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We begin with Sadie and Rayna at the Opry where everyone is getting ready for Rayna’s 10th Opry induction anniversary celebration. Props to the show’s graphics department for Photoshopping an induction photo that includes Rayna, Deacon, Vince Gill and Little Jimmy Dickens. Sadie won’t make the celebration performance because she’s going to be on (shameless ABC plug warning) Good Morning America. But the big question is: will Deacon show up?
Maddie is grilling Deacon about his relationship with her mama and he avoids the topic as usual. Getting down to brass tacks, she asks him point blank “But you still love her, don’t you?”
He simply answers “Till the day I die.” It’s not even 5 minutes into the episode and I am already swooning.
Immediately killing my swoon mojo, we next visit Puke at a photo session for Will. Will is surprised when Puke tells him Creepy (AKA Jeff) is no longer a part of Puke Records.
Now that Avery, Gunnar and Scarlett have re-formed their band, it is inevitable they get huge gig opportunities coming their way immediately. I mean, ask the 99% of people who came to Nashville with dreams of stardom (and had their dreams smashed) how easy it is. Anyway GAS (the name I think they should call themselves) gets a last minute gig opening for Rascal Flatts at Bridgestone Arena.
While they mull it over, Scarlett escapes to go on her date with Dr. Hottiepants. I know I should figure out his name, but I want to like him and being on a date with Skinny is already making him lose points. He also lost points by not asking about that accent when she told him she was from Mississippi. Anywho, she starts to babble on about medical stuff and liver cancer and you can tell Hottiepants doesn’t want to talk shop.
Daphne is hanging with Teddy, who keeps getting blocked calls on his phone. He drops her off at home, where Rayna comes in to find Daph and Maddie jamming. Rayna stresses how important it is for her spawn to be at her Opry celebration and asks them to perform with her. Bowing to pressure from Maddie, Rayna calls Deacon and invites him along, as well. He wants to think about it.
Creepy is still hanging out at Layla’s place and he’s even giving her tips on what to wear to a meeting with Bucky. I will bet you anything she’ll next come home and find him sniffing items in her lingerie drawer. Fire him as your manager, Layla! I liked her so much better when she was Will’s beard. Wait a second, I can be Will’s beard. SIGN ME UP!
After dinner with Hottiepants, skeletal Scarlett won’t shut her yapper with the liver cancer talk and he is over it. Well, it’s either the accent or the cancer talk. Walking to their cars after dinner (in, I'm guessing, Hillsboro Village), Hottiepants admits he thought Scarlett asked him on a romantic date and not a date for her to unload her Deacon concerns. Instead of throwing herself in his arms and kissing his hottiepants lips, she gives him an embarrassed smile.
Back at Gunnar’s place, he still hasn’t thought of my idea for a band name and is coming up with winners like “Biscuits and Honey” and “Liquid Sister.” Will comes home and is miffed that Puke suggested he do some songwriting with a writer who is gay and out of the closet. Will is under the impression that because Puke suggested they write together that he must believe Will is also gay. Come on, Will. Puke isn’t even CLOSE to being that perceptive. Gunnar points out that the writer in question, Kevin Bicks (though I can’t exactly figure out how they are saying that last name) has written songs with Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton and no one thinks they’re gay. So yes, my lovelies. Nashville now has a homophobic homo.
Puke, Jr (AKA: Colt) is home from boarding school and daddy comes in and leaves him some pizza money. Colt asks if maybe Luke could stay home for the night for some father and son bonding time. Puke has important Puke business, but promises he will hang with his brat the following night. And what does Puke, Jr want to do? Go see Maddie make her Opry debut.
Layla comes home from her meeting and she is pissed her record label wants her to wait until Sadie’s new album is done launching for them to focus on her. Creepy is miffed they want to roll out Layla’s music like a traditional artist, when he believes she is anything but traditional. They argue about it and Layla does get points for throwing a bottle cap at him. Then, she totally grosses me out by turning her anger into an angry make out/sex sesh with him.
With sexy time over (and me having downed a bottle of Pepto to fight the nausea), Creepy and Layla decide to “leak” one of her songs onto iTunes in order to get the indie music community buzzing.
Scarlett comes home and is clearly pissed off. I know what you’re thinking, but she’s not hangry. She’s upset because Deacon is making her keep his cancer a secret and the only other person she can talk to about it is his doctor and she even says “It’s turning me into a crazy person.” (Just an FYI- hunger does that, too.)
Uncomfortable about attending Rayna’s Opry anniversary show, Luke meets with Bucky to see what he thinks. Bucky believes it would be a positive, olive branch-type deed. Oh, Bucky, you don’t know Puke. What are the odds in Vegas that Puke says something stupid?
