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No one has pulled out of the Rayna death slump yet, but life must go on and Bucky is doing his best at Highway 65. At a meeting with the label’s top brass, Bucky has booked a tour for the Chex Mixes (The Exes) that leaves in two weeks, but Scarlett is waffling about going. She has been taking care of Deacon, Maddie and Daphne and thinks it might be too soon to go. Then, Zach asks about releasing the duets album with Deacon and our sweet Deacon is still pissed at the world.
Juliette drops by Rayna’s and notices Maddie’s phone has been ringing off the hook from late night talk shows trying to book her because of her CMT Music Awards performance. I guess they are doing an in depth story into crazy, self-centered celebrity spawn. Anyway, Juliette is shocked there isn’t a manager running interference with these types of calls. Okay, let’s be serious for a minute. A show like Jimmy Fallon or Kimmel or whoever wouldn’t deal directly with the under aged teenage daughter of a recently deceased country superstar. It’s disrespectful and not the way things are done in the music business. Anywhooters, Juliette wants to take Maddie to New York City to shop her around and get her some publicity. Scarlett is apprehensive, but Deacon okays it.
Zach is feeling guilty about suggesting releasing the duets album and confides it to Will over dinner at The Standard. Zach claims he deals with grief by throwing himself into his work, but we all know he should be throwing himself into Will’s arms. Instead, Will goes to Bucky and Deacon and tries to explain Zach’s motivation. Bucky agrees that without the album, the record label could very well go under. Okay, hear me out folks. I thought Zach was bank rolling Highway 65? I thought money wasn’t a concern?
Okay, as if I had more of a reason to hate Maddie, she is going on The Daily Show with that deliciously delicious Trevor Noah. Oh, you people do not understand the extent of my love for Trevor Noah. I want to be shrunk down to the size of a pin head and live in his adorable dimples! Now, that Madds is permanently on my sh@t list, she goes on the show under the name of Maddie Jaymes. (Ride coattails much?) Trevor asks some tough questions about Rayna’s passing and it makes her choke up. And now I can’t help but cringe that Trevor was used as a Viacom pawn. If you kiddos didn’t know, CMT and Comedy Central are owned by Viacom. Viacom also has MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and others, so expect more cross network whoring.
Daphne is feeling left out (again) as Madds and Juliette are gallivanting around the Big Apple with Trevor Noah (no, I will not ever get over that.) Scarlett chats with her, but, as usual, talks with Scarlett don’t end on a positive note.
Deacon goes to the recording studio to listen to some of the music he recorded with Rayna and it’s tearing him up inside. I’m gonna be honest, lovies. He isn’t handling any of this very well. He goes to his closet and pulls out what appears to be an old suitcase. It is full of tour mementos from his touring days with Rayna. He finds a DVD titled “Rayna Jaymes 1991” and puts it in the player and it’s video of her in a recording session. Then, he begins to read her journals.
Later, we see Maddie on the Harry Connick, Junior talk show. He tells her she is the spitting image of her mother (she isn’t). Daphne and Scarlett watch the interview from home and what appears on the mantel in front of the TV? A CMT Music Award. Not a Grammy or a CMA or an ACM, but that tacky CMT Belt Buckle Award. Anyway, the Connick interview has Maddie basically implying (while denying it) that she is publicizing on her mother’s death to further her own career. Daph is pissed and forgive me, Daph, but no one is surprised. Maddie is horrible and that bitch got to touch Trevor Noah.
Back at Highway 65, Zach is still pushing for the duets album. Rayna has laid down scratch tracks and Deacon hasn’t recorded his part yet. Zach keeps insisting and Deacon absolutely refuses to record. Zach brings up the debt Highway 65 has gotten itself into and brings up the fact that Daphne and Maddie are on the label. Deacon accuses Zach of trying to profit off of his family’s grief. Um, Deacon, that is EXACTLY what that spoiled brat of yours, Maddie, is doing. When Deacon leaves, Zach says he needs the audio from the duets album by the end of the week. No you don’t, Sparky. It takes a long time to put together an album with scratch tracks.
