DISClaimer: Rock 'n' Soul In Music City

Matthew Perryman Jones

Matthew Perryman Jones

I think the day is nearing when national media outlets will finally stop voicing surprise when a major pop, r&b or rock record emerges from Nashville. We have been reminding them with The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Ke$ha, Paramore, Jack White, Hot Chelle Rae, durable Delbert McClinton and John Hiatt, Ben Folds, Los Straightjackets, Lambchop, The Evinrudes, JEFF the Brotherhood, Bela Fleck, Larry Carlton, Take 6, Keb Mo, Will Hoge, Ruby Amanfu and many more for years now.
Several of our established stars have discs in this week’s column. Even more exciting is the presence on our non-country scene of such new faces as Wild Cub, Cooper and Ed Sheeran. The soul-singing Cooper wins the DisCovery Award. The Disc of the Day belongs to Matthew Perryman Jones.
Writers: Bela Fleck; Producers: Bela Fleck, Blanton Alspaugh and Jesse Lewis; Publishers: Juno Jasper, no performance rights listed; Mercury/Decca
-After somewhat ominous woodwind and string sections’ opening remarks, Fleck’s banjo enters with a surprising soft and gentle tone. While the strings continue to underscore him, the instrumentalist’s playing becomes a bit more intense. As the concerto unfolds, Fleck alternates lilting solo passages with full-bodied orchestral ones. He often introduces a melodic line, and then has the orchestra play and build on it. He uses the ensemble well, employing its emotional dynamics and volume to contrast with his solo playing. I like this piece. It is the jazzman’s first significant work in this idiom, and perhaps this is why it is so beautifully restrained and conservative. Don’t expect any atonality or radically shifting tempi. Melody rules here.
TIM EASTON/Troubled Times
Writers: T. Easton; Producers: Brad Jones and Robin Eaton; Publisher: Campfire, ASCAP; Campfire
-This Nashville singer-songwriter-guitarist adopts a delightful neo-rockabilly mode on this track from his new Not Cool CD. The whole thumpy collection has a Sun Records ‘50s vibe, albeit with an up-to-date, super audio gloss of echo, twang and urgency. It is impossible not to like this record.
Writers: Pat Monahan, Espin Lind, Amund Bjorklund; Producers: Butch Walker and Espionage; Publishers: EMI April/Ptimon/Stellar, ASCAP; Columbia (track)
-Our own Appalachian Ashley has been out on the road with Train this summer, playing for crowds of 15,000 to 20,000 fans a night. “Bruises,” her duet with the band and its lead singer Pat Monahan, became a decent-sized A/C hit during that time. Its crunchy, story-telling charms are so numerous I don’t know where to start. His pleading tenor and her mountain soprano sound great together, and the lyric of lost loves is just terrific. You’ll find it on Train’s dandy, pop-pop-pop CD California 37: Mermaids of Alcatraz Tour Edition.
Writers: Matthew Perryman Jones; Producer: Cason Cooley; Publisher: Smoldering Wick, ASCAP; Cante Jondo
-Notable recently for his participation on the marvelous Ten Out of Tenn tours and recordings, Jones now has his fifth solo CD on the market. Titled Land of the Living, it contains this stirring, celestial, driving, propulsive rock track. He sings above a furiously frothing track like a man possessed. Get up and DANCE, people.
Writers: Ed Sheeran, Jake Gosling, Chris Leonard; Producer: Jake Gosling; Publishers: Sony-ATV/The Movement/BDi, no performance rights listed; Elektra (track)
-This 2012 Grammy nominee (for “The A Team”) and Taylor Swift tour opener is residing in Music City these days. The British singer-songwriter has had an outstanding year with his international-sales-phenomenon debut CD titled +. This latest single from it continues to mine his breathy, youthful singing style and sweetly melodic songwriting. His performances on the Grammys (with Elton John) and recently on the MTV Music Awards don’t begin to reflect how well crafted his album is.
Writers: Darren Jessee; Producer: Leo Overtoom; Publisher: Hair Sucker; BMI; Ima Vee Pee/Sony
-Folds remains one of Nashville’s most intelligent and witty pop craftsmen, as well as one of its major studio owners. His reassembled trio Ben Folds Five collects 15 concert performances from 2012-2013 for its just-released debut live album. This airy, lilting bit of nostalgia is the current video from the set. As always, his compelling piano work and resigned vocal tone completely capture your ears. Unlike many live albums, this one sounds extremely, extremely good.
WILD CUB/Wild Light
Writers: none listed; Producers: Dabney Morris and Wild Cub; Publishers: none listed; Big Light (track)
-Nashville’s Wild Cub played at Bonaroo and is widely regarded as an indie band to watch. Its 2012 Youth CD has yielded several highly danceable tracks, including this quirky bopper. Overall, the sound has an ‘80s, synthy “new wave” quality crossed with dense, rave-ish contemporary electro-pop. The group’s Keegan DeWitt is the singer-songwriter. But I became aware of Wild Cub because of “band mom” Kay West. Her son, Harry, is the group’s bass player. The group recently released “Blacktide” as a teaser track from its forthcoming sophomore set, so look for that online as well.
DELBERT & GLEN/Been Around a Long Time
-Writers: none listed; Producers: Gary Nicholson, Glen Clark and Delbert McClinton; Publishers: none listed; New West (track)
-Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark were musical partners way back in the early 1970s. Their reunion CD, Blind Crippled & Crazy, has an old-buddies feeling. Considering Delbert’s subsequent reign as one of our greatest blues rockers, it comes as no surprise that this lead-off track is soaked in backwoods soul.
Cooper. Photo: Alan Messer

