Carrie Underwood To Perform At 65th Annual Emmy Awards

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood will perform during a special tribute on the 65th Annual Emmy Awards, slated for this Sunday, Sept. 22, beginning at 8 p.m. ET on CBS Television Network.
The 65th Emmy® Awards will honor the 50th anniversary of 1963 television milestones by featuring a special tribute by six-time Emmy nominee Don Cheadle and a performance by Underwood. Cheadle will present a tribute to television’s role in the assassination coverage of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963 and then connect that event to the performance of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show merely 80 days later on Feb. 9, 1964. Both of these historic events are often mentioned together as two of the most significant television moments in history, and the segment on the Emmy telecast will explore the tie between them.
Following Cheadle’s presentation, Underwood will honor the music of the era with a special performance.

Gloriana Joins Autism Fight With Margaritaville Show

imagesGloriana, Austin Webb, Jaci Velasquez, Bucky Covington, Tyler Barham, and Billy Dean will perform at the upcoming Autism Speaks Presents Autism Sings! concert Oct. 1 at Margaritaville in Nashville to show their support for the battle against autism.
Emceed by Evan Farmer, the show will also include performances by Katie Chance and Logan Blade, both of whom were diagnosed with autism at two years old. Chance serves as the Junior Ambassador for the Autism Speaks Tennessee community, and Blade has performed at the Autism Speaks Walk in Nashville and on stage at the Grand Ole Opry.
Tickets for the concert are $20 per person or $30 per couple and are available at the Autism Speaks website. Autism Speaks has given back more than $2 million to the state of Tennessee over the last five years, and funds are used to support local research, grants, Baker Camp Scholarships, and various toolkits that are available for free, including the 100-Day Kit which provides much-needed support to families during the initial diagnosis period.

Christian Musician Summit Returning to Nashville in October

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The Christian Musician Summit will return to Nashville for its second year, taking place at Belmont Church on 16th Ave. S., and will take place Oct. 4 and 5. The Summit will feature workshops and performances by numerous artists, including Brenton Brown, One Sonic Society, Matt Maher, Phillip LaRue, Sarah Macintosh, Dave Cleveland, Ian Eskelin, Jason Webb, Don Poythress, Tom Lane, Zoro the Drummer, Adam Nitti, Chance ScogginsTom Brooks and many more.
“We are excited to return to Nashville,” says Bruce Adolph, co-founder of the Christian Music Summit conferences and president of the Adolph Agency, Inc. “Adding Nashville to our list of summit locations has been a joy for us and we know we will continue building on the momentum we started last year.”
Participants will engage in two days of workshops taught by Nashville session musicians. Friday’s workshops will cater to songwriters, vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keys, audio and choir. Saturday will include sessions on new and similar topics, including leadership and indie artists.
“This year, we have relocated CMS Nashville to Music Row, which I know will bring an added level of excitement for our participants,” says Matt Kees, president of Christian Musician Summit Inc. “Not only will the attendees learn from the industry’s top professionals, but they will do so in the heart of where the business of Music City happens.”
All CMS attendees will receive access to a concert on Friday, Oct. 4 with performances by One Sonic Society, Maher and Macintosh.
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Bakersfield Sound Hall Of Fame Exhibit Extended Through 2014

Bakersfield-Logo-Vocus-3The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has elected to hold over their exhibit, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country, for another entire year due to its overwhelming popularity. The Dwight Yoakam-narrated exhibit opened in March 2012 and explores the rich roots and lasting impact of the Bakersfield sound. It was originally slated to close its run at the end of this year.
The exhibit received plenty of critical acclaim as well: The Wall Street Journal proclaimed it to be “high spirited and handsomely mounted,” urging readers to “applaud the Country Music Hall of Fame for spotlighting a seminal musical movement that can still thrill and delight.”
“The Bakersfield Sound exhibition has been incredibly popular with our visitors,” said CMHOF Director Kyle Young.  “By extending its run, we are ensuring that even more music fans can learn about a key component of music history.  This exhibition has also been rich with live programming opportunities—we’ve had Kay Adams, Country Music Hall of Fame members Merle Haggard and Jean Shepard, Red Simpson, members of Buck Owens’ family and many more here since the opening—and this extra year will allow us to further expand on the exhibit story with more great programs.”
The Bakersfield Sound exhibit will continue to be accompanied by an ongoing series of school and family programs, including live performances, panel discussions, films, instrument demonstrations and more, through December 2014.

