THE Grand Ole Opry Eclipse Show: What You Need To Know

If you will be in the Nashville area on August 20th and 21st, you have to stop by the Grand Ole Opry for a once in a lifetime experience. As you know, the Total Solar Eclipse will be occurring on August 21st from 11am-2pm CST. What better place to be when this happens than at the historic Grand Ole Opry!

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So, you’re asking us, what is there to do at the the Opry during this time? Our answer is TONS of amazing and fun activities.

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Don’t miss two Sunday Night Opry shows featuring Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Wynonna Judd, Charles Esten, and more. Show times will be at 7pm and 9:30pm! There will also be a free plaza party on Sunday, August 20th starting at 5pm.

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On Monday, August 21st, you can view and celebrate the Eclipse with another Plaza Party starting at 11am. The Plaza Party on this day will include free music from Ashley McBryde and Levon on the Plaza Stage. You will also receive commemorative gifts, eclipse glasses, and food and drink, which includes BBQ and specialty cocktails.

If you are in Nashville this August 20th and 21st, you DON’T want to miss this amazing opportunity!

 

Spotlight Artist of the Week: Toni Clare

One of our main series we wanted to have on our blog was a Spotlight Artist series. We have so many amazing new comers of the Nashville Music Scene coming up within the next month and a half.

For this week’s Spotlight Artist, We want to introduce you to Toni Clare!

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My name is Toni Clare, and I’m a 15 year old singer/songwriter. I am from Virginia, but Nashville is definitely like home to me. I have performed at the Bluebird café and some venues on Broadway. I know so many amazing artists from Nashville, and I have collaborated with some of them. I recently joined NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) and I am meeting other singer/songwriters and am able to exchange ideas. It’s very exciting and, I have to admit, a bit overwhelming as there is so much talent out there.

On The Verge Nashville: How would you describe your musical style?

Toni Clare: My roots are country. That’s my main passion, and I definitely want to stick to that. I do enjoy bluegrass and rock as well, because they push me in different directions with the guitar and my voice, so I mix it up a bit. Right now, i’m just developing my own style and trying not to box myself in on the type of music I play.  

I have met some incredibly talented people in Atlanta and Nashville. Country music is going to keep growing and evolving and I hope through my songwriting that I can be apart of it. 

OTVN: Who are your inspirations?

TC: Personally, my biggest influences are my parents who have always been there for me supporting my music. Mark Maggiolo, my music teacher, is a walking music encyclopedia. As far as musical styles go, my biggest influences are Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Mary Chapin Carpenter for voice and stage presence. Also Rascal Flatts and Kenny Chesney are big influences because of the way they “mix it up” on stage with their music. 

OTVN: What is your overall goal with your music?

TC:One of my goals is to perform on the Grand Ole Opry stage. I need to keep writing and playing my heart out on every stage i’m on. It’s all about networking. You never know who you’re going to meet.  I met Tanner Hendon a while back and he produced a CD. I have also met Wyatt Oates, a sound engineer for Adam Levine, OutKast and few others, and Peggy Still Johnson, who is my incredibly talented coach. 
When I was in Nashville, I happened to meet Philip Powell, a gospel/country singer-songwriter, who arranged a meeting and tour for me with one of the most prominent music producers in Nashville. You just never know who you’re going to meet and I am constantly inspired to get out there and keep working. I am hoping to get into a music college or see if my music takes off earlier. I am still in high school, so I have a little time to think about it. 

My biggest overall goal is to get my EP “It Takes Two” on national radio stations, but I eventually want to pitch some of the songs I have written to country and pop artists and to perform on bigger stages. 

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Pictured Above: Tori Clare with 103.1 WJMA Radio DJ

OTVN: What made you want to pursue being an artist?

TC: My first step was learning to play the guitar at age 8 from Mike Vinson after coming back from a trip to Nashville. When I saw performances from artists like the Band Perry, Love and Theft, Don Campbell, and Craig Morgan, I said “I want to be on that stage”. So I have been performing wherever I can such as state theaters, restaurants, parties with our family and friends, and talent shows. My younger sister, Frances and I won a 4-H talent show at age 7 and 9, and we won Grand Champion for singing an old Band Perry song. We are now in a five string band together with my older sister, Kati. 

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Toni Clare (right) and her sister, Frances (left)

OTVN: What have been your favorite venues to perform it?

