Industry Ink Thursday (4/28)

Nashville executives turned out at The Rutledge last night (4/27) despite the inclement weather to see DJ Miller’s industry showcase. The Evergreen Records artist unveiled a handful of new songs from his upcoming debut album, scheduled for release this summer. Miller performed his 2010 debut single, “A Little Naughty Is Nice,” as well as his current single, “Whatever It Takes,” which is No. 32 and climbing on the MusicRow Country Breakout chart.

(L-R): Marco Promotions’ Rick Kelly and Sarah Matlock, Miller, Nine North Records’ Larry Pareigis, Jack Pride Promotion’s Jack Pride and Evergreen Records’ Johnny Morris. Photo: Bev Moser

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Tawn Albright

Rockhouse Partners’ Tawn Albright offers an opinion piece in today’s Tennessean about the new partnership between the Nashville Music Council and Entrepreneur Center. In the article, Albright encourages anyone with a business idea to reach out to the EC at [email protected], so they can receive feedback, and possibly training, a mentor, or funding.

He says, “Having moved here three years ago from Los Angeles, I have to say how impressed I’ve been with the spirit, camaraderie and talent buzzing around Nashville…However, unlike Silicon Valley, we don’t have overfunded venture capital firms willing to open their wallets to new ideas…Nashville still needs friendly capital to support new music and entertainment ideas. Traveling 2,000 miles away to raise capital needs to be a distant memory.” Read the whole article here.

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Reservations for the Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award dinner and ceremony are due May 1. The evening honoring the Country Music Association will include a musical tribute with host Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Ronnie Milsap, Little Big Town and others soon to be announced. The event is set for Tues., May 17 at the Renaissance Hotel. Net proceeds benefit Leadership Music. For more information contact [email protected] or 615-770-7090.

Jeremy Parsons and Jett Williams

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Artist Jeremy Parsons recently signed with Jett Williams and her husband F. Keith Adkinson for management representation through their company Adjett Productions.

Pictured at left when Parsons took the stage alongside Jett to perform a selection of her father Hank Williams’ greatest hits during the taping of RFD-TV’s TruCountry Music in Hamilton, Texas. Parsons will open for Jett on several upcoming dates.

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