MusicRowPics: Austin Webb Artist Visit

On Tuesday (Jan. 15), Streamsound Records’ Austin Webb visited MusicRow headquarters. The South Carolina native moved to Nashville after winning a songwriting competition.
“I just up and quit my job in South Carolina and moved to Nashville to write and sing, but it turned out to be harder than I thought,” Webb laughed.
Webb’s demos caught Byron Gallimore’s attention and the rest is history.
Webb recently released his first single “It’s All Good,” which he co-wrote. During his visit to MusicRow, he performed an acoustic set of “It’s All Good,” along with “Southern Belle” and “Getting Even.”
The music video for “It’s All Good” is forthcoming, along with his debut album, which is expected to be released later this year. For more information on Webb, visit austinwebbmusic.com.
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Simply Grand Music Opens Nashville Branch

sgmSimply Grand Music, Inc., the original home of “Wooly Bully,” is proud to announce the expansion of their offices to Nashville.
“I’ve been a voting member of CMA and GRAMMY awards for nearly 30 years,” said President Linda Lucchesi. “I feel like this is a great time to expand to the Nashville scene. I have a fantastic new artist and songwriter, Ciera Ouellette, releasing her debut EP in March. We want to have a presence in Nashville.”
Simply Grand Music, Inc. owns over 1,500 songs and 3,000 masters. Songwriters in the catalog include Bob McDill, Stan Kesler, Stacy Davidson, Charles Chalmers, Bobby Wood and many more. Songs in the company’s catalog have been recorded by Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Etta James, George Jackson, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Bettye LaVette, the Memphis Horns and others.
They are actively looking for new songwriters and taking music submissions. Find information on how to submit at their website, www.simplygrandmusic.com.

MusicRow No. 1 Song

tbpSome of country music’s latest singles have taken to the dark side. The Band Perry continues this trend with their current No. 1, “Better Dig Two.”
The sibling trio tops this week’s MusicRow Chart with a seemingly not-so-innocent song about death, telling the gravedigger “he better dig two.” Although lyrical ambiguity may leave the listener to draw independent conclusions, the dramatic production makes a strong case towards persuading a belief about vengeful underpinnings.
Written by Trevor Rosen, Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark, the nine-week Republic Nashville single precedes a yet-to-be-titled sophomore album from the band, expected April 2.
In November, MusicRow’s Robert K. Oermann looked positively upon the track, in his DISClaimer single review. “Very cool,” noted Oermann. “The crisp little banjo licks, thumpy percussion and sonic crashes give it a super dramatic sound. The dark, threatening lyric and the energetic vocals are pluses as well. Innovative and ear catching.”

If this bold single gives us any indication of the direction that the Perry siblings will take with this forthcoming April release, we continue to have great expectations. Catch a glimpse of the song’s visual interpretation with the official music video directed by Declan Whitebloom, below.

ACM Adds Two-Day Outdoor Music Festival in April

ACM ExperienceThe Academy of Country Music has added a two-night outdoor music festival to the ACM Experience, now a fan-focused three-day event that includes the ACM Expo and the ACM Outdoor Stage Concert. The event will be held April 5-7, 2013 at The Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
On Friday, April 5, The Band Perry will headline, along with performers Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert and Justin Moore. On Saturday, April 6, headliner Dierks Bentley will take the stage, as well as Kix Brooks, Eli Young Band and Hunter Hayes. The event will culminate with the ACM Fan Jam, a ticketed event lead by Brad Paisley on Sunday, April 7.
The ACM will also continue to offer the free Fremont Street concerts surrounding the awards.
Ticket packages are available through The Orleans Hotel and Casino or by calling 1-800-675-3267.
The Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live on CBS on April 7 at 8 p.m. ET from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
 

MusicRowRecess: A Rough Day in the Studio

Although this would never happen in Nashville, sometimes a day in the life of a recording engineer can be challenging. Just ask this guy. (PS: Don’t bail before the 0:35 mark.)
http://youtu.be/ZhO08wO8Bvg

