Grand Ole Opry And Southwest Airlines To Take Nashville's New Music To New York City For Fall Bryant Park Concert Series
“Nashville’s New Music in New York” Celebrates the Opry’s Birthday and Country Music Month with Performances by Tyler Farr, Love and Theft, and Cassadee Pope
In celebration of the Grand Ole Opry’s Birthday and Country Music Month, the Opry and Southwest Airlines® are flying some of the latest sounds out of Nashville to the heart of New York City for a series of free acoustic performances at the Southwest Porch at Bryant Park. Nashville’s New Music in New York is set to feature some of country music’s top new acts. To set the tone, the Opry’s signature microphone stand and a replica of the famed circle of wood from center stage at the Opry House will also be making the trip.
Artists scheduled to perform during the series are Tyler Farr, Sept. 30; Love and Theft, Oct. 3; and Cassadee Pope, Oct. 7. Air personalities from New York’s NASH FM 94.7 will host each event. Each performance is open to the public and will be based on a first-come first-served basis. Other guests will be invited to be a part of each performance in the park outside the perimeter of the Southwest Porch. Full schedule details as well as a chance to win a VIP trip to Nashville including airfare on Southwest Airlines and admission to numerous Nashville attractions can be found at opry.com/nyc.
“We’re looking forward to presenting to our friends and fans in New York some of the artists who’ve really excited our audiences during recent Opry performances,” said Pete Fisher, Opry vice president and general manager. “It’ll be great to extend our birthday party and Country Music Month beyond Music City to New York City.”
“Southwest Airlines and our partners from Bryant Park Corporation are thrilled to bring the sounds of Nashville to the Big Apple,” said Kevin Krone, Southwest Airlines Chief Marketing Officer. “Partnerships like these give us the opportunity to showcase our top destinations to our New York Customers.”
The Opry will officially celebrate with its 88th Birthday Bash in Nashville Oct. 4 -5.
About the artists:
Columbia Nashville vocalist Tyler Farr has redefined “Redneck Crazy” with the release of his first Top 5 single to country radio. The classically trained vocalist has earned critical acclaim for this hit single, including raves from Billboard, Music Row, and The New York Times, which called the Gold-certified tune “one of the signature country songs of the summer.” Currently still climbing the Mediabase Country and Billboard Country charts, “Redneck Crazy” also continues to gain traction in the video world, with over 5 million views for the song’s video on VEVO and counting. The Missouri native is currently on tour for select dates with Lee Brice and was just announced as an opener for Florida Georgia Line’s first headlining tour, beginning in October. The launch of his debut album, REDNECK CRAZY, is set for September 30th and is currently available for pre-order here: http://SmartURL.it/itunesredneckcrazy Fans can keep up with Tyler by visiting his website at www.TylerFarr.com or by following him on Twitter @tylerfarr.
CMA, ACM and CMT-nominated duo Love and Theft is made up of singer/songwriters Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson. Their hit #1 single "Angel Eyes," off their self-titled RCA Nashville debut album, was recently certified platinum and their current single "If You Ever Get Lonely" is currently climbing the country charts. Eric and Stephen recently wrapped their dates on Tim McGraw's headlining tour this summer, and are currently on tour across the country. To find out more about the fan-favorite duo, follow them at @LoveAndTheft or www.loveandtheft.com.
Cassadee Pope’s soaring vocals and edgy performances stole the national spotlight when she won The Voice (season 3) and dominated the top spot on iTunes All-Genre chart with three of her performances. Since, the petite powerhouse from Team Blake (Shelton) has released her first Country single, “Wasting All These Tears,” which made an impressive ascent to the #1 spot on the iTunes Country Singles Chart upon release and the video has garnered over 2 million views on VEVO. The Top 25-and-climbing lead single has sold over 300,000 downloads and will be featured on her forthcoming debut album FRAME BY FRAME, slated for October 8 on Republic Nashville. Dann Huff produced the 11-song project with Nathan Chapman, Max Martin and Shellback contributing to select tracks. Continuously looking to involve her fans, Cassadee let them choose the album cover artwork and is offering an advance preview of select new tracks on iTunes leading up to the release. The talented singer/songwriter, who is featured as one of CMT’s Next Women Of Country, will share an inside look at life since The Voice in the Cassadee Pope: Frame By Frame docu-series, premiering on October 4 at 10pm ET/PT on the network. She has previously appeared on America’s Got Talent, TODAY, Live With Kelly & Michael, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and graced NASHVILLE LIFESTYLES’ August (“HOT LIST”) cover. Currently, Cassadee is opening for Rascal Flatts’ LIVE & LOUD Tour and has earned a spot singing with the Supergroup during their set at each stop. For more on Cassadee, visit www.CassadeePope.com.
About Southwest Airlines Co:
In its 43rd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer Service delivered by more than 45,000 Employees to more than 100 million Customers annually. Southwest is the nation’s largest carrier in terms of originating domestic passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries. Southwest is one of the most honored airlines in the world, known for its triple bottom line approach that takes into account the carrier’s performance and productivity, the importance of its People and the communities it serves, and its commitment to efficiency and the planet. The 2012 Southwest Airlines One Report™ can be found at southwest.com/citizenship.
About Bryant Park Corporation:
Bryant Park Corporation (BPC), a private not-for-profit company, was founded in 1980 to renovate, finance and operate Bryant Park. BPC is funded by income from events, concessions and corporate sponsors, as well as an assessment on neighboring properties, and does not accept government or philanthropic funds. In addition to providing security and sanitation services, and tending the park’s lush lawn and gardens, BPC provides public amenities and activities, including movable chairs and tables, café umbrellas, restrooms, restaurants and food kiosks, and many exciting events throughout the year.