Jason Aldean has toured the country this year with his own “Night Train.” The tour, named after the album’s title track and current MusicRow No. 1 song, talks about sneaking out to a spot nobody knows to hear box cars in the distance.
In his new music video (below) for the Michael Dulaney and Neil Thrasher track however, it’s clear Aldean is also referring to his 2013 tour by the same name. This year, the singer’s semi trucks have rolled into towns across the country, breaking records at shows including UGA’s Sanford Stadium, Boston’s Fenway Park, Wyoming’s Cheyenne’s Frontier Days.
Since debuting in 2005, the reigning ACM Male Vocalist of the Year has become one of Country’s top entertainers. Early CMA voting consideration has the Broken Bow recording artist up for Entertainer, Album and Male Vocalist of the Year, in addition to Single of the Year (“Take A Little Ride”), Song of the Year (“Night Train”), Video of the Year (“1994”) and Collaboration of the Year (“The Only Way I Know” feat. Eric Church and Luke Bryan).
Congratulations to the teams at BBR, Spalding Entertainment, Buddy Lee Attractions and the GreenRoom PR for this most recent No. 1!
Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, Big & Rich, the Mavericks, and Don Schlitz have been added to the lineup for the 7th Annual ACM Honors coming up Sept. 10 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Lady A is set to receive the Jim Reeves International Award during the evening’s festivities, which will include musical tributes and awards presentations.
Those artists join previously announced musical performers Rodney Crowell & Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill & Paul Franklin, Kree Harrison, Robert Earl Keen, Lorrie Morgan, Jesse Keith Whitley, Chris Young, and Thompson Square on the celebration, which touts the non-televised special honorees and winners from the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.
Jason Aldean will also be awarded the Crystal Milestone Award during the evening, while Blake Shelton is set to receive the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award.
Tickets for the event are available at Ticketmaster.com and at the Ryman Auditorium box office.
Brantley Gilbert will kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series’ GEICO 400 race with a pre-race concert at Chicagoland Speedway’s infield on Sunday, Sept. 15. While fans with tickets listen to Gilbert’s music from grandstand seating, Pit and Infield Fan Zone Experience pass holders can listen to the singer’s hits from the infield, including “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.”
“Anytime we have an opportunity to bring someone as talented as Brantley Gilbert, to a race of this magnitude to play in front of such an incredible group of NASCAR, we’re thrilled to do so,” says Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta. “I know Brantley will put on an amazing show!”
“As one of our sport’s most anticipated events, the kick-off to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup deserves one of music’s most exciting acts, and Brantley Gilbert certainly fits that mold,” says Chicagoland Speedway president Scott Paddock. “We have a history of top-talent performing here and by continuing to provide our fans with first-class entertainment, along with the GEICO 400, a playoff caliber race that has paved the way for back-to-back Champions, we are confident that our guests will have the experience of a lifetime this September.”
For more information, visit ChicagolandSpeedway.com.
Neal McCoy is giving a nod to one of his heroes with the release of his latest CD: PRIDE: A Tribute To Charley Pride. Darius Rucker, Trace Adkins, and Raul Malo all join McCoy to honor Pride on the 11-song collection that includes “I’m Just Me” (Malo), “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin” (Rucker), “Roll On Mississippi” (Adkins), and “Kaw-Liga.” The set is due out Sept. 24.
Pride made a cameo appearance in the video for “Kaw-Liga,” and he and McCoy have a longtime friendship and mutual admiration society – Pride has mentored McCoy since first hearing him sing at a competition in Dallas in 1981. Pride has enjoyed a career that has spanned nearly 50 years and has sold more than 70 million albums. He turns 75 this year, and is touring Australia for the first time in 17 years this November.
A film about his life starring Terrence Howard was reportedly in the works awhile back but got stalled during the Hollywood writer’s strike, according to Sunshinecoastdaily.com.
Michael O’Neill has been named as the successor for BMI’s long-serving president and CEO Del Bryant.
O’Neill has been with BMI for 20 years, most recently as Sr. VP of repertoire and licensing. O’Neill’s appointment was a unanimous decision by BMI’s board of directors. O’Neill will begin his new role as CEO on Sept. 16, and as president of the company in June 2014.
“I am honored that the BMI Board of Directors chose me to follow in the footsteps of two truly iconic CEOs who have led BMI for the past 28 years – Frances Preston and Del Bryant,” said O’Neill in a statement. “I am also thrilled that I will have the ability to rely on Del’s counsel over the coming year as he is an exceptional executive, leader, role model and friend.”
