Good Basketball but ESPN missed a big local connection

Am I missing something about the connection between ESPN and ABC?  It seems during the Women’s Final Four they show a segement of a woman singing a country music.  It is not even real.  It is Connie Britton from the ABC show “Nashville.”  Why are they advertising another network’s show?  (Could be an ownership or some ad funds.) Why not show some real Nashville musicians?

If they did a minimum of research they could have found out that Big Al Anderson is in Nashville.  The Connecticut connection could have made for a good human interest story.  I bet a lot of fans remember the Wildweeds, not to mention NRBQ.

Now, if you know Nashville, you know it is more than just country..  James “Nick” Nixon is a bit of an historical entertainer.

From The Tennessee R&B Music Society:

JAMES NICK NIXON A velvet-voiced blues/R&B entertainer, Nixon was a Chess recording artist in the 1970’s. In 2001 he released his acclaimed album, No End To The Blues, on the Black Magic label. The title cut was co-written with Elvis’ discoverer/guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Scotty Moore, a Nixon friend.

In the gospel world, Nixon released a CD entitled Me, Myself and The Lord, which was named “best gospel album of 1998” by Mark Weber, editor of Behind the Scenes, a New York radio and recording industry newsletter. Nick has also produced albums by many of the greats in the gospel genre, including the world-famous (and Grammy winning) Fairfield Four

Nick has been the recipient of the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Award from The Blues Foundation, the highest award given in the field of blues education. Along with his partner, Shannon “Bayou” Williford, Nixon has performed an average of 60 educational shows on blues and R&B yearly; covering 8 states in the Southeastern USA. For more information on his educational programs please visit

In 2004 Nixon retired from Metro Parks where he was a guitar instructor for 35 years, impacting many music students.

Currently, James “Nick” Nixon continues to share his gifts with the world on a daily basis. He performs solo or with a duo or trio, as well as with a full band, featuring some of the finest musicians in Nashville.  He was in an early integrated R&B group and just recently released a CD with Andy T.

How about Ted Drozdowski’s SCISSORMEN.  The Meriden native is a writer and fun musician.  His group the Scissormen have been in the state and often tour the Northeast.

Joe Zone from Channel 3 is in Nashville and mentioned blues and R&B in the city.  I hope he gets to take some of it in.

So ESPN, besides having poor vocal quality on your broadcasts, at least on my TV, you missed an opportunity to put some color into your game coverage.

About bluesbeatnews52

Blues columnist writing a weekly column dedicated to the Blues. The only column of its kind in a commercial (paid subscription) newspaper. Column appears in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald. Forcella has served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation representing the Journalism constituency. Served on the Board of Directors Connecticut Blues Society as Past President and Past Editor of newsletter. Recipient: Keeping the Blues Alive award in Journalism from the Blues Foundation. Has contributed both writing and photos to nationnal blues publications.

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