Artist Updates (8-29-13)

Brad Paisley took a break during the California run of his “Beat This Summer Tour presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®” to visit GOOGLE headquarters and participate in the Talks at Google Program, as well as trying out some Google Glass. Talks at Google was moderated by Dana Vetter, a Music Marketing Program Manager at YouTube, as she asked questions and took questions from the Googlers in attendance.

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Charles Esten, who portrays Deacon Claybourne on the television series Nashville, joined fellow songwriters Kendell Marvel (Georgia Buggy Music) and James LeBlanc (BMG Music/Songs of KingSpirit) backstage after they performed a song they co-wrote, “Climb The Walls,” on the Grand Ole Opry.

Pictured (L-R): Kendell Marvel, Charles Esten, James LeBlanc.

Pictured (L-R): Kendell Marvel, Charles Esten, James LeBlanc.

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Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson

Country Music Hall of Famer Whisperin’ Bill Anderson recently served as Honorary Captain of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team on Saturday (Aug. 24), during a game between the Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Singer-songwriter Danika Portz has partnered with Las Vegas-based Bettie Page Clothing. The company opened its first store in 2007 and is inspired by Nashville native Bettie Page; the company is now in 15 markets. Bettie Page Clothing’s Nashville store opened in early July in the former Gruhn Guitars location at 400 Broadway.

Portz is signed to Green Hills Music Group and Grin Like A Dog Songs for publishing and artist development.

 Woody Bomar, Green Hills Music Group, Tatyana Khomyakova, Betty Page Designer, Portz, Jan Glasser, Betty Page CEO and Leslie Mitchell, Grin Like A Dog Songs.

Pictured (L-R): Woody Bomar, Green Hills Music Group; Tatyana Khomyakova, Betty Page Designer; Portz; Jan Glasser, Betty Page CEO; Leslie Mitchell, Grin Like A Dog Songs.

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Jimmy Wayne

Jimmy Wayne will help the March of Dimes present the 18th Annual Signature Chefs Auction. The organization is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2013, and the event, titled “The Farmer and the Chef,” will feature a farm-to-table, all local menu of food and spirits. Wayne will be on hand to perform live for the expected 500 in attendance. The event will be held Sept. 9 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Nashville.

The March of Dimes’ mission is to prevent premature births, birth defects and infant mortality. For more information, visit

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Josey Milner

Teen Country artist Josey Milner will be interviewed during the Art Sees Diner show today (Aug. 29) at 7 p.m. ET. She will discuss her single, “Not Pretty Enough,” her work with anti-bullying charity Angels and Doves and how she balances a full touring schedule with her senior year of high school. For more information, visit


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