Kesha will make a cameo on ‘Nashville’ amid Sony legal battle

Kesha is taking her talents to the small screen as her musical career remains on hold amid her legal battle with Sony. The pop star will guest star on an upcoming episode of “Nashville,” playing herself, according to the Hollywood Reporter. KESHA'S MOTHER: DR. LUKE TREATED SINGER LIKE A 'PRISONER' The acting news comes a month after the “Tik Tok” singer broke down in tears when her request to no longer work with her alleged rapist, Dr. Luke, was denied. On Friday, around 40 fans rallied outside Sony’s headquarters in Manhattan to demand the 29-year-old be released from her Sony contract. Several other stars, including Lady Gaga, Adele and Arianna Grande have supported the artist since her preliminary injunction was denied. The singer’s acting gig is her latest move into television work. Last year, she appeared on “Jane the Virgin” as the titular character’s nosy neighbor. Previously, she had a role in the movie “Jem and the Holograms.” SONY TO DROP DR. LUKE AMID OUTCRY OVER KESHA RAPE ALLEGATION “Nashville” returns for its mid-season premiere on Wednesday, and will also feature cameos from country stars Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rett, also playing themselves. The exact airing date for Kesha’s episode has not yet been announced. Continue Reading

TV shows will be back after this break: The networks schedule series’ returns

For TV fans who celebrate Christmas, one thing that will not show up in your stocking or on your flat screen Thursday is your favorite prime-time show. They all go on holiday over the year-end break, and there's nothing to be done about it — although, for what it’s worth, there is considerable debate in the TV biz over exactly how to handle that break. While cable has fractured the traditional TV season, it still nominally runs from September to May. That means stretching 22 episodes, the standard order for one broadcast network TV season, over 35 to 40 weeks. Networks have traditionally sprinkled reruns throughout the year. But there's growing concern that viewers won’t get attached to a show with too many breaks, especially since they have more and more alternatives every year. So networks are experimenting with several new approaches. Fox holds back shows like “The Following” and “Glee” until January, meaning they will require almost no in-season reruns. NBC and CBS have tried running one show until November, then inserting a new series for two or three months until the first one returns. NBC is doing that this season with “The Blacklist,” which ended in early November and returns in February. In between, the network has been running “State of Affairs.“ Sometimes networks just shorten the midseason break, airing fresh episodes through mid-December and restarting in early January. That necessitates more reruns elsewhere to stretch the season until May — a dilemma ABC has solved for “How to Get Away With Murder” by wrapping up its season in late February. Here are the 2015 return dates for some popular shows. “American Horror Story” (FX), Jan. 7 “American Idol” (Fox), Jan. 8 “Archer” (FX), Jan. 8 “The Big Bang Theory” (CBS), Jan. 8 “The Blacklist” (NBC), Continue Reading

Waterfront Wednesday returns in April with 1200

The WFPK Waterfront Wednesday Concert Series returns April 27 with 1200, Liz Vice and Rayland Baxter.The free monthly series will be staged on the Big Four Lawn in Louisville Waterfront Park on the final Wednesday of each month through September. The dates for the 2016 season are April 27, May 25, June 29, July 27, Aug. 31 and Sept. 28."WFPK Waterfront Wednesdays are such an integral part of our station’s identity," said WFPK Program Director Stacy Owen in a press release. "As we celebrate our 20th anniversary as Radio Louisville, I hope the entire community will come out to enjoy what is sure to be a memorable summer of music on the Waterfront."Louisville's Jecorey “1200” Arthur is a rising hip-hop performer with a background in orchestral composition. Liz Vice, from Portland, OR, combines gospel, soul, and R&B, while Nashville's Rayland Baxter is an alt-country artist. Reporter Jeffrey Lee Puckett can be reached at [email protected]  Continue Reading

Blake Shelton, star of ‘The Voice’, reschedules tour dates after father dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Blake Shelton’s father has died, forcing “The Voice” star to reschedule several tour dates. A news release says Dick Shelton died Tuesday surrounded by loved ones in Oklahoma. The elder Shelton had been in declining health. Blake Shelton dedicated his win at last month’s American Country Awards to his father, who was hospitalized with pneumonia. Shelton thanked fans: “Your support means the world to me. I love you guys.” The country singer will miss four shows in the Dakotas and Montana this week. Those shows have been rescheduled for March. He will return to the road Jan. 26 in Columbus, Ga. Shelton will sing “America the Beautiful” with wife Miranda Lambert before the Super Bowl next month. The “Honey Bee” singer is also up for three Grammys. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Rascal Flatts returns to Las Vegas for second residency

