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Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of CMT Crossroads with The Band Perry & Fall Out Boy!

Nashville Lifestyles was at the exclusive filming of a CMT Crossroads episode that united country megastars The Band Perry with emo rockers Fall Out Boy.

The Band Perry
Our initial reaction: “Huh?” But the instant the unlikely friends hit the stage at Rocketown on Oct. 2—riffing, bantering, and dressed in matching black ensembles—we thought, “Oooh.” Kimberly Perry’s feisty, forceful vocals were the show’s highlight, although FOB frontman Patrick Stump held his own wailing on Perry tracks like “Better Dig Two” and the beautifully somber “If I Die Young.” (After the latter, Stump quipped that he’d considered swiping Kimberly’s “…and I’ll wear my pearls” line.)

Sprinkled throughout the genre-bending set were chipper versions of Fall Out Boy hits like “Sugar, We’re Going Down” and the newer, anthem-y “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Alone Together).” The two bands—which we have anointed The Boy Perry—also were allowed to tackle one agreed-upon cover; we don’t want to spoil the fun, so let’s just say that FOB bassist Pete Wentz’s familiar eyeliner wasn’t the show’s only homage to Freddie Mercury.

CMT Crossroads: The Band Perry & Fall Out Boy premieres Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. CST.


Announcing Music City Eats, coming this September

Music City Eats

Yesterday afternoon, we dropped by City House to hear about the forthcoming Music City Eats festival scheduled for September 21 & 22, 2013. Clearly, this event has the full support of the city behind it as the announcement was hosted by the NCVB president and CEO Butch Spyridon, Mayor Karl Dean, and the Kings of Leon drummer and lead singer Nathan and Caleb Followill, the latter of which is the brainchild of this exciting new food and music event. The two-day fest will feature a who’s who of  powerhouse culinary talent, including Tom Colicchio, Giada De Laurentiis, Michael Symon, Trisha Yearwood, and Jonathan Waxman, as well as about 20 local luminaries, including Tandy Wilson (City House), Deb Paquette (Etch), and Otaku South’s Sarah Gavigan.

“When I first dreamed up this event, I thought, how do we get more chefs to come to town and understand the beauty of Nashville’s food scene,” said Caleb. “Food is becoming as big a part of this city as music,” he added.

“We’re all in. Financially, as a marketing partner. We’ve committed this date to the future,” said Spyridon. Mayor Karl Dean echoed the sentiment, saying he was on board in supporting the event, adding that  “Nashville is going through a renaissance.”

The event, which is produced by C3 Presents (the Austin Food & Wine Festival; Austin City Limits) will be anchored at Public Square Park and feature a Harvest Night event, showcasing national chef talent, Petty Fest, an all-star musical review, and the two-day Flavors of Nashville featuring food from local chefs plus wine, beer, and spirits. We’ll keep you posted as more details emerge.

Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 17 at 10 a.m. with packages starting at $275.

— Erin B. Murray

Behind the Scenes with American Picker, Mike Wolfe

MW-4Our good buddy Mike Wolfe catches up on past issues of Nashville Lifestyles (who knew this local celeb was an avid NL reader?)

MW-3 MW-2Mike’s motorcycles are spread throughout the house, including one in the dining room, one in the bedroom, and several in the basement.


Get the rest of our in-home tour with Mike on!

Excitment builds for the 48th annual Academy of Country Music awards

Kiss with Kelly Clarkson and Reba

Members of KISS with Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire

We’re all excited for the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards this month honoring country music’s best and introducing the industry’s hottest emerging talent. This year the show is hosted by handsome Nashville hit makers, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. Music City takes over the strip for the weekend, but if you can’t make it — we’ve got some new details + memories from backstage at last year’s show!Luke Bryan will debut his brand-new single “Crash My Party” on the show! Bryan is nominated for 4 awards this year including: Entertainer Of The Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year for Tailgates & Tanlines, and Vocal Event of the Year for “The Only Way I Know” with Jason Aldean and Eric Church. Can we say we told you so?

Ashton Kutcher, Jay DeMarcus, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Jake Owen

Ashton Kutcher, Jay DeMarcus, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Jake Owen

Brad Paisley will host the 3rd Annual ACM Fan Jam, taking place at The Orleans Arena Sunday, April 7th, 2013. This live remote location gives country music lovers the ultimate fan-pass to be a part of the awards!  Throughout the three-hour Awards telecast from MGM Grand, there will be live ACM Fan Jam performances, via remote from The Orleans Arena, by Brad Paisley and other  acts.  The jam continues after the Awards telecast ends, with more performances by Brad Paisley and friends.

ACM Awards in Las Vegas

The big weekend in Vegas invites the biggest names in country music from Tim McGraw to Rascal Flatts

Fans can continue to cast their votes all their favorite country music stars at

Watch for our highlights in the next issue of Nashville Lifestyles and tune in for the LIVE broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 7, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS for the show!

