Nashville, Tenn. -- July 7, 2010 -- Due to overwhelming response from the creative community to the "Songwriters Sing for Nashville" flood relief benefit at The Woods at Fontanel on Saturday, July 17, 2010, an additional group of hit songwriters will now perform on the Gibson Tunesmith Stage in The Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel from noon until 4:00 p.m. on the same day.
"I was blown away by the writers who committed to donate their time and talent for the original concert on The Woods stage," said Roger Murrah, hit songwriter and Board Chairman of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation. "But when more hit writers started calling asking to be a part of this special event, I knew we had to figure out a way to get them out there."
Writers confirmed for the Gibson Tunesmith Stage in the Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel include (in order of appearance) Lari White, Chuck Cannon, James House, Danny Flowers, Rafe Van Hoy, Billy Burnette, Marc Beeson, James Slater and Danny Myrick.
Songwriters already announced to join Murrah on The Woods stage from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. include Matraca Berg, Kye Fleming, Dallas Frazier, Dickey Lee, Dennis Morgan, Hugh Prestwood, Mark D. Sanders, Don Wayne, Jim Weatherly and Mike Reid.
"This not only shows you the respect these writers have for Roger (Murrah), it shows you the huge hearts the songwriters in this town have for their community," said Marc Oswald, who along with Dale Morris co-owns the Fontanel and manages country stars Gretchen Wilson, John Rich and others. "Seeing and listening to 20-plus mega songwriters in one day at one place is incredible and is what Music City USA is all about - it could only happen here!"
Songwriters Sing for Nashville is presented by the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Anchor Trailways & Tours at Nashville's newest outdoor concert venue, The Woods at Fontanel. The intimate outdoor music venue is located on the property of the Fontanel Mansion, which along with the Farm House Restaurant and the Trails at Fontanel, opened to the public last month.
Tickets to Songwriters Sing for Nashville, a benefit for flood relief, are $19.99 per person and can be purchased immediately at www.ticketmaster.com
. Children 12 and under are admitted free. All ticket proceeds and all receipts from the day's tours at the Fontanel Mansion will be donated to First Tennessee Bank for flood relief.
Anchor Trailways & Tours presented a check in the amount of $10,000 to get the flood relief fund started so people in need can begin to apply and get much needed help quickly. Anchor Trailways & Tours, the exclusive transportation partner for Fontanel, also announced they will be donating their services on the day of the concert.
Applications for flood relief funds will be available at most First Tennessee Banks in the Nashville area, and donations can also be made at any First Tennessee location. The certified public accounting firm of Hoskins and Company, Harvey Hoskins, CEO, will assess the needs and forward the application to First Tennessee Bank for payment on a case-by-case basis. The intention of the fund is to assist families affected by the May floods with short-term bills including, but not limited to, mortgage and rent payments, utility bills, etc.
About the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation:
Established in 1970, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame boasts 176 members, including songwriting luminaries such as Max D. Barnes, Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Bob Dylan, Don and Phil Everly, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Bob DiPiero, Harlan Howard, Bob McDill, Roger Miller, Bill Monroe, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Carl Perkins, Dottie Rambo, Jimmie Rodgers, Cindy Walker, Jimmy Webb, Hank Williams, Sr. and Hank Williams, Jr. Induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame is the highest honor that can be given to a songwriter associated with the Nashville music community. In 2009 the Hall of Fame inducted Kye Fleming, Mark D. Sanders, and Tammy Wynette.
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit foundation that owns and operates the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The principal purposes of the Foundation are to educate, archive, celebrate and honor the legacy of songwriting that is uniquely associated with the Nashville music community. For additional information, please visit www.nashvillesongwritersfoundation.com.
