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Concert Blast Returns to the CMA Music Fest!

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    Posted on 5/31/2016 

    CMA Music Fest 2016Concert Blast has attended and reported on several Music Festivals over the years; Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, TN, Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN, Big Spring Jam in Huntsville, AL, and the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, TN.  Although we haven’t produced a podcast/blog in nearly a year, the CMA Music Festival paid homage to Concert Blast by inviting Mike Arnold and Will Perry to be a part of the media to report on the huge festival in downtown Nashville, TN through photos and short videos on FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, and concertblast.com . Mike and Will were very surprised by the invitation and plan to attend several of the concerts and events.  Since there are only two covering the festival, they have learned that they can’t do it all, so they will be selective on what to attend and what to cover.

    Maggie Rose

    Maggie Rose - Live at CMA Music Fest

    In the past we wanted to cover as many concerts and interview as many artists as we could, but it wiped out our energy.  We refuse to let that happen again so we will be very particular on who to cover.” said Concert Blast creator, Mike Arnold.  Will and Mike will be covering their favorites at the smaller stages, Chris Janson, Maggie Rose, Chris Carmack, and others. Mike Arnold mentioned, Our favorite place to cover the event is in the small venue, HGTV Barn, where top artists from various genres perform to a small crown of a couple of hundred.  There we covered Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Goo Goo Dolls, Kristen Bush, Charles Esten, and many others. Mike and Will will definitely plan to be at the stadium concerts each night.  ”During the stadium shows we always run into Concert Blast fans, artists, and songwriters that we very seldom get to speak with.”

    Mike Arnold and the Music City RockersConcert Blast decided to slowly put on the brakes of podcasts and blogs due to their schedules being so hectic.  Brian Hasbrook began traveling daily on his consulting career, Tom Thompson got married and turned his focus to his family, while Mike Arnold turned his extra time focusing on performing, writing, and recording with his Nashville Rock & Roll Party band, Mike Arnold & the Music City Rockers.  Mike adds, “With Brian and Tom out of the picture and others continue to ask me when and where was my band performing next, instead of what is the our next podcast/blog will be on, I decided it was time to shift gears and record an album and get other media to be writing on me!”  Be looking for Mike Arnold and Will Perry as they cover the CMA Music Fest 2016!

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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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          Concert Blast Christmas Special 2013 (Podcast 258)

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            Posted on 12/23/2013

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            Mike Arnold - Brian Hasbrook - Tom Thompson

            It’s that time of the year again where we celebrate getting together with friends and family, eat lots of great food, wind down the year, but most importantly celebrate the birth of Jesus as The Christ. This podcast is reflecting on Christmas songs by rock artists submitted by Concert Blast listeners and some of our own favorites. Actually this podcast is a spliced and diced podcast from several past Christmas specials from 2005-2007. Listen to this audio podcast while Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson take you through several Christmas song clips… ENJOY!

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              Thanksgiving Special 2012 (Podcast 241)

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                Posted on 11/21/2012

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                Concert Blast Hosts - Mike Arnold - Brian Hasbrook - Tom Thompson

                Happy Thanksgiving from Concert Blast!
                Mike Arnold and Tom Thompson recorded this Thanksgiving Special podcast by focusing on songs related to being Thankful.  Songs are titled or included the words, “Thank You”, or “Thankful”. There are also other songs with the words and meaning of “Thanks”. Mike and Tom also share stories about the artists that are featured on this show. Enjoy this podcast and think of what you are thankful for this year.

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                  Rock Concerts and the Casino Mix

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                    Posted on 10/22/2012

                    Elvis - The King of Las Vegas

                    Elvis - The King of Las Vegas

                    Written by Mike Arnold
                    Back in the late 1960s Elvis Presley started a trend in Las Vegas that still continues today, rock music at casinos.  This trend seemed to work for the casino business, although I personally never understood the mix.  If you are visiting a casino, it seems to me that music would be the last thing on your mind, unless you are celebrating a huge payoff!  If I wanted to attend a concert at a casino, gambling would be the last thing on my mind, but I’m not a gambler.

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                      Valentine’s Day Concert Blast Special – Music Discussion (Podcast 226)

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                        Posted on 2/10/2012

                        Concert Blast Valentine's Day SpecialHappy Valentine’s Day from the guys at Concert Blast.  Here’s a hilarious podcast on L-O-V-E.  When we came up with the idea of a Music Discussion podcast on LOVE, we decided to release it on Valentine’s Day in 2008.  Here we are in 2012 with Valentine’s Day being only a few days away, we thought what a great time to re-post one of our most popular Music Discussions.  Enjoy our Concert Blast Valentine’s Day Special with Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson!

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                          MTV Celebrates 30 Years – Remembering The Beginning (Blog)

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                            Posted on 8/1/2011

                            MTV LogoWritten by Mike Arnold
                            My wife Sandra and I were married in 1979 and lived in Madison, TN, a suburb of Nashville.  In those days cable television weren’t available in our area, although if it were, we couldn’t afford it anyway.  Heck, we didn’t even have a telephone during most of the first year of our marriage and we definitely didn’t go out to eat.  There were times we would save up $15 or $20 to go to a concert (yes that was the price for two tickets in those days).  Our entertainment mainly consisted of walking to the little league baseball field behind our apartment to watch the kids play (and the parents scream!) or visit friends to play board games and play music.  TV really wasn’t our main source of entertainment and you could tell it by the 13 inch black and white television we owned.

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                              Elvis Presley Graceland Sound Seeing Tour – Memphis, TN – (Podcast 211)

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                                Posted 7/4/2011

                                Alicia Dean Gives Audio Tour of Graceland

                                Alicia Dean Gives Audio Tour of Graceland

                                When Mike Arnold and Brian Hasbrook of Concert Blast traveled to Memphis, TN to cover the Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival, they were also invited for an escorted personal tour of the home of Elvis Presley.  Brian Hasbrook and Mike Arnold received a personal escorted tour from Alicia Dean from the PR department of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

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                                  Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour 2011 Announcement (Blog)

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                                    Posted May 28th, 2011

                                    4FINI, Inc., producers of the wildly successful Vans Warped Tour, the longest running traveling music and extreme sports festival in the world today, now brings to you, Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown Tour 2011 kicking off in Philadelphia, PA on May 27 and going out with a bang with Willie’s Picnic in Fort Worth, TX on July 4.

                                     The second annual 24-city outdoor amphitheater trek will feature a diverse lineup including recording artists Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, Craig Campbell, Lukas Nelson & the Promise of the Real and Drake White, with the addition of Jack Ingram 6/30-7/4.

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                                      Music Discussion – Songs that contain the phrase “Rock and Roll” (Podcast 203)

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                                        Posted 5/2/2011

                                        Songs With Rock and Roll

                                        This show is a popular reposted Music Discussion podcast from 2008 on songs that contain the phrase, “Rock and Roll”. 

                                        Mike Arnold, Brian Hasbrook, and Tom Thompson discuss various songs and artists.  The guys read emails from their listeners who submitted their favorite songs, along with the Classic Rock Forum on Myspace (hey, I said it was originally posted in 2008!).

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