Kacey Musgraves Announces Fall Tour

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves is hitching up the trailer and taking it on tour this Fall, hitting 13 cities across the country and around the world, including Sweden, Norway, and the UK. The Same Trailer Different Tour will kick off at the Bowery Ballroom Sept. 19 and hit seven countries and five U.S. cities on this leg.
“I’ve learned so much from the amazing artists who’ve invited me to tour with them over the past couple of years and can’t wait to take that knowledge and work it into this tour in my own quirky way,” said Musgraves. “I’m excited to get back on the road and bring our little trailer park to the fans.”
Same Trailer Different Tour Dates:
Sept. 19 Bowery Ballroom – New York
Oct. 2Nalen – Stockholm, Sweden
Oct. 3 John Dee – Oslo, Norway
Oct. 6 Postbahnhof – Berlin, Germany
Oct. 7 Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Oct. 9 Oran Mor – Glasgow, UK
Oct. 10 Academy 3 – Manchester, UK
Oct. 11 Whelans – Dublin, Ireland
Oct. 13 Shepherd’s Bush Empire – London
Oct.26 Western Carolina University-Ramsey Regional Activity Center – Cullowhee, NC
Oct. 29 Missouri University-Jesse Auditorium – Columbia, MO
Oct. 30 Eastern Kentucky University-EKU Center for the Arts – Richmond, KY
Oct. 31 Ohio University-Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium – Athens, OH
Musgraves was a big winner at the MusicRow Awards earlier this year, where she performed her single ‘Merry Go Round.’ Watch the video below.

BMG Chrysalis Signs Altman

Pictured (L-R): Kent Marcus (Attorney, Marcus & Colvin LLP); Kos Weaver (BMG Chrysalis Executive Vice President); Dylan Altman; Daniel Lee (BMG Chrysalis Senior Creative Director)

Pictured (L-R): Kent Marcus (Attorney, Marcus & Colvin LLP); Kos Weaver (BMG Chrysalis Executive Vice President); Dylan Altman; Daniel Lee (BMG Chrysalis Senior Creative Director).

BMG Chrysalis has welcomed songwriter Dylan Altman to its roster. Altman’s recent success includes “Take A Little Ride” (Jason Aldean) and “Barefoot Bluejean Night” (Jake Owen).
A New Jersey native and Berklee-trained musician, Altman has called Nashville home since 1993. During that time, he has secured cuts and singles on artists including Tim McGraw, The Eli Young Band, Trace Adkins, Eric Paslay, Will Hoge, and Gabe Dixon, among others.

Zuus Country Purchases CJM Content

zuus countryZuus Country has purchased the video catalog of CJM Productions including over 500 music-based TV shows, 3000 country videos, and over 750 unique artist interviews with some of country’s biggest names. The acquisition includes the Inside Music Row program and all of its assets and content as well as Music Row Profiles, a country video series featuring artist interviews and entertainment that has been in syndication for 26 years. Other CJM television series involved in the acquisition include Southern Lunch, Bluegrass Mountains, Cross & Country, and Gospel Journey.
“As we continue to build the ZUUS Media brand, it’s important for us to offer unique, exclusive and insider content to our members with the music artists they love. It is a natural fit for ZUUS Country to add ‘Inside Music Row’ to our lineup, giving our fans incredible access to country music news and entertainment,” said Steve Goldstein, CEO and Co-Founder of ZUUS Media.  “We are excited for the partnership and look forward to shaping its evolution.”

Toby Keith To Serve Up 'Drinks After Work' in October

drinks after work toby keith111Toby Keith is serving up standard and deluxe rounds of his upcoming album Drinks After Work, which is slated for release Oct. 29.
Keith is the sole producer and principle songwriter on the project, with songwriting credit on nine of 10 tracks. Scotty Emerick, Bobby Pinson and Rivers Rutherford are co-writers on multiple songs.
Beyond the title track and nine other cuts on the standard edition of the album, the 13-track deluxe addition also includes “Call A Marine,” “Margaritaville” (featuring Sammy Hagar) and “Chuckie’s Gone.” The latter is a tribute to Toby’s bandleader Chuck Goff, who died unexpectedly earlier this year. Goff is also remembered in the liner notes: “This album is dedicated in memory of Chuck Goff, our longtime bandleader-bass player. He will live on forever in our thoughts and in our performances. We miss ya, Shmudlo.”
An iTunes pre-sale of Drinks After Work will be available Oct. 1.
Drinks After Work Track Listing:
1. Shut Up And Hold On
2. Drinks After Work
3. Before We Knew They Were Good
4. Little Miss Tear Stain
5. The Other Side Of Him
6. Last Living Cowboy
7. Show Me What You’re Workin’ With
8. Whole Lot More Than That
9. I’ll Probably Be Out Fishin’
10. Hard Way To Make An Easy Living
Bonus Tracks
11. Call A Marine
12. Chuckie’s Gone
13. Margaritaville (with Sammy Hagar)

