Curb Restructures Top Tier

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Dennis Hannon

The Curb Group announced a restructuring of top management this afternoon. Dennis Hannon will assume the title Executive Vice President of Strategic Development for Curb Records. With Hannon transitioning from his previous role as General Manager, Jim Ed Norman, CEO of The Curb Group, will expand his role to include the oversight of Curb Records, Sidewalk Records, The Curb Family Foundation, Curb Racing, and Curb Publishing.
Additionally, Taylor Childress, Vice President of Curb Records and Sidewalk Records, will become Vice President of The Curb Group, working alongside Norman.
According to Hannon, “These are challenging times for our industry, and the need for strategic planning and alliances has never been greater. Curb Records has a 50-year history of innovation and success. We have an incredible team of hard working, dedicated and talented artists and employees at Curb. I look forward with great enthusiasm, to the new opportunities ahead.”
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Jim Ed Norman

Chairman Mike Curb stated, “I am extremely proud and appreciative of all that Dennis has accomplished for this company over the last quarter century. There is no question our company would not be where it is today, if not for his abilities and tireless dedication. I couldn’t think of a more perfect person to tackle the strategic development of Curb Records and help grow our business in new and exciting ways.”
Added Norman, “I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working closely with Mike for many years. Through music, philanthropy, education and racing, the many contributions Curb has made to Nashville are innumerable and Mike’s continued leadership in the areas of social justice and human rights has been a constant inspiration. It’s an honor to be working with Curb in such a comprehensive and inclusive way. Finding synergies in these areas will be a challenging but exciting opportunity.”

Industry Ink (1/7/14)

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Sara Evans

ACM Lifting Lives®’ January “My Cause” web feature will spotlight RCA Nashville recording artist Sara Evans and the charity organization, Alabama Forever. The web feature drives awareness of artist-supported charitable organizations and supports fundraising efforts for those philanthropies. Evans is scheduled to release her seventh studio album Slow Me Down on March 4, 2014.
“My Cause” allows ACM Lifting Lives to tangibly demonstrate the Academy’s support of country music artists.  Over the past two years, ACM Lifting Lives has donated more than $190,000 to artists’ favorite charities through this program, and will again make a donation in addition to driving fan awareness.
This month, “My Cause: Alabama Forever” highlights an organization that was founded in response to the April 27, 2011 tornadoes that ravaged the state of Alabama. The organization’s core purpose is to help Alabama communities in need by offering viable resolutions to maintain the best possible life for the citizens of Alabama for generations to come.
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CRS2014-LogoMonday, Jan. 13 is the deadline to purchase $499 regular rate registrations for Country Radio Seminar 2014. The on-site rate will take effect on Jan. 14, increasing registrations to $599 per person.
The CRS 2014 agenda includes more than 20 educational panels and industry-leading speakers, including “Cracking the Code: Using Data to Discover the Hits,” “Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, Beats: It’s Their Country, Too,” “Marketing On A Shoestring Budget,” “Would You Like Sales Prospects to Call You?” and more. In addition, the 2013 CMA Vocal Group of the Year, Little Big Town, will present a panel about perseverance in the Country music industry and featured musicians from the new award-winning documentary Muscle Schoals will present a panel discussing the impact that Muscle Shoals has had on the music industry.
For more information, visit

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Jana Kramer

The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. (CVC) is accepting entries for its seventh annual Music City Songwriting Competition until Feb. 15. Elektra Nashville recording artist, actress and songwriter Jana Kramer is serving as the honorary ambassador of the competition and will offer a mentoring session to the winner among other prizes.
The competition is open to amateur songwriters only and will accept entries now through Feb. 15, 2014. Submission forms with completed entries can be mailed to Music City Songwriting Competition, P.O. Box 190633, Nashville, TN 37219 USA or submitted online. Submission fee for the first song is $30 USD. Each additional song is $20 USD. For more information and to enter a song, visit

Young Fans Love Underwood Most

carrie underwood1Carrie Underwood is the most popular artist among 12-to-24-year-olds who like Country music, as well as the most popular Country artist among everyone in that age group. This news comes as part of a study called “Understanding Country Radio’s Next Generation of Listeners,” conducted by Edison Research.
The survey’s complete findings will be unveiled at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville during sessions on Feb. 19 and 20.
Respondents who like Country music had favorable impressions of Underwood (82%), Tim McGraw (80%), Blake Shelton (77%), and Luke Bryan (75%).
Among all survey participants, the top artists they associate with Country music are Underwood (48%), Kelly Clarkson (44%), Taylor Swift (43%) and McGraw (40%).

