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Smoky White Devils Set Nashville’s Rock Scene On Fire

unnamedSmoky White Devils Set Nashville’s Rock Scene On Fire

The adrenaline rush of witnessing the birth of a world-class rock band is a rare thing, but the emergence of Nashville’s Smoky White Devils has provided exactly that high-velocity thrill in the last months of 2016. This band of incendiary players has been superheating Music City clubs with high-energy performances that blend the cutting edge of songwriting and rocking sonics with a backbone rooted in the classic sounds, styles and inspirations of some of the most intense musicians of the classic rock era: Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin… The result is a musical bridge between the past and present, leading to rock ‘n’ roll’s future.

The quintet of veteran players is fronted by Richie Owens on vocals and slide and rhythms guitars, and harmonica. Owens has toured with Dolly Parton and produced albums for Parton, the Georgia Satellites and the Kentucky Headhunters. Nick Kane, from the platinum years of the Mavericks, plays lead guitar. The aptly named Peter Keys, who also holds the piano bench in Lynyrd Skynyrd, plays keyboards. And drummer Jeff “Shakey” Fowlkes, who hails from session drummer on Kid Rock’s albums, and bassist John Reed, of longtime Nashville punk rebels Raging Fire, are the granite-tough rhythm section. Together they have forged an unforgettable style.

Now, as Smoky White Devils, they are poised to raise hell. Feel the burn December 17th at East Nashville’s The 5 Spot.

Facebook event link – https://www.facebook.com/events/670128136495312

Consonant Music Presents: The All Time Low Stars feat. Kenny Olson and Peter Keys Live at Hard Rock Cafe


Nashville, TN. August 13th, 2014 – Consonant Music, a Nashville-based entertainment company, is pleased to announce The All Time Low Stars feat. Kenny Olson (Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band) and Peter Keys (Lynyrd Skynyrd, P-Funk) live at Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 7:00 PM CST. The performance will include special guest appearances by Alexander King (A&E’s original series “Big Smo”) and Laura Reed (Sony / ATV). Remedy 9 will set the fantastic evening of rock, funk and soul in motion with a debut live performance and video shoot.

Consonant Music, founded by music and technology veteran Dustin Templeton in 2013, is proud to present this group of talented musicians.

“I’m incredibly proud to work with all of the people involved in putting this show on. The artists are top-notch, and so are our co-sponsors. It’s a pleasure to work with professionals who share the similar goal of keeping integrity and soul into live music. This show might just bend some people’s minds,” Templeton said.

The evening’s headlining act will be The All-Time Low Stars featuring Kenny Olson and Peter Keys. The Low Stars are a vibrant blues-rock band that brings funk and soul to the stage along with gritty rock ‘n’ roll sounds that both Olson and Keys create.  Kenny Olson, a founding member of Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band, now lives in Nashville and has collaborated with Keys to form the band full of phenomenal musicians. The All Time Low Stars includes J. Kott on bass, Michelle Lambert on fiddle and Timothy Haney on the drums. The collective band brings a mixture of talent together and combines it into an exciting blues-rock experience. When asked about The All Time Low Stars Keys replied,

“We are a group of seasoned musicians capable of entertaining even the most jaded fans. We collectively have played for millions, traveled around the world, and kicked its ass on every continent. We live for this sh*t!”

Special guest performers include Alexander King and Laura Reed. King co-stars in A&E’s original series “Big Smo” as singer/hype man touring in Smo’s band as well as a featured writer and artist on his Kuntry Livin’ album. King brings an interesting twist to the show with his unique style of “Southern Rock Hip-Hop.”

King recently released his debut single “Southern Fried” that features Olson and Reed and contains an appearance by Keys. King plans to release his debut EP American Gypsy later this year.

“It’s incredible to have so many talented people get down with you organically. These folks are some of my favorite artists in music, and it’s an honor to rock with them,” King stated about the show.

The opening act Remedy 9 features Kayla Dillon, who is in the process of moving to Nashville from New Jersey to bring her music to life.

“I am honored for the opportunity to open for such incredible talent; and beyond excited to rock out, and debut Remedy 9 with music that is so dear to me,” Dillon said.

Consonant Music is collaborating with Hard Rock Cafe (http://www.hardrock.com/cafes/nashville/), Nashville Sign and Graphics (http://nashvillesignandgraphics.com), the area’s #1 promotional material provider, and The Record Shop (http://therecordshopnashville.com), a full-service recording studio and production company, to promote the show and capture the experience on video. This free concert will showcase some of Music City’s finest talent, and all-ages are welcome.

Hard Rock Cafe, located at 100 Broadway, Nashville TN, 37204 can be reached by phone at (615) 742-9900.

