Industry Ink (10/04/12)

Southern Ground has solidified its Nashville-based promotion team, which includes Neda Tobin, Paul Williams, Mara Sidweber, and Chuck Swaney, along with consultant Jeff Solima. The company’s new offices are located at 114 17th Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37203.

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MPR Entertainment Group has launched Zone 7 Productions to develop and market new artistic talent. The first signing to the Nashville-based company is singer-songwriter Jesse Lee. MPR Entertainment Group’s subsidiaries include Root 49 Music Publishing, 343 Agency, and Root 49 Records.

(L-R): Mark Brown (MPR Entertainment Group, chief creative officer), Jesse Lee, Danny Myrick, Rusty Harmon (Average Joes Management), Carolyn Miller (MPR Entertainment Group, president/CEO)

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Travis Carter has joined Dan Hodges Music, LLC as Creative Director. Carter’s resume includes stops at Sony Nashville and Moraine Music. Reach him at [email protected].

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Sammy Kershaw has joined the roster of Absolute Publicity for public relations representation.

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The Songwriter Agency has expanded its booking roster with the addition of award-winning singer/songwriters Jack Tempchin, Sherrie Austin and The Warren Brothers. More info on the Songwriter Agency here.

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Compass Records Group has announced it will handle distribution of Jim Lauderdale’s new bluegrass album Carolina Moonrise: Bluegrass Songs by Robert Hunter and Jim Lauderdale. The album was released Sept. 25 on Lauderdale’s own Sky Crunch Records.

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International Bluegrass Award-winning band Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice has signed an agreement with Roe Entertainment for Exclusive booking representation, effective immediately. Launched in 2005 by Jim Roe, the company specializes in booking all-acoustic bands, Americana acts, and singer-songwriters.

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The Copyright Society of the South recently held a meeting at ASCAP Nashville to honor three local students with the Award of Excellence.

(L-R): Copyright Society of the South Board Member Amy Cranford, Tish Stewart from Belmont representing Morgan Swank, Caleb Kelly, Cassandra Lavoro (Award of Excellence Scholarship Recipients from MTSU) and Copyright Society of the South's Chairman of the Board John Barker. Photo: Bob Mather

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