Chefs Thomas Keller & Sebastien Rouxel Hit Nashville

ErinFew people in the food world generate as much buzz and genuine excitement as Chef Thomas Keller. This past Tuesday, Nashville’s food industry and its fans were downright giddy as the superstar chef, joined by Bouchon Bakery pastry chef Sebastien Rouxel, made an appearance at the Hutton Hotel for a book signing of their new book (Bouchon Bakery) and a Q&A with The Tennessean food writer Jennifer Justus. A host of the city’s most talented up-and-coming chefs were on hand to cook for the event, including the Capitol Grille’s Tyler Brown, the Catbird Seat’s Erik Anderson and Josh Habiger, Chef Lisa Donovan of the Buttermilk Road Sunday Suppers (who recaps the excitement perfectly on her own blog), and Porter Road Butchers, Chris Carter and James Peisker.


There was an outstanding array of dishes, to start, including these preciously trimmed egg cups filled with a silky, complex maple and pine custard (Catbird Seat).


We got their early and ate our fill including three (yes, three) of the PRB’s “beeves in a blanket,” which were actually insanely good all-beef hot dogs made from 14-day, dry-aged beef short ribs wrapped in bone marrow biscuit dough. Later, we had a visit with the folks from the Nashville Food Project (the beneficiaries of the night) who told us all about their two urban farms and the meals they cook and deliver to low income residents—it’s a program I’m hoping to get to know better soon.

And then, came the meat of the meal: Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel took the stage for a casual conversation with Jennifer Justus. Keller came across as very funny, intelligent, and kind; clearly he and Rouxel have a deep admiration for one another’s work. Rouxel, one of the country’s most revered pastry chefs, was soft spoken and humble but managed one or two impeccably timed jokes. The gentlemen took their time with their answers in a way that felt both personal and genuine.

When the conversation ended almost an hour later, we applauded the guests and the crew of chefs who had cooked that evening, and sauntered back out to the dining room to find a sugar-trimmed feast of desserts prepared straight from the cookbook. The “better nutters,” prepared by Etch pastry chef Megan Williams went down especially well with a sidecar of Cruze Dairy Farm milk, served just like the book cover, with red-and-white striped straws.

If you missed Tuesday’s event, the book captures many of the stories and philosophies shared by the two chefs—and if you’re willing to share, might just make the perfect holiday gift.

Bouchon Bakery. Book Jacket

Erin Byers Murray, Managing Editor

Keep tabs on our Things to Do and Restaurant pages on for more great food events coming to Nashville!

Lady Antebellum Christmas Special — On this Winter’s Night


What better way to kick off the Christmas season than with a warm welcome at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for Lady Antebellum’s very first Christmas special — On This Winter’s Night. Friends and I grabbed drinks and had a second to instagram the Nashville skyline from the Schermerhorn balcony before taking our seats.


As if the symphony center needed any accoutrements to add to its grandeur, the stage was glowing with twinkle lights, the trees were flocked, and the fans were eager to hear the country music trio share their treasured Christmas memories and songs. Hillary told the audience that she and her sister still get new PJ’s on Christmas Eve, Charles thanked his wife for making his favorite holiday cider and Dave revealed the recipe for the traditional Haywood divinity. They each had their families in the audience making the concert even more special: holiday, family, and home.

If I could post video, omgosh I would. But really you have to watch the show tonight on GAC (8 p.m. ET). There will be even more in the TV version that was filmed ahead of time, so even the live audience hasn’t seen the whole show.

Lady A

The best part of a live taping (at least for me) is the hilarity that happens when the cameras are off. These three were in rare form keeping us all entertained in between takes with short riffs of Mustang Sally and AC/DC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long.” I was just waiting for Charles to trail off into one of his crazy Aunt Bella sketches.

But that’s what you won’t see when the Christmas special airs.

What you will see: a glimpse of the W.O. Smith School of Music choir joining in on the title track, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra adding the most elegant touch to Christmas classics, and all of us in the audience clapping along to their rendition of Blue Christmas. My personal favorite, Silent Night, was the most gorgeous of all.

If you forget to Tivo, catch the repeat (the sounding joy?) December 6 and 8.
Also watch for Lady Antebellum on the CMA Country Christmas show on December 20 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC, then again on December 22 and 23!

Check out the latest holiday albums from your favorite country music stars!

Valerie Hammond, Web Editor/Graphic Designer/Instagram Addict

CMT Crossroads: Live in Nashville
 with Randy Travis and the Avett Brothers

One of the best things about living in Music City is the amazing things you get into, often times for free. A friend recently made me her plus one for the
 taping of CMT Crossroads with Randy Travis and the Avett Brothers and out of
 sheer excitement I was babbling about it to everyone. Probably told a few strangers on the street; I felt like Charlie with the golden ticket!

Randy Travis and the Avett Brothers

That Wednesday night we all loaded into Jamison Hall in The Factory at
 Franklin and heard one of the best shows that most people will never
 experience. That’s why Crossroads is such a unique experience‹because you get two see two bands that probably won’t ever play on the same stage in
 real life. Both played about four of their hits, each singing on the other’s tunes.
It was relaxed, it was beautiful and we all smiled like idiots and
 clapped wildly just as we were told.

Scott and Seth Avett chatting with the crowd between sets

Me & my friend (Thanks Faith!)

If you ever have the chance to get “in” to one of the CMT Crossroad shows, it’s honestly one of the best musical experiences only a place like Nashville can provide.

Also — have you heard the Avett’s new album ‘The Carpenter’? Click here to listen from our Spotify page!

— Valerie, Graphic Designer & Web Editor