Duos Win at 12th Annual Americana Music Honors & Awards

12th Annual Americana Music Honors And Awards Ceremony Presented By Nissan - Show & Audience

Americana Music Awards. Photo: Erika Goldring/Getty Images

Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, along with Shovels & Rope, were among the evening’s biggest winners at Wednesday evening’s (Sept. 18) 12th Annual Americana Music Honors & Awards, held at the Ryman Auditorium. Harris and Crowell took home Duo of the Year as well as Album of the Year for Old Yellow Moon, and anchored an all-star finale performance of the hit “Leaving Louisiana in Broad Daylight” (co-written by Crowell). Crowell and Harris also performed “Chase the Feeling” during the awards show. South Carolina band Shovels & Rope received the Emerging Artist of the Year honor, along with the Song of the Year trophy for “Birmingham,” from the group’s O’ Be Joyful project.

“We might very well not be here, as a genre and as an association, were it not for Emmy and Rodney,” said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. “That we are celebrating them tonight not for the work they did 35 years ago, but for the work they did this year, on the same show that we’re awarding another duo that is only on its first album, speaks volumes about where we’re headed. What an amazing night.”

Lifetime achievement honors were handed out to Duane Eddy, Dr. John, Robert Hunter and American roots music label executive Chris Strachwitz, all in attendance. Dwight Yoakam was honored with the Artist of the Year trophy (he was not in attendance), presented by Langhorne Slim and The Civil Wars’ Joy Williams.
The Americana Honors & Awards house band led by Buddy Miller, included Don Was, Larry Campbell, Marco Giovino, John Deaderick, Jim Hoke and the McCrary Sisters.
The Americana Honors & Awards, presented by Nissan, aired live on AXS TV,, Sirius/XM’s “Outlaw Country” and WSM. Austin City Limits will broadcast an edited special Nov. 23. Voice of America and Bob Harris of BBC2 will broadcast overseas in the following weeks.
The awards show is the capstone event of the Americana Festival and Conference, presented by Nissan, which runs through Sunday, Sept. 22, with daily seminars, panels and networking opportunities at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel and nighttime performances with more than 130 stacked musical showcases at key venues throughout Nashville.
Read MusicRow’s full review of the program here.
Americana Music Honors & Awards 2013 Winners:
Album of the Year: Old Yellow Moon, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Artist of the Year: Dwight Yoakam
Duo Group of the Year: Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Song of the Year: “Birmingham,” Shovels & Rope
Emerging Artist of the Year: Shovels & Rope
Instrumentalist of the year: Larry Campbell
Trailblazer Award: Old Crow Medicine Show
Spirit of Americana / Free Speech in Music Award co-presented by the Americana Music Association and the First Amendment Center: Stephen Stills
Lifetime Achievement for Instrumentalist: Duane Eddy
Lifetime Achievement Award for Executive: Chris Strachwitz
Lifetime Achievement for Performance: Dr. John
Lifetime Achievement Award for Songwriter: Robert Hunter
President’s Award: Hank Williams

Big Machine Label Group Appoints Director of Administration

Jessica Myers

Jessica Myers

Big Machine Label Group has appointed Jessica Myers as Director of Administration. Myers, a Nashville native and Middle Tennessee State University graduate, will facilitate and oversee all aspects of licensing for Big Machine Label Group, as well as various publishing administration duties for Big Machine Music. Most recently she served as the Director of Copyright Administration at Bluewater Music, handling catalogs for over 100 clients in more than 50 countries. Her extensive knowledge also allowed Myers to work with developers on new registration software currently available to publishers around the world.
“Jessica has jumped right in and not only picked up the ball, but defined a clear vision for building out our licensing and admin department. Her experience and collaborative spirit made her a perfect fit for Big Machine,” said BMLG COO Andrew Kautz.
Myers is also actively involved in the Copyright Society of the South. Previously, she has served as University Outreach Chair and Secretary of S.O.L.I.D (Societies of Leaders in Development). In 2009, Myers was presented with the Nashville Emerging Leader Award (NELA) in Entertainment and Music Business by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce.
She will report to BMLG COO Andrew Kautz and can be reached at [email protected] and 615-345-4534.

NMPA Celebrates Writers During Bluebird Showcase

L-R: Sony/ATV's Terry Wakefield, songwriter Tom Douglas, NMPA president and CEO David Israelite.