Bryant announced his plans to exit BMI in May of this year, saying that he was “privileged to lead this company I love, one of the world’s greatest music companies. I began my career with BMI in 1972 and after four decades with the company and 10 years as CEO, I’m excited to be moving back to my hometown of Nashville where my family and I will build a farm on beautiful land purchased by my folks with money earned from their BMI catalog. I look forward to working with the board during the transition period, and to supporting the company as a consultant after retiring as CEO.”
Jason Aldean’s “Night Train” stops at the top of MusicRow’s chart, taking the No. 1 spot with 3141 spins. Meanwhile, Tim McGraw’s “Southern Girl” moves up one spot, jumping to No. 2. Toby Keith’s “Drinks After Work” climbs to No. 3, while Blake Shelton’s “Mine Would Be You” jumps to No. 4. Shelton’s spouse Miranda Lambert is close behind, with her single “All Kinds Of Kinds” landing at No. 5. Rounding out the Top 10 this week is Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind Of Night” at No. 6, Taylor Swift’s “Red” at No. 7, Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This” at No. 8, Eric Paslay’s “Friday Night” at No. 9 and Eli Young Band’s “Drunk Last Night” at No. 10.
The Band Perry’s “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely” is the week’s greatest gainer, rising to No. 23 with an additional 400 spins. Dierks Bentley’s “I Hold On” climbs thirteen spots, moving to No. 40 with 303 more spins. Jake Owen’s “Days Of Gold” leaps to No. 16 with another 235 spins, while Brad Paisley’s “I Can’t Change The World” sits at No. 20 with another 234 spins. Finally, Zac Brown Band’s “Sweet Annie” ascends to No. 39 with an added 228 spins.
MusicRow’s Chart welcomes six sensational debuts this week, with Kellie Pickler’s “Little Bit Gypsy” debuting at No. 67, Hunter Hayes feat. Jason Mraz’s “Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me” at No. 96, Sara Evans’ “Slow Me Down” at No. 70, Philip Claypool’s “Strong One” at No. 75, IMAJ’s “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner” at No. 76 and Joanna Mosca’s “I Guess That Says It All” at No. 80.
Frozen Playlists: KMOK, WPPL, KIAI, KICR, WDHR, WIBL
News: Jim Quinton announced via email that he will no longer serve as the Music Director for WPPL, FM, Mountain Country. Quinton expressed appreciation for the time he spent at the station, saying, “I have enjoyed working with you all for the past 5 and a half years and wish you and your artists all the best!”
Quinton won the MusicRow Reporter Of The Year award in 2012. The industry is sad to see Quinton leave his current post but looks forward to seeing him in a new position in Country radio very soon.
New opportunities can reach Jim at [email protected].
American Young/Love Is War/Curb
Brothers Osborne/Let’s Go There/EMI Nashville
Chris Janson/Cut Me Some Slack/Bigger Picture
Striking Matches/Trouble Is As Trouble Does/Crush-Pear Trees Suck Records
Jo Dee Messina/Peace Sign/Dreambound
Kevin Fowler/How Country Are Ya?/Kevin Fowler
Matt Farris/Resident Redneck/Skytone
Derek Anthony/Cowboy Way/B L U A N T Music Group
Jamie Stever/Make My Day/Tri-Mount Entertainment
Colton James/101 Proof/Nine North
Payton Taylor/Small Town Paradise/Payton Taylor
Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert/We Were Us/Capitol Nashville-RCA Nashville
Sara Evans/Slow Me Down/RCA Nashville
Randy Houser/Goodnight Kiss/Stoney Creek Records
Erica Nicole/Daughter Of The Revolution/Heaven-Nine North-Turnpike
Hank Williams Jr. feat. Merle Haggard/I Think I’ll Just Stay Here And Drink/Bocephus-Blaster-Quarterback
New On The Chart—Debuting This Week
Artist/song/label — chart pos.
