Parallel Entertainment Opens Music Row Office

Parallel Entertainment has a new Music Row location at 1505 16th Ave. S. “We are thrilled to be on Music Row,” says Parallel Artist Manager, C.T. Wyatt, who heads the Nashville office. “This move puts us at the center of Nashville’s music industry and will help us better serve our artists.”

Parallel has always had a Nashville presence, but recently decided to open a full-scale artist management operation here in Music City. Founder/CEO J.P. Williams felt the increased exposure and visibility of a Music Row address would create opportunities for the company’s Nashville-based and L.A.-based clients.

Parallel Entertainment is a full service talent management and production company. It has produced everything from motion pictures to music albums to programming for a variety of cable television networks, including HBO and Comedy Central. Its talent roster boasts comedy acts like Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy, Bill Engvall, and Lisa Lampanelli as well as music acts like Zella Day and Warner Music Nashville recording artist, Dean Alexander. It also manages actors including former CMT Insider host, Lance Smith.

Parallel Entertainment
1505 16th Ave. S
Nashville, TN 37212

Neal McCoy Recruits Famous Collaborators For New Album

Neal McCoy has returned to the studio to record his 12th album, appropriately titled XII, for Blaster Records. Country newlyweds Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have been tapped, along with Brent Rowan, to handle production on the project due in January 2012.

“Having Miranda and Blake involved in this project is huge for me. Not only do they have great vision, but they know when to have fun and when to get serious along with being fantastic musicians,” says McCoy.

The first single from XII, “A-OK,” was penned by Barry Dean, Luke Laird and Brett Eldredge and is due for an October release.

The news was revealed by Lambert and Shelton on YouTube over the weekend. See the video here.

Alison Krauss & Union Station Represent Bluegrass’s Finest at Ryman


Alison Krauss and Union Station during a sold-out series at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Photo: Steve Lowry

Alison Krauss and Union Station set up shop at Nashville’s revered Ryman Auditorium for a two-night stand Friday and Saturday, Aug. 26 and 27. It was an evening showcasing all bluegrass’s finest points, crisscrossing from smooth and contemporary, to deep-rooted traditionalism.

Alison Krauss sings "Ghost In This House." Photo: Burney Skates

Krauss and longtime bandmates Barry Bales, Ron Block, Jerry Douglas and Dan Tyminski offered a set of fans’ most-loved songs laced with newer material. Touring in support of their first new album in seven years, they fittingly opened the Saturday evening concert with the project’s title track, “Paper Airplane.”

The acclaimed musicianship of the group tallies up to a sum greater than its parts. Driven partly by Block’s rollicking banjo, the evening’s uptempo pace never grew sleepy, even on the ballads. Throughout the night, Krauss’s celebrated fiddle-playing balanced her soaring, delicate vocals.

A video panel changed with the mood, showing colors and scenery from cityscapes to countryside as the group offered well-known songs “Let Me Touch You For A While,” “Ghost In This House” and “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You.”

It’s remarkable how Krauss and Union Station manage to make bluegrass so welcoming—exciting even—for genre outsiders. While the set included more accessible songs like “Whiskey Lullaby,” originally recorded by Brad Paisley and Krauss, it shined equally on genre basics, particularly when Dobro master Douglas took the stage alone for a mid-show breakdown. Tyminski’s deep, powerful vocals—a fitting complement to Krauss’s soprano—steered the sound into deep bluegrass territory several times, offering “Rain Please Go Away,” and “Dust Bowl Children.”

Angel Snow opened the two-night stand. Photo: Burney Skates

Krauss noted that in attendance that night were four of the songwriters behind the band’s cuts over the last 20-plus years: Robert Lee Castleman, John Pennell, Sidney Cox of the Cox Family, and, of course, Union Station’s own Ron Block.

Krauss also used the opportunity to highlight a newer writer on the scene—inviting songstress Angel Snow to open the two-night series. Snow, together with songwriter/musician Viktor Krauss, penned “Lie Awake” and two other songs recorded by Union Station for the deluxe edition of the band’s newest release.

At the Ryman, Viktor backed Snow onstage for an acoustic set that ranged from sunny toe-tapper “Stay Away” to moving ballad “These Days,” one of the songs recorded by Union Station.

Snow pleased longtime followers with her older solo-writes “Coals And Water,” and “Holiday.” She also offered new material, written with Viktor, such as the groove laden “As You Are.” He is producing her upcoming release, due this November.

Near the end of the evening Krauss and Union Station gathered around the center mic for “Down To The River To Pray” and a few other songs, in a soulful closing moment showcasing the band’s talent and harmonies.

Douglas says his favorite part of being on the road with Alison is that she sings the band to sleep every night. And who wouldn’t enjoy that?

