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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

TG Sheppard and Kelly Lang Give Fans “Something To Smile About” At the Ryman Auditorium June 29

Source: Webster PR
Nashville, TN (June 25, 2013) – Country music superstar TG Sheppard, who charted 21 No.1 hits during his career including “Devil In The Bottle” and “Last Cheater’s Waltz” and his wife, Kelly Lang, will be appearing at “Something To Smile About” at The Ryman Auditorium on Saturday, June 29 at 8:00 PM.  The concert, which benefits the Interfaith Dental Clinic, will also feature Tim Nichols,James Dean Hicks & Brinn Black.

TG_Sheppard_piano_publicity_lrgEarly in his career, TG was named Best New Male Artist by CASH BOX.  He was also nominated for Song of the Year and Most Promising Male Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music.  During the next two decades, TG charted 10 consecutive No. 1 hits including, “Only One You”“Party Time”, and “War Is Hell (On The Homefront)”.  TG started in Memphis where he signed with Motown Records, which was working to break into the country music scene.  During this time, TG developed a close personal and professional relationship with Elvis Presley.  Elvis gave TG his first tour bus to help him jump-start his career and hit the road full-time.

Now after much public demand, TG has come back with a new album, Partners in Rhyme, with some of country music’s biggest names, such as Willie Nelson,Merle HaggardJerry Lee LewisGeorge JonesConway Twitty, and many more.  For more information on TG Sheppard and his new album, please visitwww.tgsheppard.com.

KellyLang_publicity_b_w_lrgKelly Lang has performed with and had her songs recorded by some of music’s biggest legends spanning through-out all genres of music.  She has made numerous appearances on the biggest music shows in television history and her songs can be heard on radio waves throughout the world.  She brings her life experiences to the stage each night and captivates audiences of all ages.

Kelly released her third studio album 11:11 in late 2011, and gained much critical acclaim.  The single and video for her popular break-up anthem “I’m Done” is still in rotation on radio and can be seen on some of the biggest music video networks.  Her highly anticipated fourth studio album, Shades of K, a compilation of love songs, was released in April 2013.  For more information on Kelly Lang, visit www.kellylang.net

Interfaith Dental Clinic provides dental services for low-income, working individuals who do not have dental insurance and live in one of the following counties:  Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Robertson, Sumner, Williamson, or Wilson.  The mission of the Interfaith Dental Clinic is to restore, protect, and improve the oral health of uninsured low-income, employed persons, their children, and the elderly in Middle Tennessee through access to affordable quality dental care, oral disease prevention services, and oral health education.

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Lisa Matassa Makes Ryman Debut

Source: So Much Moore Media

Lisa Matassa Makes Ryman Debut

Connects With Her Fans Via Live Performances, Social Media & Exhibit Hall Appearances At The 2013 CMA Music Festival

Lisa Matassa Performs “Home Of The Blues” at The Ryman During Johnny Cash Forever Stamp Event
(Credit: Jeremy Westby/Webster PR)

Nashville, TN (June 11, 2013) — Lisa Matassa connected with her fans throughout the 2013 CMA Music Festival via live performances, social media and Exhibit Hall appearances.

Matassa made her Ryman Auditorium debut last week as she entertained fans with the Cash classic, “Home Of The Blues,” during the Cash Family’s celebration of the U.S. Postal Service’s limited-edition Johnny Cash Forever stamp. John Carter Cash was pleased with Matassa’s performance, noting, “Lisa’s performance to honor my father, Johnny Cash, was amazing! This was the first time I met her, and from a quick rehearsal to hitting the stage of the Ryman she had us all listening intently from the first note.” Lisa shared the stage with Cash, Carlene Carter, Jamey Johnson, her “tweet buddies” The Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis, and others for a once-in-a-lifetime performance. “It was an emotional moment walking onto the Ryman stage for the first time and definitely a day I will never forget,” Matassa states.

It was a memorable day for industry insider and Country Radio Hall of Famer Ed Salamon as well. He observed, “A lot of folks in the audience may not have known Lisa Matassa when she took the stage this morning, but everybody was talking about her after she sang. What a great performance! Glad I was there to see it.”

Lisa Matassa Rocks Out At The Hard Rock For Sirius XM’s The Highway Special (Credit: Dan Balog)
Matassa wowed the crowd with her set at The Hard Rock Nashville Outdoor Entertainment Stages for Sirius XM’s The Highway Special Event for “On the Horizon” artists.

There were many notable moments for the Queen of Long Island Country as she navigated her way through her first CMA Music Festival. Lisa drew a huge crowd – literally – to the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau Stage during her show-stopping performance of Dolly Parton’s classic, “I Will Always Love You.” The feat was repeated the following day when fans gathered in droves at the CHEVROLET Roadhouse Acoustic Stage where many sang the iconic tune right along with the vocal dynamo.

Lisa Matassa Performs On NCVB Stage (Credit: LMA Productions)

Her performance at the 650 AM WSM/DURANGO Stage in front of yet another huge crowd and broadcast live on the national radio show and on the station’s website also landed Lisa a host of new fans.

The songstress returned to The Ryman for #CMchat TWANGOUT Live from the Ryman with Country Now. The interview and interactive fan dialog featured social media expert Jessica Northey and was covered live on Google+ and Country Now, YouTube’s Country music and lifestyle channel.

Lisa Matassa Performs “Wouldn’t You Like To Know” With Choreographer Kevin Andrews On The Chevrolet Roadhouse Stage
(Credit: Martha Moore/so much MOORE media)
Throughout the week Lisa engaged in television, radio and print interviews for outlets both here and abroad. “My first CMA Fest was a fantastic experience,” she notes. “And great to meet so many amazing people from all over the world.”

Lisa already knows quite a few amazing people. Her social media numbers are impressive with over 605,000 Twitter followers and nearly 200,000 Facebook fans. Her “Somebody’s Baby” video has logged over FOUR MILLION YouTube views, and the single has gone Top 40 on both the Billboard Indicator and Music Row charts. It is the first single from Lisa’s enhanced EP of the same name.


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