Craig Morgan To Take 'The Journey Tour' In February

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Craig Morgan. Photo credit: Bill Konway

Craig Morgan announced the first leg of his 2014 tour, VA Mortgage Leader Presents Craig Morgan The Journey Tour. The first date of the 20+ show tour launches Jan. 21 in West Palm Beach, Fla. The tour currently runs through April, and additional dates will be added soon.
Joining Morgan for select dates on the tour is special guest Chad Warrix, who will open the shows. Warrix is one of the founding members of the duo Halfway to Hazard.
*Feb. 7 Jacksonville, Fla.–Mavericks
*Feb. 8 Bradenton, Fla.–Joyland Nightclub IV
Feb. 13 Mobile, Ala.–Saenger Theater
*Feb. 14 Terrell, Texas–Silver Saloon
*Feb. 15 Ledbetter, Texas–Chicken Ranch Dance Hall
*Feb. 28 Minneapolis–Mill City Nights
*March 6 Sioux Falls, S.D.–The District
March 8 Vernal, Utah–Western Park
March 15 Sayreville, N.Y.–Starland Ballroom
March 16 Meadville, Pa.–Allegheny College
*March 20 Columbus–Live at the Bluestone
*March 21 Indianapolis–8 Seconds Saloon
*March 22 Ft. Wayne, Ind.–Rusty Spur
*April 3 Spokane, Wash.–Knitting Factory
*April 4 Boise, Id.–Knitting Factory
*April 5 Reno, N.V.–Knitting Factory
*April 8 San Diego–House of Blues
*April 10 Hollywood, Calif.–House of Blues
*April 11 Anaheim, Calif.–House of Blues
*indicates dates with special guest Chad Warrix

Lady Antebellum Inks New Management Deal

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Daniel Miller

Lady Antebellum has signed a new management deal with Red Light Management, after ending a management relationship with Borman Entertainment. Red Light’s Coran Capshaw has brought in Fusion Music’s Daniel Miller, who has had a long working history with Lady Antebellum, to be part of day-to-day management for the trio, MusicRow confirms.
In 2000, Miller joined the Nashville staff of Borman Entertainment. Over the next 13 years at Borman, Miller rose to VP of Artist Management, seeing Lady Antebellum from signing to selling more than 10 million albums worldwide. In 2013, Miller launched Fusion Music, an artist management and development company, with publicist Regina Stuve. Fusion Music’s artists include David Nail, Amber Carrington, Native Run and Holly Williams. Miller will continue to oversee Fusion Music.
Red Light Management’s Nashville roster also includes Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kip Moore, The Band Perry, Natalie Stovall, and others.

Kennedy Signs With MP Music House

Pictured (standing, L-R): Dan Marshall and Tom Petrone. Seated (L-R): John Kennedy and Derek Crownover.

Pictured (standing, L-R): Dan Marshall and Tom Petrone. Seated (L-R): John Kennedy and Derek Crownover.

Songwriter John Kennedy has signed an exclusive songwriter agreement with MP Music House. Kennedy, a Mississippi native, co-wrote Leann Rimes‘ Top 5 hit from 2008, “Probably Wouldn’t Be This Way.” Other artists who have recorded Kennedy’s songs include Faith Hill, Billy Ray Cyrus, Josh Gracin, Jack Ingram and others.
MP Music House is owned by professional hockey scout, Danny Marshall (of the Bobby Orr Group), and New York-based songwriter, Tom Petrone. The publishing company has a current Nashville catalog of over 300 songs and is adding Kennedy’s new songs to its repertoire. Scott Paschall and Matt Lindsey will be working MP Music House’s catalog.

