I have a surprise for you! I'm involved in another EPIC anthology project. This is WAY more than just stories -- it's stories from local Tennessee authors, songs based on those stories, and artwork based on them both. I've been dying to share this incredible project with you -- and here it is. If you're in Nashville, this is an absolute MUST literary/songwriting/art event. Happily, anyone interested in Nashville will have access to this one-of-a-kind anthology.

My contribution is a never-before-seen, greatly expanded version of a short story I wrote called THE NUMBER OF MAN. It's a love story, of sorts. With a twist. A very twisted twist.  

Read on for lots more information, and a great opportunity to participate in this truly unique anthology.


On Monday, June 15th, 2015, East Side Story and the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville will celebrate the release of what could possibly be the most epic creative collaboration of Nashville artists ... ever. Titled BASED ON: Words, Notes, and Art from Nashville, the project is a special collection of short stories, songs, and visual art prints which are all inspired by one another and blended together into the fold of a single book (cd of the music included). The one-night release concert extravaganza at Belmont's University's McAfee Concert Hall performed by a majority of the contributing artists will commemorate the launch of this unique project.

Please find more information about the list of contributors and the release event at the end of this message.

Aside from collecting corporate sponsorships, we are running a limited chance for YOU to individually help with the production of this Nashville project.  The first 200 folks who donate $100 will receive an autographed copy of the book/cd, one ticket for admission to the release event, and a receipt for a $50 tax deductible donation. 

If you would like to be one of the first 200, please send a check addressed to Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville to: 

Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville
1900 Belmont Blvd. 
Nashville, TN 37212

Please include a memo with your check that states: For East Side Story Anthology.

More about this incredible project:

BASED ON: Words, Notes, and Art from Nashville

What: BASED ON: Words, Notes, and Art from Nashville (book/cd & event)

When: June 15th, 2015 

Where: Belmont’s McAfee Concert Hall (event), East Side Story and http://www.abcnashville.org (book/cd sales).

Artist Participants from BASED ON: 

Authors Chuck BeardPaige CrutcherTony EarleyJT EllisonCary GrahamRiver JordanAriel LawhonBetsy Phillips,  RashadthaPoet (Rashad Rayford), Victoria SchwabShawn Whitsell, and Tommy Womack. (intro by- Craig Havighurst /afterword by- Robert Hicks)

Musicians Kyle AndrewsBoom ForestCarolina StoryMichael B. HicksGriffin HousePhil MadeiraDavid MeadThe Coal MenThe Lower CavesThe Rough and TumbleTristen, and Brooke Waggoner.

Visual Artists Adam BakerCory BasilCarl Carbonellefharper (Emily Harper Beard), Michael McBrideBarry NolandRebecca SloanJulie Sola, and Ian White.

What to Expect: The Arts & Business Council is thrilled to join with East Side Story to present Nashville’s first-ever, all-local major collaboration between Nashville musicians, authors, and visual artists. This book/cd and release event will be like none other in town before. It will be hosted by Music City Roots host Craig Havighurst and include various local creative artists, leaders, and more.

How YOU can Help: In order to produce the anthology book/cd and launch a successful release concert June 15th, we are raising a pool of monetary awards for the local sponsors that fit with the project the best and we want you on board! Your generous support will take care of the release event costs and also pay a local copyeditor, printing company, music producer, and recording studio for their services to make the book/cd in Nashville from start to finish. All proceeds from this project will go directly to Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville in order to help them continue to leverage and unite the unique resources of the arts and business communities to create a thriving, sustainable creative culture in Nashville.


J.T. Ellison

New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes dark psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the premier literary television show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

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