Pictured (L-R): Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry General Manager; Randy Houser; Lee Brice; Jerrod Niemann. Photo: Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry.
Longtime friends and fellow artists Lee Brice, Randy Houser, and Jerrod Niemann fulfilled a shared dream Wednesday evening (July 30)–to perform together on the Grand Ole Opry stage. The trio offered an acoustic set that included Niemann’s “Drink To That All Night,” Randy Houser’s “Like A Cowboy,” and Brice’s “I Don’t Dance.”
“The Grand Ole Opry experience last night was truly a dream come true,” said Niemann. “Lee, Randy and I are still wondering how we went from sitting in the Opry seats watching our heroes sing to being three guys up there on that Opry stage playin’ music together. We’re so lucky and so thankful!”
“It’s always great to come home to Nashville and play the Opry. It’s a huge honor and to get to share the experience with my buddies Lee and Jerrod, after all we’ve been through together, made it that much more memorable,” Houser added.
“I love the Opry. I’ve played everywhere and it’s still the only place that makes me nervous – it’s just so special,” Brice told the crowd. “When I got the call to perform, I asked if I could invite Randy and Jerrod to join me, and tonight, with all of you, we’re getting to make one of our dreams come true.”
Pictured (L-R): Randy Houser, Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann. Photo: Chris Hollo for the Grand Ole Opry.
The Country Music Association (CMA) and iTunes have announced the companies will join forces to promote the Aug. 5 ABC-TV special CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock.
Starting this week (July 31), songs by festival performers will be featured on a dedicated CMA Music Festival station on iTunes Radio. During three-hour broadcast, viewers will then be invited to visit a specially created CMA Music Festival store to purchase music. “CMA is thrilled to partner with iTunes on this multi-platform promotional program to support airplay and sales for the stellar lineup of artists featured in the show,” said Damon Whiteside, CMA Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. “We have created a powerful, integrated model to bring television, social media, digital radio, and retail together for the advancement of the Country Music industry.” Last week, CMA announced another partnership to promote the TV special with Music Choice, the free video on-demand provider for digital cable television, mobile phone and cable modem users in the U.S.
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Wynonna and her band The Big Noise will embark on A Simpler Christmas Tour in December. Now in its second year, the tour will feature Wynonna performing holiday favorites alongside her greatest hits. A Simpler Christmas Tour will launch Dec. 3 in Springfield, Ohio, and will wrap Dec. 21 in Newberry, S.C.
“Every year I look forward to our Christmas tour,” says Wynonna. “It’s so easy to get caught up in the perfectionism and the expectations that this time of the year often brings. I love singing the music that inspires me to remember the real reason for the season. My hope is that people can come to the show, forget about their ‘to do’ list, and for the time we are together, simply enjoy themselves.”
The entertainer and author is currently working with husband/producer/drummer Cactus Moser on material for her eighth studio album, set for release on Curb Records in 2015. A Simpler Christmas Tourdates:
Dec. 3: Clark State Performing Arts Center, Springfield, Ohio
Dec. 5: Plaza Theatre in Glasgow, Ky.
Dec. 6: Norton Center for the Arts in Danville, Ky.
Dec. 7: Punxsutawney Community Center in Punxsutawney, Pa.
Dec. 10: Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers, Fla.
Dec. 11: Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce, Fla.
Dec. 14: Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, Fla.
Dec. 18: Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Dec. 20: Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virgina Beach, Va.
Dec. 21: Newberry Opera House in Newberry, S.C.
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Music biographer Jake Brown will release Nashville Songwriter: The Inside Stories Behind Country Music‘s Greatest Hits on Sept. 9 (BenBella Books). Brown interviewed several of Nashville’s top songwriters to chronicle the stories behind many of Country tops songs. Willie Nelson‘s “Always On My Mind,” Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take The Wheel,” George Strait‘s “Fool Hearted Memory,” Brad Paisley‘s “Mud On The Tires,” and George Jones‘s “Tennessee Whiskey” are a few of the songs featured in the book.
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Pictured (L-R): Scott Kwapiszeski, Andy Eutsler, Bobby DeGonia, Brad Allen and Cory Shultz. Photo: Flick Wiltshire
LiveWire recently released the video for “Drivin’ You Outta My Mind.” The video was filmed, produced and directed by Flick Wiltshire, and Clif Doyal of Way Out West Records.
The clip was shot at Little Sahara State Park in western Oklahoma. The video for “Drivin’ You Outta My Mind” can be seen at CD Tex.
The LACS will launch the 22-city Nothing In Particular-Road to LACtoberfest tour in support of their upcoming “fan favorites” project, Nothing In Particular, to be released Oct. 14. The tour begins Aug. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla., and will end with LACtoberfest at Big Nasty/ATV Park in Bloomingdale, Ga., on Oct. 17-18. For more information, visit thelacsmusic.com.