Kellie Pickler/Little Bit Gypsy/Black River – 67
Hunter Hayes feat. Jason Mraz/Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me/Atlantic/Warner Bros. – 96
Sara Evans/Slow Me Down/RCA – 70
Philip Claypool/Strong One/HeyDay Records – 75
IMAJ/Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner/Thomas Triomphe Records – 76
Joanna Mosca/I Guess That Says It All/Dolce Diva Music – 80
Artist/song/label — New Adds
The Band Perry/Don’t Let Me Be Lonely/Republic Nashville – 18
Dierks Bentley/I Hold On/Capitol – 16
Hunter Hayes feat. Jason Mraz/Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me/Atlantic-Warner Bros. – 15
Jo Dee Messina/Peace Sign/Dreambound Records – 14
Cole Swindell/Chillin’ It/Warner Bros. – 12
Sara Evans/Slow Me Down/RCA – 11
Kellie Pickler/Little Bit Gypsy/Black River – 10
Zac Brown Band/Sweet Annie/Southern Ground-Atlantic – 9
Brad Paisley/I Can’t Change The World/Arista Nashville – 8
Greatest Spin Increase
Artist/song/label — spin+
The Band Perry/Don’t Let Me Be Lonely/Republic Nashville – 400
Dierks Bentley/I Hold On/Capitol – 303
Jake Owen/Days of Gold/RCA Nashville – 235
Brad Paisley/I Can’t Change The World/Arista Nashville – 234
Zac Brown Band/Sweet Annie/Southern Ground-Atlantic – 228
On Deck—Soon To Be Charting
Artist/song/label — spins
Tony Stampley/When I Get On A Roll/Shongaloo Records – 206
Tommy Dalton/Sweet/Red Horseshoe Records – 192
Zane Williams/Overnight Success/BE Music – 188
Jo Dee Messina/Peace Sign/Dreambound Records – 187
Brent Cobb/Diggin’ Holes/Carnival – 181
George Strait will take the field with the Dallas Cowboys Sunday night (Sept. 8) when he serves as an honorary captain for the coin toss prior to their matchup against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Strait has a lot of history with the stadium as both a fan and the first artist to hold a concert in the venue back in 2009.
Following Sunday’s game, Strait will hold a special press conference Monday from the stadium announcing information about his 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. The conference will be streamed live on GeorgeStrait.com at 11 am CT.
Though in the midst of his final tour, Strait recently revealed during a celebration in his honor at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Center that he will record five more albums for his record label.
MCA Nashville’s David Nail will launch his fall 2013 tour on Sept. 12 in Davie, Fla; the run will wrap Nov. 22 in Atlanta. The tour will take David through New York City; Atlanta; Tampa, Fla.; Minneapolis; Fort Worth, Texas; Chicago and Boston to name a few.
In May Nail released “Whatever She’s Got,” the debut single off Nail’s forthcoming 2014 album. “Whatever She’s Got” was written by Jimmy Robbins and Jon Nite and is a song that Nail said he recorded for his wife, Catherine.
David Nail Tour Dates
Sept. 12 The Roundup-Davie, Fla.
Sept. 13 Dallas Bull-Tampa, Fla.
Sept. 18 The National-Richmond, Va.
Sept. 19 Musicfest Café-Bethlehem, Pa.
Sept. 21 Dusty Armadillo-Akron, Ohio
Sept. 27 The Blue Note-Columbia, Mo.
Oct. 3 Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill-Minneapolis
Oct. 4 8 Seconds Indianapolis
Oct. 5 Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill-Detroit
Oct. 11 Grizzly Rose-Denver, Ohio
Oct. 16 The Graduate-Sacramento, Calif.
Oct. 17 Crystal Palace-Bakersfield, Calif.
Oct. 18 Club Rodeo-San Jose, Calif.
Oct. 19 The Ranch-San Miguel, Calif.
Oct. 23 Showbox-Seattle
Oct. 24 Knitting Factory-Spokane, Wash.
Oct. 25 Knitting Factory-Boise, Id.
Oct. 29 Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill-Mesa, Ariz.
Oct. 30 Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill-Tucson, Ariz.
Nov. 1 Billy Bob’s-Fort Worth, Texas
Nov. 7 The Bluestone-Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 8 The Intersection-Grand Rapids, Mich.
Nov. 9 Joe’s on Weed Street-Chicago
Nov. 13 Gramercy Theatre-New York
Nov. 14 Asylum-Portland, Maine
Nov. 15 Royale-Boston
Nov. 16 Prospector’s-Mt. Laurel, N.J.
Nov. 17 The Fillmore-Washington, DC
Nov. 21 Iron City-Birmingham, Ala.