Luke Bryan Extends Headlining Tour

lukeThe first leg of Luke Bryan’s shows on his headline tour, the Dirt Road Diaries Tour, have all sold out. The current 21-city run has now been extended with a second leg beginning May 17 in Virginia Beach, VA. Florida Georgia Line and Thompson Square are special guests on both legs.
“I feel like I have waited a lifetime to take my own show on the road,” shared Bryan. “The band and I have a lot of exciting things in store for the fans and are eager to get it started!”
Bryan was recently tapped to co-host the 48th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards, airing on April 7 on CBS.
Dirt Road Diaries Tour – Second Leg:
May 17–Virginia Beach, Va.-Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
May 18– Washington, D.C.–Jiffy Lube Live
May 31–Hartford, Conn.–Comcast Theatre
June 1–Philadelphia, Pa.–Susquehanna Bank Center
June 2–Boston, Mass.–Comcast Center
June 13–Peoria, Ill.–Peoria Civic Center
June 14–St. Louis–Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 15–Chicago–First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 11–Birmingham, Ala.–Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
July 12–Charlotte, N.C.–Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 13–Raleigh, N.C.–Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
July 14–Atlanta, Ga.–Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
July 20–Detroit–Energy Music Theatre
July 21–Indianapolis–Klipsch Music Center
July 26–Albuquerque, N.M.–Isleta Amphitheatre
July 27–Phoenix, Ariz.–Desert Sky Pavilion
Aug. 8–Sacramento, Ca.–Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Aug. 9–Mountain View, Ca.–Shoreline Amphitheatre
Aug. 10–Irvine, Ca.–Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 11–San Diego–Sleep Train Amphitheatre formerly Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 23–Bethel, N.Y.–Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Aug. 24–Holmdel, N.J.–PNC  Bank Arts Center
Aug. 25–Saratoga Springs, N.Y.–Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Sept. 12–Wichita, Kan.–INTRUST Bank Arena
Sept. 14–Tulsa, Okla.–BOK Center
Sept. 20–Salt Lake City–USANA Amphitheatre
Sept. 21–Denver–Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Sept. 26–Cincinnati–Riverbend Music Center
Sept. 27–Cleveland–Blossom Music Center
Sept. 28–Pittsburgh–First Niagara Pavilion
Oct. 17–Little Rock, Ark.–Verizon Arena
Oct. 18–Nashville, Tenn.–Bridgestone Arena
Oct. 19–Lexington, Ky.–Rupp Arena
Oct. 25–Tampa, Fla.–1-800-ASK GARY Amphitheatre
Oct. 26–West Palm Beach, Fla.–Cruzan Amphitheatre

Industry Ink (1/18/13)

1jon walker babyAristoWorks’ Jon Walker and wife Tessa welcomed their first child, daughter Elle Lynn Walker, on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Elle weighed 6 lbs, 8 oz at birth and was born at 9:32 a.m. CT.

Jon is the Director of AristoWorks New Media at The AristoMedia Group. He is the son of AristoMedia President/CEO Jeff Walker and wife Terri. This is the Walker’s second grandchild.

Elle is the great-granddaughter of arranger, producer, conductor and music director Bill Walker and niece of AristoPR’s Director of Publicity Christy Watkins.

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In a unique partnership, IMMERSE, the Gospel Music Association’s Music Training Experience, will be held in its entirety at LifeWay Christian Resources’ corporate headquarters in downtown Nashville. Registration is now open for the fifth annual event, set for May 26-29. LifeWay’s 21-acre campus allows IMMERSE to be held entirely in one location, with more than one million square feet of space for concerts, conferences, networking events and meals. Programming for the 2013 event will include classes in music business, songwriting and artist development. Visit www.ExperienceIMMERSE.com for more information.

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SOLID held their first General Assembly meeting of the year on Jan. 8 at the iconic Oceanway Studios. Warner Music Nashville’s President and CEO John Esposito was the guest speaker.

