Industry News: APA Inks Tritt, Bass Berry Moves, Etc.

  (l-r): Chris Trotter, Genspring/Suntrust Bank; Robert Williams, Outback Promotions; Kissy Black, Lotos Nile Media; Tony Rodono, Aleven Creatives; Clif Doyal, Corporate Publicist, AirPlay Direct; Scott  Welch, EVP AirPlay Direct; Mike Hagler, Jr., Director of New Media for Dolly Parton; Robert Weingartz, CEO, AirPlay Direct (seated); James Dorsey, Board Member, AirPlay Direct; John Gillin, Board Member, AirPlay Direct; Clay DuBose, Advisor, AirPlay Direct; Raleigh Squires, Operations Manager, AirPlay Direct; Steve Ivey, IMI Music. Photo credit: Courtney Skiver

The digital music delivery platform AirPlay Direct held a Summit / Think Tank in Nashville last week led by CEO Robert Weingartz. Board Members, investors, and advisers met to exchange ideas and discuss company growth. (L-R): Chris Trotter, Genspring/SunTrust Bank; Robert Williams, Outback Promotions; Kissy Black, Lotos Nile Media; Tony Rodono, Aleven Creatives; Clif Doyal, Corporate Publicist, AirPlay Direct; Scott Welch, EVP AirPlay Direct; Mike Hagler, Jr., Director of New Media for Dolly Parton; Robert Weingartz, CEO, AirPlay Direct (seated); James Dorsey, Board Member, AirPlay Direct; John Gillin, Board Member, AirPlay Direct; Clay DuBose, Advisor, AirPlay Direct; Raleigh Squires, Operations Manager, AirPlay Direct; Steve Ivey, IMI Music. Photo: Courtney Skiver

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APA has signed Travis Tritt for booking representation. Sr. VP Bonnie Sugarman is the responsible agent and is lining up 2010 fair, festival and corporate dates.

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The Nashville Bass Berry and Sims offices are moving Dec. 15. The lawyers are headed to the new Pinnacle at Symphony Place, 150 Third Avenue South, Suite 2800, Nashville, TN 37201.
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Black Room Records has opened in Nashville under the direction of Rachel Dodson and Sierra Jacobson. The company started a year and a half ago as an artist management firm and recently added the indie label. The roster includes Red Shepherd, Ben Schofield, and Kait Lawson. The outfit also comprises Number None Booking, which is being overseen by Matt Spiess, and SRBR Publishing. Contact them at [email protected]
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Local production company PK Pictures has long worked with corporate clients such as MTV, Wal-Mart, Saturn, Rite Aid, and State Farm, and is now expanding to include videos, parties and more. PK Pictures, headed by owner/founder Greg Page, provides film and video production, post production, new media services, DVD Authoring, 2D and 3D animation, motion graphics, web design and hosting, interactive media, CD-ROM, PowerPoint, and creative media design.

PK Pictures also runs the in-house NuMynd Studios offering projection compositing, a voice-over/tracking room, editing and compositing. It’s also home to the first “green” green-screen soundstage in the southeast, which is said to consume less than 18% of the energy of a typical green-screen stage.

Testing Google Music Search

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Google’s new music search plan makes finding and listening to music a breeze. To test the new system that is a partnership with MySpace and Lala for streaming, plus includes links to services such as Rhapsody, Pandora and imeem, I searched for “Need You Now,” a current hit from Lady Antebellum, and Billy Currington’s “People Are Crazy.”

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“Need You…” appeared at the top of the search list (see figure 1). Clicking on the play button opens a small player (see figure 2). Active links to the song on partner sites are also shown. The system still has a few bugs, since when I clicked on the Rhapsody link looking for “Need You Now,” instead I was taken to a song of the same name performed by Ned Evett.

Regardless, as the system gets refined, it will make finding (and buying) music very simple for consumers, regardless of their technology expertise. This new system is also a win for the partners who get introduced to consumers and can quickly become familiar.

The best way to understand exactly what it does is to try it. Enter a song title, artist’s name, album title or actual song lyrics and see where it leads you.

Sony Wins Melrose Meat and Greet

(L-R) Lisa Ramsey Perkins, Jim Catino & Paul Overstreet at the Sony Music tent

(L-R) Lisa Ramsey Perkins, Jim Catino & Paul Overstreet at the Sony Music tent

Ryan Beuschel, Joe Fisher, Van Haze, Brian Wright, Juli Newton Griffith, Joe Putman, and Damon Moberly. Photo: Shannan Neese
Ryan Beuschel, Joe Fisher, Van Haze, Brian Wright, Juli Newton Griffith, Joe Putman, and Damon Moberly. Photo: Shannan Neese

The 2nd Annual Melrose “Meat” & Greet was held this week. Sony Music won first place in the grilling competition, followed closely by Universal Music in second place, and Curb Records in third. The event also included a costume contest with the winner taking home a prize for their favorite charity.

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(L-R): Melrose writer Jeff Bates, with BBQ judges Kerry Collins and Charlie Monk, Melrose writer Sherrie Austin, and judge Trace Adkins. Photo: Dottie Hillery

Shelton/Adkins Video Premieres on Yahoo

Blake and Trace on set for the new video.

Blake and Trace on set for the new video.

The video for “Hillbilly Bone,” Blake Shelton’s new single featuring Trace Adkins, premieres exclusively on Yahoo! Music today (10/30). Both artists star in the video and it will be available for purchase on iTunes beginning Nov. 3.

“Hillbilly Bone,” written by Luke Laird and Craig Wiseman, is the first single from Shelton’s forthcoming CD release—the follow up to his 2008 album Startin’ Fires.

