Southern author finds inspiration up north

Southern author finds inspiration up north

It all started the moment Lisa Patton wrote the opening line to what would eventually be her first novel.

And so it began, the years-long transition from the music industry to bed and breakfast innkeeper and back to the music industry before settling into a career as a best-selling author.

Patton calls it an adventurous spirit. (more…)

Steel Panther promises hair-raising spectacle

Steel Panther promises hair-raising spectacle

The idea of Steel Panther ever becoming a worldwide phenomenon sounds almost as exaggerated as the onstage personae of its four members, Michael Starr, Satchel, Lexxi Foxx and Stix Zadinia.

However, what originally began as a Monday night parody lampooning the excesses of the 1980s heavy-metal era that dominated the Sunset Strip has evolved not only in name — the group began as Metal Shop, became Metal Skool and then Danger Kitty before settling on Steel Panther — but also now has a legion of followers that affords the band opportunities to support luminaries like Judas Priest on a U.S. tour or KISS in South America. (more…)

Mt. Juliet dancer takes Marvel LIVE by storm

Mt. Juliet dancer takes Marvel LIVE by storm

Even when a summerlong trip to Los Angeles resulted in Chelsea Hough being represented by one of the most respected dance agencies in the country, the Mt. Juliet native never imagined that she would be cast in Marvel Universe LIVE!

Hough, 20, will be performing as iconic character Storm this weekend at Bridgestone Arena along with a cast representing more than 25 Marvel superheroes. (more…)

‘Wildflower’ is like ABC’s ‘Nashville’ for teens

‘Wildflower’ is like ABC’s ‘Nashville’ for teens

Kentucky native Alecia Whitaker recently released her second novel, “Wildflower,” which is the first of a three-book series set in Nashville.

It follows 16-year-old Bird Barrett, an aspiring songwriter, as she attempts to balance her strong family values with the ambition of becoming the next female voice of country music. (more…)

Franklin father turns ‘animal crackers’ for kids into feature film

Franklin father turns ‘animal crackers’ for kids into feature film

Becoming a parent is a life-changing experience.

Back when Scott Christian Sava, 45, became a father of twins — Brendan and Logan — 11 years ago, the animator had no idea that fathering twin boys with his wife, Donna, would lead the family to Franklin, Tennessee, and a career as a filmmaker.

“It gave me a voice,” said Sava, who created various comic book stories — “Ed’s Terrestrials,” “Pet Robots” and “Animal Crackers,” among them — to share with his sons.

“I learned that I like telling all-age stories and I wouldn’t have known that had it not been for my kids. It gave me purpose. It gave me a direction.”  (more…)

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