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As a critic, I try to do my best to avoid the comments section in whatever I write, but sometimes I will stumble onto one of my own critics. I have seen words like mean, rude, hateful and miserable slung at me and my first reaction is to not respond nicely. But, this time, I was moved to amusement as a response and then I realized I would do nothing but respect what these people have to say to or about me.
You see, the ones who speak against me are very passionate about the show Nashville and we need more of these people in the world. These are the same folks who tweeted to keep it on the air and who continue to try to get through to the world that this show is important. I recently read an entertainment blog where the author asked CMT to listen to the fans of Nashville because the network clearly has not. The show has the actors, storyline and potential to be a great show, but it has gone downhill since moving to CMT. Please, CMT, listen to the Nashville faithful and take a cue from them and the show will flourish. Just like so many, I want to like this show.
Now, onto this week’s episode…
Police haven’t caught the guy who assaulted Scarlett and Gunnar. Nashville’s finest want them to go to the station to look at mug shots. Gunnar goes, but Scarlett stays behind to relax and begins having pain and bleeding. Deacon hurries over to get her and rushes her to the hospital. The doctor tells them that the baby’s heart has stopped beating. Gunnar shows up and is distraught, but the doctor insists that the mugging the night before didn’t lead to the miscarriage.
At Highway 65, Glenn is back (YAY!) and he and Zach are fawning all over Juliette, whose new single “Water Rising” is on fire. Maddie steps in and Zach proposes Juliette make a guest appearance at Madd’s performance later that night at the Wildhorse Saloon. Maddie loves the idea and Juliette is hesitant. Now, remember kids, “Water Rising” was the tune the songwriter (Travis) wanted Maddie to record and Juliette stole it for her own. In fact, Zach wants the two to sing the song together. I smell a cat fight in the near future. MEOW. Also, what is it with Juliette’s hair always being braided lately? I mean, it’s cool, but Laura Ingalls Wilder has been done, honey.
Juliette calls Travis and tries to get him to go to another event to keep him from attending a party for Juliette celebrating the success of “Water Rising” because Maddie will be there, too. Juliette does show up at Maddie’s Wildhorse show, but avoids her a bit onstage and bails immediately after their performance. Later, Maddie shows up to Juliette’s place to see if there is anything wrong. Um, yes, Madds, there is. Juliette is literally a terrible human being.
Gunnar gets Scarlett home and settled into her house and she just wants to be alone. She does ask him no to tell anybody about the baby. She is obviously devastated and has a big cry once he leaves. Back at his house, Gunnar is also feeling guilty and confused about what happened. Will tries to explain he did the right thing, but Gunnar is too wound up and angrily preoccupied to listen.
Deacon gets a call from a guy wanting to be Jessie’s manager, but forgets with having to take Scarlett to the hospital. He calls Jessie to apologize and blurts out what happened to Scarlett. So, she goes over to Scarlett’s place and tries to sneakily leave a gift on her front porch, but Scarlett hears her, steps outside and recognizes her. Jessie explains she went through two miscarriages and left her a gift basket of things that helped her through them. Scarlett invites her in.
After having a nightmare about the mugger, Gunnar is intent on finding the guy and stakes out the grocery store where the guy held them up. Having no luck at the store, he drives upon a kid walking nearby- and lo and behold it’s the assailant. Hey, wow- Nashville has close to two million people living here and Gunnar just happens to find the guy who mugged them the VERY next day. I mean, what are the damn odds?
Jessie is very helpful with Scarlett and gives her good advice about loving and forgiving herself. Scarlett didn’t get to give her baby a name and tells Jessie all she has is the blanket they wrapped the baby in when she asked to see her. The two share some cries and laughs and the two are giggling when Deacon arrives.
Gunnar hops out of his car and begins chasing the kid down a residential alley. When he catches him, he slams him against a wall and punches him until he falls to the ground. Gunnar is clearly a bit off his rocker and looks like a demon, a cute one, but a demon nonetheless. Anyway, the kid hits the ground and begs Gunnar not to hurt him. Realizing he’s a bit of a crazed lunatic, Gunn Gunn lets him go.
