Wednesday, November 5, 2014

STEVE BUCHANAN, Dr. Thomas Frist, Jr., Vince Gill, Martha Ingram, Jeffrey Steele


Dr. Thomas Frist, Jr., Vince Gill, Martha Ingram, Jeffrey Steele Also Honored in New Issue

Steve Buchanan
(Nashville, Tennessee...) - President of Opry Entertainment Group and Executive Producer of
NashvilleSteve Buchanan is one of five Music City residents chosen by Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine in the inaugural "Nashville Arts and Entertainment Honors." The annual periodical also honors Dr. Thomas Frist, Jr., Vince Gill, Martha Ingram and Jeffrey Steele in the current issue, which is on newsstands now. 

Growing up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the man behind the scenes at Opry Entertainment Group for almost 30 years initially enrolled at Vanderbilt University to become an environmental engineer. His love of music led him to work on the school's concert committee, which was responsible for bringing such stars as Bonnie Raitt, Muddy Waters and Bob Marley to campus. The experience whet an appetite that has never dulled and cementing his profile in Nashville's skyline of movers and shakers.

His first job after graduating from Vanderbilt was with Nashville booking agency Buddy Lee Attractions. His desire to get a better business foundation took him back to Vanderbilt and the Owen Graduate School of Management. Upon graduating, his aspiration to use his marketing education in an entertainment-related business led him to accept a marketing manager position for the Grand Ole Opry. The career path turned out to be a great decision for him, the Opry and for the city of Nashville.

Buchanan's leadership has been credited with reviving and saving the venerable Ryman Auditorium. The historic venue now hosts sold-out concerts of virtually every genre of music and has won numerous industry awards. When 2010's historic Nashville flood poured several feet of water into the Grand Ole Opry House and threatened cancellation of the series that has broadcast continuously since 1925, he made sure the show would go on.

More recently, Buchanan pitched an idea to Creative Artists Agency and subsequently Lions Gate Entertainment in Los Angeles that became the hit ABC TV show Nashville. Now in its third season, the successful series has been one giant home run artistically, musically and as a branding tool for Music City. Shooting here and featuring local landmarks, the show has boosted Nashville as a travel destination. As executive producer, Buchanan says it was one of his proudest moments to represent the city and its famous music industry to the world.
To acknowledge the tremendous spirit of giving and encouragement the five Nashville honorees embody, Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine, a Glover Group Entertainment Production, is pleased to make a $1,000 donation to each of these affiliated charities of the honorees: The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Metro Arts Commission, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, The First Tee Foundation and the Alex LeVasseur Memorial Fund.

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