The digital-only debut from feisty female trio Pistol Annies shot straight to the top of this week’s country album chart, debuting with 42K units sold.
Comprised of Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, the Sony Nashville group’s first project Hell on Heels marched to the No. 1 slot on the all-genre digital chart.
“Holler Annie,” aka Presley, explains, “Pistol Annies has been an organic, artistically driven project from the beginning and we are so proud that our couch dream has become critically and commercially successful.”
“Lonestar Annie,” better known as Lambert, says, “We are so thrilled and even more inspired than ever. Thank you so much to our country fans. Pistol Annies are here to stay!”
“Hippie Annie,” Monroe adds, “I am completely overwhelmed and humbled…I couldn’t be more encouraged that country music is being embraced so completely.”
Also debuting this week is Sunny Sweeney’sConcrete, which lands solidly at No. 7 on the country albums list with 14K units.
Pistol Annies may have the hottest album on the country album charts, but another trio and Sweeney’s BMLG labelmate, The Band Perry, is still sitting at the top of the digital country singles chart with “If I Die Young.” It sold over 73K downloads this week, and at that pace will likely pass the 3 million mark in the next few weeks.
Bigger picture: Country album sales are up 6.4% over last year, and overall album sales are up 2.4%.
In other related news, Lambert was featured on Dateline NBC this week in a sit-down interview with Hoda Kotb. See clips here. And Lambert and Pistol Annies were both reassigned to new label home RCA today, as previously reported in MusicRow’s breaking news.
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Top five finalists for the ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards in 22 categories were announced today. The presentation of the 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards will be held Friday, October 28 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.
Nominees include Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Justin Moore, The Band Perry, Chuck Day, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Richard, Tommy Brandt, The Roys, Greg McDougal, Point of Grace, the Oak Ridge Boys and more. The finalists in all categories will be voted upon by ICM membership by September 30th. Awards will be announced at the October 28th awards presentation.
The ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards caps off the annual Inspirational Country Music Week, which runs Oct. 24-28 in Nashville that draws fans and industry alike. Nashville’s Millennium Maxwell House Hotel will host the week’s activities before the Awards.
“We feel this year’s presentation will bring the ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards to a new level of recognition within the industry, from the scripting of the show itself to the list of nominees, to the level of presenters, and special guests still to be announced,” says ICM Association Exec. Dir. Jason Higgins. “Working with our host charity, Tennessee Breast Cancer Coalition, promises to offer a very compelling element of humanitarian importance to the event.”
Full Nominees: Entertainer
Chuck Day, Johnny Lee Cook, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Richard, Tommy Brandt
Chuck Day, Greg McDougal, Guy Penrod, Jeff Bates, Tommy Brandt
Kali Rose, Laura Dodd, Mary James, Nicole Hope, Sharon Parks
Amanda Fessant featuring Tommy Brandt, Branded, Bruce & Betsy Mullen, Joey+Rory, The Roys
Vocal Group or Band
Corey Brooks Band, Last Light Band, Point of Grace, Sunday Drive, The Springs
Mainstream Inspirational Country Song
Bleed Red – Ronnie Dunn
I Won’t Let Go – Rascal Flatts
If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away – Justin Moore
That’s Important to Me – Joey+Rory
The Breath You Take – George Strait
Mainstream Country Artist
Buddy Jewell, Carrie Underwood, Jeff Bates, Joey+Rory, Josh Turner
Inspirational Country Song
I Wonder What God’s Thinking – The Roys
I’ll Stand Up And Say So – Chuck Day
Loves Gotta Go Somewhere – Steve Richard
Someday Soon – Ricky Skaggs
That’s What Freedom Costs – Russ Murphy
Songwriter (tie in category)
Chuck Day, Greg McDougal, James Payne, Paul Staggs of Branded, Russ Murphy, Tommy Brandt
Legend/Pioneer Award (award has already been determined)
Fox Brothers, Melanie Walker, Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs
Hello World – Lady Antebellum: Capitol Nashville, Director-Roman White
I Am Strong – The Grascals w/Dolly Parton: BluGrascal Records , Director-David Corlew
If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away – Justin Moore: Valory Music Co., Director-Peter Zavadil
If I Die Young – The Band Perry: Republic Nashville, Director-David McClister
Mama’s Song – Carrie Underwood: Arista Nashville, Director-Shaun Silva
Aubree Bullock, Chuck Hancock, Kali Rose, Lucas Hoge, Renee Spencer
The Oaks had a major hit with "Come On In," written by George Green and Rick Giles. (Editor's note: no photos of Green are available.)
