This is the official blog of MLB.com/Entertainment, with Tara and JB — along with guest blogger David Nail.
Tara Gore is the co-host for mlb.com/entertainment adventures such as The Dish and Major League Artists. You can generally find Tara out and about on the town talking to baseball players, musicians and anyone in between. Tara is not afraid to be a Mets fan and is happy she will have more time in the post season to focus on this blog because she won?t have to worry about watching those pesky playoff games.
JB has hosted at the MLB.com for several years now, including anchoring The Dish since it inception. You’ve also probably heard him on numerous occasions from either the stadium sound system or your laptop speakers telling you all about the massive amounts of awesome stuff we have at mlb.com. As a focused journalist, he’s filled his brain with just enough pop culture and sports info to remove other knowledge from his brain: stuff like prudent financial management, detailed time scheduling and understanding of quantum physics.
Missouri native and son of a high school band director David Nail has a story of rarity. He?s a performer who never showcased in Nashville, never sought a song publishing deal or had music industry contacts, but earned a record deal in 8 months of moving to music city. He grew up with music all around him in the small town of Kennett – everything from Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash to the Rolling Stones and the Beatles. After discovering his passion for country music and songwriting in high school, Nail spent a few years in college and playing baseball, then moved to Nashville and set out on his journey. His debut record I?m About To Come Alive was released on MCA Nashville August 18 and became the 3rd highest new artist debut on the country charts for 2009. Nail wrote five of the eleven tracks for Alive, which boasts many notable names. Miranda Lambert lends her vocals to a moody song titled ?Strangers On A Train?, Rascal Flatts? Gary LeVox (?Summer Job Days?) and Kenny Chesney (?Turning Home?) both lend their songwriting skills to tracks and a tune originally penned for the legendary Ray Charles (?Mississippi?) kicks off the record. People magazine boasts Nail as ?One of Nashville?s Hottest New Stars? and praises the album saying it?s “a rewarding set that showcases his soulful, nuanced vocals” and awarded it 3 out of 4 stars. One of CMT?s critics agrees, claiming “[single ?Red Light? has been] ?the buzz for a few weeks now. ?the soul in Nail?s voice has me hooked.” He has also been featured by Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, on AOL and ESPN 2 and chosen for OK!?s ?Man Candy? page. He?s performed on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage and has videos on CMT and GAC. Nail supports pediatric cancer research thru Dick Vitale?s V Foundation in memory of Payton Wright and has performed at Kenny Chesney?s pre-show tailgating parties and opened for Sugarland. ?Red Light?, chosen by iTunes as a ?Single Of The Week? pick, sits in the Top 20 on the charts.