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Live Music, Free Drawings for Fishing Gear and More

(Nashville, Tennessee…) – February 9, 2011 – Organizers of the Thursday Night Fishing Club Music Series at The Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel are pleased to announce singer/songwriter Trent Willmon and Columbia Nashville recording artist Joanna Smith as the special guests appearing Thursday, February 10, 2011. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and music kicks off at 6:00 p.m. In addition to a delicious fish special and all of the other tasty items on the Farm House Restaurant menu, the evening will feature free drawings for fishing rods, reels, baits, tackle and passes to tour the Fontanel Mansion. Admission is free to dinner guests. 

A native of Amarillo, Texas, Trent Willmon broke onto the national scene in 2004 with his self-titled album and “Beer Man” and “Dixie Rose Deluxe’s” singles. A Little More Livin’ yielded the hits “On Again Tonight” and “So Am I.” Trent’s new album, Little Ol' Café, is available now. As a songwriter, he had a Top 5 with Steel Magnolia’s “Keep On Lovin’ You” and a #1 with Montgomery Gentry’s “Back When I Knew It All” and has had cuts by Brad Paisley, Little Big Town, Eric Church and others.

Joanna Smith knew she was destined to sing Country music when at age five she told a judge at a talent contest, “I am already a Country music singer, but I don’t get to get onstage much.” Smith now gets to take the stage often, and her Columbia Nashville single "Georgia Mud" is set to climb the country charts. She was recently named one of Billboard Magazine’s “Artists To Watch In 2011,” and one of the “New Faces On The Music Scene” by Variety Magazine.

Each person who is seated at the restaurant will receive a raffle ticket at the door from the hostess. The correlating ticket will go into a fish bowl, and winners will be drawn throughout the evening from stage for chances to win passes to tour the Fontanel Mansion and a variety of prizes courtesy of Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Shimano, American Rodsmiths, Owner Hooks, Plano Molding, P-Line fishing line, Aftco Bluewater Sportswear and new sponsors Wolverine Boots, CampChef, and High Mountain Seasonings.

Thursday Night Fishing Club founder Gary Shiebler along with bassist Jimmy Johnson will bring a seasoned ensemble to the Farm House Restaurant that includes musicians who play for Vince Gill, Patty Loveless and the Grand Ole Opry. The music series will peak in June with the 4th annual Porter Wagoner Memorial Artist/Angler Fishing Tournament.

The Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel opened in June of this year and has become a staple for local residents as well as visitors to the Nashville area. Virtually every item on the farm-to-fork menu features some ingredient from a local Middle Tennessee farm. Interested in eggs and Chardonnay? Breakfast is served all day, and patrons may bring their own wine, with no corkage fee. The full menu can be viewed here. In a rave review, the Nashville Scene wrote, “Nothing about this country cooking is copied or cliché. It's simply true, it resonates, and it just makes sense.”

Reservations for the Thursday Night Fishing Club Music Series at the Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 615-724-1601.

For additional information and directions to the Farm House Restaurant, which is a short 15-minute drive from downtown Nashville, visit www.FontanelMansion.com.

About the Fontanel Mansion & Farm
The Fontanel Mansion, a 27,000 square foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame® member Barbara Mandrell, opened to the public on June 7, 2010. Located less than 15 minutes from downtown Nashville,
The Mansion at Fontanel boasts three stories, over 20 rooms, thirteen bathrooms, five fireplaces, two kitchens, indoor pool and even an indoor shooting range on 136 acres of pristine land. An exclusive spot for the stars, the home and grounds have been the setting for numerous photo and video shoots, CMT's top-rated "Gone Country" show and most recently the hit Hollywood movie Country Strong. Nashville's only country music mansion tour, the Mansion at Fontanel gives visitors a sneak peek into the lives of country music greats by providing a truly interactive experience!

A ticket to tour the Mansion at Fontanel is like a ticket to the inside life of Nashville's most famous export. The Mansion at Fontanel has been filled to the brim with photos, memorabilia and personal items from the period when the Mandrell family lived there. Additionally, the personal collections of current owners Dale Morris and Marc Oswald are featured which include one of a kind items, personal photos, and keepsakes of the artists they currently manage, including Alabama, Kenny Chesney, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and many others. But make no mistake, this is not a museum. At Fontanel, visitors get to do more than just look, guests are welcome to touch, see, feel and relax in this magnificent home.

A tour of the Mansion is guided in small groups room by room, with amazing sights and special stories around every corner. Tour guides escort guests from the moment they walk into the front door through the entire home starting in the great room and ending in the glorious sunlit pool atrium. Tours are available Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tickets are $21 for adults, $19 for Active Military & Educators, $18 for Seniors (60+), $11 for Youth (6-15 years) and Children under 6 are FREE. Groups of 15 or more should call the Group Sales Office at 877-820-TOUR (8687) or 615-724-1600, ext. 222 for discounts.

There are many other exciting facets for visitors to Fontanel in addition to the "country music mansion tour." Guests who want to enjoy nature can hike or mountain bike The Trails at Fontanel. With over 136 acres of pristine land that the mansion resides on, the Trails at Fontanel provide a FREE system of trails for both locals and visitors. Guests can access over two miles of trails during daylight hours. The trails are open Tuesday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until dusk.

Unlike anything in Nashville, The Woods at Fontanel is an outdoor music venue surrounded by the woods of the Fontanel property. This new venue showcases major artists in an intimate format that no one will have a chance to experience anywhere else.

After touring the mansion and hiking the trails, guests who have worked up an appetite can dine at The Farm House Restaurant at Fontanel. Offering southern-style comfort food with a fun creative twist, the Farm House showcases a "farm to fork" menu with items that feature local produce, dairy and meats delivered from area farms and sustainable sources. The Farm House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week. Hours of operation are Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Local arts and crafts are available in the Fontanel Stone House Gift Shop as well.

The Studio Gallery at Fontanel is perhaps the most versatile spot on the property. The 5,000 square foot multi-use performing arts facility was designed from the ground up to be the “session player” of Fontanel, standing in for almost any need any day. The building is fully-equipped for state-of-the-art television and video productions and is also an ideal event space. Whether you are looking for a home for a rehearsal dinner, corporate gathering or charity event, the Studio Gallery at Fontanel is perfect-suited to most any event needs. Beginning in May of 2011, The Studio Gallery will be home to the exciting dinnertainment show Music City On Stage!

The property is managed by Fontanel Attractions, made up of entertainment entrepreneurs Dale Morris and Marc Oswald, world-class developer, Alex Marks and Tom Morales, owner of TomKats, Inc., as the operating partner. For more information visit www.fontanelmansion.com.

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