved this past year that she has the fierce set of pipes necessary to compete in today’s southern rock scene. With a voice comparable to that of Bonnie Raitt, Ann Wilson of Heart, and Linda Ronstadt, Laura mixes her dynamic vocals with genuine songwriting, blending her folk and country roots with her classic rock upbringing. “She has a throaty, smoky delivery that’s full of tension, emotion and technique…” writes Music Row Magazine about Laura’s vocal style. “Extremely Promising.”

“I always knew in my heart that music was what I was going to end up doing,” says Laura. Whether it was living room concerts for her parents in elementary school or participating in nation-wide show choir competitions as a teenager, the Tullahoma, Tennessee native is hard- pressed to recall a time that performing wasn’t an important part of her life. When it came time for college, however, Laura pursued another passion of hers – medicine – and earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Middle Tennessee State University.

“I worked as an ICU nurse for six years but would write songs and perform in classic rock cover bands at local bars in any bit of spare time I had.” Hailing from a family tree of ancestors who played fiddle, steel guitar and banjo with country greats, it’s no surprise that after a few years, the passion pulsing through her musical veins eventually became too intense to ignore.

Laura officially traded Band-Aids for band rehearsals in April of 2014 and headed into the studio to record her debut album Box Full of Trouble. This album garnered rave reviews from fans and critics alike and led to country-wide radio airplay of her single “Feel the Fire,” live television performances and appearances at both 2015’s CMA Fest and Country Radio Seminar. Now, after a year of relentlessly honing her songwriting craft and gracing stages all around the south with her fearless personality, the red-lipped spitfire has released her highly-anticipated sophomore project Too Wild to Tame.

“I’ve spent the last year writing songs and teaming up with a lot of amazing musicians who continuously inspire me to stay true to myself,” says Laura, who now resides in Nashville. “Too Wild to Tame recalls a lot of my rock n’ roll influences and is a true reflection of where I am as an artist right now.” This EP, a product of collaboration with industry veterans Rick Rowell and Rodney Ingle, features six emotion-packed tracks. From vulnerable organic love songs (“Stand By Me”) to raspy rock numbers packed with attention-demanding guitar solos (“I Wish I Didn’t” and “Man With a Gun”), this collection evokes the very best of Laura’s influences, which include The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and Tom Petty.

“When I’m on stage singing, it is one of the only times I feel completely whole and content,” notes Laura. “Through good times and bad, music has always been there for me and my goal as an artist is to make a lasting connection with people through my songs.” With a stage presence as captivating as her vibrant green eyes, seriously striking vocals and determination second to none, it is clear that Laura McCormick is ready to emerge as one of southern rock’s leading ladies.

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 12:44 pm
Jackson, Tenn. adds two new offerings at the Legends of Tennessee Music Museum at The Carnegie that are sure to have tourists strapping on their “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Hard Rock”’ing and rolling to the musical heritage in the city. In a ceremony hosted Monday by the Jackson Tennessee Convention and Visitors Bureau with presentations from Jackson city Mayor Gist and Madison country Mayor Harris, the Legends of Tennessee Music Museum was presented with Carl Perkins’ Harmony Stratotone guitar by owner Dr. John Jennings.
“I was visiting Jackson in 1996 and went to dinner at Carl Perkins’ Suedes Restaurant,” recalls Jennings. “I observed a picture on the wall with Carl Perkins and the Perkins Brothers Band. I recognized the guitar strap, the case sitting on the floor behind Carl and the distinct features of the early 1950’s single pick-up Harmony Stratotone.”
Perkins who was in the restaurant that day spoke with Jennings and confirmed that Mr. Rinks, the person from which Jennings had purchased the guitar, had indeed bought the instrument from the store where he traded it. Perkins was interviewed by the Jackson Sun in 1996 about the instrument stating that “I really would like to have it back. In fact, I’m going to get it back if I have to give him a Les Paul.” Jennings chose to keep the historic guitar, Perkins’ first electronic guitar, in his personal collection, but was happy to present the instrument to the museum for display.
Following this presentation, Jackson, Tenn. native and music/culture branding mogul Isaac Tigrett returned home to preserve an important part of the Hard Rock Café story. Tigrett co-founded the iconic world famous Hard Rock Café and House of Blues brands.
“How lucky could I be to be raised in Jackson, Tennessee,” says Tigrett. “Halfway to Memphis --- Sun Records, Stax --- and the other half in Nashville, Tennessee. You should all be very, very proud to reach back to your history and your culture here in Jackson."
Tigrett unveiled the relaunch of the iconic Hard Rock Café Jackson merchandise line. The Hard Rock Café Jackson t-shirts will only be sold at the Legends of Tennessee Music Museum at The Carnegie in Jackson, which hosts a harmonic homage of exhibits to Tina Turner, Carl Perkins, Eddy Arnold, WS Holland, Isaac Tigrett and other music industry icons that were birthed along the Americana Music Triangle.
“This strip of highway between Nashville and Memphis would host the inception of Rock-a-Billy, while the blues simultaneously flowed through the cotton fields,” says Jackson CVB Executive Director Lori Nunnery. “We are honored to see this new piece of Carl Perkins’ story finding a home in Jackson. I’m also elated for Hard Rock Café co-founder and Jackson native Isaac Tigrett to reconnect with this community by spearheading the campaign to re-launch the musical milestone set with the opening of the Hard Rock Café in Jackson.”
Fri, 07/07/2017 - 6:57 am

The celebrated singer/songwriter Matthew Mayfield has released the music video for his song “Indigo” from his latest LP RECOIL. “Indigo” reflects the personal struggle of losing a loved one and maintaining hope for seeing them again in the next life. The infectious melody and poignant lyrics of this anthem of hope make for another landmark release for Mayfield.

