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54th Grammy Awards Show Review – Los Angeles, CA – 2/12/2012

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    Posted on 2/24/12

    54th Grammys LogoWritten by Josh Jackson
    I have always said what an incredibly hard job it is to produce a show like the Grammys that tries to cover all the bases of what is out there in popular music today While the 54th Grammys was a very “classic” leaning show, there were lots of styles and variations included that gave it a well-rounded feel, almost to a fault – but more on that later. Really, it all comes down to this. When you open a show with “The Boss,” Bruce Springsteen, and end it with Paul McCartney, does anything else in the middle matter much?

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      Rick Springfield Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Wildhorse Saloon – 2/10/2012 (Podcast 227)

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        Posted on 2/18/2012

        Rick Springfield In Concert - Wildhorse Saloon - Nashville, TN

        Rick Springfield In Concert - Wildhorse Saloon - Nashville, TN

        Concert Blast began the 2012 concert review podcasts in style with the annual party that Rick Springfield puts on in Nashville, TN every year around Valentine’s Day weekend.  This year was no different than the others.  Another explosive party provided by the rocker who refuses to allow his age prevent him from thrilling Rock and Roll audiences all over the world.
        Concert Blast produced a podcast with Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, James Downing, and many Rick Springfield fans in attendance who were more than happy to join in for this show!

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          Life by Keith Richards Book Review

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            Posted on 1/30/2012

            Life by Keith RichardsWritten by Mike Arnold
            The main guitarist of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards, wrote a book about his life simply called… “Life”.  This is our first book review on Concert Blast and we may have more to follow. 

            Keith Richards’ book, Life is appropriately named due to that is exactly what it is, a journey through his life.  The book begins as he and Ron Wood are being arrested in Arkansas as they are driving their rental car to the next city during one of the many Rolling Stones tours… and they have plenty of drugs on them, in them, and in the car.

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              Glen Campbell Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium – 11/30/2011

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                Posted on 12/24/11

                Glen Campbell In Concert - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium - 11/30/2011

                Glen Campbell In Concert - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium - 11/30/2011

                Written by James Downing
                I have told the story here on Concert Blast about how my dad brought home a record player one day when I was about seven years old.  That day changed my life forever and opened the world of music up to me.  My mom was a big country music fan and would buy many records.  She would sit in my bedroom with me and we would listen to many of them.  Loretta Lynn, Bing Crosby, Donna Fargo and the list goes on and on.  There was one album that she bought that I really liked and that was a Glen Campbell album.  My favorite song off that album was called “Gentle On My Mind”.  I soon discovered that this guy had his own tv show each week and I would watch it everytime it came on.  As I grew up and started listening to rock and roll music, Glen Campbell’s music remained on my record player along side Alice Cooper, The Who, Kiss and all of the other bands that I listened to.
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                  The Crowd Concert Review – Nashville’s Party Rock Band – Nashville, TN – Douglas Corner Café – 12/09/2011 (Podcast 225)

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                     Posted on 12/18/2011

                    The Crowd - Nashville's Party Rock Band

                    The Crowd - Nashville's Party Rock Band

                    On Friday December 9th 2011 something happened at a music club in Nashville, TN that members of the party rock band from the 80’s, The Crowd, thought would never happen… a reunion show!

                    Two members of the Concert Blast team, Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson, were part of the rock band that began performing cover songs at parties in the early 1980s, decided to write and record a few original songs, had those originals played on the radio and began thrilling crowds at the private parties, rock clubs, colleges, and music festivals.  Now in 2011 the guys returned to a rock music club in Nashville, TN, Douglas Corner Café, to perform a reunion show to celebrate their first gig from 30 years ago. Also joining the reunion on stage was Tom’s twin brother and bassist of the band, Jim Thompson, the latest lead guitarist, Gary Conn, and the original lead guitarist, Dwayne Smith.

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                      Queensryche Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Wildhorse Saloon (Podcast 224)

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                        Posted on 11/24/2011

                        Queensryche In Concert

                        Queensryche In Concert

                        Concert Blast was invited to review the Queensryche concert as the 30th Anniversary Tour stopped for a show in Nashville at the world famous Wildhorse Saloon.  Mike Arnold, Tom Thompson, and James Downing were on hand for another podcast concert review.

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                          The 2011 Americana Music Awards – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium (Blog)

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                            Posted on 11/15/2011

                            Americana Music Fest

                            Written by Guest Blogger Josh Jackson
                            On Thursday October 13th, I had the pleasure of working the 10th Annual Americana Music Awards at the Ryman Auditorium. For those not up to speed, ‘Americana’ is defined as ‘materials relating to American history, folklore, geography or considered to be typical of American culture.’ Musically speaking it has typically meant ‘folk’ music, but in recent years has broadened to include forms of country, rock, blues & even jazz.  The Americana Music Association has really taken strides to promote and encourage the genre nationwide and the popularity of their annual awards was evident by a sold out Ryman Auditorium.

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                              B-52s Concert Review – Nashville, TN – Wildhorse Saloon (Podcast 223)

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                                Posted on 11/04/2011

                                B-52s In Concert - Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson

                                B-52s In Concert - Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson

                                It was Thursday October 6th in Nashville, TN when the B-52s made their tour stop at the Wildhorse Saloon to thrill a Sold-Out crowd.   The place had plenty of festive fans dressed up and ready to dance and sing along with the classic hits provided by the B-52s. Mike, James, and Tom of Concert Blast enjoyed the night as much as the rest of those in attendance.

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                                  Big & Rich Concert Review with Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy – Nashville, TN – The Woods at Fontanel (Podcast 222)

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                                    Posted 10/27/2011

                                    Big & Rich in Concert
                                    Big & Rich in Concert

                                    Big & Rich with their friends Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy, along with a special dancing performance from Two-Foot Fred thrilled about 4,000 concert attendees at Nashville’s newest amphitheatre, The Woods at Fontanel as their Muzik Mafia Tour stopped in their hometown for their local fans (and fans who traveled in for the show). 

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                                      Billy Burnette Concert Review – Nashville, TN – 3rd and Lindsley (Blog)

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                                        Posted on 10/19/2011

                                        Billy Burnette In Concert

                                        Billy Burnette In Concert

                                        Written by James Downing
                                        Billy Burnette is a legend in the rockabilly field.  In fact next month he will be inducted into the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame in Jackson, TN.  He grew up in music and was playing live with his dad in the Rock And Roll Trio at a very early age.  He has also played with some of the biggest names in music.  Everyone from Bob Dylan to Fleetwood Mac to Roy Orbison to John Fogerty has been involved with Billy musically.

                                         Concert Blast was invited to cover Billy Burnette’s CD release show for his new album “Rock & Roll With It”.  A CD that is chocked full of the type of tunes that Billy’s fans love. Good ole rockabilly. I had always loved listening to Billy’s music but had never seen him live.  I had heard that Billy’s shows were very good, full of energy and a lot of great music.  Well, that is just what I got!!!

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