Industry Ink Monday (5/9)

The recent Key West Songwriters Festival, presented by BMI, offered inspired lineups, and relaxed mixing and mingling. One such line-up was at the historic San Carlos Theatre, which hosted sets by pop-spiced singer/songwriters Courtney Jaye and Jason White; wry troubadours Robert Earl Keen, Jamey Johnson and Raul Malo; and the World Famous Headliners, comprised of Al Anderson, Shawn Camp and Pat McLaughlin.

Pictured (L-R): BMI’s Mark Mason and Tom Annastas, Raul Malo, Robert Earl Keen, BMI’s Clay Bradley, Key West Songwriters Festival director Charlie Bauer and Jamey Johnson. Photo: Kay Clary

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Hot Dog Day returns to SunTrust’s Music Row branch on Thurs., June 9 from 11:30 AM-2 PM. Co-hosted by the bank and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the 13th annual event will have plenty of food and music provided by Cal IV Entertainment.

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SOLID’s 14th Annual Crawfish Boil will be Wed., May 18 in the SESAC parking lot, from 5:30 PM until the food and beer run out.

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Save The Dates: Tin Pan South 2012 will be held March 27–31, 2012 in Nashville.

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House of Bryant Publications has entered a licensing agreement with Nashville based product development company IdeaBang to develop and extend the Official Rocky Top brand and the classic song “Rocky Top.”

Penned by legendary songwriters Felice and Boudleaux Bryant in 1967, the song is published by The House of Bryant and their son Dane Bryant.

IdeaBang owner Scott Rouse has a history of working with “Rocky Top.” The multi-platinum producer helmed Rocky Top ’96, a recording that included a remix of the song for Decca Records.

Dane Bryant of House of Bryant (L) and Scott Rouse of IdeaBang (R) sign a multi-year licensing agreement for the Official Rocky Top brand.

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Humanitarian and relief organization World Vision hosted a reception at the CMA headquarters for Music Row executives to meet World Vision U.S. President Rich Stearns. World Vision has had success with its “Use Your Voice: Do Good” campaign in the Christian touring industry and is expanding into the Country marketplace by partnering with artists through tour sponsorships and development. Artists who have been involved include Ricky Skaggs, Wynonna, Patty Griffin, Kenny Rogers, Terri Clark, Chuck Wicks, and Jordyn Shellhart.

The “host committee” for the event included John Huie (CAA), Kathy Olen (WME), Lynn Morrow (Adams & Reese, LLP) and Steve Moore (CMA).

Pictured (L-R): Charles Dorris (World Vision, Consultant), Richard Stearns (World Vision, President), Jenny Lockwald (World Vision), and Sheri Warnke (CMA)


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