TC: I have played in Memphis, TN and I loved a show that I did at the Lafayette Music Room. It was a packed house, and it was so exciting. I also really liked playing at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. There is a lot of adrenaline for that one, and so many famous singer-songwriters got their start there. 

Some of the unexpected or unplanned shows, I have learned, turns out to be the best ones. For example, last month I was asked two days before the show to perform in front of 1,500 teenagers in Northern Virginia and play my original songs with a band. It was so much fun!

OTVN: If you could collaborate with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why?

TC: If I could collaborate with anyone, I would choose Chris Stapleton, because he is such an authentic songwriter and musician. Chris is very creative with his lyrics and he continuously inspires me to persevere in my writing and singing. 

OTVN: Tell us something that nobody knows about you. (Embarrassing moments, favorite food(s), any obsessions, etc)

TC: One embarrassing moment (out of many moments) is a time I was singing the national anthem at a huge basketball game. In the middle of the song, my microphone gave out, and it didn’t turn back on, but I smiled and sang louder. It ended up being okay in, and everyone said they could hear me. and it sounded good, but I would never want to experience that again!

My favorite food would have to be ribs, but only the ones my dad makes. He such an amazing “chef” and he teaches me how to cook. 

An obsession I have would probably be coffee! If I don’t have a cup of coffee before I start each day, I would not be able to function. 

OTVN: Are you currently working on anything at the moment that you should like us to watch out for?

TC: I have been writing songs for a while now, and recently recorded my first EP — a CD titled Toni Clare, “It Takes Two”. It is avaliable on my website (toniclaremusic.com) and on iTunes and Spotify. It was my first time in a studio and I worked with some unbelievable artists including Tanner Hendon, who recently played with Paul Rodgers and the Bad Company and with Collective Soul. I’ve recently have started playing my music and crowds have been really supportive and are reacting positively. I play covers at restaurants and parties, and that is what people mostly want to hear. My goal is to play at least half of my own music and half covers to mix it up. 

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OTVN: Where can we find your music?

TC: You can find my music on my website (toniclaremusic.com), iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and  pretty much anywhere you can find music. 

You can follow Toni Clare on her social media sites listed below:

Facebook: Toni Clare Music

Instagram: @ToniClareMusic

Twitter: @ToniClareMusic

Youtube: ToniClareMusic

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Thank you Toni Clare for being our Spotlight Artist of the Week! Do you want to be the next Spotlight Artist? Email us at onthevergenashville@gmail.com, tweet us at OnTheVergeNash, or comment down below!

Home Free: Country’s Vocal Group

We had the pleasure of being introduced to this talented country vocal group, Home Free, when they made their most recent Opry appearance in late June of this year. They honestly blew us away with their talent.

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For those who don’t know, this is a group made up of five guys from Minnesota; members include Austin Brown, Rob Lundquist, Adam Rupp, Tim Foust, and Adam Chance. They are also the Season Four Winners of the TV Show, The Sing off. They are known for their amazing covers of legendary cover songs that includes such hits as “Elvira” originally sung by the Oak Ridge Boys, and “Ring of Fire” originally sung by Johnny Cash.

Below are some of their most watched covers on Youtube and we also found their awesome collaboration they did with the Oak Ridge Boys.

Home Free: Ring of Fire featuring Avi Kaplan of Pentatonix (Johnny Cash Cover) 

Home Free: Wagon Wheel (Song of The South) from Old Crowe Medicine Show and Alabama 

Home Free: Elvira featuring the Oak Ridge Boys

If you want to hear more from Home Free or want to see them live, you can visit them on their Youtube channel, Home Free or find where they will be playing in a city near you on their website listed here:  http://homefreemusic.com/tour/.

Is there a new artist or group that you want us to talk about? Feel free to leave you suggestions in the comment section below! We love hearing from our readers! 

 

Old Dominion Just Dropped A New Music Video And It’s Amazing!

We are completely in love with Old Dominion’s new music video for “Be With Me”. It is a song that features girls of every age and every size, which we think makes this video so incredible! The interview segment is such an amazing opener to this music video. You also really get to know some of the girls in the video by letting them add their own voice to the beginning of it. Our favorite is the phrase that starts it all, “the best part about being a girl is…”, and getting to hear an unscripted version from the girls who rocked it!

