Reminder—Nick Hunter memorial• Derek Crownover welcomes baby • Sony’s Joe Freel’s father passes • Chris Lucas of LoCash Cowboys loses father

>>Derek Crownover, a music business attorney and President of the Southern Division of the TJ Martell Foundation, welcomed his first child, Edward Sims Crownover, with wife Susan. The baby weighed 8lbs and 9 oz. All three are doing fine.

>>Joseph P. Freel, Sr., father of Sony Music Nashville’s Manager, A&R Administration Joe Freel passed away Sunday, Jan. 16. Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 20, from 3-6 PM at Riggs Funeral Home, 130 North Route 9, Forked River, NJ 08731. The funeral will be Friday at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Forked River, NJ, with burial at Good Luck Cemetery in Lanoka Harbor, NJ. Flowers are welcome, or memorial donations can be made to the Lacey Township EMS (Emergency Medical Services), PO Box 289, Forked River, NJ 08731.

>>On Saturday, Jan. 15, Chris Lucas of the Stroudavarious Records duo LoCash Cowboys, lost his father, Jack Lucas. He passed away while visiting Chris and other family in Nashville. In lieu of flowers, the family has expressed their desire that memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105, or online at

>>Friends of late music executive Nick Hunter are organizing Nickfest, a celebration of his life and legacy, to be held Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 6 PM at 2602 Soundstage (2602 Westwood Dr. Nashville, TN 37204). Please RSVP by Jan. 18 to [email protected] More details here.


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