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If Reba McEntire and Faith Hill had a love child, it would be Rayna James.
We kick off the episode with Rayna, her label dementor Bucky, and a journalist on a tour of the building at the record label she’s opening. Let’s stop right there. A little insight into music journalism: I was a music writer for close to eight years, for a big cheese network, and I was never invited to tour an empty building with Kenny Chesney and the head of his record label. EVER. And as of tonight, my hiney is thoroughly chapped about it. Thanks, Nashville.
And let me tell you, in this business, when a journalist asks a question they aren’t supposed to ask – like in this episode – she will be scolded and spanked by the artist’s entourage, then her boss will take his turn, and then his boss, and maybe even the boss’s assistant, in passing. So, really. REALLY!?!??!
Skeletal Scarlett is back in town and she is trying to console Deacon who seems almost catatonic over Rayna choosing Luke. This is confusing: is Deacon weak or is he strong? He seemed strong this whole time, and then Rayna singlehandedly ruins his mojo. Bitch, please.
Gunnar is still trying to hang on to Zoey, his distraction from Scarlett. Poor Zoey. The only reason she’s even on the show is to keep Gunnar and Scarlett apart. Gunnar asks Zoey to move in, which was a big step for a young couple in 1974. Zoey spends the rest of the episode freaking out over the fact that she knows she’s grasping at a lost cause, and then she moves in anyway. If Reba and Faith had a second love child…
This doesn’t stop an incidental meeting and musical collaboration between Twiggy Scarlett and Gunnar, who always sound so amazing together. It’s her singing voice and not her accent that keeps her on the show, I’m sure. As expected, Zoey sees them pickin’ and a grinnin’ and takes off, unfortunately, no, not to get Scarlett a Little Debbie. Scarlett realizes she is unintentionally getting back into music again, so she pulls a Juliette, freaks, and leaves, also, not for a snack.
Oh good. Another conversation with Rayna and her sister Tandy should help this episode. They are at daddy’s house and going through old stuff since pops kicked the bucket last season. Maybe they’ll uncover more than just the family jewels? No, they spend the episode dealing with Rayna’s daddy issues.
Side note, Tandy, please let the hair grow back. We already have one character who chopped her hair off having a BF and we have zero explanation for yours.
Layla and Will are still playing pretend for the reality show cameras and they have a lot to fake-celebrate because his album is number one, knocking Rayna’s new album out of the top spot. Maybe that’s why Tandy cut her hair. It’s as good a reason as any.
If Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert had a love child, it would be Juliette Barnes.
Talk about a rich little hoochie with problems. She’s hiding the fact that she’s knocked up, and trying to be more like Patsy Cline for a movie role. How very Loretta Lynn of her.
After a quick double check-see that she is indeed preggers comes another Juliette meltdown. Avery isn’t the baby daddy, ya’ll. It’s Jeff’s Junior. Baby mama drama time! She does like milking the poor little rich girl routine. If this show is anything, it’s good at making female victims.
Maybe that’s why Rayna is pissed her new album isn’t Gold yet after being released for … one week? These are Garth-style expectations, lady. It begs the inevitable question: WWGD? Ramp up her media and public appearances.
Also: every time Luke opens his mouth, he gives Rayna another reason NOT to marry him. Like at his tour rehearsal where Deacon shows up to tell him he is bailing on the tour with him. Literally everything that comes out of Luke’s mouth sucks. I mean, he even uses the term “dynamite drawers.” But we have bigger fish to fry. Have I mentioned Tandy’s hair?
Jeff takes Will out to celebrate the success of the No. 1 album, where Will arranges an audition for Jeff’s unhappy beard in the Patsy Cline movie. The same movie Juliette wants a shot at. At the audition, Jeff runs into some hot, new music hottie and asks her to join his label. On the spot. Because that’s how record deals work – no lawyers, no managers, no posse to comb through piles of paperwork.
The beard, sometimes known as Layla, is now thoroughly bearding to the point she might just beard herself. She has a breakdown again later in the episode with Will at a location that looks very much like Arrington Vineyards, which makes me want a glass of wine. Or seven, if Luke talks or sings again.
At the audition, Juliette has transformed herself into Patsy Cline, even “packing on a few pounds” as Jeff points out when they run into one another. (“Love child, never meant to be…”)
Back at the Bluebird, we meet Avery’s newest rebound conquest, Nadine. This show REALLY needed another pretty young gal to spice things up, right? Later, he catches Juliette dropping off his stuff at his pad and they officially split.
Why is it that the teenager makes the most sense in the whole episode? Maddie calls Deacon out about not fighting hard enough for Rayna. He tells his baby girl that he proposed to her mama and got shot down. More bad news for #TEAMDEACON comes up later. He will have to tour with Luke after all. Those pesky contracts and their pesky wording. Deacon should have had one of those freewheeling non-contracts with Jeff and saved a whole lot of trouble.
We end the show with Rayna making an appearance on Good Morning America with the real Luke Bryan where she lies about fiancé Luke’s proposal, which we know is all verbal diarrhea.
The lie part? The Luke Bryan part? I’ll leave that up to you.
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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.