The fiery red backdrop, which changed throughout the show, reflects the blazing musicianship. Photo: Burney Skates


Inking Big: O’Shea, Caitlin Rose, Dean Alexander, Tim Rushlow


Nashville-based, Australian-born husband and wife duo O’Shea have signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia. Their debut album Mr. and Mrs. will be released in Australia Friday, September 30 and the couple wrote or co-wrote all of its 11 tracks. Mark and Jay O’Shea moved to Nashville in 2007 and were introduced to American audiences on CMT’s Can You Duet, where they made it into the Top 5. The pair recently gave birth to their daughter, Finley Avalon O’Shea. “We’re so excited to be working with the guys at Sony. When you’re young, you dream about one day signing to a label like this!” says Jay. Mark adds, “This album has been a long time comin’…but now being able to work with such a great team, has really made it worth the wait!”

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Caitlin Rose

Nashville’s Caitlin Rose has inked with ATO Records, which will release her full-length debut Own Side Now September 27. Co-produced by Mark Nevers (Lambchop, Will Oldham), Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle) and Rose, Own Side Now was inspired by female greats like Linda Ronstadt, Patsy Cline and Stevie Nicks. Additionally, Rose has scheduled several fall tour dates with Americana faves Justin Townes Earle, Jason Isbell, and Hayes Carll (full dates on her website). ATO Records was co-founded by Dave Matthews and Michael McDonald and is the label home to My Morning Jacket, Drive-By Truckers, and Patty Griffin. Rose is also the daughter of songwriter Liz Rose, who co-wrote Taylor Swift hits “You Belong With Me,” “White Horse” and more.

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Dean Alexander

The Paradigm Agency’s talent roster is expanding with its signing of Warner Music Nashville recording artist Dean Alexander for booking representation. Alexander has been a fixture of the Nashville club scene for years and opened shows for Josh Turner and Laura Bell Bundy, in addition to writing songs with Stage Three Music. “Dean Alexander is a perfect fit for our agency,” says Paradigm Nashville co-head Mike Snider. “We have big plans for his future.”

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(L-R): Standing: Herman DeBoard CEO Liquid Spins, Christy DiNapoli Artist Manager/President Liquid Spins Entertainment Division. Seated: Tim Rushlow, Paul Myers COO Liquid Spins

Former Little Texas frontman Tim Rushlow has landed a deal with Liquid Spins Records, where he will be the company’s flagship artist. His first EP, Unfinished Symphony, is a collection of Christian songs and is due later in fall. The first single “Rain Down On Me” has been released to Christian radio. Rushlow is the first artist signed to Liquid Spins, which has completed agreements with EMI, Sony, Warner, and UMD to distribute music via QR codes. The company is readying its platform to accept other independent artists in the future.

Atkins Gears Up For Fall Release

Rodney Atkins is prepping the Oct. 4 release of his next album with a busy trip to his East Tennessee hometown, and a music video taping for fast rising single “Take A Back Road.” The title track of his fourth Curb Records album is already Top 10 on MusicRow’s CountryBreakout chart.

Last week Atkins was in Harrogate, Tenn. for a taping of GAC Origins. During the trip he performed for thousands of fans at a Bristol, Tenn. NASCAR event. The singer also spent time at one of his favorite charities, the Holston Children’s Home, where he lived as a baby until being adopted.

Atkins is shooting his video today and tomorrow around Middle Tennessee for “Take A Back Road” with TV /film director Andy Tennant (Sweet Home Alabama, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Bounty Hunter).

This fall, football fans can follow Atkins’ picks on popular SEC site, where he will be the celebrity game predictor.

Harrogate, Tenn. Mayor Bill Fultz Atkins presents Atkins with the key to the city.


Biggest Loser Gets Vinny, Grainge Talks A&R, Lady A Fans Scavenge

Big Vinny

>>Big Vinny from Trailor Choir (aka Vicent Hickerson) is set to become a big loser this coming year as he competes on season 12 of the NBC hit reality show The Biggest Loser. Big Vinny will be one of 15 contestants weighing over 400 pounds and hoping to win the $250,000 prize. The season premiere begins Sept. 20.

Lucian Grainge

>>“A&R people are an indication of your commitment to new music and to new artists,” Universal Music Group Chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge tells the New York Post. “There are so many categories of A&R people; some are talent scouts, some have an instinctive sense of marketing, and others are brilliant at making records…The demographics are constantly changing—there are so many scientific factors and analytical tools—but some things will never change: the magic of innovation and raw talent.”

>>Lady Antebellum is giving fans something to get excited about, even before they release new album Own The Night, by launching an online scavenger hunt. Cameo Carlson, who heads Borman Entertainment’s digital business division told Billboard, the campaign increased Facebook activity by 40% and Twitter by 18% in the first six days. Plus it helped add 21,000 net emails to Lady A’s list. “We’re getting not just email addresses, but email addresses of fans who are really engaged,” Carlson says. “But it’s doing it in a more interesting way than just asking them to sign up for a newsletter.” Clues are revealed daily which send fans across the Internet to find a keyword. The album is set to launch on Sept. 13


Signings: Bobby Terry, Rose Falcon

Bobby Terry

Southern Crossroads Music has announced the signing of producer/songwriter/musician Bobby Terry to a worldwide publishing agreement. Southern Crossroads will represent Terry’s futures and back catalog, which includes cuts on Brad Paisley’s Time Well Wasted, Faith Hill’s Fireflies, and Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying.

