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Dr. Thomas Frist, Jr., Vince Gill, Martha Ingram, Jeffrey Steele Also Honored in New Issue
(Nashville, Tennessee...) - President of Opry Entertainment Group and Executive Producer of
Nashville, Steve 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
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.
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
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
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.