June 25, 2016 |
Are you ready for this country? "My goal was to make the best country album of the year and make it completely unplayable. So I achieved my goal," Wheeler Walker Jr. says. "It's a pretty dumb goal. " Speaking from a van headed to New Orleans from Dallas, the singer, who plays the Foundry at the Fillmore Saturday, is discussing his deeply country - and outrageously filthy - debut album, Redneck S - . The album gets no radio play. You can't buy it at Walmart, and you won't see Walker on TV - nearly all the song titles are unprintable here.
June 18, 2016 |
It wasn't until Bonnie Bishop gave up on her dream that it came true. The Texas native had spent 12 years scuffling as an independent singer-songwriter without making much headway, even after having two of her songs recorded by Bonnie Raitt and another performed on the prime-time TV soap Nashville . It got to the point where she couldn't even afford Christmas presents for her family. So she retreated to her parents' home in the Lone Star State to regroup. "I couldn't keep doing it the way I was doing it," the 37-year-old says over the phone from Nashville.
June 16, 2016 |
Chris Stapleton is the Nashville overnight sensation who, naturally, has been working for most of this millennium to step out of the shadows and into the mainstream. The 38-year-old, cowboy-hat-wearing Kentuckian with the bushy beard and burly, luxuriously soulful voice was the surprise big winner at last fall's Country Music Association Awards, where he sang his signature, slow-burning version of the George Jones hit "Tennessee Whiskey" as a duet with his pal Justin Timberlake. That led to a Grammy album of the year nomination for Traveller , his 2015 solo debut album, which put Stapleton's name in lights after years of having his songs recorded by a wide range of artists, including Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, and Adele.
June 12, 2016 |
Kudos to Obama girls The first daughters are fast approaching adulthood. Malia Obama , who turns 18 on the Fourth of July, graduated from high school on Friday. Dad President Obama , mom Michelle and sister Sasha attended the ceremony at Sidwell Friends in Washington's northwest section. "I'm going to be sitting there with dark glasses, sobbing," the prez told Ellen DeGeneres earlier this year. The Obamas kept a low profile. "[Obama] was just a total dad. No fanfare.
February 5, 2016 |
Nashville's defense has gotten offensive this season. The Flyers will be aware of that when the teams meet Thursday at the Bridgestone Arena. Led by Roman Josi (10 goals, 36 points) and Shea Weber (12 goals), the Predators' defensive corps tops the NHL with 124 points and 36 goals. Asked about the challenges the Predators (24-19-8) present, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol mentioned the "speed of their attack and the quickness of their transition game and how much their defensemen are involved with that.
February 4, 2016 |
Comcast Corp. disclosed plans Tuesday for gigabit services in Atlanta, Nashville, Detroit, Chicago, and Miami. The turbocharged Xfinity Internet service will first be available in early 2016 in Atlanta and Nashville. Detroit, Chicago, and Miami will follow later in 2016. Comcast did not release pricing. Most Comcast Internet customers today purchase a 50-megabit-per-second service that's one-twentieth the speed of a gigabit. The Philadelphia area is not part of Comcast's initial gigabit rollout.
November 25, 2015 |
Nashville-based Southern Land Co. has cancelled its request to demolish the 1855-vintage Rittenhouse Coffee Shop building at 1904 Sansom St. near Rittenhouse Square, as part of its plan for a mixed-use tower project. Southern Land attorney Neil Sklaroff said in a letter to the Philadelphia Historical Commission Monday that it was withdrawing its application to designate the coffee shop's preservation as a hardship. The company is still seeking clearance to demolish two other historically protected structures, the Warwick apartment building and the Oliver Bair funeral home, it said on Friday.
November 6, 2015 |
Blake and Gwen - no doubt Days after Gwen Stefani , 46, and Gavin Rossdale finalized their divorce, the No Doubt darling was off to a Halloween getaway in Nashville with beloved country music dude Blake Shelton , who is eight years her junior. Reports indicate fun has been had by all. "They are hanging out and having fun together," Anonymous Source tells People. A representative for Shelton - who was to appear Wednesday night at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, as was his ex, Miranda Lambert - confirmed on Wednesday that Shelton and Stefani were a couple.
October 3, 2015 |
Southern Land Co. has been selected to develop the first residential building planned for the University City Science Center campus-expansion project known as uCity Square, a company official said. The Nashville-based developer will soon begin design work on the roughly 300-unit, five- or six-story apartment building at 3700 Lancaster Ave., said Dustin Downey, director of multifamily development. Downey spoke Wednesday at the unveiling of the company's 3601 Market apartment project, the first residential building on the campus's existing footprint.
September 21, 2015 |
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Long ago, my mother told me about her former college roommate, who ate packets of butter. Whole packets. Not spread on bread, not in a series of nibbles, but all at once, like throwing back a piece of popcorn. I thought the tale was disgusting but also likely false, a story that grew legs over time. Until, that is, I ordered the Butter Tasting at Etch, a new restaurant in downtown Nashville. All at once, they arrived: malt vinegar butter, smoked Parmesan black pepper butter, ginger cashew butter - all made fresh in-house.