Photos: Tyler Reeve, Troy Olsen, Benefit Drive

SESAC hosted a “Give + Love” blood drive and spare change/canned food donation event for the American Red Cross and Second Harvest Food Bank at its Nashville headquarters. A steady stream of artists, songwriters and Music Row personnel stopped by to lend a hand with donations. The event, which was sponsored by Urban Flats, Provence Bread & Café, vitaminwater and MusicRow Magazine, helped raise enough blood to help over 80 patients and provide over 500 meals for Nashville’s hungry.

Pictured (L-R): American Red Cross’s Raquel Reed, SESAC’s Tim Fink, songwriter Lance Miller, songwriter Easton Hamlin, SESAC’s Shannan Hatch, songwriter Rob Hatch and Second Harvest Food Bank’s Betsega Bakele & Leigh Clark. Photo: Peyton Hoge

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A mix of Nashville executives and artists turned out for rising country singer Tyler Reeve‘s industry showcase at the Mercy Lounge. Reeve delivered an eight-song set before jumping back on his tour bus and heading to Tallahassee, Fla. The husky-voiced singer performed a mix of material from his 2008 debut, Whiskey Down, as well as several songs from his upcoming release, to be co-produced this fall by hit songwriter and producer Jonathan Singleton. Reeve was the only independent artist featured on the Country Throwdown Tour’s Outlaw Stage this summer, following a breakout year that saw him perform nearly 250 shows in 2009.

Tyler Reeve (l) after his industry showcase at Mercy Lounge with fellow 2010 Country Throwdown Tour performers Emily West and Jonathan Singleton. Photo: Bev Moser

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Troy Olsen was overwhelmed when he got to meet legendary Grand Ole Opry member Little Jimmy Dickens backstage at the Ryman.

EMI Records Nashville’s Troy Olsen made his debut on the famed Ryman Auditorium stage recently. The Arizona native performed his new single “Good Hands” as well as “Tumbleweed” and “Summer Thing” for the crowd. Click here to check out Troy’s GAC Webisode series “Livin’ The Dream with Troy Olsen.”

Olsen is currently on his headlining “Get Right Tonight Tour” in advance of the October 5 release of his self-titled debut EP. The club tour hits over 40 cities before the tour concludes on November 20 in Denver, CO.

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