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/689720941108638/

Consonant Music Website Link: http://consonantmusic.com/all-time-low-stars-live-hard-rock-cafe/

Kenny Olson: http://www.kennyolson.com

Peter Keys: http://www.peterkeys.com

The All Time Low Stars: https://www.facebook.com/AllTimeLowStars

Alexander King: http://www.aetv.com/big-smo/cast/alexander-king

Laura Reed: http://laurareed.com/

Remedy 9: http://remedy9.com/

Consonant Music: http://www.consonantmusic.com

Hard Rock Cafe Nashville: http://www.hardrock.com/cafes/nashville/

Photography For Sale

Computer Issues have set me Back a little bit, but I have started a gallery for some of my favorite personal photographs.

This gallery will offer prints and digital downloads, and you can reach out to me for commercial licensing options.

For the time being I am hosting it through Shutterfly Pro Galleries. The link is below and thanks for looking!


Here are just some of the photos in the collections:

Historic Unveiling at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Wednesday, Dec. 11

Source: Webster PR


Music City’s legendary honky-tonk Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge will make a surprise historic unveiling that will forever change Downtown Nashville. Unveiling is at 10 AM on December 11, 2013. The announcement will be made by Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge owner Steve Smith with a few surprise celebrity guests.

About Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge:
Today, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is a must-see Music City destination for tourists and is frequented by locals, including some of the biggest names in country music, who often drop in and surprise patrons with impromptu performances. Kenny Chesney with classic rock icon Steve Miller, Keith Urban, Kix Brooks, Montgomery Gentry, Kid Rock, Steven Tyler, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Dierks Bentley and Hank Williams, Jr. are among the artists who have recently performed there.


Source: Webster PR


Country Music Icons release lyric video to support collaboration


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 26, 2013) – Five-time Entertainer of the Year Hank Williams Jr. and Country Music Hall of Fame member Merle Haggard spent some time in the studio recording the 1980 hit song “I Think I’ll Just Sit Here and Drink,” for Hank Williams Jr.’s latest studio album Old School New Rules.  You can watch the video here: http://youtu.be/hpD8aehKRtI

“Merle is one-of-a-kind,” says Hank Williams Jr.  “His music resonates with fans just like mine does.  Making this song was simple, it maybe took two takes.  Then we spent the rest of the time laughing and telling old road stories. Merle and I are for the everyday working man and that’s something we have in common.”

On December 31, 2013, Williams will perform at the fifth annual “Bash on Broadway” in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.  Prior to the show he will receive the 2013 Operation Troop Aid “Patriot Award” for his support of those serving in the military, their families, and his continued Patriotic stance.

About Hank Williams Jr.
Though he began his career in the shadow of his legendary father, Hank Williams Jr. emerged as a formidable Country singer-songwriter in his own right with 1960s hits such as “It’s All Over But The Crying” and “Cajun Baby.” But things changed with the 1979 release of “Family Tradition,” where he broke the Nashville mainstream by adopting a rebel image and writing/recording in a style incorporating his Blues and Southern Rock influences. The results were staggering as  42 Top-10 hits followed, two CMA Entertainer of the Year honors, three ACM Entertainer of the Year honors, multiple Grammy nominations and a Grammy award for “There’s a Tear in My Beer”, a duet with his father using electronic merging technology.

As groundbreaking as Hank Williams Jr. became, it wasn’t just his performance that people took note about, but rather his songwriting that became so notable. The driven musician penned hits songs year after year scoring 20 BMI Awards. One of the arguably most-heard Country song of modern times, the four-time Emmy award-winning “Are You Ready For Some Football?,” which was heard nationally as the theme song of ABC and ESPN’s Monday Night Footballtelecasts, was aired for 21 years.

As the accolades kept coming, Williams sold over 55 million albums, achieving gold, platinum, and multi-platinum status along with 13 of those albums hitting the no. 1 spot on the Billboard chart. In 2008, Williams was honored with the BMI Icon award at the 56th annual BMI Country Awards, joining an elite group of past honorees including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton.

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The Silver Dollar Saloon Announces New Weekly Series: “Off the Hook: Dueling Songwriters”

Source: Entertainment Evolution


Some of Nashville’s Top Tunesmiths to Face Off in “Hook-to-Hook” Competition Beginning Wednesday, December 4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 27, 2013) – If it’s true that the pen is mightier than the sword, then Nashville is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to its songwriting population. No one recognizes this more than James Aycock, Producer and Emcee of the new weekly series “Off the Hook: Dueling Songwriters,” to be held every Wednesday night (Dec. 4, 11, 18 and Jan. 15) at the Silver Dollar Saloon (110 2nd Avenue North, Nashville) from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

The series is best described as dueling piano bar meets “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” pitting songwriters against one another in a fun, friendly competition. Writers respond to audience suggestions, improvise and pull from their own catalogs to meet a series of lively challenges until the last writer remains and is named “King of the Hook.” As always, there is never a cover and seating is limited, so everyone is encouraged to get there early.  Songwriters who wish to participate in the show should submit a package to offthehooknashville@gmail.com  for an audition. Fans can also follow the series on twitter at @Offthehooknashv and on Facebook at OfftheHook Nashville. For more information on the series, please visit silverdollarsaloon.com.

