Southern Living Ideahouse: Biscuit and Jam Concert Series Giveaway!

{Giveaway is Closed} 

The winners are:  #2 (Kaye), #11 (Beverly), #14 (Carol D), #35 (Sue), #39 (Stacy) – all of you have been emailed!

You all know how much I love Southern Living magazine and they’ve asked me to spread the word on the Southern Living Idea House, which has been opened to the public for a few weeks now.  They are also heading up a brand new Country music concert series, held at the house in the courtyard, that will run through August.  Called appropriately enough, Biscuit and Jam concert series, it will be a true Southern experience, I’m sure.


The August issue of Southern Living hit the newstands yesterday and you can now preview the house on Southern Living and see some great shots of the interior of the home that we didn’t get to share before.


both photos above via Southern Living

As you can see, decorator Phoebe Howard, did a fantastic job!

Here’s part of the press release:

Southern Living is presenting Biscuits & Jam Concerts as part of a brand new series presented by AT&T U-verse®. The shows are held at the 2013 Southern Living Idea House at Fontanel in Nashville.   Emerging country artists perform on Sunday evenings through August 25. Tickets are on sale now for $15 at

Set against a scenic backdrop of classic Southern architecture and gardens, guests can enjoy acoustic performances and a picnic-themed menu featuring Southern Living Test Kitchen recipes, including a complimentary signature biscuit. Each concert features 60-75 minutes of live country music starting at 5:30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Idea House. Following are the artists scheduled to play the series:

August 4:             Holly Williams

August 11:           Brett Eldredge

August 18:           Sarah Darling

August 25:           DUGAS

The Southern Living Idea House, designed to inspire consumers, is open for tours from Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. This year, the home was built on Barbara Mandrell’s former estate, and will later reopen as a boutique hotel. Tickets to view the house are $12 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For more information, visit This concert series is the third musical attraction on the Fontanel grounds, in addition to the recording studio and outdoor amphitheater. The courtyard at the house can hold 450 attendees at each show.

SO, here’s the FUN PART! 

Southern Living is giving away FIVE pairs of tickets to the concert series for my readers!  If you live in Tennessee and especially the Nashville area, take note!  I’d love to give away these tickets to people who can actually use them, so please only leave a comment if you can really make the concerts.  You can choose any one of the above concerts that will be taking place in August and I’ll get the winners names into Southern Living early next week, so you can claim your tickets.

Ready, set, go!  Leave a comment if you’d like to win a pair of tickets to ONE of the concerts above!  I’ll choose FIVE winners in just a few days and hopefully it will be YOU!  I’d love to go, but don’t think I’ll be heading back to Nashville in August.

- Rhoda


  1. alberta thompson says:

    I live 70 miles south of Nashville and would be thrilled to have the opportunity to attend one of these concerts. I have been caring for my mother who is 102 and pretty much tied down. On outing would be great. Thanks

  2. My husband and I have been contemplating a get-a-away to Nashville and this would tip the scale for us coming that direction. I want to see the Southern Living Home and other sites of interest. Thanks for the opportunity. Kaye

  3. Sasha Price says:

    I’m close enough to make the trip! Sounds Fun!!

  4. What a treat a concert would be for my recently widowed sister who lives in Nashville. I hope I can win a couple of tickets.

  5. Melissa Dahl says:

    My husband and I live in Murfreesboro,love country music,beautiful homes and the outdoors–would love tickets!

  6. Donna Bowles says:

    My daughter was raised in the Midwest but grew up looking through my Southern Living magazine monthly; as well as tasting the recipes, enduring my constant decorating ideas gleaned from the pages and going to recommended family spots for vacation. She went to Nashville to attend grad school at Vanderbilt and is not coming back…that’s because 2 weeks ago today she married a wonderful young man. I know she would use and appreciate these tickets immensely! thank you for the generous offer.

  7. Will be in Nashville at class reunion. Would love to win the tickets.

  8. Holly Jenkins says:

    We just moved to the Nashville area and, because of your blog, I am planning on visiting the Southern Living Idea House when my mother-in-law comes for a visit! But it would be super fun to see a concert there too!

  9. Harriet McMeans says:

    Planning a visit and would love to win! Thanks Rhoda!

  10. Would love to go! How fun!

  11. I have family in Brentwood, just outside of Nashville and was just there for my niece’s baby shower. I would love to go back and tour the house and go to the concert!

  12. I am very taken with this lovely house – and I am sure you love the big living room done in ‘your’ colours! Thanks for posting about it. I am the other other side of the pond, so cannot visit just now, sadly!! Hope some lucky blog readers have a good time though.

  13. My sister just moved near Nashville. What fun it would be to treat her to thus contest. Thank you. Peggy from PA

  14. Carol D. says:

    I am from Tennesse and my family still lives there! I would love to treat my niece who lives in Nashville to one of the Biscuit and Jam concerts! She is a huge music fan….thanks for sharing the tickets!

  15. Cindy Molleur says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to try to win tickets. My daughter, Callie, has her 18th birthday on August 6!! Winning tickets would be a wonderful surprise and a great way for her to crlebrate turning 18 as she loves country music! We live in Tennessee and can easily drive over. I would love to be able to tour the idea house so this would be a great mother-daughter trip for us. Thank you!!

  16. Woohoo!! Something in my backyard! Would love to win and see that house!

  17. I’d love to go to a concert & see that house! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. We moved from Nashville to Florida last year and would LOVE to go back to visit two of our sons who still live there! This would be an awesome opportunity for our vacation this year (and it is always nice to get out of florida in August). Thank you for sharing this great give away!