Hunter Hayes, Florida Georgia Line Enjoy Heavy Metal Summer

RIAACountry artists amassed some impressive heavy metal this summer as the RIAA announced its certifications for gold and platinum albums for July and August. Newcomer Hunter Hayes earned his platinum and double-platinum stripes this summer for his self-titled debut CD and hot tune “I Want Crazy,” respectively, while Darius Rucker also took home double-platinum honors for his sing-along cover anthem of “Wagon Wheel.”
Florida Georgia Line achieved their first-ever platinum award for their debut project Here’s To The Good Times, and also broke ground with the highest digital song award (including sales and streams) at five times multi-platinum for their crossover smash, “Cruise.”
Jason Aldean received a multi-platinum cert for four million digital sales of “Dirt Road Anthem” during this period, and Carrie Underwood added to her gold collection with two gold awards for “See You Again,” and “Don’t Forget To Remember Me,” bringing her career Gold digital single tally to 18.
For the months of July and August, 17 album certifications and 87 digital singles were awarded.

Pandora, Live Nation Execs Dump Shares

pandora11Pandora Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Tim Westergren has sold 85,000 shares of his company’s stock on the open market, according to an SEC filing. The transaction was disclosed in an SEC Form 4 filing on Tuesday (Sept. 3). The stock was sold at an average price of $18.64, for a total of $1,584,400.00.
Westergren now directly owns 340,000 shares in the company, with a current market value of approximately $6.3 million.

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Live Nation‘s CFO Kathleen Willard cashed out almost $900k in LYV stock last week. She relieved her portfolio of 50,000 shares at a price of $17.26, according to nasdaq.com, resulting in an $863,000 income. This comes after CEO Michael Rapino sold 640,000 shares of stock in the company in August, bringing in $11.7 million. The sale represented about 38 percent of his direct holdings. Rapino made the sale just before news broke of the departure of Ticketmaster president Nathan Hubbard.

Loeb & Loeb LLP Adds Music Industry Practice Associate

Michael A. Johnson

Michael A. Johnson

Loeb & Loeb LLP has hired Michael A. Johnson to the firm’s Nashville office as an associate in the Music Industry Practice.
“Michael has both legal and business experience working within the entertainment and music sectors, and a good understanding of the business and creative issues facing individuals and companies in these industries,” said John T. Frankenheimer, partner and chair of Loeb & Loeb’s Music Industry Practice. “His transactional and litigation experience will be a great addition to our team in a key market for our Music Industry Practice. We are pleased to welcome him to the firm.”
Johnson’s practice focuses on business and intellectual property transactions, as well as copyright and trademark prosecution. He represents artists, songwriters, and record labels in the negotiation of various agreements, including recording, producer, publishing, management, and licensing agreements. In addition, he handles a wide variety of civil litigation matters, with a particular emphasis on entertainment contractual disputes and copyright litigation.
Johnson is a member of the American Bar Association, the Tennessee Bar Association and the Nashville Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. He earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was an Articles Editor for the Vanderbilt Law Review, and his B.S. from Kentucky Christian University.
Johnson previously worked with Nashville-based firm of Kay, Griffin, Enkema & Colbert, PLLC, where he handled a variety of litigation matters, including entertainment and copyright disputes, as well as transactional matters. Prior to law school, he worked at Creative Artists Agency booking and scheduling live concerts and tours.