George Michael Green, a hit songwriter in both the country and pop fields, has died at age 59 of lung cancer.
Green is best known for his collaborations with John Mellencamp on such hits as “Hurts So Good,” “Crumblin’ Down” and “Rain on the Scarecrow.” Over the years, Mellencamp has recorded more than a dozen of their co-written songs. The two were school classmates and boyhood friends in Seymour, Indiana, and Green spent most of his career in Bloomington.
He also often collaborated with Nashville songwriters. The Oak Ridge Boys scored a major hit with “Come On In (You Did the Best That You Could Do),” a 1985 song co-written by Green and Rick Giles. Ricky Skaggs recorded Green’s “My Father’s Son,” Gary Morris sang the songwriter’s “South December Road,” Dwight Yoakam recorded his “Common Day Man,” The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band did “America My Sweetheart” and Lacy J. Dalton recorded Green’s “This Ol’ Town” and “Up with the Wind.”
Kenny Chesney, who released a cover version of “Hurts So Good,” co-wrote “Hook in the Heart,” “Home Sweet Home” and “Girl in the Coffee Shop” with George Green.
Others who have recorded the late songwriter’s efforts include Nashville rocker Tom Kimmell, Barbra Streisand, Hall & Oates, Van Zant, Christopher Cross, Vanessa Williams and Melissa Manchester.
Singer-songwriter Jude Cole called Green, “a gifted and humble gentleman.” Mellencamp eulogized him as, “a dreamer.” In addition to Cole, Giles and Mellencamp, Green’s songwriting collaborators included Dennis Matkosky, Steve Dorff, Kent Agee, Dave Robbins and the late Van Stephenson.
On Sunday, August 28, George Green died in Albuquerque, NM, where he had lived for the past decade. He is survived by his wife Kathryn and children Nicholas Green, Carrie Evans, Ian Green and Sarah Bolivar, as well as 16 grandchildren. He was cremated in Albuquerque, and a memorial service is being planned in Bloomington.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Riley Hospital Foundation, 545 Barnhill Dr., Ste. 215, Indianapolis, IN 46202 or online at www.rileykids.org to the George M. Green Memorial Fund.
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Sony Nashville notified radio programmers today (8/31) of changes to the label group’s imprints Arista Nashville, Columbia/BNA Records, and RCA Records. This restructuring affects promotion department team members and shuffles some artist’s label homes.
Among the changes:
• Miranda Lambert,Pistol Annies, and Josh Thompson are moved to RCA from Columbia.
• Columbia and BNA have combined.
• Regional rep shuffle: Columbia Midwest regional promo rep Bo Martinovich will assume Midwest region duties for Columbia/BNA. Columbia Dir. Field Promotion David Friedman will segue to the Southeast region for Columbia/BNA. BNA SE Regional Chris Waters will now move to the SW Regional position under the Arista imprint. Columbia West Coast regional Larry Santiago will continue working the West Coast under RCA.
Columbia/BNA Roster: Wade Bowen (BNA), Kenny Chesney (BNA), Casey James (BNA), The Lunabelles (BNA), Kellie Pickler (BNA), Tyler Farr (BNA), Bradley Gaskin (Columbia), Jordyn Shellhart (Columbia), Joanna Smith (Columbia) *Tyler Farr remains on BNA, despite being inadvertently omitted from the original list serviced to radio.
CRS 2012, to be held Feb. 22-24 in downtown Nashville, will offer a range of educational events covering social media, radio research, and a new Digital University series.
There will be entry-level panel “Social Media 101” and “Social Media 201” for more advanced users, exploring revenue opportunities, analytics and how to grow the radio audience.
Making its debut at CRS 2012 is the CRS Digital University, a series of eight roundtable discussions covering topics such as social media sites, website development, search engine optimization, smartphone applications, interactive radio, online marketing and digital revenue. Among those who will share their expertise are CMT’s Stephen Linn, and Laura Fitton, co-author of Twitter for Dummies and CEO of OneForty.com.
