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New talent sought for live 650 WSM music showcase

Staff Reports • Feb 24, 2016 at 4:30 PM

WSM 650 AM, the radio home of the Grand Ole Opry, and the Wilson County Convention and Visitors Bureau announced recently the debut of WSM Live from the Capitol Theatre, a live performance show highlighting aspiring singers and songwriters.

The two-hour matinee program will broadcast live Saturday from 1-3 p.m. from the stage of Lebanon’s historic Capitol Theatre. It will also feature broadcasts March 26 and April 23 with future dates to be announced.

WSM Live from the Capitol Theatre is not a talent competition, but rather a showcase designed to give exposure to vocalists and bands looking for their break in the music industry. A rich musical history has positioned Wilson County as an “incubator” for aspiring songwriters and musicians who are seeking performance and learning opportunities before heading to Music City.

To be considered for the showcase, performers may visit wsmonline.com for EPK submission.

“As a resident of Wilson County, I feel that it is important to support and promote the new music talent scene emerging here. Bob Black, owner of the Capitol Theatre is providing the ideal setting for this ongoing event,” said Chris Kulick, WSM general manager.

“We live in a day and age where it is difficult for an artist to gain exposure, and WSM Live from the Capitol Theatre will showcase new talent from a beautifully restored venue on the very station that coined the moniker Music City.”

The fast-growing community a short drive or train ride from Nashville is already the home of many country stars, including Charlie Daniels, Tracy Lawrence, Darryl Worley, Collin Raye, Daryle Singletary and Gretchen Wilson. Legendary songwriter Curly Putman, whose Wilson County property was made famous in Paul McCartney’s song “Down On Junior’s Farm,” is one of the county’s most beloved residents.

Iconic producer Owen Bradley put Wilson County on the music industry radar with his famous recording studio, “Bradley’s Barn,” which catered to country and rock royalty in a relaxed, rural setting.

Tickets to WSM Live from the Capitol Theatre will be available for $15 each onsite or at capitoltheatretn.com. The show will be broadcast live on 650 AM, wsmonline.com and on WSM’s free mobile app.

WSM’s first official broadcast day was Oct. 5, 1925. The station is the radio home of the Grand Ole Opry, which has been broadcast live over the airwaves since its inception. WSM is owned by Ryman Hospitalities.

For more information on WSM, visit wsmonline.com or facebook.com/wsmradio.

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