MusicRow Magazine Celebrates 30 Years With Special Issue

MusicRow covers through the years.

MusicRow magazine is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2011 with a special retrospective issue. The December 2011/January 2012 installment provides a unique look at how the industry and this revered news outlet evolved together over the past 30 years. Also included is a Rewind of 2011’s biggest stories, an awards season recap, a look at preventing disaster at outdoor concerts, and exclusive interviews with songwriter Bob DiPiero, and Nine North’s Larry Pareigis and Kevin Mason.

For three decades, MusicRow has been an advocate for Nashville’s music industry, reporting on the key players and their milestone achievements. Covering the rise of superstars from Alabama to Taylor Swift, the outlet has provided insider coverage of country music’s monumental success stories including Shania Twain’s record-breaking sales, and Garth Brooks’ landmark Central Park concert.

(L-R) Publisher/Owner Sherod Robertson and Founder David Ross

Founder David M. Ross recalls, “In April 1981 this publication was born as a little one page directory. I’ll never forget how exciting it was delivering each monthly issue door-to-door up and down the Row. But most of all, when I reflect on this 30-year period, I see the smiling faces of so many genuine people who allowed me and MusicRow into their lives. They offered advice and, most importantly, trusted me to be professional. That is my most treasured memory of all. Now, on to the next thirty years.”

Publisher and owner Sherod Robertson, who purchased the company in 2010, elaborates, “MusicRow has always known its reader and defined its success by how well it serves the music industry. The next 30 years we will continue that mission while expanding MusicRow’s footprint.”

Robertson faces those next 30 years with genuine optimism. “The challenge this industry currently faces is unparalleled to anything in its history,” he says. “But I think there’s also a swelling of ambition and innovation that will determine the successful future of this industry. The talent has never been stronger and country music’s reach has never been broader. I can’t think of a place I’d rather be.”

Since its inception MusicRow Enterprises has debuted other strong industry-related products, including the extremely popular InCharge issue, song pitch sheet RowFax, and the CountryBreakout radio chart.

Copies of the 30th anniversary issue will be available at on Dec. 8. As always, paid subscribers will receive their issues by mail. Click here to learn more about the cover.


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Sarah Skates has worked in the music business for more than a decade and is a longtime contributor to MusicRow.

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