Industry Ink Wednesday

The Nashville Music Garden recently presented legendary clothier Manuel Cuevas with a namesake rose. Lynn Anderson was on hand to do the honors. It will be planted next spring in the Walk of Fame Park. The Nashville Music Garden is hosting a fundraising eBay auction with tons of celeb memorabilia starting Nov. 25. Click for details. Pictured (L-R): Host of NPT’s “Volunteer Gardener,” Troy Marden, Manuel, Country legend Lynn Anderson, Nashville Music Garden Founder, Pat Bullard and “Manuel Cuevas” rose hybridizer, Whit Wells of Wells Mid-South Roses. Photo: Katherine Bomboy

• Songwriters Troy Verges and Daniel Tashian have recorded a new album under the moniker The Boxwoods. Magic Hour is available digitally with 100 percent of proceeds going to the Salvation Army until the end of the year.

Mitzi Matlock Music Publishing has a few reasons to celebrate as it enters its second year. The company has a cut on the new Montgomery Gentry album called “Damn Baby!,” and its song “Looking For America” was recorded by Mark Wills. MM Music is home to Bernie Nelson, Benita Hill, Lorna Flowers and actor Darryl Van Leer.

Curb recording artist Ashley Gearing attended the Commandant’s Marine Corps Ball in Bethesda, MD recently as a celebrity guest and was escorted by Lance Cpl. John Baxley.

John Rich, Lucas Hoge, Leslie Satcher and Monty Holmes performed at ThanksUSA’s 2011 Benefit Concert at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., on Monday (11/14).

James Otto is joining Steel Magnolia on the road, filling in as Meghan Linsey’s counterpart on the Reba tour while Joshua Scott Jones is in rehab.

• Match Eyewear and Danny Gokey are partnering for the singer’s signature eyewear collection. There will be 12 frames available, set to debut in March 2012.

Jesse Lee has self-released an 8-song EP. The former Atlantic Records artist worked with producers Mark Bright, Paul Worley, and Nathan Chapman on the project. Among the writers on the album are Eric Church, Stephanie Chapman, Kara Dioguardi, Chris Tompkins, Marty Dodson, Brad Crisler, Luke Laird, Marv Green and Tony Mullins.

Amy Kurland, original founder of the Bluebird Cafe, and her brother Peter Kurland, a sound engineer and owner of the Darkhorse Theater have published a new book by their father, musician Sheldon Kurland, whose group The Shelly Kurland Strings was instrumental in establishing the Nashville Sound. An Adult Guide to the Orchestra is a witty look at symphony orchestras and is available at the Symphony Store in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center and at

Big Vinny from Trailer Choir has signed with Heather Cook’s Cook’n Up Music for songplugging services. The band’s new single “Love Me First” is about Vinny’s journey on The Biggest Loser. Cook’n Up also offers music publishing, and administration services.

Gary Morris was the headliner at Kid Gig 2011 at Lipscomb University in Nashville. Kid Gig is the annual fundraiser for Sea Star Kids, an organization that provides a Christian summer camp experience for Ukraine's children in need. Lisa Harless of Regions Bank emceed the event. (L-R): Sea Star Kids founder Dr. Gary Jerkins, Morris and Regions Bank’s Lisa Harless.


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