Sessions about Country radio research studies are also on the agenda. These national studies focus on the habits and opinions of the Country radio listener and consumer and provide attendees with the most in-depth research ever presented at CRS.
Clear Channel Chairman of Media and Entertainment Platforms Bob Pittman officially kicks off CRS 2012 with his keynote address on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 9:30 a.m. CDT. He has served as CEO of AOL Networks, Quantum Media, Time Warner Enterprises and MTV Networks, where he led the team that created MTV.
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Restless Heart is teaming with the Nashville Symphony for a benefit for the Nashville Rescue Mission.
Numerous country artists are scheduled for performances with the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn over the coming months.
A just-announced concert by Restless Heart and the Symphony on Oct. 16 will benefit the Nashville Rescue Mission, and includes guests Tracy Lawrence, Keith Anderson, Gary Morris, Lee Roy Parnell, Charlie McCoy, Steve Gibson and the Grand Ole Opry Band, Jaci Velasquez and host Demetria Kalodimos of WSMV.
Béla Fleck will world premiere his Concerto for Banjo, one of the first ever written for the instrument, with the Nashville Symphony on Sept. 22-24, with the opening performance to be webcast live via the Symphony’s website.
Also on the Symphony’s line-up is a three-night run by Wynonna Sept. 15-17, and holiday-themed shows by LeAnn Rimes (Dec. 8), Asleep at the Wheel (Dec. 20), and Ricky Skaggs (Dec. 22).
The 2012 schedule includes Kenny Rogers (Jan. 21), Kathy Mattea (March 22-24), Steve Wariner (April 5-7) and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with The Del McCoury Band (April 9).
For more information about the concerts or to purchase tickets, call (615) 687-6400 or visit NashvilleSymphony.org.
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This stack of platters contains everything from Johnny Rivers doing acoustic pop on a soul oldie to Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s new group swinging through a jazzbo Bob Wills standard. There’s a disc of reggae performances of country songs, as well as a stunning country-rock set by Richie Owens & The Farm Bureau.
It will come as no surprise to anybody that Lady Antebellum has the Disc of the Day.“We Owned the Night” will own your ears.
It might come as more of a shock to find that hit country writer Dave Berg has a dazzling, unclassifiable and brilliantly produced pop platter up his sleeve. Give that man a DisCovery Award.
PAUL NUNN/Bein’ Strong Writer: Albert Maylen; Producer: none listed; Publisher: none listed, BMI; PN (www.paulnunnband.com) —This cleanly produced country ballad is an audio pleasure. He sings in a pure heartache tenor, and the band knows exactly when to fill in notes and when to shut up. Which is the mark of true country artistry.
LADY ANTEBELLUM/We Owned The Night Writer: Dave Haywood/Charles Kelley/Dallas Davidson; Producer: Paul Worley & Lady Antebellum; Publisher: Warner Tamerlane/DWHaywood/Radiobulletspublishing/EMI Blackwood/String Stretcher, BMI; Capitol Nashville (MP3) —The tingling mandolin notes give way to Charles’s robo cool voice and then to a firestorm of thudding percussion, vocal harmony, rocking guitar and a shout-to-the-heavens melody. Those little yelps of joy don’t hurt, either. In a word, Awesome.
JEFF DAYTON/Never Been Better Writer: Dayton; Producer: Jeff Dayton; Publisher: Jeff Dayton, BMI; Little House (track) (www.jeffdaytonmusic.com) —Getting older doesn’t have to be a downer. His old man “might’ve been stronger, faster, younger,” but he’s “never been better.” What a cool attitude, and the rocking track backs it up all the way.
BILLY RAY CYRUS/Nineteen Writer: Gary Nicholson/Jeffrey Steele/Tom Hambridge; Producer: Buddy Cannon; Publisher: Sony-ATV Cross Keys/Gary Nicholson/Jeffrey Steele/Bug/Songs of Windswept Pacific/Tom Hambridge, ASCAP/BMI; Buena Vista (track) —The number 19 is on the high school football star’s jersey. It’s also the age when he dies at war as a hero. Stirring stuff. Billy Ray’s entire I’m American CD is loaded with well written tunes in this vein. Worth your while.
