Photos: Warner Patio Party; Jamey Johnson; Joe Diffie

••••Warner Music Nashville hosted its final Pickin’ On The Patio party of the inaugural season last Thursday. Over 300 attendees were treated to a songwriter round with tunesmiths Jim Collins (“She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy”), Tony Arata (“The Dance”) and Marv Green (“Amazed”), whose demos of these smash hits are featured on the recent Warner Bros. Records release Original Songwriter Demos. Also performing were new Atlantic Records signee Ty Stone and the JaneDear girls whose debut single “Wildflower,” is already a Top 20 hit on the MusicRow chart.

Top Photo: Warner Music Nashville President and CEO John Esposito and the JaneDear girls. Bottom Photo (L-R): Esposito, Ty Stone, and Warner Music Nashville Sr VP Brand Management and Sales Peter Strickland.

••••UMG Nashville artist Jamey Johnson will appear on CMT’s Southern Fried Flicks with Hazel Smith Saturday night, November 6.

Hazel Smith and Jamey Johnson on the set of her show.

•••Rounder Records artist Joe Diffie stopped by BMI last week to deliver his new CD Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album. Diffie, known for hits such as “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets),” “Third Rock from the Sun,” and “Pickup Man,” collaborated with several bluegrass leaders including The Grascals and Rhonda Vincent on the new album which is available now.

Pictured (l-r): Big Show Music’s Al McManus, BMI’s Jody Williams, Joe Diffie, Big Show Music’s Jeff Lysyczyn, and Rounder Records’ Brad Paul.


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