  19. Sylvia Hix says:

    I just took out of town friends to see Fontanel Tuesday. We loved it. I live close by, so winning these tickets would be so awesome, since we did not tour the house. The concert would be a lovely bonus.

  20. We live just south of Nashville and I’ve been dying to go to the idea house. I could go to any of the dates except the 25th. So fun!

  21. I’ve been married to my high school sweetheart for 45 years. What a wonderful surprise to be able to celebrate our anniversary at this concert. I love Southern Living. This house is beyond amazing!!

  22. I live in KY but it is an easy drive to Nashville. I love SL magazine but have never had the opportunity to tour a SL house. The tour along with the Biscuit & Jam Concert would be a perfect weekend trip. Thank you for the chance to win.

  23. Rhoda,
    I live in KY and visit Nashville as often as I can. Iplan on seeing the SL Idea house and would LOVE it to be with the B&J concert. Thanks.

  24. I-65 puts me in Nashville’s backyard in a flash. SL Idea House, Music & Food are the best of reasons to crank it up and hit the road!

  25. Julie Wilson says:

    I would love to take my brother (he is a 45 yr old quadriplegic….fell out of a swing at 2 yrs old). He can’t take “overnight” trips… So this would be perfect since we live in Ky! Thanks Rhoda, Julie

  26. Nashville is one of our favorite weekend getaways! My birthday is in August so I’d love to win tickets to take in the concert and tour the house!

  27. Just received my copy of SL in the mail…I am drooling over the Idea House… beautiful…I plan to take a trip with friends to visit the house soon…So incredibly beautiful! The concerts sound wonderful!

  28. My daughter has a school break coming up and a trip planned to Nashville for the weekend. We would love to win the tickets!
    I enjoyed all the pictures of the Idea House when I read the August Southern Living yesterday. The pictures are beautiful and I know it will be even more lovely in person.

  29. I live in Nashville!!! It would be wonderful to go to Fontanel, which by the way is fairly close to us, see the SL house and attend the concert. Loved the pics you took while there.

  30. Cheryl Ann says:

    ThAnks for thinking of us Rhoda. I recently moved to the Nashville area and would love to hear beautiful live music in that gorgeous Fontanel. Any of the last 3 concerts would work for me…and I would GO! Cheryl Ann

  31. Caren Drink says:

    I live about 20 minutes away and I’d LOVE to see Sarah Darling, she is so great! Sounds like a great evening, and I’m DYING to see the idea house. Thanks for the chance!

  32. Alison Slade says:

    My Mother and I are planning a trip to Nashville to see my Aunt and to see the SL Idea House – it looks amazing! I would definitely use the tickets!

  33. I live about an hour away- would love to see the show house and listen to some great music!

  34. Nashville is not too far away. I’d love to go to one of the concerts!

  35. Nashville isn’t too far away. Would love to go to one of the concerts!

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  36. What fun this would be to attend. I live fairly close to Nashville and would definitely go if I won tickets, I really want to see the Idea House before it closes.


  37. Nashville, concert, southern living idea house and my wonderful, loving husband. Now that’ s what I call a wonderful trip!

  38. Elizabeth Cook on July 28th in the Southern Living Biscuits & Jam Concert Series held on Sunday evenings in 2013 Southern Living Idea House Courtyard.

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  39. Hi Rhoda,
    We used to live in Nashville before moving back to Alabama 11 years ago. We visit often since we have so many close friends there. With 5 kids in the house between 13 and 20 we would LOVE to win these tickets and have a special getaway to Nashville and see the BEAUTIFUL Southern Living Ideahouse! We loved and miss that city and our friends there. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Hope I can surprise my hard-working hubby with a trip!

  40. Melissa King says:

    I live within 40 miles of Nashville. I’ve been trying to plan a weekend to see the Southern Living Idea House and Fontanel. To win tickets to a concert there, would be an wonderful bonus!! Looks like they have some great talent lined up!

  41. Please pick me for Aug 25! It would be a great date night after our son leaves for college.

  42. I have torn the information sheet out of Southern Living so that my husband and I can visit the Show house in Nashville-a three hour drive for us. Being able to see a concert would be icing on the cake!

  43. I live just south of Nashville and this sounds like a perfect date night! I have been so inspired by your photos of Fontanel and have been wanting to visit. Thanks for the opportunity.

  44. Tona Haggermaker says:

    Awesome! I could attend any of the dates except August 11th. My baby boy will be scooting off to college on the 13th and we have a family get-together planned for Sunday the 11th. I live near the Tennessee line in North Alabama, near Interstate 65, just 100 miles south of Nashville. That would be a great weekend getaway for my husband and I 🙂

  45. Melissa Keeton says:

    I would LOVE to win tickets – we are only about 2 – 2.5 hours away and we frequent Nashville regularly.

  46. We would love to visit the Ideahouse to get ideas for renovation once we’re empty nesters next year! We live in the Nashville area.

  47. Hi Rhoda–Thanks for putting the Idea House & Summer Concert series on my radar…I ended up with free concert tickets via your site (thank you! thank you!) and spent yesterday @ Fontanel. We toured the Idea House, had a great lunch at the Fontanel restaurant, hiked the trails and then enjoyed Holly Williams performing–we snagged the porch swing as our ‘concert seats”! The weather was perfect and so was the day–Thanks again!

  48. Cherie White says:

    I would love to see Brett Eldredge this Sunday, Aug 11th more than anything!!! I live in Nashville and would def use the tickets and would take tons of pictures to send you 🙂 Thank you!!!!!

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