Now that Maddie has let the world know she is profiting off her mother’s death, the internet has caught on and is, rightly, crucifying her. So, Madds calls Scarlett in tears and wants to come home. Scarlett should tell her to lie in the bed she made, but that’s not our Sherpa Boo Boo. Scarlett tells her not to do anything she doesn’t want to. So, when Maddie tells Juliette she is cancelling her appearance on the Today Show, Juliette is fit to be tied. She calmly tells Maddie she will cancel, but we all know she wants to throw Maddie out the hotel window sort of like she did to Jeff.
Deacon is back to rummaging through the suitcase and watching old videos. The people in these home videos are supposed to be Rayna and Teddy, but they look nothing like them. Deacon continues reading Rayna’s journals and is interrupted by Avery, who offers to take him to lunch. Deacon declines, but does start to open up about Zach and the duets album. He admits that he is being stubborn by not recording, but he isn’t ready. He can’t even listen to the music, much less record it. Well, Deacon, how do you think we feel? We are forced to listen and watch Maddie and Juliette every damn week. Grow a pair.
Maddie gets home and explains to Deacon that she was able to forget about Rayna for just a little bit in NYC and be happy about something. Deacon doesn’t think that makes her a bad person, but I do. I also think Deacon has cried pretty much in every scene in this episode and I’m going to be honest, it’s getting old. Can we do a “Six months later” type deal in here somewhere?
The next day, Juliette barges in and shames Maddie for her lack of professionalism by not going on The Today Show. Scarlett rushes to Maddie’s defense and when Juliette shuts her down, she hangs her head. Juliette lectures Maddie on taking her shot. You ain’t Lin Manuel Miranda, Juliette, and Maddie sure as hell ain’t Alexander Hamilton. Juliette and Scarlett start squabbling and Maddie gets up and leaves.
Deacon reads Rayna’s journal entry from their most recent wedding, and it is her final journal entry. About that time, Bucky, Will and Gunnar arrive to talk him into recording. Avery overhears their conversation as Scarlett tries to tell the guys to back off. Avery suggests they be there for him and not ask things of him. When did Avery become the smart one all of the sudden? I mean, he married Juliette for Pete’s sake.
Later, Juliette tells Maddie she wants to be the mother figure to Maddie that Rayna was to her. No, we’re good Juliette. Maddie already has insecure Scarlett to do that. Essentially, Juliette wants to personally manage Maddie’s career, but leave the business part up to somebody like Glenn. Just go with Glenn and kick Juliette to the curb.
Still wallowing in his grief, Deacon watches the video Zach had put together of Rayna and that is when our sweet Deac Deac finally loses it with grief. He crumbles to the ground in tears and loud sobs. Get it out, sweetie. Get it out. He continues to watch the video and it includes an interview where Rayna discusses how resilient Deacon is and how he always has been. This seems to give him hope.
We later see Juliette, Gunnar, Will, Avery, Scarlett and Bucky in the recording studio at Rayna’s house all pitching in to record a song on the duets album called “You’re Mine.” Deacon, Maddie and Daphne walk in and Deacon’s water works start all over again. Daphne and Maddie also lay down their voices on the song. Now, it’s Deacon’s turn and he nails it in a tear jerker recording studio moment.
They all take the music to Highway 65 and Zach is thrilled. As they all depart, Scarlett and Gunnar remain for a little chat. She tells him she will do the tour, but has another bombshell to drop on him. She’s pregnant and she doesn’t know if it’s his. Oh, that is JUST what this world needs is another skinny, insecure, uncomfortable pole taking up space.
And… Nashville is breaking for its mid-season break and we really don’t know when this atrocity will return. So, let’s look on the bright side and be grateful Layla didn’t show up for any episodes this season so far.
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For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.