Below you will hear from two of the girls in the music video, and their experiences and what they took away from the video shoot. Just a heads up, you guys are going to love this!

On The Verge Nashville: Did you know you were going to be in this video, or was it a “set-up” where they led you to believe you were doing something else? Continue reading Old Dominion Just Dropped A New Music Video And It’s Amazing!

Nashville Total Solar Eclipse Watch Party Locations

Are you going to be in Nashville on August 21st? Well you have planned your trip at a good time, because the Total Solar Eclipse is going to be right over Nashville. Music City will go dark for 2 minutes as the moon completely blocks the sun. With that being said, there are ton of events that day that you can go to to experience the Nashville Solar Eclipse to the fullest.

There are a bunch of free events that are going to occur on August 21st, but there are also some places that you are going to have to purchase a ticket to to be able to experience this Nashville Solar Eclipse. We will list both the free activities and ticketed events in this post, so you have a good variety of places to try out while in Nashville.

Below are the events that you have to BUY tickets for and what these ticketed events include:

  • AJ’s Good Time Bar and Grill: 
    • Tickets: $125
    • Doors Open at Noon
    • Ticket Price Includes:
      • Eclipse Viewing Glasses
      • T-shirts
      • BBQ Lunch
      • Commemorative Poster
      • Two Drink Tickets
  • The City Winery
    • Tickets: $15
    • Doors Open at Noon
    • Ticket Price Includes:
      • Complimentary Champagne
      • Eclipse Viewing Glasses
      • Skyline Views
  • The General Jackson Showboat
    • Tickets: $65 for adults, $41 for children
    • Boarding Time: 11:15am
    • Return Time: 2:30pm
    • On the Cumberland River
    • Ticket Price Includes:
      • Meal
      • Show
      • Cruise on the Cumberland River
  • The George Jones Museum
    • Tickets: $200
    • Doors Open at 11am
    • Ticket Price Includes:
      • Exclusive Rooftop Access
      • Rooftop Lunch Buffet
      • Live Music
      • Limited Edition Nashville “No Show” Tee
      • Free Access to Museum All Day
      • Eclipse Viewing Glasses
  • The Union Station Hotel
    • Two Nights Minimum Starting at $478.21 per night
    • You can only view the eclipse from here if you are staying at the hotel

 Below are the events that are FREE:

  • Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park 
    • Italian Lights Festival also going on at this time
  • FGL House
    • Doors Open at 11am
    • Kid-Friendly
    • Watch from The Cruise Rooftoop
      • Biggest Rooftop in Nashville
  • Grand Ole Opry
    • Event Starts at 11am
    • Plaza Party in front of Grand Ole Opry House
    • Live Music
    • Commemorative Gifts
    • Eclipse Viewing Glasses
    • Food and Drinks Available
    • BBQ and Specialty Cocktails
  • Tin Roof (Broadway and Demonbreun Street Locations)
    • 80s band from 11am-3pm
    • Free Eclipse Glasses WITH Purchase of Lunch
    • $3 Blue Moon Special
    • Free Eclipse Themed Donuts with Lunch
    • VIP Viewing Decks

For more information about events happening in Music City, visit https://www.visitmusiccity.com/ .

If there is an event that you would like us to cover, please email us at OnTheVergeNashville@gmail.com, Tweet us at OnTheVergeNash or Comment below!

 

 

Brett Eldredge Is Dancing In The Rain On “The Today Show”

Brett Eldredge is currently making the media rounds to promote his self-titled third album, Brett Eldredge, and this morning he stopped by The Today Show. He performed four songs and co-hosted the third segment of The Today Show.

Did you miss Brett on Today this morning? Don’t worry, here is the video recap of everything you missed!

Brett Singing “Wanna Be That Song” on Today

Brett Singing “The Long Way” on Today

Brett Singing “Drunk on Your Love” on Today

Brett Singing “Something I’m Good At” on Today

Brett Eldredge will also be performing on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, this Wednesday, August 9, at 11:35pm EST/ 10:35pm CST.

 

Kelsea Ballerini Releases Her New Album Cover

Kelsea Ballerini is about to release her sophomore album, and we are so excited! On Sunday, August 7, she released the official album cover art for it, and we finally know the official name of her album!!

Drum roll please……

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