“Bobby represents the important first brick in building a publishing company from the ground up in that he is a prolific writer and talented producer,” says Southern Crossroads Nashville Partner Pat Finch. “We are incredibly fortunate to have him and look forward to adding to such a stable foundation!”

Southern Crossroads also represents Nashville singer/songwriter Jabe Beyer whose songs have been featured in HBO’s True Blood and the Fox-TV’s Lie to Me, among others. Also on the roster are UK-based Americana acts Danny and the Champions of the World and Owen James Harvey.

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Show Dog-Universal Music has signed Rose Falcon to an exclusive recording contract. The Nashville-raised singer is the daughter of singer/songwriter Billy Falcon (“Power Windows”) and previously recorded a pop album (Rose Falcon) with Columbia in 2003. She is signed to Cal IV for publishing, and her songs have been featured in numerous television shows and commercials. Recently, “Give Into Me,” a song she wrote with her father and Elisha Hoffman, was recorded by Faith Hill for the Country Strong soundtrack.

(L-R): Manager Dan Harrell, Falcon, SDU label President Mark Wright and Cal IV Entertainment President Daniel Hill

Americana Honors Set For Live TV Broadcast

Jim Lauderdale will host the Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards, which will air live on NPT Oct. 13.

The upcoming Americana Music Association Honors and Awards will be broadcast live on Nashville Public Television to the Middle Tennessee viewing area on NPT channel 8. Confirmed to appear at the Oct. 13 show at the Ryman are genre stalwarts and rising stars including Jim Lauderdale, Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Elizabeth Cook,  Hayes Carll, The Secret Sisters, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and The Civil Wars.

“It was time to bring the Americana Honors to another level,” explains Jed Hilly Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. “We could not have better partners in Nashville Public Television President and CEO Beth Curley for our Middle Tennessee premiere and Austin City Limits Executive Producer Terry Lickona to take this to a national audience.”

In addition to the live awards broadcast, an edited version of the show will be aired Nov. 19 as a special episode of the new season of acclaimed PBS series Austin City Limits (check local listings).

The program will be taped by High Five Entertainment and co-produced by its President Martin Fischer along with Lickona, Courtney Gregg, Holly Lowman, and Hilly.

The Honors and Award Show is the capstone event of the Americana Music Festival and Conference presented by Nissan, running Oct. 12-15, 2011 in Nashville. A limited number of awards tickets are available at For more information go to

Nettles To Host “CMA Country Christmas”

Jennifer Nettles hosting last year's "CMA Country Christmas" special.

For the second consecutive year, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland will host CMA Country Christmas, set to air on the ABC Television Network during the upcoming holiday season.

The show will tape in front of a live audience on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. This is the evening following the Nov. 9 CMA Awards, which will also take place at the Bridgestone. Performers, television airdate, and ticket information will be announced soon.

In 2010, the first CMA Country Christmas drew an average audience of 7.3 million viewers in its first airing on Nov. 30, 2010, topping original programming on NBC and FOX by wide margins. The special re-aired on Dec. 22, 2010, reaching another 4.25 million viewers, for a combined total of more than 11.5 million viewers.

Robert Deaton is the executive producer, Paul Miller is the director, and David Wild is the writer.

Chesney Ends Tour With Hurricane of Activity

(l-r): Morris Artists Management Group Executive Vice President and CMA Board member Clint Higham, CMA Board member Connie Bradley, CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore, CMA Board member Bob DiPiero, Matraca Berg, Kenny Chesney, Brett James, Wendell Mobley, and Craig Wiseman. Photo credit: Natasha Moustache

Kenny Chesney’s 2011 Goin’ Coastal Tour celebrated its last weekend, in Boston, with a two-show hurricane of activity. To be exact, the Sunday 8/28 performance was rescheduled for Friday 8/26 because of approaching hurricane Irene and Saturday went on as scheduled. Together, the two shows sold over 106,000 tickets at the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. Chesney called the crowd, “one of the loudest and most loving crowds of the tour.”

Guests included Billy Currington and Zac Brown Band. Mid-show, CMA President Steve Moore presented Chesney keyboardist Wyatt Beard with the organization’s first-ever Touring Musician of the Year Award.

While in Boston the Luttrell, TN homeboy appeared with hit songwriters Bob DiPiero, Matraca Berg, Brett James, Wendell Mobley and Craig Wiseman as part of the CMA’s sold-out Songwriter Series at the Royale Nightclub. The show was streamed live on Chesney’s Noshoesradio Internet station. Chesney also visited with Boston College football team, the Eagles and later spent an hour practicing with the New England Patriots. (Reportedly he missed a pass from quarterback Tom Brady…)

The weekend capped an incredible run with over 1.1 million tickets sold for the Goin’ Coastal Tour.



Four-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney and CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore presented the inaugural CMA Touring Musician Award to Chesney keyboard player Wyatt Beard Saturday during the Foxboro Stadium concert date in Boston. (l-r): Wyatt Beard; Shirley Beard, mother; Chesney; Karyn Beard, wife; Moore; and RD Beard, father. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.