Rain falls, but CMA Fest still shines with Lipscomb alums Ballerini and Rhett hosting Nissan stage

Rain falls, but CMA Fest still shines with Lipscomb alums Ballerini and Rhett hosting Nissan stage

Lipscomb alums Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini were the hosts for CMA Fest’s biggest stage: Nissan Stadium, where country music’s biggest stars performed to four nights to fans from all over the world. Their hosting chores will be showcased again when the highlights of the performances on CMA’s biggest stage will be broadcast by ABC later this summer. While Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Dierks Bentley and Brantley Gilbert loaded on the star power, it was rapper Lil Nas X who captured the stage and perhaps the festival itself when he and Billy Ray Cyrus teamed up for their “Old Town Road,” the surprise hit that has topped the charts for more than two months. Lending his able hands to the duo was Keith Urban. Other special guests included rock legend Joan Jett, HARDY, Midland and many others. This was “CMA Fest’s 48th year of connecting fans with Country Music artists” according to the website. The festival fell on a temperamental weekend for weather, and caused delays in both the daytime and nightly shows. Despite the rain coming down multiple evenings. CMA Fest 2019 sold out four straight nightly shows and met capacity crowds throughout the weekend. “Attendees were more engaged than ever before with users of The Official CMA Fest App up 15 percent year-over-year, spending an average of 15 minutes per session during the four days of the festival and scheduling nearly 700,000 events,” according to the CMA. This year’s three-hour primetime television special will air at 7 p.m. August 4 on ABC, Channel 2 in Nashville. In addition to Rhett and Ballerini, that broadcast will include Bobby Bones, host...
How to save money and attend CMA Festival

How to save money and attend CMA Festival

CMA Fest is one of the biggest events in Nashville and visitors are arriving from all over to attend. While tickets to the main nighttime concert can be expensive, there are many free stages around town. During CMA Fest, fans can hear hundreds of artist, enjoy the downtown Nashville scene and attend six stages of free concerts. Organizers of the festival have said there will be more than 300 artists performing on the free stages this weekend. Some are up-and-coming artists, but there are many big name artist as well. A few of the big names include: Billy Currington, Gavin Degraw, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Chase Rice and Ashley McBryde. Free stages are as follow… The Chevy Riverfront Stage is the largest daytime stage at the festival and is located in Riverfront Park. Nashville Acoustic Center is a small stage located in the glass tower of Nashville visitor center just inside Bridgestone Arena. The Chevy Breakout Stage showcases the so-called next big country acts and is located in Walk of Fame Park. Budweiser Forever Country Stage is inside Forever Country Park behind Ascend Amphitheater. Maui Jim Broadway Stage is on the corner of fifth and Broadway and contains a lineup of an emerging artists. Along with the many free stages, there is also a cheap night show going on at Ascend Amphitheater at the same time as the big headliner concerts at Nissan Stadium. The Firestone Country Roads Stage  at Ascend is a $10 admission for lawn seats and $25 for reserved seating. The Xfinity Fan Fair X is another cheap event to attend, costing $10 each day or...
Thomas Rhett gets help from fellow Lipscomb alum Kelsea Ballerini on new ‘Center Point Road’

Thomas Rhett gets help from fellow Lipscomb alum Kelsea Ballerini on new ‘Center Point Road’

Lipscomb alumnus Thomas Rhett has released the title track to his new album, and it features fellow Lipscomb alum Kelsea Ballerini. None of the album was expected to be released until May 31, but Rhett dropped “Center Point Road” last week. Center Point Road — located 30 minutes from campus in Hendersonville — is a road familiar to many Lipscomb students, particularly those who live in or commute from that part of Middle Tennessee.  The song has a strong piano in the background and even starts and ends with the sound of an old projector rolling. The album is sure to have diversity as the vibe of the song is much different from the other tracks Rhett has released from the album. This new title track brings back high school nostalgia saying, “Hold on forever (Hold on forever) / Yeah, hold onto it (Hold onto it) / Yeah, hold on forever (Hold on forever) / And never let go of it / Everyone says when you’re younger / It’s gonna go fast / It suddenly hits you like thunder / And you’re gonna wanna go back/ Wanna go back/ Wanna go back / Wanna go back.” Center Point Road, Rhett’s fourth album, is the first on which he has co-written all the songs on the entire album. He also co-produced the album with Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure and Julian Bunetta.  Rhett and Ballerini were both communication majors at Lipscomb, Rhett from 2008 to 2011 and Ballerini from 2011 to 2013. Ballerini wrote a blog in Dr. Jimmy McCollum’s 21st Century Media course, and Professor Tim Ghianni, a long-time professional journalist,...
Former Lumination sports writer Jesica Parsley Beaty now ‘covers’ Major League Baseball

Former Lumination sports writer Jesica Parsley Beaty now ‘covers’ Major League Baseball

Jesica Beaty, a former sports writer for Lumination, now has a new beat: Major League Baseball wife. Beaty, a 2015 journalism and new media alumna, married her high school sweetheart and Belmont alum Matt Beaty. Matt played baseball for the Bruins and for the last few years has made his way up through the Los Angeles Dodgers’ minor-league organization. Jesica and Matt have been married for two and a half years. After the two got married, Jesica left her full-time job as a managing editor with The Aransas Pass (Texas) Progress and Ingleside Index to follow Matt. The couple has moved around quite a bit. Currently, the Beatys reside in Oklahoma, home of the Triple A Oklahoma City Dodgers. Matt was drafted by the Dodgers in 2015 and has played in the Rookie, Single A, Double A and Triple A leagues. Matt was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man lineup back in November. This year the Dodgers used one of his options and sent him to the minor league during spring training; this allows him to be called up and down at any time this year. Matt was called up by the Dodgers earlier this month for a game against the San Francisco Giants. “It was about 12:30 at night, and the Triple A manager called Matt,” Jesica said. “I was so excited for him and just so excited it was finally happening.” During that game, in his first at-bat in the major leagues, he got a hit and his first RBI. He was then recalled and brought back down to Oklahoma City Dodgers. Last week, Matt was called back up...
Lipscomb professor taken into custody on charges of child abuse

Lipscomb professor taken into custody on charges of child abuse

A Lipscomb professor has been taken into custody in Sumner County on charges of aggravated abuse of a 5-month-old baby. Daniel Gordon, 36, was arrested on Wednesday. He is being held on a $200,000 bond. “He has been suspended until the resolution of this unfortunate and sad situation,” according to a statement from the university. “We are supporting the family during this time by providing pastoral care and intentionally seeking other ways to assist the Gordon family.” Gordon has been a full-time employee since August 2018 as a professor in the College of Liberal Arts and Science. Gordon previously taught for four years part-time in the College of Bible and Ministry at Lipscomb. “Lipscomb is a community that — driven by our Christian faith — seeks to be authentic in who we are and what we do,” said President Lowry in an email sent to the Lipscomb Community on Friday. “In any community this size there are a number of individuals at any given time who grapple with life circumstances — both joys and challenges that they would never have imagined would be part of their story — the birth of a child, academic accomplishments, challenging times in marriages, the loss of loved ones, financial struggles or a research discovery. “We often share the joys of our work together but we also share the moments of sadness and uncertainty. In difficult moments, as we experienced this week when a faculty member was taken into custody for aggravated child abuse, this community seeks ways to be supportive of those involved. This is true even when we are surprised, don’t understand...