The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum recently (3/24) celebrated the opening of the major exhibition The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country with a special panel discussion and concert with several first-generation Bakersfield Sound pioneers. During the panel discussion, which was moderated by writer Scott Bomar, Dallas Frazier, Don Maddox (of the Maddox Brothers and Rose), Rose Lee Maphis, Buddy Mize and Red Simpson shared memories of their time in Bakersfield and their roles in the cultivation of a new country sound. Backed by an all-star band led by Deke Dickerson, the panelists performed some of their biggest hits. The exhibit is scheduled to run through December 31, 2013.
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SOLID (Society of Leaders in Development) held its first charity event of the year recently and raised $25,134 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, which more than doubled the group’s donation from 2011. Twenty-six Music Row companies participated in the Bowling Showdown, including SESAC, WME, CMT, APA, and CAA. “It was a bigger event than we imagined,” says Meredith Herberg-Waldron, SOLID Community Outreach co-chair. “We are thrilled with the results and grateful to all the Music Row companies that stepped it up to make it our biggest bowling event ever.”
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The Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) Nashville Chapter and Fifth Third Bank recently presented an all-star panel at Nashville’s Cabana to discuss the post-Napster reality of how indie publishers are successfully monetizing copyrights.