Pictured (L-R): Sony/ATV’s Terry Wakefield, songwriter Tom Douglas, NMPA president and CEO David Israelite. Photo: NMPA/Bev Moser

The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) held a songwriters showcase Monday (Sept. 16) night at the Bluebird Café in Nashville where songwriters Tom Douglas, Wendell Mobley, Shane McAnally and Marti Frederiksen performed. Plaques were given during the event to McAnally recognizing his platinum songs “Downtown,” “Better Dig Two,” “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and “Alone With You,” as well as his gold single “Merry Go Round.” Mobley was given a plaque for his gold single, “How Country Feels,” while Douglas received multi-platinum awards for his singles “I Run To You” and “The House That Built Me.” Frederiksen received a platinum plaque for “Undo It,” and a gold plaque for “Mama’s Song” during the evening’s festivities.
L-R: Songwriters Tom Douglas, Wendell Mobley, Shane McAnally, and Marti Frederiksen perform during NMPA's Songwriter Showcase held at Nashville's Bluebird Café Photo credit NMPA/Bev Moser

Pictured (L-R): Songwriters Tom Douglas, Wendell Mobley, Shane McAnally, and Marti Frederiksen perform during NMPA’s Songwriter Showcase held at Nashville’s Bluebird Café
Photo: NMPA/Bev Moser

Publisher Notes: Warner/Chappell, ole, Dan Hodges Music

Warner/Chappell Nashville has completed a worldwide co-publishing agreement with country music songwriter Danny Orton. Orton’s credits include cuts by Rascal Flatts, Chicago, and Tim McGraw. He also co-wrote the new single for Dan+Shay, “19 You & Me.”

Pictured, Back row: Ben Vaughn (Warner/Chappell),  Rohan Kohli (Ozone Entertainment), Matt Michels (Warner/Chappell). Front row: BJ Hill (Warner/Chappell), Danny Orton, Blain Rhodes (Warner/Chappell).

Pictured, Back row: Ben Vaughn (Warner/Chappell), Rohan Kohli (Ozone Entertainment), Matt Michels (Warner/Chappell). Front row: BJ Hill (Warner/Chappell), Danny Orton, Blain Rhodes (Warner/Chappell).

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ole has signed a worldwide publishing deal with artist/songwriter Josh Dorr; the agreement also includes Dorr’s catalog of more than 150 copyrights. “I’m very excited to be part of a team that believes in me and my music and can help take me to the next level as a songwriter,” states Dorr. “I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to make that journey with. I’m glad to be part of team ole!”
Dorr had his first ole cut with singer/songwriter Casey James. A Wyoming native, Dorr grew up playing football and turned to music and songwriting in his late teens. In 2010, he moved to Nashville and began writing with several top songwriters. With ole writer Bruce Wallace and ole legacy writer Kaci Bolls, Dorr penned “Down Goes The Cowboy,” which placed in the Top 3 in the International Songwriting Competition. Dorr also co-wrote the theme song for the television series Open Season (Pursuit Channel) and had the song “I’d Look Good On You” featured in the USA Network’s Necessary Roughness.

Pictured (L-R): Gilles Godard (ole VP, Corporate Affairs and Development), Ben Strain (ole Creative Director, Nashville), John Ozier (ole GM, Nashville Creative), ole writer Josh Dorr, Kelly Donley (Safford & Motley) and Scott Safford (Safford & Motley).

Pictured (L-R): Gilles Godard (ole VP, Corporate Affairs and Development); Ben Strain (ole Creative Director, Nashville); John Ozier (ole GM, Nashville Creative); ole writer Josh Dorr; Kelly Donley (Safford & Motley) and Scott Safford (Safford & Motley).

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dan hodges music logo1Dan Hodges Music has promoted Angie Withrow to Creative-Admin Liason, where she will manage information flow between the creative and administrative arm. She has spent 15 years working on the creative and the administrative side of the business. She recently celebrated her one-year anniversary in copyright administration with Dan Hodges Music. She can be reached at [email protected].
Nickie Lancaster has joined Dan Hodges Music as Creative Director. She is a graduate of University of Tennessee in Knoxville and comes from a sports management background, having served in positions with YMCA, Williamson County Parks and Recreation, D1 Sports, ESPN, Nashville Predators and Knoxville Ice Bears. Lancaster can be reached at [email protected].

