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August 1st, 2017

Jeannie Seely; 'Written In Song' Album Review:

GRAMMY award-winning country music star and beloved member of the Grand Ole Opry, Jeannie Seely has returned to music with a brand-new album ‘Written In Song’, her first album since 2011’s ‘Vintage Country’. Long overdue but well worth the wait, Miss Country Soul lends her signature style and sexy voice to some of the greatest songs in the history of country music...

Read the entire review here:

July 26th, 2017

Bourbon and Beyond:

In honor of National Bourbon Day, Danny Wimmer Presents is ecstatic to announce its highly anticipated Food & Beverage Partners for BOURBON & BEYOND, an incredible all-in-one bourbon, food, and music festival that celebrates the craftsmanship, soul and spirit of Louisville, Kentucky. Taking place for the first time on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, glasses are being raised across the country to toast the exceptional talent that is making this festival unlike any other.

Danny Wimmer Presents newest venture, the inaugural Bourbon & Beyond, is a showcase featuring

the best bourbons, master distillers, national and local chefs, bartenders, musicians, and many other

artisans. Along with nationally celebrated Louisville chef, Edward Lee and best-selling author and

acclaimed bourbon authority, Fred Minnick, this talented trio has brought these partners together to

blend the best elements of a bourbon festival, a food festival, and a music festival into one all-encompassing celebration.

Along with the world-class musical performances happening throughout the weekend and on the

two main music stages, Bourbon & Beyond’s BIG BOURBON BAR will also include bluegrass music all

weekend long curated by The Bluegrass Situation and featuring The Steel Wheels, Mipso, Town

Mountain, Love Canon, NewTown, The Tillers and Reva Dawn Salon. Bourbon & Beyond’s Resident

DJ’s also join the mix with Coat Check Pool Party DJ’s, Craig Pfunder, Derby City Soul Club and,

Johnny Siegel spinning all weekend long at the parties.


They join the headliners of the weekend Stevie Nicks, Eddie Vedder, Steve Miller Band, Band of

Horses, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr., Paul Rodgers, Amos Lee, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty &

Orleans Avenue, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jonny Lang, G. Love & Special Sauce, Chris Robinson

Brotherhood, ZZ Ward, Nikki Lane, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters, Fantastic Negrito, Kiefer

Sutherland, Dave Cavalier, bluegrass favorites curated by The Bluegrass Situation, and more.


The Bourbon & Beyond Festival is sure to be the most unforgettable and inspiring experience of

music, food and bourbon yet. Like the flames that char the barrels, the hearth that nourishes our

appetites, or the heart of an incredible beat, soul and passion will radiate throughout the Bourbon &

Beyond festival.


For tickets and more details on the full line up of Food & Beverage Partners, please visit:

July 18th, 2017

Kenny Rogers;
All In For The Gambler Farewell Concert Celebration:

“All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration”

Country Music Hall of Famers Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton to Share Stage in Last Performance Together Ever

Event Will Also Feature Performances by an All-Star Lineup Including Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, & More

With Very Special Guests To Be Announced
October 25, 2017 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, Tennessee
Tickets On Sale July 21 at 10AM CT Via Ticketmaster

Nashville, Tenn. July 18, 2017 —Blackbird Presents and Kenny Rogers are proud to announce “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration,” an all-star concert event taping at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7PM CT. This once-in-a-lifetime concert event will honor Kenny Rogers’ historic 60-year career and will feature the final performance together by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, one of popular music’s most beloved duets of all time.

“As I’m bringing this chapter of my career to a close, this will be an unforgettable way to celebrate with my talented friends, who I’m so grateful to have crossed paths with,” says Kenny Rogers.  “It means so much that they would feel compelled to do this for me.  Of course, the night would not be the same without Dolly Parton being part of it.  We’ve enjoyed a special friendship for decades, and I’ll forever look back fondly on the many collaborations, performances, and laughs we’ve shared as some of the most extraordinary moments of my career.  I know it will be a moving experience for us standing on that stage together for one last time.”