 

(L-R): Kent Wolfenbarger, SOLID Education Chair, Brittany Adkins Schaffer, SOLID Education Co-chair, SOLID President Sarah McGrady, John Esposito, SOLID Treasurer Michelle Tigard Kammerer and SOLID Vice President Brian O'Neil.

(L-R): Kent Wolfenbarger, SOLID Education Chair, Brittany Adkins Schaffer, SOLID Education Co-chair, SOLID President Sarah McGrady, John Esposito, SOLID Treasurer Michelle Tigard Kammerer and SOLID Vice President Brian O’Neil.


 
 

Weekly Chart Report (1/18/13)


Tyler Farr recently visited with WGNA PD Tom Jacobsen in Albany during his acoustic tour. Farr’s “Redneck Crazy is expected as an upcoming single from the Columbia Nashville singer.

Tyler Farr recently visited WGNA’s PD Tom Jacobsen in Albany during an acoustic tour. Farr’s “Redneck Crazy” is expected as the next release from the Columbia Nashville singer.


SPIN ZONE
The Band Perry tops the chart this week at No. 1 with “Better Dig Two” after only nine weeks running. The sibling trio succeeds Little Big Town‘s “Tornado,” which topped the chart last week, now landing at No. 2. Gary Allan‘s “Every Storm (Runs Out Of Rain)” climbs a spot to No. 3 while Jason Aldean‘s “The Only Way I Know” sits at No. 4. Rounding out the top five, Taylor Swift‘s “Begin Again” jumps two places this week to No. 5. New to the top ten this week are Tim McGraw‘s “One Of Those Nights,” leaping from No. 11 to No. 6; Carrie Underwood‘s “Two Black Cadillacs,” jumping six spots to No. 7; and Kacey Musgraves‘ “Merry Go Round,” which lands at No. 9.
Blake Shelton‘s “Sure Be Cool If You Did” at No. 21 was the top mover this week with 677 additional spins. Miranda Lambert‘s “Mama’s Broken Heart” at No. 25 gained another 603 spins while Eric Church‘s “Like Jesus Does” added 503 spins and lands at No. 44. All three top movers are in their second week on the chart.
Debuts this week were plentiful. Nine newcomers were added to the chart, including Andy Griggs‘ “Twenty Little Angels” at No. 62. Jake Owen followed with his “Anywhere With You” at No. 66, Josh Pruno‘s “23rd Psalm” took No. 67 and Kip Moore‘s “Hey Pretty Girl” occupies the No. 68 slot. Train‘s “Bruises” (feat. Ashley Monroe) also was among the debuts this week appearing on the chart at No. 74.
Frozen Playlists: KTHK, WBYZ, WCMS, WDHR

Upcoming Singles
January 22
Florida Georgia Line/Get Your Shine On/Republic Nashville
Lonestar/Maybe Someday/Tenacity
Chris Janson/Better I Don’t/Bigger Picture
Train feat. Ashley Monroe/Bruises/Crush-Columbia-9 North
Kelly Parkes/As Good As Me/Ocala
January 24
John Karl/That’s What I Believe
Andy Griggs/Don’t Let Go
January 28
Eric Church/Like Jesus Does/EMI
Billy Ray Cyrus/Hillbilly Heart (Keeping It Country)/Blue Cadillac
Blackberry Smoke/Pretty Little Lie/Southern Ground
February 4
Joel Crouse/If You Want Some/Show Dog–Universal
Kendall Phillips/You Should Know/HMG-Stellar Vision

