Industry Ink Wednesday (3/21/12)

Museum celebrates Chet Atkins—On Saturday (3/17), the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a panel discussion, Chet Atkins at Studio. Artists Bobby Bare (“Detroit City”) and Jim Ed Brown (“The Three Bells”), background singer Dolores Dinning Edgin, studio guitarist Ray Edenton, and hit songwriter John D. Loudermilk (“Abilene”) shared their memories of Atkins as a record producer and the manager of RCA Studio B. This program was offered as part of the special exhibition Chet Atkins: Certified Guitar Player, Made Possible Through the Generous Support of the Gretsch Company. Pictured (L-R): panel host and Museum Senior Historian John Rumble, John D. Loudermilk, Ray Edenton, Dolores Dinning Edgin, Bobby Bare and Jim Ed Brown. Photo: Donn Jones

Scott B. Bomar has launched 4th and State Music Services offering music licensing, copyright research, historical research, online content creation, and organization services such as cataloging masters. He recently produced a 5-CD set for Bear Family Records featuring the music of Bakersfield, CA artist Red Simpson, and penned the accompanying coffee table book. He will moderate a panel March 24 at the opening of the Country Music Hall of Fame’s “Bakersfield Sound” exhibit. The Nashville native is son of publisher Woody Bomar, and is based in Los Angeles but available for work nationwide. His career most recently included time at Universal Music Publishing. Reach him at

CRS 2013 agenda committee applications are now available at and will be accepted through Fri., April 6. The CRS Agenda Committee is made up of volunteer professionals from all areas of the Country radio and record industries. The committee is responsible for planning events for the upcoming year’s Country Radio Seminar. Prospective applicants must be available to attend agenda meetings in Nashville on June 20-22, 2012 and are expected to attend panels and meetings at CRS 2013, held Feb. 27 – March 1, 2013.

• The AristoMedia Group’s 2012 Country Video Outlet Status Report is now available for online viewing here. The annual report highlights the current media outlets using Country music video content as part of their programming and outlines important trends and opportunities at the national, regional, syndicated, pool/closed-circuit and online video outlet levels. The 2012 status report points to increasing demand for video content at nearly every outlet level, with the most substantial growth noted in mobile application platforms and blogs.

•  The 30th Annual Texaco Country Showdown National Final will air on WZTV FOX-Nashville Sun., March 25 at 5:00 p.m. LeAnn Rimes hosted the pre-recorded show at the Ryman Auditorium where five rising artists compete for $100,000 and the title “Best New Act in Country Music.”

The Long Players band celebrates its eighth anniversary with a show Fri., March 23 at the Mercy Lounge. The band dedicated to performing classic albums in their entirety will play R.E.M.’s Murmur. The Long Players is made up of Steve Allen, John Deaderick, Steve Ebe and Bill Lloyd. Among the special guests joining them Friday night will be Don Dixon, who co-produced Murmur. Part of the $15 cover will be donated to Kim Collins’ medical relief fund.



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