Nashvillians Up For Best Original Song Oscar

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The Hummons

A song written by Marcus Hummon, son Levi Hummon and Andrew Dorff is in the running for an Academy Award. “Make It Love” from the film Two: The Story of Roman & Nyro is on the list of 75 potential final nominees for Best Original Song. The final ballot will be revealed Jan. 16.
The film is about megahit songwriter Desmond Child, his partner Curtis Shaw, and the birth of their twins via surrogate. “Make It Love,” performed by The Hummons, will soon be available via HitShop Records and Child’s Deston Entertainment.
Several songs with Nashville ties are on the long list, but unfortunately songwriters names aren’t given. Among the contenders:
• “Sweeter Than Fiction” from One Chance, performed and written by Taylor Swift with fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff
• “Last Mile Home” from August: Osage County, written and performed by Kings of Leon
• “Forgiveness” from Brave Miss World, performed by Natalie Maines and Ben Harper, written by Linor Abargil
This list includes artist names but not songwriters.

News From Pandora, SiriusXM, Westwood One

pandora-logo• Music lovers listening to Pandora in the car will soon hear advertisements among the songs, as the service seeks a revenue boost. Pandora’s in-car system would have fewer ads than its web and mobile device versions. More than 100 vehicles offer Pandora, and it is available in 270 after-market automotive devices. More from the L.A. Times.
SIRIUS XM RADIO LOGO• Liberty Media Corp. wants SiriusXM satellite radio to become a wholly owned subsidiary of its company. Liberty, which controls about 53 percent of the satcaster, will offer common stock to minority shareholders of SiriusXM Holdings in a tax-free deal. The transaction would be valued at about $10 billion.
Paul Caine has exited his post as CEO of Westwood One following the completion of the company’s acquisition by Cumulus Media. The $260 million deal was finalized just before year’s end. Lew Dickey continues as chairman and CEO of Cumulus Media.

Eli Young Band To Release '10,000 Towns' In March

eli young band11Eli Young Band will release their Republic Nashville sophomore album – 10,000 Towns – on March 4.
“To still be making music and going through the craziness of life together is something we’d only dreamed of when we met back in college. This album shows another chapter in our lives as a band, as husbands, as fathers and as individuals that we’re really excited to share with our amazing fans,” said lead singer Mike Eli.
In addition to penning over half of the tracks, EYB co-produced the 11-song project with Justin Niebank and Frank Liddell. In conjunction with the standard release, an exclusive version of the album will be released through Walmart; the exclusive version will include three additional tracks: “Traces” (penned by Mike Eli, Chris Thompson, Jon Jones, James Young, Lee Brice, Kyle Jacobs), “June, July, August” (penned by Jason Saenz and Jen Schott) and “The Moon’s On Fire” (penned by Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton and Al Anderson).
1. “Drunk Last Night” (Laura Veltz, Josh Osborne)
2. “10,000 Towns” (Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins, Craig Wiseman)
3. “Dust” (Jon Jones, James Young, Kyle Jacobs, Josh Osborne)
4. “Angel Like You” (Heather Morgan, Liz Rose, Mike Eli)
5. “Let’s Do Something Tonight” (Jimmy Robbins, David Lee Murphy, Jon Nite)
6. “Your Last Broken Heart” (Mike Eli, Jon Jones, James Young, Sean McConnell)
7. “What Does” (Mike Eli, Jon Jones, James Young, Sean McConnell)
8. “A Lot Like Love” (Dylan Altman, Will Hoge)
9. “Just Add Moonlight” (Will Hoge, Jon Randall)
10. “Revelations” (Mike Eli, Chris Thompson, Jon Jones, James Young, Sean McConnell)
11. “Prayer For The Road” (Mike Eli, Jon Jones, James Young, Chris Thompson, Kyle Jacobs, Billy Montana)

Hunt Named President of McVay/Cook & Associates

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Phil Hunt

McVay/Cook & Associates has hired veteran programmer Phil Hunt as the organization’s new president, according to Inside Radio.
Hunt spent 14 years working as a consultant at Rusty Walker Programming. He has more than three decades of programming experience, with much of that time spent at Country radio, including work at stations WUSN (Chicago), WKKT (Charlotte), WSSL (Greenville), WKHK (Richmond) and KSSN (Little Rock). He joined Clear Channel as Sr. VP of Programming in 2002, and left in 2011 to create Hunt Media, LLC.
Hunt’s new role comes after former McVay/Cook & Associates president Charlie Cook joined Cumulus Media’s Nashville cluster as operation manager. Both namesakes for McVay/Cook & Associates are now working at Cumulus. Mike McVay works as Sr. VP at Cumulus.
“Our combined resources will give our present clients unmatched experience and perspective with the programming challenges of 2014,” Hunt said in a statement regarding his new role.