“I had the best day shooting this video with Trace,” says Shelton. “He has been a great friend for many years and for him to take time out and come down and play a hillbilly with me was so cool. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. Trace is one funny guy.”

“Blake and I have been great friends for a long time now,” adds Adkins. “He is hands-down, one of the funniest guys I know, so doing this song and video with him was really a no-brainer.”

Pickler On TV, JMC Plays Nashville

kpicklerKellie Pickler will guest on today’s (10/30) Halloween episode of Ellen. Fans can also tune in to see her lend a hand to build a new home for the Terpenning family on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, airing Nov. 8 on ABC. As the celebrity volunteer, Pickler swaps her stilettos for a hard hat and hammer, and then performs at the final reveal.

Her latest single, “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You,” from her self-titled sophomore album is gaining momentum on the Country Breakout chart. And she was named Country Weekly’s Most Beautiful Woman for the second year in a row in the Nov. 2 issue.
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Jason Michael Carroll will perform at Nashville’s Exit/In on Thurs., Dec. 10, at 8 PM. Tickets, $15, go on sale today at www.ExitIn.com or www.aeglive.com.

Alan Jackson Debuts Collection At Cracker Barrel

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Alan Jackson's cookbook is part of his new line at Cracker Barrel.

Alan Jackson is headed for a home cooked breakfast at Cracker Barrel in Mt. Juliet on Mon., Nov. 2 to celebrate the release of his new line of merchandise at the store. He will be there greeting fans and autographing items. Included in the Alan Jackson Collection are more than 40 products ranging from a rocking chair, to apparel, to food and collectibles. There is also a new CD—Songs Of Love And Heartache, with hits and two previously unreleased songs.

The Alan Jackson Collection is the first time Cracker Barrel has developed a complete line of merchandise around a star. Jackson was involved in its creation and approved all the goods based on what he thought would appeal to his fans. The popular restaurant and retail concept has been growing its business as a non-traditional music retailer since 2003.

Jackson will be there on Nov. 2 from 9-11 AM. Fans can begin lining up at 6 AM to obtain numbered tickets for a place in line. First come, first served.

Veronica Ballestrini

“Out There Somewhere”

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vballestrini-outthereVeronica Ballestrini is returning to country radio airwaves with her new release “Out There Somewhere.” The followup to “Amazing,” which landed on MusicRow’s CountryBreakout™ Chart, “Out There Somewhere” appears on Ballestrini’s debut album What I’m All About, which was released online in September.

Veronica might not be the household name that our American Idol-era industry is capable of producing overnight—yet. But there’s no doubt that she is well on her way to mastering the art of our new media age and bringing a legion of fans with her in the process, as a recent story about her in the New York Times suggests.

“I spend about four hours a day answering messages from fans,” she reveals. “Every message I get, I answer myself.” It’s a formula that has paid big dividends for the surprisingly down-to-earth young star.

With a dream and an Internet connection, the teenager from Waterford, Connecticut has raised eyebrows with her self-made success story. The staggering numbers on her social network sites are proof that Veronica has that special ability to connect with people. On Myspace alone, that number totals more than 135,000 friends, 11.3 million page views and 14.5 million plays of her music. On country-lifestyle portal DigitalRodeo.com, Veronica is one of the most in-demand artists on the entire site.

“It’s important that people know that I’m not trying to be anyone else,” adds Veronica. “I’m just trying to be who I am. I’m writing from the heart about issues and things I’m experiencing, and hopefully people can identify with that.”

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Rogers’ New 3-Disc Set, Symphony Show

Kenny_Rogers_Box_Set_CoverMusic icon Kenny Rogers has released a new career retrospective set and signed on to join the Nashville Symphony for a special performance in February. His first-ever appearance with the orchestra will be Fri., Feb. 5, 2010 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center at 8 PM. Tickets, starting at $37.50, go on sale to the general public at 10 AM on Fri., Nov. 6, and may be purchased via NashvilleSymphony.org, or by calling the box office at 615-687-6400.

Last week Rogers, known for huge hits like “Lady,” “We’ve Got Tonight” and “Islands in the Stream” with Dolly Parton, released a 3-disc box set. The package includes all these songs and three new tracks. Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years is a look back at his career which has resulted in 105 million in worldwide album sales, and a hit in each of the last five decades. Totaling 45 tracks, the three discs are divided by Duets, Story Songs, and Love Songs. The set is packaged with a booklet that features photos from Kenny’s personal collection, and was released via Time Life in association with Dreamcatcher Artist Management. In addition to the box set, a single disc called The Greatest Duets is now available.

Urban To Visit Verizon In Franklin

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Keith Urban will be at the Verizon Wireless store in Franklin, TN, at 2 PM today (10/30). He will perform an acoustic set and participate in a brief Q&A session.

Through the partnership between Urban and the wireless carrier, fans with certain Verizon phones can download three free tracks from his popular summer tour. The participating devices are the Samsung Rogue, Alias 2, Sway and Intensity phones.

Nashville Underground Turns 10

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The Nashville Underground record label started by artist/songwriters Lari White and Chuck Cannon to showcase Music City’s elite group of tunesmiths is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. The occasion will be highlighted by a concert and CD release party at 3rd & Lindsley on Dec. 10 at 7 PM, featuring several Nashville Underground artists including Marshall Chapman, Gary Nicholson, Chuck Jones and Cannon.

A retrospective 4-CD boxed set is also being released called 10 Years of Nashville Underground – The Complete Sampler Series Vol. I-IV.  It is available for pre-order at www.nashvilleunderground.com for $19.95. Pre-order customers will receive a free autographed copy of Cannon’s Love and Money CD and a Nashville Underground T-shirt.

Tickets to the 10th Anniversary concert are $10 and can be purchased in advance at www.3rdandlindsley.com or at the door.