Morning Updates

Jolene Mercer Dakil Service Tonight
A celebration of life for former music industry publicist Jolene Mercer Dakil will be held tonight, Wed., June 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Berry Hill office of Luna Chica Records International, 2826 Dogwood Place, Nashville TN 37204. All who knew and loved Jolene are invited to attend.

Dakil passed away after an extended illness with liver disease on Sat., May 28, 2011. She had worked with such notable artists as Garth Brooks, Chris LeDoux, Neal McCoy, Asleep at the Wheel, Charlie Pride, Ricky Lynn Gregg, Brady Seals, Little Texas, and Delbert McClinton.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the no-kill animal shelter Happy Tales Humane, 230 Franklin Road, Suite 1303, Franklin, TN 37064.

MacPherson to Exit Chrysalis
In the latest news from BMG Chrysalis, Kenny MacPherson will soon exit his national level post as President and Senior Executive. This is according to a report on, which notes MacPherson will remain in place during the transition. Read more about BMG Chrysalis here.

Bluebird/RIAA Announce Partnership
The Bluebird Cafe announced a new partnership with the RIAA and its Nashville member labels earlier this week. RIAA CEO Mitch Bainwol said his organization will support the Bluebird as an incubator of rising and developing talent through its Open Mic Nights, Sunday Writers’ Nights, and weekly early-show rounds. Erika Wollam Nichols serves as the famed venue’s COO.

The Bluebird Café’s 2011 BirdSongs Series continues on Tues., June 28 at 9PM with a special evening featuring singer/songwriter Toby Keith, and longtime collaborators Bobby Pinson and Scotty Emerick.

The BirdSongs Series was created last year to help pay off the debt accrued through NSAI’s purchase of the legendary club. Admission is $75 for regular seats and $150.00 for gold circle seats. Reservations at

RIAA, Bluebird Cafe announce partnership. (L-R): Adam James, Steve Bogard, Dave Berg, Blair Bodine, Barbara Cloyd, Mitch Bainwol and Erika Wollam Nichols.


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