Nov. 22 120 Tavern-Atlanta
In the old days, the National Association of Broadcasters meeting was the start of the buying and selling season for radio. Owners and brokers would hole up in hotel suites for days on end, while the meetings were taking place at other hotels, and wheel and deal. A few blockbusters were sure to emerge from those meetings and the minions not invited to the conference would have new bosses in 90-120 days. It seemed like this was the way of the radio world.
Well the conference is in a couple of weeks but two of the biggest blockbusters did not wait for the trip to Orlando to raise their hands. Last week the syndication, radio and specifically Country landscape shifted dramatically. Cumulus, certainly the most aggressive buyer today, announced the purchase of Dial-Global. At the same time they involved themselves in a three-team transaction with Townsquare picking up scores of Cumulus stations and trading some for others in the deal.
There appears to be a direct line from Atlanta to Greenwich, Conn. This is not the first time Cumulus and Townsquare have swapped stations and apparently all parties are pleased with the former experience. It is kind of like the Detroit Tigers and the Florida Marlins. They find trading a profitable encounter. Like the old days when the New York Yankees kept going back and forth with the old Kansas City A’s. The baseball trades have resulted in Miquel Cabrera going to the Tigers and the A’s traded Roger Maris to the Yankees. Not a bad template for Cumulus and Townsquare.
The big deal here is the Dial-Global transfer. DG is a big Country music programming provider. Many countdown shows, prep services, short form airshifts, and of course the 24/7 formats. No one knows today how all of that is going to wash out. I am sure Lew and John Dickey have done their due diligence with the numbers but it may be months before they can get their hands around people issues and what shows to keep.
I have some insight on both of these companies, having worked at both (when a good portion of DG was Westwood One). I know both companies are stocked with good people who know the format and their job responsibilities. This is a great pick up for Cumulus because of the class of people they are inheriting and the first-class programming they get. This is a great deal for the DG people because Cumulus has shown the commitment to invest in radio programming and it is run by 100% radio people. The DG folks can feel secure they are in good radio hands going forward and there are not going to be rumors every six months of a buy out or closure.
This purchase will allow DG and the current Cumulus syndication to compete with Premiere as the two big players in the field. It also helps the smaller syndicators like United Stations Radio Network to provide more specialized programming and show how nimble they can be in providing things broadcasters desire.
There is concern with each consolidation that voices are eliminated as more influence is put in fewer hands. The offerings of Premiere and the new Cumulus are so wide-ranging that there remains hundreds of creative minds involved. And if everything becomes vanilla inside those companies, they stand to throw away their position as leaders.
As Kurt Johnson and Mike McVay program to individual markets inside Townsquare and Cumulus radio, the new syndication company will deliver different things. Remember there is no better world for Cumulus than to compete with its programs on any number of stations in a market. This way they are collecting spots from everyone.
A good world is to have Kix Brooks’ Countdown on one country station in town and Lon Helton’s on the other.
(The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of MusicRow.)
Scotty McCreery has set out on a six-city Major League Baseball tour (full dates below) in support of youth programs. The appearances come in anticipation of the singer’s sophomore album, See You Tonight, to be released Oct. 15.
The former high school pitcher will donate a total of $50,000 to various youth baseball programs throughout the year, including RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) program.
Beginning Thursday, Aug. 29, at the home of the Tampa Bay Rays, the singer presented a personal $5,000 check to a Tampa youth baseball organization before the game. In addition, he threw out the first pitch and sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”
Local radio winners will be invited to each stop in addition to CD promotions for audience members before the former American Idol winner sings as part of the seventh-inning stretch and serves as a guest broadcaster.
“I learned some of my greatest lessons playing sports and being a team member,” McCreery says. “Sports teach you so many life lessons about self-discipline, responsibility, teamwork, setting goals, and being fit.”
RBI youth outreach program has encouraged more than 1 million under-served youth both academically and otherwise, including more than 220,000 baseball and softball players in 2013. In promotion of McCreery’s forthcoming release, the new video for his current single, “See You Tonight,” premiered yesterday (Sept. 5). Fans can pre-order the album here.
McCreery’s MLB tour:
Sept. 8: San Diego Padres v. Colorado Rockies, at PETCO Park, San Diego
Sept. 12: Philadelphia Phillies v. San Diego Padres, at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Sept. 15: Chicago White Sox v. Cleveland Indians, at Comiskey Park/U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
Sept. 22: Washington Nationals v. Miami Marlins, at Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Sept. 27: Atlanta Braves v. Philadelphia Phillies, at Turner Field/State Mutual Stadium, Atlanta