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New On The Chart—Debuting This Week
Artist/song/label — chart pos.
Andy Griggs/Twenty Little Angels/Little Hannel Records-Spin Doctors Music Group – 62
Jake Owen/Anywhere With You/RCA – 66
Josh Pruno/23rd Psalm/Lawrence Music Group – 67
Kip Moore/Hey Pretty Girl/MCA – 68
Train (feat. Ashley Monroe)/Bruises/Columbia – 74
Summer Schappell/It Ought To Be a Sin/615 Records – 76
Aaron Watson/Lips – 78
Drankmore/You Got To Me/Back Lounge – 79
The Farm/Be Grateful/Warner Nashville – 80
Most Added
Artist/song/label — New Adds
Eric Church/Like Jesus Does/EMI Nashville – 39
Miranda Lambert/Mama’s Broken Heart/RCA – 26
Blake Shelton/Sure Be Cool If You Did/Warner Bros. – 24
Florida Georgia Line/Get Your Shine On/Republic Nashville – 24
Jake Owen/Anywhere With You/RCA – 23
The Henningsens/American Beautiful/Arista – 22
Darius Rucker/Wagon Wheel/Capitol – 21
Rascal Flatts/Changed/Big Machine – 18
Easton Corbin/All Over The Road/Mercury – 16
Greatest Spin Increase
Artist/song/label — spin+
Blake Shelton/Sure Be Cool If You Did/Warner Bros. – 677
Miranda Lambert/Mama’s Broken Heart/RCA – 603
Eric Church/Like Jesus Does/EMI Nashville – 503
Chris Young/I Can Take It From There/RCA Nashville – 462
Darius Rucker/Wagon Wheel/Capitol – 445
On Deck—Soon To Be Charting
Artist/song/label — spins
Samantha Landrum/Hometown/Reviver-RED-BDG – 149
Lonestar/Maybe Someday – 139
Big & Rich/Party Like Cowboyz/Warner – 135
Phoenix Stone/100 Proof Moonshine/Stonehall – 132
Hannah McNeil/I Gotta Leave You For Me – 117

Brett Eldredge Visited with WGTY staff to promote his latest single, “Don’t Ya.” A music video for the song was recently shot in Nashville. Pictured (L-R): Katie Bright, Scott Donato (WGTY/York) and Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge Visited with WGTY staff to promote his latest single, “Don’t Ya.” A music video for the song was recently shot in Nashville. Pictured (L-R): Katie Bright, Scott Donato (WGTY/York) and Brett Eldredge


Andy Griggs recently visited with WSM and Bill Cody about his new song, “Twenty Little Angels,” written for, and benefiting those involved in the Newtown tragedy. The track takes our highest debut this week at No. 62. Pictured (L-R): Al Brock (Spin Doctors Music Group President), Cathy Nakos (Andy’s manager), Andy Griggs, and Bill Cody (WSM)

Andy Griggs recently visited with WSM and Bill Cody about his new song, “Twenty Little Angels,” written for and benefiting those involved in the Newtown tragedy. The track takes our highest debut this week at No. 62. Pictured (L-R): Al Brock (Spin Doctors Music Group President), Cathy Nakos (Andy’s manager), Andy Griggs, and Bill Cody (WSM)


Lonestar met up with KSON/San Diego PD Kevin Callahan at show to benefit St. Jude, recently. A 2013 album release is expected following the reunited band's current single, "Maybe Someday," which lands On Deck this week. Pictured (L-R): Chris DeCarlo (Bigger Picture Group), Dave Taft (WBCT PD), Chris Janson, Doug Montgomery (WBCT OM), Michael Powers (Bigger Picture Group)

Lonestar met up with KSON/San Diego PD Kevin Callahan at show to benefit St. Jude recently. A 2013 album is expected to follow the reunited band’s current single, “Maybe Someday,” which lands On Deck this week. Pictured (L-R): Chris DeCarlo (Bigger Picture Group), Dave Taft (WBCT PD), Chris Janson, Doug Montgomery (WBCT OM), Michael Powers (Bigger Picture Group)

Hunter Hayes Is 'Wanted' At No. 1

Pictured (back row, L-R): Scott Hendricks, Universal Music Group’s Cyndi Forman and Whitney Williams, Martingale Entertainment’s Betsy McHugh and Ansel Davis, and producer Dann Huff; (front row, L-R): Universal Music Publishing Group’s Kent Earls, co-writer Troy Verges, Hunter Hayes, BMI’s Jody Williams, and Warner Music Nashville’s John Esposito.