Scarlett goes to Hottiepants and apologizes, explaining that she was nervous about a date with him and she talked about the only thing she knew they had in common: cancer. Forgive me Scarlett but are you so vapid that deadly cancer didn't occur to you as being a bad first date conversation topic? Anyway, she asks him if they can start over and Hottiepants agrees. Then she invites him to come see her perform with her band at Bridgestone Arena. Ya know, the same band she is in with her two ex-boyfriends.
Though we haven’t seen Juliette yet, she is apparently driving Avery crazy by not sleeping and keeping him awake. So when he finally gets her snoozing, Gunnar comes over freaking out because he can’t figure out a band name. Gunnar really should start reading these recaps. I figured out his problem several paragraphs ago. Anyway, Avery throws him out so he can get some rest.
Will reluctantly meets with Kevin Bicks, who is hotter than a slice of heaven on Tuesday. Will acts like a total asshat and Kevin is trying to be patient, but Will has succeeded in making their meeting a disaster. However, Kevin makes a breakthrough when he learns Will’s dad kicked him out of the house before he even finished high school. Kevin also had a jerk for a father, leading to common ground and something they could use to build a song around.
Vince Gill makes a guest appearance and we first see him backstage hanging out with Rayna at the Grand Ole Opry before her anniversary show. Next, Rayna and Maddie run into Puke and Puke, Jr. They are civil, but as soon as Luke spots Deacon, he finds an excuse to walk away.
Madds, Daphs and Rayns head to the “Into the Circle” dressing room, which is the dressing room all performers use when they make their Grand Ole Opry debut. And since Maddie and Daphne are making their debut, mama Rayna thought it appropriate. That’s when Deacon shows up, saying “I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”
Elsewhere at the Opry, Layla is talking with a reporter, but when she spots Bucky making the rounds backstage, she sneaks away. The reporter then starts telling Bucky how great Layla’s leaked track is and Bucky plays along, but is obviously displeased.
As Sadie is getting ready for GMA, she gets a call from one of their producers, who says she might be asked about the court case filed against her by her crazy ex-husband, Pete. A little shaken by the topic, she talks to Rayna who suggests she tell them the topic is absolutely off limits.
Gunnar is still freaking out over finding a band name (I am now leaning toward them calling the band “Angela”) and Avery volunteers to help. Backstage before the show, they are still stumped when Scar Scar comes in with Hottiepants. When he says “So, you’re the exes,” to Gunnar and Avery, they get an idea. Yep… they decide to call themselves The Triple Exes, a name ALMOST as dumb as Wheelin’ Dealin’ Records. But on the bright side, Scarlett isn’t dressed like a Sherpa hobo when they perform.
Lorrie Morgan is also hanging out backstage at the Opry and she is schmoozing it up to the press along with Mayor Teddy. As soon as Teddy walks away, the hoochie mama hooker approaches and whisks him away so they can talk. Missing his daughter’s Opry debut, Teddy is shocked to learn that the prostitute is being watched by law enforcement— and they most likely saw him at her house.
Bucky catches up to Layla and for ONCE Layla stands up for herself, explaining that she isn’t a traditional artist and she shouldn’t be marketed that way. Bucky agrees and decides to revamp their plan in launching her on Highway 65.
Rayna’s celebration continues as Vince Gill introduces her. We see her backstage standing beside Deacon. In a total melt-your-heart moment, she takes Deacon’s hand. And now I want to kill her, because I want to hold his hand. As she hits the stage, Deacon watches her with tears in his eyes. When she brings him out to perform with her, they share a sweet hug and Puke watches from the wings. They then perform a very sweet duet called “Help Me Hold On.” Watch it and weep, Puke!
As soon as the song ends, Deacon is fighting tears again and he bails. Not long after, Luke also exits the building and chats with Puke, Jr who wants to stay in Nashville. Seems he wants to stay to spend more time with Maddie.
After their Bridgestone show, Hottiepants is getting sweeter on Scarlett and Gunnar is obviously bothered by their flirting and kissing. (So, show of hands: who saw this plot twist coming from a mile away?) And the hits keep on coming as Rascal Flatts now want The Triple Exes to open for them on their next six tour dates.
On GMA, Robin Roberts is interviewing Sadie and the dreaded crazy ex topic comes up. Instead of shirking the topic, Sadie comes clean, saying Pete doesn’t deserve the settlement money and that she was the victim of his domestic violence for years. She also vows to not let him get away with it. The whole time I am sitting on the edge of my seat, pointing and yelling like Meryl Streep at the Oscars.
When Rayna shows up at Deacon’s place to find out why he, once again, bailed on her, he tells her about his liver cancer. In a fit of tears, she slaps the crap out of him right before falling into his arms.
We could have done without the slap, Rayna, but the over the top drama seems to be your bag, darlin’.
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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.