“Went to a funeral and a baptism on the same day. Felt that God was real in both the good and the bad ways. Then, I started to think of you again,” sings Mayfield as he searches his feelings for a sense of release and connection with his long-time friend who has passed on.

RECOIL is a sonic and lyrical departure from Mayfield’s previous release, Wild Eyes. Wild Eyes was a collection of songs created over time that reflected different periods in Matthew’s life. RECOIL, by contrast, was born quickly and violently, the fruit of an intense effort by Mayfield to depict the good, the bad, and the ugly in the present world he inhabits. According to Mayfield, “making RECOIL was extremely hard—I had to drag the songs out of me and stick with them until they said exactly what I needed them to say.”

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 8:08 pm

Kimberley Dahme, the world-renowned bassist that captured the iconic hits of BOSTON for over a decade both on tour and in the studio, premieres a country and rock fused tune Lucy Lu raising awareness for “Adopt-A-Dog” Month. Mixed by the four-time Grammy-Award Winning Mark Capps and produced by Justin Peters, Lucy Lu is available via Platinum Planet Records on iTunes and all major online retailers.

"It's a sweet song about a very loving dog our family was blessed to have in her senior years,” says Kimberley.  “I believe all animal lovers have had a 'Lucy Lu' at one time in their lives. I hope you enjoy it and consider bringing a shelter pet into your home.  There are so many worthy animals just waiting for a home at your local shelter.”

Justin Peters, President of Platinum Planet Records, proudly stated, "Platinum Planet Records is thrilled to be releasing this Kimberely Dahme single.  As the producer of this track, I really believe we created a meaningful, cool and commercial radio smash. She's a world class talent. She is also a huge advocate for animals, especially dogs. This song is for animal lovers anywhere and everywhere."

This song was penned by eight writers, Kimberley Dahme, Justin Peters, Victoria Jackson (from Saturday Night Live), Carolyn Cogswell, Jeremy Duff, Omar Lagudali, Laura Moore and Steven Rupe, that collaborated at the Oak Island Songwriting Camp which is hosted by Songs for the Planet. Lucy Lu’s release coincides with the acknowledgement from both the ASPCA and American Humane Society that October would be recognized as “Adopt-A-Dog” and “Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog” Month. According to the American Humane Society, there are over three million animals annually that are waiting for homes across the U.S. Kimberley hopes this song will encourage listeners to take action to find their own Lucy Lu

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:18 pm

Spafford has already announced 17 dates for their headlining 2018 winter tour, ‘For Amusement Only,’ and today, the band shares 12 additional dates, this time across the West Coast.

The tour picks up again on February 28th, 2018 at Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA, hitting Santa Barbara, CA, Crystal Bay, NV and San Rafael, CA before heading to the Pacific Northwest. The band will then play Volcanic Theatre Pub in Bend, OR and the Shakedown in Bellingham, WA. After that, Spafford will head inland for dates in Missoula, MT,  Boise, ID, and Salt Lake City, UT before concluding this stint with three nights in Colorado; those performances include plays at the Belly Up in Aspen, Barkley Ballroom in Frisco and Ullrs Tavern in Winter Park. A full list of 2018 dates can be found below.

Spafford is quickly becoming one of the music scene’s most-buzzed-about live bands. The Arizona-based quartet — composed of Brian Moss (guitar/vocals), Jordan Fairless (bass/vocals), Andrew “Red” Johnson (keys/vocals) and Cameron Laforest (drums/percussion/vocals) — has become known for their brilliant improvisation, genre-bending sound, and energetic live performances. With this past fall’s release of Abaculus: An Improvisational Experience, Spafford once again redefined what it means to make music in the digital age, delivering a studio effort improvised much like a live show. They followed up the release of Abaculus with a stunning hour-long improvisation during their Echo Session, which can be viewed here.

Though Spafford first toured outside the Southwest at the tail end of 2016, the group has quickly transformed into a nationally touring powerhouse over the past year. Throughout 2017, Spafford has been consistently selling out venues across the country, and during this past festival season, the band made appearances at high-profile events like Summer Camp, Electric Forest, Peach Music Festival, North Coast, and most recently, Suwannee Hulaween.

Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale Friday, December 1st at 10 am PST/1 pm EST. For more information on specific dates, please visit the band’s website.

‘For Amusement Only’ Tour Dates

1/11 - Minneapolis, MN -  7th Street Entry
1/12 - Milwaukee, WI - Miramar Theatre
1/13 - Detroit, MI - El Club
1/14 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop
1/17 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Café
1/18 - Buffalo, NY - Iron Works
1/19 - Syracuse, NY - Westcott Theater
1/20 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club 
1/23 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met
1/24 - Asbury Park, NJ - Wonder Bar
1/25 - Washington, D.C. - Union Stage
1/26 - Raleigh, NC - The Pour House Music Hall -
1/27 - Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
1/31 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
2/1 - Tampa, FL - The Crowbar
2/2 - Orlando, FL - The Social
2/3 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits 
2/28 - Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up
3/1 - Santa Barbara, CA - Soho
3/2 - Crystal Bay, NV - Crystal Bay Club Casino
3/3 - San Rafael, CA - Terrapin Crossroads    
3/7 - Bend, OR - Volcanic Theatre Pub
3/8 - Bellingham, WA - The Shakedown
3/9 - Missoula, MT - Top Hat Lounge
3/10 - Boise, ID - The Olympic
3/11- Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room    
3/14 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen    
3/16 - Frisco, CO - Barkley Ballroom
3/17 - Winter Park, CO - Ullrs Tavern