Cooper. Photo: Alan Messer

COOPER/Tell Me To Stay
-Writers: Cooper/Norris; Producer: David Norris; Publisher: Cooperjam Works; BMI
-This new diva could be Nashville’s answer to Adele. Except she’s even more neo-soul, right down to the horns, organ and backup singers. Think classic Muscle Shoals replanted on Music Row. Think female Percy Sledge (”When a Man Loves a Woman”). Cooper has been playing occasionally at the Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar in Printers Alley. Let a word to the wise be sufficient: If you see her name in the club listings, go and become a believer. Also: You gotta love a gal who introduces herself with a vinyl, 45 r.p.m. single.
Writers: Diarrhea Planet; Producer: Kevin S. McMahon; Publisher: none listed; SESAC; Infinity Cat (track)
-These durable Music City thrashers recently took a big leap forward with a write-up in Rolling Stone. Mind you, this isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but there’s something endearing about their punky, snotty, good-humored attitude. This track isn’t as frantic as most of the rest of the LP I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams. But due to the multiple-guitar attack, it’s still plenty messy and loud enough.

Clay Walker Adds Charles Koppelman To Team

Pictured (L-R): CAA's Jeff Hill, CAK - Jason Boyarski, CAK - David Fritz, CAK - Stephanie Roberts, CAK - Charles Koppelman, Clay Walker, Upward management Liesl Haynie, CAA's Rod Essig

Pictured (L-R): CAA’s Jeff Hill, CAK – Jason Boyarski, CAK – David Fritz, CAK – Stephanie Roberts, CAK – Charles Koppelman, Clay Walker, Upward management Liesl Haynie, CAA’s Rod Essig.

Clay Walker has signed with Charles Koppelman’s CAK Entertainment for marketing and with CAA for booking. CAK handles marketing, brand development and advisory work for artists and companies such as Jennifer Lopez, Adam Levine, Nicki Minaj and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, among others. Liesl Haynie of Upward Management will continue in her role as Walker’s manager.
“Clay has long been a big name in country music and he continues to amaze fans across the country,” said Koppelman. “I am looking forward to being a part of his team and helping Clay to grow his brand in order to get to the next level of his career.”
In April, Walker released his first self-penned book, Jesus Was A Country Boy, which reveals some of his early struggles, including growing up poor, broken relationships, and being diagnosed with MS at age 26.
Koppelman has spent 40 years in the industry as a musician, producer, and executive with EMI, Steve Madden, and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. He founded CAK Entertainment in 1997.

