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Concert Blast Webisode 17 – Talking With Garth Brooks

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    Posted on 11/13/2014

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    In honor of Garth Brooks new album, “Man Against Machine“, now on sale this week, here’s a fun interview that Concert Blast’s Mike Arnold and special guest host Shannon Perkins had with the country music superstar back in the summer. There are two segments. Shannon asks a question during his press conference and Mike gets to cut up with our old pal afterwards… ENJOY!

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      Living in a Digital Age

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        Posted on 10/28/2014

        Living A Digital Age
        From time to time Concert Blast receives emails from various guest bloggers.  When we receive one we are interested in, we will post it.  Here’s a post from freelance writer James Dawson.  James wrote an article about music living in a digital age.  Thank you James for your submission.  We are definitely “Living in a Digital Age”!  Enjoy the post!

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          Ian Anderson Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

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            Posted on 10/5/2014

            Ian Anderson and tour band 2014

            Ian Anderson and tour band 2014

            Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson returned to Nashville, TN to play the historic Ryman Auditorium for the second straight year.  This year Concert Blast was invited to review the concert so Mike Arnold and Brian Hasbrook headed downtown Nashville, TN to review one of Brian’s all time favorite performers, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.  Since photo passes weren’t being issued for this tour, Brian got to enjoy this show while Mike took the notes for the concert review.  Enjoy the review!

             

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              Tom Petty Concert Photos – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena (Photos)

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                Posted on 9/27/2014

                Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers In Concert - Nashville, TN 9/23/2014

                Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers In Concert - Nashville, TN 9/23/2014

                It was Tuesday September  23rd in Nashville, TN while thousands of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fans were very excited to see one of the best singer/songwriters in the Classic Rock Music genre… and one of the very few rockers from that era that still releases (and sells) new music today.  Concert Blast was invited to the Nashville party with photo credentials so our friend Samantha Shrader stepped up to help us out once again to take the concert photos of Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers, since Brian Hasbrook was out of town. Thank You Sam!  Enjoy her photos…

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                  Journey Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena 9/12/2014

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                    Posted 9/19/2014 

                    Journey (Arnel Pineda) In Concert - Nashville, TN 9/12/2014

                    Journey (Arnel Pineda) In Concert - Nashville, TN 9/12/2014

                    Journey returned their rock show to Nashville, TN to thrill about 14,000 rock music fans at the Bridgestone Arena on September 12th, 2014 and Concert Blast was invited to cover the party. Nashville, TN seems to always be included on a Journey tour anytime they head to the eastern side of the country.  After seeing them perform here several times, I understand the reason … lots of Journey fans!  If that is not reason enough, then maybe because keyboardist/guitarist Jonathan Cain also lives in this Music City.  Enjoy the Journey concert review with very special guests Joan Jett and the Blackhearts written by Mike Arnold.

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                      Journey Concert Photos – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena (Photos)

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                        Posted on 9/18/2014

                        Journey (Neal Schon) In Concert - Nashville, TN 9/12/2014

                        Journey (Neal Schon) In Concert - Nashville, TN 9/12/2014

                        It was a magical Friday night in Nashville, TN as Journey returned to the Music City.  The city of Nashville is full of Journey fans and they came out to party and sing-along with Concert Blast and about 14,000 other lovers of 70′s/80′s rock music.  Mike Arnold was on hand for the review while Tom Thompson had a prior engagement and photographer Brian Hasbrook was out of town.  So who do we always go to first to get the best concert photos when Brian is not available?  Sam Shrader of course.  Enjoy the concert photos of Neal Schon, Ross Vallory, Nashvillian Jonathan Cain, Deen Castronova, and the highly energetic Arnel Pineda.

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                          Mike Arnold Returns to the Stage with Crawford White – Almost Unplugged Tour

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                            Posted on 9/15/2014

                            Crawford White and Mike Arnold - "Almost Unplugged Tour"

                            Crawford White and Mike Arnold - "Almost Unplugged Tour"

                             

                            Concert Blast creator, blogger, and podcast co-host, Mike Arnold, has been known to not only to review rock concerts, but to rock the stage himself. Mike is known in the Nashville, TN area as one of the best front men in the live music club scene while performing with his band, Mike Arnold and the Music City Rockers along with his extraordinaire lead guitarist (and band leader), Crawford White.  Mike and Crawford announced they are now booking shows billed as Mike Arnold and Crawford White – “Almost Unplugged Tour”.  This tour kicks off Saturday, September 20th in Adairville, Kentucky.  Read the entire press release

                             

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                              2014 CMA Music Festival – Sunday (Podcast 264)

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                                Concert Blast California Friends - 2014 CMA Music Festival

                                Concert Blast California Friends - 2014 CMA Music Festival

                                Posted on 9/11/2014

                                It was Sunday, the last day/night of the 2014 CMA Music Festival and Concert Blast was there to cover the fun.  The acts on this last night consisted of Charlie Daniels Band, Thomas Rhett, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Zac Brown Band, and Brad Paisley.  Also included in this podcast are two quick conversations with Concert Blast fans.  Enjoy the podcast with Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, and Will Perry.

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                                  2014 CMA Music Festival – Saturday (Podcast 263)

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                                    Posted on 8/5/2014

                                    Riverfront Park - 2014 CMA Music Festival

                                    Riverfront Park - 2014 CMA Music Festival

                                    It was officially day three of the 2014 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN. Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, and Will Perry continued with the concert coverage.  Day three lasted about 15 hours and this was after two prior long days!  Yes, we were tired but excited to cover more concerts.  On this day we started at the packed Riverfront Park to cover LoCash Cowboys, went to the Bridgestone Arena plaza for Chuck Wicks, strolled over to the HGTV sponsored barn to see an invitation only solo performance of Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, and then completed the daytime shows back at Riverfront Park to see one of our favorite up and coming artists, Maggie Rose. After a dinner and a hour rain delay, we headed over to the stadium to catch Sara Evans, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, and closed the night with Keith Urban.  Enjoy the podcast and written blog review by Mike Arnold.

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                                      2014 CMA Music Festival – Friday (Podcast 262)

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                                        Posted on 7/14/2014

                                        2014 CMA Music Festival - Tom Thompson with Fans

                                        2014 CMA Music Festival - Tom Thompson with Fans

                                        As the Concert Blast coverage of the 2014 CMA Music Festival continues, this podcast is focused on the activities from Friday. Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson headed downtown for the first act of the day, which was Craig Morgan on the Riverfront Park stage at 10am! Later in the day helper Will Perry joined in. The coverage ended as Blake Shelton said goodnight from the Stadium stage at 12:30am. That’s over 14 hours of walking, waiting, talking, and snapping pics of many artists, fans, and others. Friday’s coverage included (in order); Craig Morgan, Will Hoge, Holly Tucker (contestant from The Voice), Trace “the rib-whisperer” Arnold (not in the podcast), Mike Wolfe (from American Pickers), Hunter Hayes (surprise acoustic show). Then they covered the stadium concerts of (in order); Travis Tritt, Eric Church, The Band Perry, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, and Blake Shelton. What an exhausting day and night, but with a lot of fun! Enjoy listening to the 262nd audio podcast and/or reading the blog written by Mike Arnold.

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