Old Crow Medicine Show Inducted Into Grand Ole Opry


Pictured (L-R): Steve Buchanan, President, Opry Entertainment Group, Old Crow Medicine Show – Gill Landry, Kevin Hayes, Cory Younts, Critter Fuqua, Chance McCoy, Ketch Secor, Morgan Jahnig and Pete Fisher,Vice-President and general manager Grand Ole Opry. Photo: Chris Hollo

Tuesday evening (Sept. 17) Opry members Dierks Bentley and Marty Stuart inducted Old Crow Medicine Show into the Grand Ole Opry. Years ago, some of the band’s first performances in Nashville took place on the Opry’s sidewalks. In honor of those early days, the band performed  for fans waiting outside the Opry last night, playing songs like “Brave Boys” and “Hesitation Blues.”
On the venue’s stage, Opry VP and General Manager Pete Fisher joined Bentley and Stuart to present the band with its Opry member award. “Congratulations, Old Crow, on being a part of the coolest club there is,” said Bentley, while Stuart added, “You offer a whole new energy and love for country music in the 21st century.”
Old Crow Member Ketch Secor, who was recently feted for his first No. 1 song, spoke on behalf of the group, saying, “We’re standing out here on the most beloved broadcast anywhere on earth. I think we made it big on radio! … We the Old Crows are just so proud to be entrusted to carry on the traditions of the Grand Ole Opry’s good-natured riot.”
After performing “Wagon Wheel,” the band invited fellow members Bentley, Stuart, Connie Smith and Del McCoury to join them for “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and “I Saw The Light.”
“Old Crow has over the years become a favorite of Opry audiences and everyone backstage, as well,” said Fisher. “It’s fun for so many of us that in many ways Old Crow looks and sounds a lot like some of the great early Opry bands like Roy Acuff and his Smoky Mountain Boys—bands which helped propel the Opry to national prominence. Tonight represents a great full circle, and as the great Jimmy Dickens says, ‘The circle can’t be broken.’”

Old Crow Medicine Show adding their name plaque to the Opry Member Gallery. Photo: Chris Hollo

Following the induction, the band added a plaque bearing its name to the Opry Member Gallery backstage at the Opry House.
Old Crow Medicine Show will perform concerts on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 27 at 10 a.m.

Songwriter Dean Dillon To Be Honored As BMI Icon

Dean Dillon

Dean Dillon

Broadcast Music, Inc.® will celebrate the songwriting career of Dean Dillon by naming him a BMI Icon at the Company’s 61st annual BMI Country Awards. The invitation-only event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at BMI’s Music Row offices in Nashville, to honor the songwriters and publishers of the most-performed country songs of the previous year.
The BMI Icon award is given to “songwriters who have had a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” An all-star musical tribute will pay homage to Dillon, who joins a list of past honorees that includes Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and others.
“Since signing with BMI, Dean has risen through the ranks to become one of the most prolific and consistent hit makers in the country format. He was inspired by and wrote with songwriting greats including Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard, and has now himself become a mentor to many in our industry,” said BMI’s President Del Bryant. “Dean Dillon exemplifies a true icon of his craft and has become a vital link between the master songwriters of the past and the up and comers of today. We at BMI could not be more proud to celebrate his accomplishments,” Bryant added.
From hitchhiking to Nashville with little more than a guitar and a notebook of songs in 1973 to a stint playing Hank Williams in the Country Music Show at Opryland and a variety of recording and publishing deals, Dillon’s career has followed anything but a linear path. The one constant, though, was the remarkable quality of his songwriting.
While charting eight of his songs as a recording artist, with “I’m Into the Bottle (To Get You Out of My Mind)” breaking into the Top 30, Dillon contributed some of country’s most revered works writing for other artists. His first No. 1 hit was “Lying Here in Love With You,” recorded by Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius and co-written with Gary Harrison. He continued through the late 1970s, writing for major players such as George Jones, notably penning “Tennessee Whiskey.” The 1980s saw many hits for George Strait including his first Top 10 hit, “Unwound,” followed by many No. 1 hits such as “The Chair,” “Nobody in His Right Mind Would Have Left Her” and “Ocean Front Property.”
His most recent hits have included George Strait’s “Here for a Good Time” and “Livin’ For the Night” as well as “It’s a Little Too Late” performed by Toby Keith and “I’m Alive” by Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews. An industry veteran of 40 years, Dillon continues to write to this day and has even stepped back into the world of recording again, this time a duet with longtime friend Strait titled “West Texas Town.”
Dillon’s career boasts 26 songs that exceed one million performances and a combined total of 31 BMI Country and Pop awards. George Strait alone has recorded 54 of his songs. In 2002, Dillon was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and in 2011, he was nominated for a Grammy Award for Country Song of the Year for George Strait’s “Breath You Take.”