DAVE BERG/Believed In Writer: Dave Berg; Producer: Dave Berg & John Hurley; Publisher: Cal IV/Stupid Boy, ASCAP; DB (track) (www.daveberg.com) —Top Music Row tunesmith Berg has a new, 14-song showcase titled Not Quite So Alone. It doesn’t contain any of the many hits he has written for others. Instead, it is full of solo-written (gasp!) gems like this pop-ish, rhythmic set opener. The production dazzles and his dry, earnest, folkie vocals are quite engaging. Seek this one out—it is a really refreshing audio change of pace.
LUKE BRYAN/I Don’t Want This Night To End Writer: Luke Bryan/Dallas Davidson/Rhett Akins/Ben Hayslip; Producer: Jeff Stevens; Publisher: Sony-ATV Tree/Peanut Mill/EMI Blackwood/String Stretcher/Rhettneck/WB/Melissa’s Money/Get a Load of This, BMI/ASCAP; Capitol Nashville (track) —The monotonic verses don’t do much for me, but the soaring choruses sure do take off.
RICHIE OWENS & THE FARM BUREAU/Rye Whiskey Writer: none listed; Producer: Bil VornDick & Richie Owens; Publisher: Indian Gap, ASCAP; Red Dirt (track) (www.richieowensandthefarmbureau.com) —Veteran Nashvillians will recall Richie as a valued fixture of our music community of long standing. He’s Dolly Parton’s cousin and has played in her band. He’s also worked with a wide variety of others, including Leon Russell, The Georgia Satellites, Vince Gill, Steve Forbert, Jason & The Scorchers, The Kentucky Headhunters and The Bangles. His new band, The Farm Bureau, tears this folk standard to shreds and reconstructs it as a churning, frothing Americana rocker. By the way, the rest of Richie and his band’s CD is absolutely and equally superb.
ROMAIN VIRGO & LARRY GATLIN/California Writer: Larry Gatlin; Producer: Cristy Barber, John Rich, Dean Fraser, Charlie Pennachio, Chris Chin & Raymond Barber; Publisher: MCA/Sony-ATV Tree/Parker Lou, no performance rights listed; Elektra (track) —Reggae’s Gone Country is a new, various-artists collection that revisits country classics (”King of the Road,” “Wolverton Mountain,” “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” “The Gambler,” “Flowers on the Wall,” etc.) as reggae tracks. The only one of the songs’ originators to show up for the revamp is Gatlin, and dang if he doesn’t pull it off. Way to go. For another ear-opener, check out Tarrus Riley’s rhythm-happy take on “The Chair.”
JOHNNY RIVERS/I’ve Got To Use My Imagination Writer: Barry Goldberg/Gerry Goffin; Producer: Johnny Rivers; Publisher: Screen Gems EMI, BMI; Soul City —Johnny Rivers’s recent visit to Music City included a well-received guest spot on the Grand Ole Opry. His take on this Gladys Knight & The Pips classic strips it down to a swampy, acoustic-based lament. He remains a pre-eminent blue-eyed soul man.
THE WRONGLERS/Time Changes Everything Writer: Tommy Duncan; Producer: Eric Drew Feldman & Jimmie Dale Gilmore; Publisher: Red River Songs, no performance rights listed; Neanderthal (track) (www.thewronglers.com) —The four words that follow “The Wronglers” on the jacket are “featuring Jimmie Dale Gilmore.” And that’s about all you need to know. The album title tells you the rest, Heirloom Music. The songs are string-band chestnuts performed by this sterling ensemble with the ethereal voice of Gilmore in the lead. Originators include Bill Monroe, The Carter Family, The Delmore Brothers, Charlie Poole, Flatt & Scruggs, Johnny Bond, Doc Watson and, as is the case here, Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys. Old-time music lovers or those charmed by the O Brother sounds, step right up.
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Last Thursday (8/25) Warner Music Nashville upped the ante on its signature Pickin’ On The Patio event with a performance by multi-platinum duo Big & Rich. The set included hit single “Lost In This Moment” and a surprise appearance by Cowboy Troy who joined in on “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy).”