Dial Global Changes Name To WestwoodOne

westwood oneDial Global has changed its name to WestwoodOne, reviving an iconic audio brand, according to a statement on their official website. The media company’s 225 million customers will still have access to exclusive national radio coverage including the NFL, Olympic Games, Barclays Premier League and the Grammy Awards.
“We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished as Dial Global. Through our belief in the power of sound we are dedicated to continuously reinventing the industry and creating the most dynamic audio programming that connects people to their passions,” said Paul Caine, CEO of Dial Global. “With the audio industry’s ever-changing landscape we know we’ve just scratched the surface of what’s possible for audio’s broad consumption. By reclaiming and reviving an iconic audio brand name, we are not changing who we are, but accelerating the great work we are doing to contribute to the growth of audio.”
In the coming days, partners and consumers can expect a new website, social media presence, corporate logo, and marketing materials that reflect the new WestwoodOne brand. WestwoodOne is a national audio company that provides an array of content and services including music and entertainment programs; news, talk and information programming; prep services; music formatting; customized music, jingles and imaging; and sales representation.
For more information, visit westwoodone.com.

SESAC Sets Nashville Music Awards Date

SESAC-LOGO1SESAC is set to honor the top songwriters and publishers in the Country and Americana genres at the 2013 SESAC Nashville Music Awards. The awards ceremony is set for Sunday, Nov. 3 at the newly expanded Country Music Hall of Fame.
The SESAC Nashville Music Awards, an invitation-only, red carpet gala event, will honor the most popular songs of 2013 with awards being presented to the Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year. The event will also showcase performances by many honored songwriters and performers.
“We are always happy to kick off CMA Week with the SESAC Nashville Awards,” said Tim Fink, SESAC’s VP, Writer/Publisher Relations and the host of the awards. “It is a thrill to honor some of the most successful songwriters and publishers for their activity and to be hosting our event at the Country Music Hall of Fame is very exciting. In addition to recognizing our Country activity over the past year, we are also thrilled to keep with our long-standing tradition of awarding the successes of our family of Americana songwriters and publishers. As the only PRO to acknowledge the creators of the Americana genre along with the most performed Country songs in this new venue makes me look forward to a great event with diverse memorable highlights.”
Songwriters and artists previously honored at SESAC awards events include Bob Dylan, the Avett Brothers, Lady Antebellum, Thompson Square, Jim Lauderdale and others.

Sea Gayle Music Taps Wizer As VP, Creative


Freeman Wizer

Sea Gayle Music has added Freeman Wizer as VP, Creative, according to the company’s Executive VP/GM Marc Driskill. Previously, Wizer worked with the creative team at Universal Music Publishing Group in Nashville for nine years.
“I’m extremely excited to be a part of the Sea Gayle team and for this new opportunity,” says Wizer. “I am certain we have a very exciting and productive future ahead of us at Sea Gayle.”
Nashville-based music publishing company Sea Gayle Music was established in 1999.

