Snapshots: Rucker, Hayes, and SOLID

Darius Rucker Joins The Opry
Darius Rucker was formally inducted into the Grand Ole Opry last night (10/16) by Opry member Vince Gill. A tearful Rucker and the audience watched a clip on the Opry’s barn screen of fellow member Keith Urban sending his congratulations “from Las Vegas,” but the star then surprised them by appearing onstage. Rucker’s family and friends, including Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Marino, also joined him.

(L-R): Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry VP and General Manager; Vince Gill; Darius Rucker; Dan Marino; Steve Buchanan, Grand Ole Opry President. Photo: Chris Hollo

Hunter Hayes Plays Staples Center
Hunter Hayes performed at the LA Staples Center last night (10/16) as party of Carrie Underwood’s tour. iTunes released the EP Hunter Hayes: Live yesterday, and his single “Wanted” is nearing double Platinum status. Catch him on Ellen Oct. 22.

Celebrating backstage (L-R): Rob Light, CAA Managing Partner; Hunter Hayes; Randy Phillips, Pres. & CEO AEG Live; Darin Murphy, CAA Nashville; Larry Vallon, SVP AEG; and Marc Friedenberg, AEG VP

SOLID Elects Officers
SOLID elected its 2013 officers recently. The new leadership team is pictured below. SOLID is also accepting new member applications through Oct. 31, details at

Pictured (L-R): Brian O'Neil, CAA, 2013 SOLID Vice President; Sarah McGrady, CMA, 2013 SOLID President; Kate Dore, Outback Concerts, 2013 SOLID Secretary; and Michelle Tigard Kammerer, CRB, 2013 SOLID Treasurer


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