Owen Bradley Festival To Kick Off This Weekend

Owen Bradley

Owen Bradley

Ralph Emery will serve as host of the first annual Owen Bradley Music Festival and Talent Search this Saturday, Sept. 7, in Westmoreland, Tenn. Brenda Lee, Dee Twitty, members of the Bradley family, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Westmoreland Mayor Mike Carter, and Mandy Barnett will all be on hand for the festivities celebrating the life of Bradley, who hailed from Westmoreland and is often referred to as one of the architects of the “Nashville Sound.” His production style launched the careers of many stars of the 1950s including Patsy Cline, Lee, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty and Kitty Wells.
The festival begins at 9 a.m. with various events and free music on two stages in downtown Westmoreland. Clinton Gregory, Stella Parton, Becky Hobbs, Gerald Smith, Bluegrass Vibrations, Happy Hearts, and Sons of the South are among the artists slated to perform during the day-long celebration. The day’s events culminate at 4 p.m. with the Owen Bradley Talent Search in the Westmoreland Expo Center. The winner of the talent search will receive a free recording session with Larry Beaird of Beaird Music Group and free distribution of their CD single by CDX and Anyway Mailing to 2,300 country radio stations across the country.
Admission for the day’s activities is $5. Additional details and a complete schedule of talent, times and locations can be found at westmorelandchamber.org.

Terri Clark To Be Featured in CMHoF Spotlight Exhibit

Terri Clark

Terri Clark

Terri Clark will be featured in her own spotlight exhibit, titled Terri Clark: Canadian Country Singer, at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The new exhibit, located on the second floor gallery within the museum’s permanent exhibition, will be revealed Sept. 13. Terri Clark: Canadian Country Singer will run through Dec. 31.
Clark will hold a special interview and brief performance in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater on Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m. The program is included with museum admission and is free to museum members.
Clark was born in Montréal, Québec, and moved to Nashville in the late 1980s, where she landed a gig at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. She signed to Mercury Records in 1994, and her debut single, “Better Things to Do,” became a Top 5 hit. Clark’s other hits include “When Boy Meets Girl,” “Now That I Found You,” “I Wanna Do It All” and “Girls Lie Too.” In 2004, she became the first female Canadian artist to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Among the artifacts on display in Terri Clark: Canadian Country Singer are:
-Original manuscript for “Better Things to Do,” written by Tom Shapiro, Terri Clark and Chris Waters.
-Clark’s Telecaster-style electric guitar—built by luthier Jim Triggs—from her first music video, “Better Things to Do,” in 1995.
Manuel-designed duster Clark wore for the back cover of her 1996 album Just the Same.
-One of Clark’s trademark black Resistol hats.
-Microphone and stand Clark used while co-hosting America’s Morning Show.
-Trophy presented to Clark when she was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
Other current spotlight exhibits focus on ABC’s Nashville, Garth Brooks, Lee Greenwood, Hargus “Pig” Robbins and Connie Smith.

Charity: Bones, Bundy and Ballard Raise Money For Haiti

Premiere Networks’ The Bobby Bones Show co-host Amy, WSIX/The Big 98 and 1907 Apparel hosted a live concert event last week promoting 30 Abes, a Sept. 28 food packaging event in Nashville, Tenn., which aims to package 500,000 meals for children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

On Friday, Aug. 30, hundreds of fans and listeners gathered at East-Centric Pavilion in Nashville, Tenn., to see Country artists Frankie Ballard and Laura Bell Bundy, as well as The Raging Idiots, featuring Bobby Bones and Eddie from The Bobby Bones Show. The concert raised donations totaling 6,000 meals for Haiti.

Laura Bell Bundy, Bobby and Eddie from The Bobby Bones show perform.

Laura Bell Bundy, Bobby and Eddie from The Bobby Bones Show perform.

Frankie Ballard performs for 30 Abes.

Frankie Ballard performs for 30 Abes.

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Nashville-based band Tenth Avenue North raised more than $100,000 with their inaugural celebrity golf tournament, the Tenth Avenue North Classic. This year’s beneficiaries are high school outreach Cru RDU, College Golf Fellowship and Compassion International.
The featured players included six-time PGA Tour winner Stewart Cink, PGA Tour winner Kevin Streelman, two-time PGA Tour winner Scott Stallings, two-time Super Bowl champion Antwan Harris and NASCAR drivers Blake Koch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Also participating was tobyMac as well as members from NeedtoBreathe and Stellar Kart.
Tenth Avenue North will be part of “The Winter Jam 2013 Tour” Spectacular kicking off early November. Visit jamtour.com for a complete list of tour dates.

Pictured (L-R): Jason Jamison, Ruben Juarez, Jeff Owen, Kevin Streelman, Mike Donehey, Brendon Shirley. Photo: Paul Kim

Pictured (L-R): Tenth Avenue North’s Jason Jamison, Ruben Juarez and Jeff Owen; Kevin Streelman; Tenth Avenue North’s Mike Donehey and Brendon Shirley. Photo: Paul Kim