Macy Martin – Me With You

This new and refreshing Country Recording Artist is sure to turn heads and Hearts! Macy Martin is an uplifting personality with a refreshing pure presence embarking on Nashville’s music scene.
Her positive, wholesome messages embedded into her songwriting are delivered with an equally irresistible pure vocal quality leaving her listeners wanting more from this Native Texas Artist!  Macy is definitely not your typical 16 year old teenager! She remembers enjoying her musical talent as early as 6 years old entertaining for the Miss Texas/ Miss America Organization during their preliminary intermissions to Disney Classics.  At the age of 13 she began singing for her school the National Anthem and quickly began spreading her talent to other organizations seeking her to perform; The Special Olympics, Texas Children’s, Ronald Mc Donald House, among others.
Local venues began to ask her to perform at community events, festivals and fairs in the Texas area.  This lead to meeting other artists and members in the Texas Music Industry, opening other opportunities up for young Macy to perform on stage.  She rapidly advanced singing in her High School Senior Chorale Choir making all State Division One singing Italian Opera as a 1st Soprano.  Macy has a beautiful angelic, pure vocal quality possessing an unbelievable vibrato sure to mesmerize her listeners when she releases her unique ability , but don’t let that fool you as this 16 year old vocal talent has an amazing range to fit any genre’.  She has grown up on her parent’s Central Texas Ranch  “ The Triple M”.  Macy laughs and say’s Texas women can saddle a horse all day and in a short time transform into evening gowns, pearls and stilettos to attend a Texas-Size Gala and be as elegant as a Princess!
Macy’s has been singing in her Cowboy Church Band where she had to opportunity to utilize her faith and musical talent combined feeding her inspiration to pursue her Country Music Career and touch the hearts and lives of others.  Macy say’s that her heavenly father is the provider in all that she is and gifted by his will and she will never lose sight of him through her life’s journey. She says that it is his purpose for her music to touch the hearts and lives of all that hear her songs and the messages embedded within them in a positive, enlightening way.  Macy says undoubtedly it is by his will that she was able to cut her first original duet two volume album in Dallas, Texas!
A self published collection of 11 pure country songs of the late Bob Millsap and other song writers.  She also completed her other six song duet bluegrass and Celtic gospel release.  It was through this two volume collection that Kent Wells and Christine Winslow of Kent Wells Productions (Dolly Parton) and associates saw the raw talent and potential of this young artist.  Macy says that they are her Nashville Family and she is blessed beyond measure to not only have the opportunities presenting but to have such amazing individuals place trust, faith, belief and devotion in her… to grow her talent and potential into something beyond measure!   She is truly blessed and truly amazed!  With all of this in place and Macy’s impeccable work ethic and passion to reach out to her audience and serve through her music and with an incredible team of individuals there is nothing short of a success story unfolding!   Again she knows God’s hand is leading her path to his purpose.
Macy has released her Debut Ep Album currently to Nashville and Music Row with GTR and Kent Wells Productions .  Her single off the album “Me With You”  is fresh and sure to leave her listeners smiling.  Macy’s a breath of fresh air and sure to fill the hearts of many as they encounter and embrace her pure, uplifting and real personality and talent!  Macy recently while in Nashville has finished co-writing and recorded four new singles pair up with James Dean Hicks, Bill Di Luigi and Jordan Anderson due to release throughout 2014 under the production of Kent Wells and GTR. She is headed back working on 6 more new songs ( one she co- wrote while on her summer Music Row Radio Tour through the Mid-West with Bill Di Luigi. She is also discussing the Making of a Music Video soon. There is no dust settling under this young, rising Nashville Artist!   We know Nashville and America’s Country fans will love her and her music as much as we do!
Be sure to go to www.macymartinmusic.com and follow her radio tour dates this summer and tab on Macy’s Toy Box to learn more about Macy’s charitable foundation and different ways how you can take part in assisting her to reach out and help children in need!

MTSU Teams With Mark Montgomery For New Course


Mark Montgomery

Music and tech entrepreneur Mark Montgomery has created a course called “The New Music Business” for Middle Tennessee State University’s Department of Recording Industry. Montgomery will teach the course, which will explore the relationship between music and technology.
In 1999, Montgomery co-founded the firm echomusic, which he sold to IAC in 2007. After exiting in 2009, he worked as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Claritas Capital. Besides helping to launch the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and the Music City Music Council, Montgomery is currently working on projects for Google and YouTube. He is also the CEO of Kenny Chesney’s spirits company, Fishbowl Spirits. Montgomery recently founded FLO {thinkery}, a think tank and investment firm.
The idea for the new course was created during the most recent Leadership Nashville program. Montgomery and Beverly Keel, chair of MTSU’s Recording Industry program, are both graduates of Leadership Nashville’s Class of 2013. Montgomery and Keel are also both graduates of Leadership Music’s Class of 2001 and 2006, respectively.
“Mark is a big-picture visionary, a business rebel and a straight shooter who is known from Music Row to Silicon Valley and beyond,” says Keel. “I know this will be a class that our students will never forget. ”