“Think of it as a mental workout/head-cutting competition for songwriters!” explains creator of “Off the Hook: Dueling Songwriters,” veteran entertainer and songwriter Jim Aycock. An award-winning fine arts major from the University of Alabama, Aycock launched his career as the lead in the Wild West Show atOpryland USA, followed by several national tours in such shows as“Oklahoma!” and “Guys and Dolls.” Throughout his career, Aycock has acted alongside names such as Daniel Day LewisSissy SpacekJonathan Taylor Thomas and has been featured in “Walt Disney’s “Tom and Huck,” “The Long Walk Home, and “Stars and Bars.” Additionally, he has lent his voice to numerous national commercials, including Subway, Chevrolet, McAlister’s, AT&T and Timex.  As a singer/songwriter, Aycock has released five albums of original music, including two for children.  Not currently touring, he lives in Nashville with his wife Cynthia, where he continues co-writing and honing his songwriting craft. For him, it’s another marker along his creative journey and he feels blessed to join the countless others hoping for a few good breaks.

silverdollarAbout the Silver Dollar Saloon:
The iconic Silver Dollar Saloon is Cumberland Hospitality Group’s largest venue in Historic Downtown Nashville’s entertainment district. Steeped in a rich history dating back to the 1800’s when steamboats and railroads were the mode of shipment and trade with coal dust covering the streets, The Silver Dollar Saloon once catered to the riverboat men coming up from the wharf at the foot of Broadway (which is now Riverfront Park). The saloon earned its name for the hundreds of silver dollars used as decoration in the floor of the original saloon. Today’s Silver Dollar Saloon pays homage to this old style with detailed dark wood furnishings, copper inlaid accents, steamboat décor, spittoons, dim lights, ice cold drinks, and authentic live entertainment that will have you coming back for more.


Source Ryman.com


Guitar auctions raise funds online and during Veterans Day concert

(October 21, 2013) NASHVILLE, TN – Ryman Auditorium and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Lynyrd Skynyrd, will pay homage to vets with a Veterans Day celebration and fundraiser on November 11, 2013. Partnering with Gibson Brands and 105.9 The Rock, proceeds from a special auction will benefit Guitars for Vets (G4V).

Prior to the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert on Nov. 11, the Ryman will host a preshow plaza party starting at 5:00 p.m. Attendees will enjoy live music while they check out guitars which are to be auctioned online and as part of a silent auction at the concert. Puckett’s “Trolley Parton” will be on site and any concert-goers riding motorcycles will be allowed to park on the Ryman drive as space allows.

Guitars for Vets is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2007. G4V currently operates over thirty chapters in fifteen states with the assistance of over one hundred volunteers nationwide. G4V’s mission is to share the healing power of music with Veterans who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other injuries. G4V pursues its mission by providing free guitar instruction, a new acoustic guitar and a guitar accessory kit to Veterans enrolled in its program. To date, G4V has awarded over two thousand guitars to Veterans. This event will serve as a kick-off for the formation of a new Nashville chapter of G4V. Wounded Warriors supports the organization and will select the first two veterans to participate in the G4V Nashville chapter. Gibson will provide guitars to be awarded to these Veterans.

Lynyrd Skynyrd has long history of paying tribute to military veterans. The band has made donations to Wounded Warriors through the Lynyrd Skynyrd Foundation in the past. The band also dedicates their classic hit “Simple Man” to servicemen and women, past and present, at nearly every show.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to support the launch of this very cool charity in Nashville,” said band member Johnny Van Zant. “Anyone who plays music knows the therapeutic benefit of spending time with an instrument on a regular basis. I have no doubt Guitars for Vets will have a positive impact for veterans in Music City. ”

“As an American guitar maker with its headquarters in Nashville, we’re honored to support Guitars for Vets in its mission here and throughout the nation,” said Gibson Brands CEO and Chairman, Henry Juszkiewicz. “We’ve had a long relationship with Guitars for Vets through the Gibson Foundation as well as with Lynyrd Skynyrd. We couldn’t be more excited that the band will be helping us kick off the Nashville chapter of a charity devoted to healing heroes through music.”

“This is an incredible way for Guitars for Vets to join the community in Music City,” said Outdoor Music recording artist and G4V ambassador Markus Fox. Fox is a former active duty combat Marine and is also a guitarist and singer-songwriter. “To participate in this event on Veteran’s Day supported by rock and roll icons Lynyrd Skynyrd is amazing. It’s something I’ll never forget.” Fox will perform on the Ryman plaza from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., just before doors open for the concert that evening.

Fans can also enter to win a Gibson Les Paul guitar, a pair of front row tickets, meet and greet passes and a Nashville City Pass from the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. at Harley Davidson of Cool Springs or online at ryman.com now through November 6.

Online Guitar auction featuring Gibson guitars, autographed Ryman Hatch prints and more starts November 1 and runs through November 15. Check back here for more details in a link to bid coming soon.

For more information about Guitars For Vets go to guitars4vets.org.

To purchase tickets to the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert at the Ryman November 11, click here.

For more information about Markus Fox go to markusfox.com