The Academy of Country Music welcomed professional member Jason Michael Carroll to its offices when he was in Los Angeles last week. Carroll was on the west coast promoting his new single, “Hurry Home,” which was one of four songs he sang for ACM staffers. Carroll’s latest album, Growing Up Is Getting Old, is out on Arista Records.
Gene Watson took the stage at Douglas Corner recently as special guest of 45RPM, a respected band of session players and songwriters who perform only classic country songs. The night was partly a celebration for Watson’s newly released album A Taste of The Truth (Shanachie Records) which was produced by 45RPM’s Dirk Johnson. Bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent and singer/songwriter Billy Yates joined Watson on stage. Vincent and Watson duet on the project’s lead single, “Staying Together.”
Mark and Jay O’Shea dropped in on News Channel 5 to tape Words & Music: The Showcase for Nashville’s Songwriters with veteran entertainment reporter Harry Chapman. Jay entertained with her quirky anecdotes and soulful voice, while husband Mark pumped out heartfelt emotions on the guitar. The episode premieres Sept. 5 at 3am and 11pm CST. O’Shea is also featured in Nashville Lifestyles’ The Hot List issue. Last week the duo celebrated the one-year anniversary of their weekly Wednesday night gig at local hot spot Blue Bar.
BMI songwriter and Capital Records Nashville artist Emily West entertained at the Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. Annual General Managers Meeting held recently in Naples, FL. West entertained the crowd with songs from her upcoming album, including the top 40 country hit “Rock In Her Shoes,” and her next single “Blue Sky.”