This one-night-only concert event taping will bring together fans, friends and music icons to celebrate Kenny Rogers. “All In For The Gambler” will feature performances by Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Little Big Town, Alison Krauss, The Flaming Lips, Idina Menzel, Jamey Johnson, Elle King and many other special guests to be announced in the coming weeks.

“Kenny is like a family member to me. We have been friends for over 30 years and made musical magic together.  Since 1983, when we released ‘Islands In The Stream,’ everyone has had an expectation to see Kenny everywhere I go and me with him wherever he goes,” says Dolly Parton.  “Well, I guess for many of those fans that wanted to see us together, this will be that night. Performing with Kenny for the last time ever on October 25th is going to be emotional for both of us, but it’s also going to be very special.  Even though Kenny may be retiring, as he fades from the stage, our love for each other will never fade away.”

Tickets go on sale July 21, 2017 at 10AM CT online at, by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena box office. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation and the Kenny Rogers Children’s Center.

In a career that has spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers has left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world. Chart-topping hits like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me,” and “Through the Years” are just a handful of Kenny Rogers’ songs that continue to inspire new generations of artists and fans alike. Rogers, with twenty-four number-one hits, is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, six-time CMA Awards winner, three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award honoree in 2015 and has been voted the “Favorite Singer of All Time” in a joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.

Blackbird Presents’ Keith Wortman, creator and executive producer of Nashville’s recent highly acclaimed “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard,” is the creator and executive producer of “All In For The Gambler.” GRAMMY® Award Winner Don Was will serve as music director, and preside over a stellar house band backing the performers at this historic concert event taping. Kenny Rogers’ manager, Ken Levitan, also serves as executive producer. The event will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional media (worldwide broadcast, music, and digital).

“Like millions of fans around the world, Kenny Rogers has been the soundtrack of my life. As he finishes out this beautiful victory lap of touring life, I am honored and privileged to create and produce a show celebrating this special artist on this monumental occasion.” says Keith Wortman, CEO of Blackbird Presents.

For complete show details, visit:


August 8th, 2016

Dolly Parton "Pure & Simple" Concert Review:

Country music icon and global superstar, Dolly Parton brought her latest “Pure & Simple” tour to the beautiful Ravinia Park in Highland Park, Illinois on Sunday August 7th, 2016. Parton’s sold-out Ravinia appearance was truly long overdue; her last visit was August 4th, 1993. Twenty-three years later, not a whole lot has changed with the now 70-year-old legend. She still maintains her sharp wit...

Read the full review here:

July 27th, 2016

Crystal Gayle Interview:

Enjoy our in depth interview with country legend Crystal Gayle, as she talks new music, her fond memories of Jack Greene and Merle Haggard, how she plans to celebrate her 40th anniversary in music and much more!

Read it here:

July 5th, 2016

Ben Haggard Interview; Part II:

INTERVIEW PART II with Ben Haggard!! Enjoy the second and final part of our interview with Ben Haggard as he reflects on recording tribute songs for his father, the songs of his father's that mean the most to him, treasured advice and fond memories of his father, some of his musical inspirations and more!

Read the interview with photos and video here:

March 10th, 2016

Tanya Tucker Interview; Part II:

Country icon Tanya Tucker shares precious memories of her late father Beau, dear friend George Jones, witnessing her career on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame recently, her thoughts on her lost love with Glen Campbell, family, life, staying in a monastery and more! All in PART II of our interview:

Enjoy Part II of our interview with Tanya Tucker with photos and video:

December 21st, 2015

Kenny Rogers Interview; Part II:

Enjoy Part II of our interview with Kenny Rogers! It's all things Christmas... Kenny discusses his brand new album, "Once Again It's Christmas," reminisces about his 1984 Christmas record with Dolly Parton, reflects on his 35 year Christmas tour tradition and shares a special note with fans!

Read it here:

To all our readers and fans; We'd like to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thanks for a wonderful year and your continued support! We look forward to bringing you lots of great interviews and coverage in 2016.

Love, Christian and CSC staff.


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