Production Music Association Appoints Hunter Williams As Executive Director

Hunter Williams

Hunter Williams

The Production Music Association, which promotes and protects the interest and rights of publishers and composers of production music for use in film, television, radio and new media, has appointed Hunter Williams to the position of Executive Director. Williams, who will be based in Nashville, replaces Debra Young Krizman, who continues with the PMA in her new role as VP, Operations.
“We are very excited to have long time industry veteran, Hunter Williams, as our new PMA Executive Director,” said PMA Chairman Randy Thornton. “Hunter brings a wide range of skills and experience that will most certainly help elevate the PMA to the next level in its continuing mission to protect the value of music in the eyes of those who license it for productions. We look forward to working closely with him to help advance the PMA’s core values which we believe are key to the long term success of our industry.”
Prior to joining the PMA, Williams spent 20 years at SESAC, most recently in the position of Sr. VP, Strategic Development/Distribution and Research Operations.
“Production music is the sonic life-blood of so many TV shows, movies, commercials, promos, and other audio and audio-visual productions,” said Williams. “I’m honored to take on this role to help further the interests of the many PMA-member music libraries and composers, and to help ensure that their music is properly valued in today’s rapidly changing music economy. I look forward to working with Debra and the Board to develop successful strategies for propelling the production music industry forward in a healthy and sustainable way.”
The Production Music Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization comprising of over 600 member companies including major label publishers, national independents and small boutique libraries. The PMA provides education, support and advocacy on behalf of the production music community.


Mark Your Calendar – September 2013

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September 2
Steve Holy/Radio Up/Curb
Hunter Hayes feat. Jason Mraz/Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me/Atlantic-WMN
September 3
Tim Sweeney/Baby I Try For You/Oil House Records
Jared Daniels/Foot On the Dashboard/Shade Records

September 9
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
September 16
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
September 23
Sara Evans/Slow Me Down/RCA Nashville
Randy Houser/Goodnight Kiss/Stoney Creek Records

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September 3
Craig Morgan/The Journey-Livin’ Hits/Black River Entertainment
Sandra Boyton/Frog Trouble/WMN
September 10
Keith Urban/Fuse/Hit Red Records-Capitol Records Nashville
Sheryl Crow/Feels Like Home/Warner Bros.
George Jones/Amazing Grace/Bandit Records
Jimmy Webb/Still Within the Sound of My Voice/eOne Music
Steve Wariner/It Ain’t All Bad/SelecTone Records
Peter Cooper/Opening Day/Red Beet Records
September 17
Billy Currington/We Are Tonight/Mercury Records
Chris Young/A.M./RCA
Justin Moore/Off The Beaten Path/The Valory Music Co.
Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott/Moments & Memories/Full Skies
Various/High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama/Lightning Rod Records
Del McCoury Band/Streets of Baltimore/McCoury Music
September 24
Sammy Hagar/Sammy Hagar and Friends/Frontiers Records
Kings Of Leon/Mechanical Bull/RCA
Alan Jackson/The Bluegrass Album/ACR
Willie Nelson/To All The Girls
September 30
Tyler Farr/Redneck Crazy/Columbia

music city eats logo 111111Industry Events

September 6
Applications due for 2014 CRS Hall of Fame
September 8
2013 Canadian Country Music Association Awards in Edmonton
September 10

  • Leadership Music Summit at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works
  • 7th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville
  • Apple media event: iTunes Radio and iPhones expected

September 18
Americana Music Honors & Awards live from the Ryman Auditorium, broadcast live on AXS TV
September 18-22
Americana Music Festival, Nashville
September 19
2013 National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Awards Dinner at the 2013 Radio Show convention at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando, FL
September 21-22
First Annual Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine and Spirits Festival
September 22
65th EMMYS on CBS at 8 ET
September 24
2013 SOURCE Awards at the Musician’s Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville
September 25
Nashville Season 2 Premiere on ABC-TV
September 26
CRS Battle of the Bands from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville
September 27-28

  • Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music & Food Festival; Nashville’s The Lawn at Riverfront Park
  • IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival, held at the Raleigh, NC Convention Center and Amphitheater

Flying Island Entertainment Restructures

flyingisland70511Flying Island Entertainment has restructured its day-to-day operations and eliminated the company’s promotion team. Principals Nancy Eckert and Louis Newman will continue to seek opportunities for its roster, which includes Gwen Sebastian and Ty Herndon.
“Due to the climate in today’s mainstream record industry, we have decided to broaden our scope and diversify operations as we continue to develop opportunities for our roster,” Eckert said.
Contact information for promo staffers looking for their next opportunity includes:
Shelia Shipley Biddy, (615) 478-8480, [email protected]
Jill Tomalty, (615) 300-3239, [email protected],
Bonita Allen, (615) 689-2982, [email protected]
Dan Matthews, (208) 949-7001, [email protected]