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Josh Turner at the Ryman. All part of #crs2013 February 28, 2013

Every year, CRS (Country Radio Seminars) is a great opportunity to keep in touch with my radio friends far and wide. This year, there was a fantastic event, featuring a multitude of different songwriters and artists at the Ryman Auditorium. I snapped this picture during Josh Turner’s performance.

Wednesday’s “Team UMG at the Ryman” luncheon featured artists from the Universal Music Group roster. Performing artists included Billy Currington, Brothers Osborne, Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker, David Nail, Dierks Bentley, Drake White, Eric Church, Eric Paslay, Josh Turner, Kacey Musgraves, Kelleigh Bannen, Lady Antebellum, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton, Randy Montana, Scotty McCreery and Vince Gill. One BIG surprise was a performance by none other than George Strait.


Vince Gill made me cry, when he came out and dedicated “Go Rest High On That Mountain” for the late Mindy McCready. As Vince so eloquently put it, “She was a part of our family, and that matters”.

One of my new favorite artists is Kacey Musgraves. Her new album, “Same Trailer, Different Park” is full of great songs. The songwriting is raw and real. She doesn’t skirt around unpleasantries. It’s a welcome change in today’s country scene, as she deals with real issues and speaks to real women. It’s relatable music to anyone who’s lived beyond college age, but yet mainstream enough to appeal to every country music fan, young and old. My nine year old, who knows of my affinity for the album, made a comment to me after I was singing along to the radio when they played “Merry Go Round”.

She said, “Mom, you really like that song?”
My reply, “Yes”.
“But it’s such a sad song. Why do you like such a sad song”?
“Because it’s real music about real life. There’s a lot of good in the world, but there’s also a lot of sadness. I like her voice and I like how she makes even the sadness sound pretty”.
Her response, “Oh”, then thinking about it for a moment as the song played on, “I guess you’re right”.

Another stand-out for me was a songwriter named Erik Dylan. He sang one of his songs, “Funerals and Football Games”. I’m calling it now, that song is a number one just waiting to hit the airwaves!


Daniel and myself at the silver dollar saloon afterparty! October 18, 2012

Filed under: Music Business,Nashvegas Audrey,Nashville!,Photos — nashvegasaudrey @ 12:52 pm


An Opry Tuesday Night! May 23, 2012

Spent a fantastic evening at the Opry last night, being entertained by some truly talented folks. The Opry was filming for a GAC special that will be airing on Memorial Day.

Had the pleasure of meeting several folks who were being honored for their service as well!


Writing with Capt. Andy & Shannon Lawson July 4, 2011

Filed under: Music Business,Nashvegas Audrey,Nashville! — nashvegasaudrey @ 2:29 pm

My friend Mitch introduced me to his buddy Andy Hillstrand yesterday. Andy was in Nashville to work on some new songs and we had the chance to sit down for several hours and work on a couple different song ideas with another friend of ours, Shannon Lawson.

Over the course of several hours, we all laughed, sang, talked and played music. We took a little break and headed over to Losers and Blue Bar, then decided to get something to eat and go back to work on the writing. It was late, so we all ordered Jack In The Box, and we ended up spending $50 at the drive-thru (something I’ve never done before)! We laughed about how all that food fit into only three bags.

After a belly full of food and a long day of creativity, we decided to call it a night…

For those of you who don’t know Andy, you can see him as the Captain of The Time Bandit on The Deadliest Catch and After The Catch on TLC or catch him on the road at one of his local venue shows where they discuss the intricacies of life on a boat doing one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. You can also hear some of Captain Andy’s music at those shows or download them on iTunes. There’s several to choose from, including a song he wrote in memory of his friend and fellow boat captain, Phil Harris, who passed away.

Speaking of iTunes, you can download Shannon Lawson‘s newest released single, “Rainy Day Whiskey” there too. He’s working on releasing his next album and is currently investing a lot of time in writing & recording with a new project. Stay tuned for more information from Shannon.

Keep up with all of us on Twitter:

@nashvegasaudrey – Audrey Korshoff

@capt_andy – Andy Hillstrand

@lawsonnashville – Shannon Lawson


James Otto Online Benefit Concert July 3, 2011

James Otto will host a live streaming benefit concert on on July 7th at 7 p.m. As a former North Dakota resident, Otto was saddened by the recent tragic flooding in Minot, ND. All proceeds including ticket sales and tips will be donated to Minot’s local Red Cross. In addition, a fan who has chosen to remain anonymous will match up to $5,000 of monetary tips given during the show.

This is another one of Otto’s “Thirsty Thursdays” concerts that he began in early June of this year, during which he performs via live streaming broadcast from his laptop using, giving fans a front row experience and chance to hear brand new music and favorite hits- all while interacting directly with Otto.

“Since I am a former North Dakotan, this is near and dear to my heart. I hope all of you will join me for a very ‘Thirsty Thursday’ that’s more than just fun… it has the ability to make a great impact on those in need,” said Otto. “Please spread the word and join me!”

For more information about James Otto and “Thirsty Thursdays,” visit  Tickets for the benefit show  are only $5, and a limited number can be purchased at . While you’re at it, don’t forget to follow James Otto on Twitter: @jamesotto 


Jay Cutler Benefit in Santa Claus, IN May 15, 2011

Dinner & Auction to Benefit the Jay Cutler Foundation

I was treated to dinner, drinks and  an evening of music by David Nail as part of Jay Cutler’s Foundation dinner last night. One of my paintings was a part of the silent auction to help raise funds for his foundation. The Jay Cutler Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for underprivileged children and those suffering from diabetes. More information can be be found on the website- .

The event was held in Santa Claus, IN. and included a live performance by Grammy Nominated Recording Artist David Nail.  Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler was in attendance, along with fiance Kristin Cavallari. Proceeds benefitted The Jay Cutler Foundation.

Here’s a few photos from the event itself…

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