Pictured (back row, L-R): Scott Hendricks, Universal Music Group’s Cyndi Forman and Whitney Williams, Martingale Entertainment’s Betsy McHugh and Ansel Davis, and producer Dann Huff; (front row, L-R): Universal Music Publishing Group’s Kent Earls, co-writer Troy Verges, Hunter Hayes, BMI’s Jody Williams, and Warner Music Nashville’s John Esposito.


The multi-talented Hunter Hayes celebrated his first No. 1 single, “Wanted,” with a New Orleans-themed brunch at Nashville’s BMI offices on Thursday (Jan. 17). “Wanted” was co-written with veteran songwriter Troy Verges, who also co-wrote Kip Moore’s “Beer Money.”
“Wanted” is currently nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance (Hayes is nominated for three Grammy Awards this year). During the event, Hayes was surprised with a plaque commemorating “Wanted” as a double-platinum single.
In keeping with BMI tradition for writers earning their first No. 1 song, Jody Williams presented Hayes with a special-edition acoustic guitar. Meanwhile, as attendees dined on an array of breakfast treats, including French toast and yogurt parfaits, Warner Music Nashville CEO John Esposito took a moment to praise Hayes’ parents, who were also in attendance, for instilling an admirable work ethic in their son. “If all the artists worked as hard as this kid,” said Esposito, “our life would be better.”
Hayes took the stage to thank Verges for co-writing the song and the industry for supporting him. “I’ve never known anything but music,” he said. “It blows me away that my parents let me move to Nashville and moved with me. One of the first things I learned from them was that there’s no ‘right way’ to write a song. You just write it.”
 

Charlie Cook On Air: Music Row Investments

CCook-onair-smTax time is right around the corner. Most of us are looking at our budgets and making adjustments to spending and savings. This is the time of the year we look at our investment portfolios and readjust the percentages. Maybe we want a little more in stocks and less in bonds, as they appear to have maxed out their yields. I thought I would do the same with the Country Music portfolio for 2013.
Last year the hot stocks were Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Jason Aldean. Miranda Lambert was like a municipal bond that we bought in 2009. She just kept paying off year after year. All growth and no downside. If you watched the CMA awards shows from around 2006 on, you knew that Lambert was going to be a fund to buy and hold for years. Your investment has paid off handsomely.
Bryan and Church were like IPOs last year that had built a base in the last few years. They were ready to come onto the market in 2012 and BAM! Both came out hot and got hotter as the year progressed. What does 2013 hold? Kenny Chesney loaded up on all the Church stock he could get his hands on for 2013 so he looks like a great bet.
Aldean is a blue chip stock that you can buy and leave alone for years. Just collect the dividends year in and year out. If you bought Blake Shelton at the beginning of 2012 you made money. There is concern that inflation is on the horizon. It makes sense to have a few stocks that are protected against inflation. Shelton is one of them because he is so diversified, not only radio but TV, Concerts, chart-topping records and marketing (Twitter). I would continue buying Blake.
It is always good to invest in some small caps. You can get real growth out of these small caps because the upside is so high. Bryan would have been a small cap in 2010. Look at him now. Small caps for 2013? Hunter Hayes and Jana Kramer would be a couple of picks. I would also put some money into Kip Moore, Casey James and Dustin Lynch. If you want a runner pick, try Florida Georgia Line.
I think we want a few more blue chips to balance the portfolio. How about Carrie Underwood, the aforementioned Chesney, Tim McGraw and what about the Google of Country Music, Taylor Swift?
Even with the military being cut back under the current administration, I like to be in defense stocks. This is a crazy world and having a foot in the defense sector seems like a good idea to me. I would buy some Lady Antebellum, a little Zac Brown Band and Rascal Flatts. This will protect you against missing out on big hits.
I am not a great stock picker and trying to unearth a penny stock that makes your portfolio a big gainer is very difficult. Perhaps being in a fund is the best bet. How about a fund that is called Country Music. That sounds like a winner to me.
(The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of MusicRow.)