About Anchor Trailways & Tours:
Anchor Trailways & Tours, a family-owned company based in Whites Creek, TN in operation for over 20 years, is dedicated to providing the safest group travel available in motorcoach transportation. In addition, the company operates the ATRunner scheduled service between Nashville and Memphis as well as Nashville and Lawrenceburg, TN. These transportation specialists have three strategically chosen locations in the southeast to enable them to best serve their customers - Nashville, TN, Paducah, KY and Tuscumbia, AL. Anchor Trailways & Tours is certified by the Department of Defense - a higher level of safety certification that only 10% of motorcoach carriers qualify for - which certifies them to carry military personnel. As a member of Trailways Transportation System, the oldest national system of independent motorcoach companies, Anchor Trailways & Tours has access to a national backup support system. For information on Anchor Trailways & Tours please visit www.AnchorTrailways.com
or call us at 615-860-6800.
About the Fontanel Mansion & Farm:
The Fontanel Mansion, a 27,000 square foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame® member Barbara Mandrell, opened to the public on June 7, 2010. Located less than 15 minutes from downtown Nashville, The Mansion at Fontanel boasts three stories, over 20 rooms, thirteen bathrooms, five fireplaces, two kitchens, indoor pool and even an indoor shooting range on 136 acres of pristine land. An exclusive spot for the stars, the home and grounds have been the setting for numerous photo and video shoots, CMT's top-rated "Gone Country" show and more. Nashville's only country music mansion tour, the Mansion at Fontanel will give visitors a sneak peek into the lives of country music greats by providing a truly interactive experience!
A ticket to tour the Mansion at Fontanel is like a ticket to the inside life of Nashville's most famous export. Once the family home of country music legend Barbara Mandrell, the first artist to be named CMA Entertainer of the Year in consecutive years, the Mansion at Fontanel has been filled to the brim with photos, memorabilia and personal items from the period when the Mandrell family lived there. Additionally, the personal collections of current owners Dale Morris and Marc Oswald are featured which include one of a kind items, personal photos, and keepsakes of the artists they currently manage, including Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and many others. But make no mistake, this is not a museum. At Fontanel, visitors get to do more than just look, guests are welcome to touch, see, feel and relax in this magnificent home.
Folks can learn about the process of building this log home, mere minutes from downtown Nashville, yet lifetimes away from the average home. Visitors can also learn about the land and how the Mandrell family started a legacy of sustainability that survives today.
A tour of the Mansion is guided in small groups room by room, with amazing sights and special stories around every corner. Tour guides escort guests from the moment they walk into the front door through the entire home starting in the great room and ending in the glorious sunlit pool atrium. There, guests can grab refreshments, stay and relax as long as they wish, discussing the experience of Fontanel with experts and fellow visitors. Tours are available 7 days a week from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tickets are $19 for adults, $16 for seniors, $9 for youths and kids 6 and under are FREE.
There are many other exciting facets for visitors to Fontanel in addition to the "country music mansion tour." Guests who want to enjoy nature can hike or mountain bike The Trails at Fontanel. With over136 acres of pristine land that the mansion resides on, the Trails at Fontanel provide a FREE system of trails for both locals and visitors. Guests can access over two miles of trails during daylight hours. The trails are open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. until dark.
Unlike anything in Nashville, The Woods at Fontanel is an outdoor music venue surrounded by the woods of the Fontanel property. This new venue showcases major artists in an intimate format that no one will have a chance to experience anywhere else.
After touring the mansion and hiking the trails, guests who have worked up an appetite can dine at The Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel
. With over 140 seats, the Farm House showcases a "farm to fork" menu with items that feature local produce, dairy and meats delivered from area farms and sustainable sources. Offering southern-style comfort food with a fun creative twist, the Farm House has an on-site organic teaching garden and houses photos of the farmers and families that produce the food for the restaurant. The Farm House serves breakfast lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. -- 9 p.m. Local arts and crafts are available in the Fontanel Stone House Gift Shop as well.
The property is managed by Fontanel Attractions, made up of entertainment entrepreneurs Dale Morris and Marc Oswald, world-class developer, Alex Marks and Tom Morales, owner of TomKats, Inc., with TomKats, Inc. as the operating partner. Perhaps best known locally for managing the Loveless Cafe and internationally for the 750 movies catered over 20 years, TomKats' experience ensures Fontanel Mansion's role as a cherished community asset in the heartbeat of Music City. For more information visit www.fontanelmansion.com
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