Rascal Flatts made history last year when it became the first country act to book a residency at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Now the popular band is back for a second go-round with its “Rhythm & Roots” show.“We’re pumped to do it,” says Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus in a telephone interview with The Spectrum & Daily News. “(The first residency) was a wonderful thing.”DeMarcus says the invitation from AEG Live and the Hard Rock Hotel to book a residency came as a surprise. But the band members discovered they quite liked the idea. Although it was only a short nine-show run from Feb. 17 to March 5, it gave them the opportunity to take a break away from the grind of constant touring.Last year’s residency gave them an opportunity to see other Las Vegas shows while they were in town. DeMarcus says he’s friends with comedians Carrot Top and Ron White, so they checked out their shows and hope to do so again this year.It also enabled them to take advantage of a chance play a little golf in Las Vegas’ mild winter climate. DeMarcus describes a residency as a “welcome change of pace.”“We fell in love with it,” he says.Doing a residency even removes the stress of figuring out the lights and sound for each show. The settings are already dialed in and ready to go each time they take the stage at The Joint, the hotel’s premiere venue.However, DeMarcus says it was somewhat intimidating to be the first country residency at The Joint.“It was a huge responsibility,” he says. “We knew if we went out there and sucked they would never have us back.”But the Hard Rock Hotel was more than happy with what Rascal Flatts brought to its venue. Chas Smith, vice president of entertainment for the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, calls the band’s first residency there a “huge success” and a “home run.”Smith says Continue Reading

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee signals Knoxville return

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is negotiating with state officials about a return to the individual insurance market in 2018 in Knoxville — an area that lacks an insurer for the next year. The decision is contingent upon the state agreeing to some conditions. The insurer still has reservations about the risk on the individual market but sees expanding into Knoxville as "an extension of our mission,"  J.D. Hickey, president and CEO of BCBST, wrote in a letter to the insurance commissioner dated May 9.A 16-county region around Knoxville was left without an insurer for 2018 when Humana pulled out of the individual exchange."Again, I want to stress that our openness to this action is in now way a political decision. Nor is it a reflection of our perspective on the stability of individual Marketplace overall. In fact, we cant justify doing so based solely on current political uncertainty, but instead we believe it is an extension of our mission to serve our fellow Tennesseans, especially those who do not have other options for coverage," wrote Hickey.The negotiations and willingness to sell is a promising sign for next year, said Julie Mix McPeak, insurance commissioner, in an interview with The Tennessean. BCBST met with the TDCI on May 8, and "that's where the genesis of the decision," started, said McPeak, who called the decision a "late breaking" development."They have put some caveats on what might happen in terms of claims experience and the federal action but at this point they are willing to cover Knoxville for 2018," said McPeak. "It’s our first glimmer of hope for that area.”The individual insurance market in Tennessee has been in a state of upheaval over the last few years as insurers withdrew — including BCBST from three cities — putting the state under a national microscope as lawmakers in Washington debate a health care overhaul. The insurer indicated that its premiums will be Continue Reading

WFPK Winter Wednesday concert returns Dec. 14

91.9 WFPK Radio Louisville’s free winter concert series returns Dec. 14 and will feature the Nashville-based duo Muddy Magnolias and LOLO.The concert takes place at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and music at 7:30 p.m.Preferred seating is available to members of 91.9 WFPK and the Friends of the Clifton Center. Members will receive information via email to reserve their seats prior to the general public.Now in its fifth season, WFPK Winter Wednesday concerts take place once a month. The remaining concert dates for this season are Jan. 18 and Feb. 15.Everyone in attendance is encouraged to bring canned goods and other non-perishable food items to be collected at the door for Dare to Care Food Bank.Further information is available at and Reach Kirby Adams at [email protected] ►READ MORE: 'Pints for ½ Pints' raises money for charity​ ►READ MORE: ​Sign up open for free KDF spring training group Continue Reading