Deacon walks Jessie out and gets on her case about not keeping the secret he told her. He knows he is probably in trouble with Scarlett, but then Jessie explains that she also lost pregnancies and understands what Scar Scar is going through. Deacon tries to apologize, but Jessie thinks he was kind of being an ass. And he was. An ass with a nice ass being an ass.
At Juliette’s party to celebrate “Water Rising” having 50,000 downloads, Travis shows up anyway and Juliette shuffles him over to the bar as Maddie walks in. Then, Juliette tries to convince Maddie she is trying to get sick, feeling her forehead and asking if she has been getting enough sleep. Okay, CMT, THIS is where the bad writing I have warned you about comes in. NOBODY falls for the “Are you getting sick” distraction crap. EVER. And while Maddie is the worst, not even she is dumb enough to fall for it. But, of course, CMT DOES have Maddie fall for it and she leaves the party.
Scarlett is straightening up her house and she comes across a pair of pink baby booties. She tries to call Gunnar, but he is watching soccer and presumably in a hot guy shame spiral. So, Scarlett goes to his place to see if he is okay. In tears, he thinks this is all his fault. Clearly traumatized by her own indecision, she can’t hurt him any longer and doesn’t want him to wait around for her, so she officially breaks it off with him.
As Travis steps outside the party for a cancer stick, he sees Maddie waiting for the valet parking attendant. He introduces himself and they begin to talk and it is soon brought up that Maddie passed on the song “Water Rising.” Madds is dumbfounded and Travis politely walks away. Furious, Maddie stomps back into the party and confronts Juliette and then throws a drink in her face. Holy crap on a sushi roll, CMT! Are you actually trying to get me to like Maddie? That is certainly one way to do it!
Gunnar gets a call from Avery on the road- Will told him to check on our sweet Gunn Gunn. Avery invites him out on the road to hang out, play some shows and get a change of scenery out in Texas. Um, no. Texas is nothing but strip malls, big heat and even bigger egos. Join Avery when he goes to Colorado, Gunnar. Your butt sweat will decrease and “mile high” potential will rise.
It seems video of Maddie giving Juliette a cocktail bath has been leaked to the press and Glenn is trying to do damage control. No one knows why Maddie threw the drink, so Glenn thinks she should get in front of the story.
Gunnar goes over to Scarlett’s to get some of his things and our little Sherpa is painting flowers on a wooden box. OF COURSE SHE IS. Anyway, Gunnar tells her that she is right. (DO NOT encourage her, Gunnar.) He has been so wrapped up in her, that he doesn’t know who he is. Well, Gunnie, sweetie, NEITHER DOES SCARLETT!!
Ya’ll I know Hayden Panettierre had a kid not too long ago, but her jugs are looking huge these days. Good on you, girl! Anyway, Juliette goes over to see Maddie, but Daphne won’t let her in. Juliette explains to Daph that she screwed up and is sorry. Madds overhears it all. Deacon tries to talk to Maddie about it, but she explains it’s something she needs to handle on her own. Not to be a downer, but Maddie’s track record of handling stuff on her own isn’t exactly stellar. Does Clay ring a bell?
Later, at Scarlett’s benefit for the women’s clinic, Deacon runs into Jessie and apologizes. She tells him she isn’t going to sign with Highway 65 because she and Deacon are friends and it could be a conflict of interest. Scarlett gets up to thank everyone for coming and as she explains the importance of having a place like an affordable women’s reproductive clinic in town, she tearfully discusses losing her baby. She talks about it openly because she wants to get rid of the stigma and shame attached to women’s reproductive matters and issues. Then she sings a beautiful song (I think) called “Keep Me Close.”
As a montage plays while she sings, we see a close up of the flower-painted box that holds the baby blanket and booties. The name “Amelia Rose” is painted on the box.
More episodes like that, CMT.
MANY, MANY MORE.
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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.