(L-R): Marc Oswald, B&R co-manager; John Esposito, Warner Music Nashville Pres./CEO; Big Kenny; John Rich; Peter Strickland, Warner Music Nashville Sr. VP Brand Mgmt. & Sales; Dale Morris, B&R co-manager; and Greg Oswald, William Morris Endeavor Co-head of the Nashville Office. Photo: Sarah Lee Photography
Deborah Allen Recognized for Multi-Million Airplay
Delta Rock Records artist Deborah Allen was recently recognized by BMI for two million broadcast performances of her crossover smash, “Baby I Lied,” and one million broadcast performances of “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Baby,” a No. 1 hit for Janie Fricke. Allen has written songs for artists including LeAnn Rimes, Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless, Brooks & Dunn, and Fleetwood Mac. The Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter just released her latest album Hear Me Now. “Anything Other Than Love” is the first single.
(L-R): BMI’s David Preston, Deborah Allen and BMI’s Jody Williams.
Combustion Plays The Bluebird
Combustion Music recently hosted a songwriter’s round at the famous Bluebird Café featuring longtime Combustion writers as well as new signees. Ashley Gorley, Kelly Archer, Brett James, Matt Jenkins and Ken Johnson shared a mix of sing-along hits and previously unheard songs.
(L-R): Combustion’s Ken Johnson, Matt Jenkins, Brett James, Chris Farren, Chase Foster, Ashley Gorley, Kenley Flynn, Kelly Archer, Chris Van Belkom and Warner Chappell’s Steve Markland.
Duet With Carrie Underwood, “Remind Me”
Brad Paisley’s duet, “Remind Me,” with fellow country artist Carrie Underwood has already surpassed 750,000 digital downloads and was certified Gold earlier this month by the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000 downloads.
Written by Paisley, Chris DuBois and Kelley Lovelace, “Remind Me” is Paisley’s third single from his Gold certified album, This Is Country Music.
Paisley and Underwood will team up once again on November 9 when they co-host the CMA Awards for the fourth year.
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Paisley and US Ambassador Charles Rivkin. Photo: US Embassy - France
Visit To US Embassy In France
While on tour recently in Paris, France, Paisley made a stop at the US Embassy and met with US Ambassador to France Charles Rivkin. This was Paisley’s first visit to Paris.
While at the Embassy, a staffer filmed a short interview with Paisley for their Facebook page which can be viewed here.
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Plays To Over 40,000 Fans During European Tour Paisley completed his two-week, eight-show European tour with a performance in Copenhagen, Denmark on Sunday night (8/28). Over 40,000 European fans came out to see the shows in London, Dublin, Castlebar, Killarney, Stockholm, Oslo, Gothenburg and Copenhagen.
Stockholm, Sweden. Photo: Ben Enos
Oslo, Norway. Photo: Ben Enos
Paisley and Darius Rucker in Gothenburg, Sweden. Photo: Ben Enos
Templeton opened for Kenny Rogers on a recent date. Pictured (L-R): Logan Hannah, audio engineer; Drew Lambert, bass player; Glen Templeton; Kenny Rogers
Black River artist Glen Templeton is making the promotional rounds supporting new single “I Could Be The One.”
He recently hosted a social media promotion that encouraged fans to share the song on Facebook which qualified them for a drawing for iTunes gift cards.
On the road, Templeton is visiting radio, and recently opened for Kenny Rogers at the Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD. He also stopped by MusicRow’s offices for a performance of several new songs.
The music video for “I Could Be The One” will debut in the coming weeks, in the meantime, check out the song here.
“I Could Be The One” is on Templeton’s upcoming self-titled album, which also features a guest performance by musical legend, Leon Russell. The album was produced by Grammy-winning Mark Lambert (Leon Russell, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Ronnie Milsap).
Originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Templeton spent years cutting his teeth in Nashville honky-tonks, and headlining the house band at the numerous Cowboy’s Dancehalls in Texas. In 2008, he was hand selected by Conway Twitty’s family to portray the country icon in the biographical musical, “It’s Only Make Believe.”
Templeton visits MusicRow. Back row (L-R): Sherod Robertson, Glen Templeton, Jon Freeman, manager Lance Combs. Front row: Sarah Skates, Black River's Dawn Delvo, and Christie King
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