Dashin’ through Nashville: News’ music critic visits country’s Grand Ole home

Not ten minutes after I landed at the Nashville International Airport I already saw stars. Or demi-stars, anyway. To my left, at baggage claim, lurked Louise Mandrell, musicianly sister to '70s country star Barbra Mandrell. To my right, in the parking lot, trudged two guitar-slingers who toil with The Mavericks. True, they're not exactly Garth Brooks, or even Brooks & Dunn. But the quickness and ease of the sightings tips off one of the main draws of Nashville: its accessibility, and ubiquity, of talent. It also epitomizes the character nearly all country stars work so self-consciously to promote: That they're "just like you," in blissful ignorance of the fact that many of us want our stars to be not a thing like us. Nashville's fetish for egalitarianism explains why every tourist-driven guide eagerly serves up tidbits about artists like Hank Williams Jr. scarfing down greasy barbecue at Jack's next to Joe Six Pack, or Vince Gill stopping by the tiny Bluebird Cafe to spontaneously play along with whatever musicians happen to turn up that night. Inverting rock 'n roll's lust for distance and mystery, this town idealizes all that's sweet and obvious. And that's never more true than at CMT Fan Fair which takes place once again at the big L.P. Stadium smack in the middle of downtown June 11th to the 14th. In this bizarre and transfixing event, the nation's great unwashed clamor to get way too close-and-personal with every country star worth his or her rhinestones. Think of it as a gigantic, country star petting zoo, a wacked-out phenomenon that could occur nowhere else on earth. That alone provides the perfect excuse for a trip to these parts, especially now that fares from New York can be had for around $300 and hotel rooms can be had for around a Benjamin. If that's not enough, simultaneous with Fan Fair this year will be the Bonnaroo Festival, the nation's largest jam band event, which takes place just an hour drive out of town, in Manchester, Tenn. Continue Reading

Jeff Lacy returns to face USA mate Jermain Taylor

After Joe Calzaghe and Jeff Lacy fought in 2006, their careers went in different directions. Calzaghe completely dominated Lacy over 12 rounds and used the victory to cement his position as super middleweight king.Lacy lost his footing and his IBF title. He has been plagued by injuries as he has tried to regain his status in the super middleweight division. Calzaghe is riding even higher after destroying Roy Jones Jr. at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night. Lacy will try to take a step closer to the championship ranks when he takes on Jermain Taylor in a 12-round WBC super middleweight title elimination bout at Vanderbilt University in Nashville on Saturday night (HBO). HBO will rebroadcast Calzaghe's match against Jones before Lacy steps into the ring against Taylor (27-2, 17 KOs), his teammate on the 2000 U.S. Olympic boxing team. It will be the third time in recent memory that two members of the same U.S. team have fought each other. The most prominent match was Evander Holyfield vs. Henry Tillman (1984 Olympics) for the WBA cruiserweight title in 1987. Most who saw his bout with Calzaghe thought that it was a devastating loss for Lacy and believed he would never be the same. Lacy (24-1, 17 KOs) has a different take. "Despite losing that fight to Joe Calzaghe, it was the best thing that ever happened to me," Lacy said. "It gave me a chance to really grow up in boxing. It gave me the opportunity to learn how to conduct business and showed me where I really needed to go with my career." In hindsight, Lacy said he never should have gone over to Manchester to fight Calzaghe. "I understand now that I was too young to take on all that pressure and go over there for that fight," Lacy said. "Mentally I just wasn't prepared. There was a lot of stuff going on in my camp and with my promoter (Gary Shaw). I took all of those problems in the ring with me. I fought angry just trying to get rid of those issues. After the first round I just threw my game plan out of the Continue Reading

Mitch Barnhart not ruling out Kentucky football bowl game on UK-U of L basketball date

LEXINGTON, Ky. — As the Kentucky football program works to reach the most prestigious bowl game possible, should a possible conflict with the Dec. 29 UK-Louisville men's basketball game eliminate some options?Maybe not."Our fan base is remarkable," UK athletics director Mitch Barnhart said Thursday. "There’s 20-24,000 seats in Rupp Arena and we’ve got a lot more fans than that. So, we’ll be fine."Of the Southeastern Conference's contracted bowl games, the Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tennessee) and Belk Bowl (Charlotte, North Carolina) are scheduled for Dec. 29. The basketball game will tipoff at 1 p.m. The Belk Bowl is scheduled for the same time. The Music City Bowl kicks off at 4:30 p.m."I think we’ve got some time to think our way through on that," Barnhart said. "We see the dates, and I don’t think there’s any mystery in checking that out. I think there’s obviously lots of ways you can approach that. You can think of it as a bad thing, you can think of it as a good thing. So, I think we’ve got a lot of different ways to approach it. MORE: Which 2017 bowl game might Kentucky football play in? MORE: Quinton Bohanna flew under the radar in high school – now he's UK's starting nose guard Both of the Dec. 29 bowl games fall in the SEC's "pool of six."If Kentucky were to be available when that group of bowls makes their selections — after the College Football Playoff, New Year's Six bowls and Citrus Bowl fill their spots — the league would work with the bowls and schools to create the best matchup possible among the available teams and "pool of six" bowls. UK is almost certain not to return to the TaxSlayer Bowl, a "pool of six" bowl it participated in last year, because the league works to avoid repeat trips and matchups.Of course, how Kentucky finishes in its final four games of the regular season will say much about which bowls the team has a shot to play in."I think Continue Reading