Leadership Music, CMA Industry InSite, and the “Just Plain Folks” Awards

Steve Wariner pictured during a recent visit to Rose Barracks Army Post in Vilseck, Germany, where he performed for American troops.

Steve Wariner pictured during a recent visit to Rose Barracks Army Post in Vilseck, Germany, where he performed for American troops.

Grammy winner Steve Wariner and noted studio owner John McBride have been added to the Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award salute to Jim Foglesong, Allen Reynolds and Garth Brooks, set for Sunday, Aug. 23 at the Renaissance Hotel. Wariner (co-writer of Brooks’ hit “Longneck Bottle”) joins in the tribute to Brooks with his wife Trisha Yearwood, and longtime friends Martina and John McBride, who once worked as Brooks’ tour production manager.

Reynolds-produced artists Kathy Mattea, Hal Ketchum and Crystal Gayle, songwriter Bob McDill and Cowboy Jack Clement will lead the salute to Reynolds. Colleagues celebrating Foglesong include Roy Clark, John Conlee and Lee Greenwood.

Many more luminaries are set to send video messages. Tickets to the invitation only fundraising event are nearly sold out. For more information, contact LM@leadershipmusic.org.


Understanding the benefits of legal representation in the entertainment industry is the focus of the latest installment of CMA Industry InSite, an online educational series, which is posted exclusively for CMA members at My.CMAworld.com.

The fourth episode on Entertainment Law features interviews with Duff Berschback, VP, Business Affairs, Sony/ATV Publishing; Rusty Jones, Attorney, Harris, Martin, Jones, Shrum, Bradford & Wommack P.A.; and Tyler Middleton of Baker & Kelley, PLLC.

Future episodes include topics from Social Networking to Country Radio and Touring. Episodes are posted on the third Monday of the month. With each new episode, CMA members are able to submit questions to the panel of experts. Each segment, which is roughly 10 minutes long, is archived for easy access at any time.


The Just Plain Folks Music Awards will be held at the Wildhorse Saloon Saturday night. Among the Country nominees in the Album category are Gretchen Peters, Rick Huckaby, Ray Stephenson, Rebecca Lindsey, Jerry Kilgore, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Jerry Salley, Aaron Tippin, Big Al Anderson and The Balls, and Thom Shepherd & Steve Williams. See all the nominees, including those for Song, Lyrics and Video here.


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