Through The Lens (6/27/14)

ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp is in session this week in Nashville, Tenn. with campers from around the country participating in a week of activities and excursions around Music City. The residential camp has the dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education. Campers were treated to a special performance at Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café on Thursday (June 26) with Columbia Nashville singer-songwriter Casey James.

Casey James performs at the Bluebird Cafe.

Casey James performs at the Bluebird Cafe.

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The Texas Heritage Songwriters Association 2014 Darrell K. Royal Songwriters Homecoming event welcomed performances from Larry Gatlin, Natalie Hemby, Rhett Akins and Luke Laird. the event was held Saturday, June 21 at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Pictured (L-R): Larry Gatlin, Natalie Hemby, Rhett Akins and Luke Laird. Photo: Jack Plunkett

Larry Gatlin, Rhett Akins, Natalie Hemby,  Luke Laird, BMI’s Jody Williams and more at the Darrell K. Songwriters Homecoming. Photo: Jack Plunkett

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June 26, 2014 marked 25 years to the day since Alan Jackson signed his first recording contract with Arista Nashville, making Jackson the first artist signed with the label. Jackson has a special 25-city, 25th anniversary tour planned for 2015, and on Aug. 29 the Country Music Hall of Fame will unveil a new exhibit coinciding with Jackson’s role as the Hall’s next Artist-in-Residence.

Pictured (L-R): Tim DuBois, Alan Jackson and Barry Coburn

Pictured (L-R): Tim DuBois, Alan Jackson and Barry Coburn signing Jackson’s first record deal in 1989.

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