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SESAC has named John Josephson Chairman and CEO, succeeding Stephen Swid, Chairman Emeritus. He has been a director of the company since 1992 and is a Managing Director at investment bank Allen & Co. Josephson’s experience is expected to help SESAC to expand its music licensing activities across multiple rights categories and select international territories, as well as focus on investments in technology designed to facilitate ease of use by licensees and enhanced monetization for its affiliated music publisher, composer and writer partners. Josephson has been integrally involved with SESAC, including advising on strategy and direction of the company, since a controlling interest was acquired by Rizvi Traverse Management in December 2012. Pat Collins, President and COO of SESAC, has been elevated to the position of President and CEO of SESAC Performance Rights, a subsidiary of SESAC that will incorporate the company’s core performing rights activities. Kelli Turner, Managing General Partner at RSL Venture Partners, LP, has joined SESAC in the role of Executive Vice President, Corporate Development and CFO, where she will oversee corporate development, finance and human resources. Mike Hidalgo will continue as a key member of the senior management team in the role of Deputy CFO of SESAC.
Collins will remain based in Nashville. Josephson and Turner will be based in SESAC’s New York office.
Under its new leadership structure, SESAC, the only for-profit performing rights organization with significant scale, will pursue a broader business model within music licensing. The company will seek to offer a simplified, multi-right, international licensing model and focus on innovative uses of technology and data services to best meet the developing needs of music users, distributors, licensees, songwriters, composers and music publishers, as well as recording artists and labels.
A key element of SESAC’s strategy is the recent acquisition of a controlling interest in Rumblefish, a leading music technology provider and a market leader in music micro-licensing, YouTube monetization and license verification. Rumblefish will operate as a subsidiary of SESAC and founder Paul Anthony Troiano will continue to serve as President and CEO of Rumblefish.
The Rumblefish technology platform powers music rights and data offerings for leading content platforms including YouTube, Vimeo and Shutterstock. Rumblefish processes more than 50,000 transactions daily across a licensed portfolio of more than 5 million copyrights. The partnership with SESAC extends the market-tested Rumblefish platform beyond micro-licensing to power a larger full-service multi-rights offering.
Collins, Troiano and Turner will report to Josephson.
“We conducted a broad search for candidates for the CEO role at SESAC and recognized that there was no one better suited to lead the transformation of the business than John,” said Ben Kohn, Managing Partner, Rizvi Traverse. “We’re thrilled to have him join the company as CEO and are excited about its future prospects under his leadership.”
“After twenty two years as a director, I am excited by the opportunities for SESAC’s expansion into multiple rights licensing and global administration services, as well as the chance to work with the outstanding management teams assembled at SESAC and Rumblefish,” said Josephson. “I am also excited to be working with the team at Rizvi Traverse; their experience and relationships in the entertainment and consumer internet sectors will be a valuable asset as we move the company forward.”
“With the addition of John and Kelli, SESAC will accelerate its growth strategy which will bring efficiencies to the music licensing marketplace, increase the value of copyrights and deliver technology driven solutions to creators, music users and music providers. This is a very good time to be in the music licensing business,” said Collins.
John Josephson held the position of Managing Director at Allen & Co., LLC since 1999 and has been a Director of SESAC since its acquisition in 1992 by Stephen Swid, Allen & Co. Inc., Freddie Gershon and Ira Smith. While at Allen, Josephson worked with many leading traditional and new media and technology companies including Time Warner, AOL, Time Warner Cable, GoPro, Beats Electronics, Vevo, Fullscreen and The EchoNest. In addition, Josephson co-founded Downtown Music in January 2006.
Kelli Turner most recently served as Managing General Partner at RSL Venture Partners, LP. She brings a breadth of experience in management, finance and operations to SESAC, previously holding positions as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia; Senior Vice President at Time Warner Inc.; Senior Vice President, Business Development at New Line Cinema and as an investment banker at Allen & Co. LLC and Citigroup. Turner currently serves on the Board of Directors of Central European Media Enterprises.
[Updated]:Jake Owen will host the upcoming ACM Honors. This is Owen’s first time hosting the event, and the fifth time the ceremony will be held at the Ryman Auditorium. [Original post, July 30, 2014]: Toby Keith, Kris Kristofferson, Dean Dillon, Ronnie Milsap, Paul Moore, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Buck Owens (posthumously), Jack Clement (posthumously), Steve Buchanan, and Bob Beckham (posthumously) are the Special Awards honorees for the upcoming eighth annual ACM Honors, to be held Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Ryman Auditorium.
The ACM Honors is an evening of musical tribute performances and award presentations celebrating non-televised special honorees and winners from the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held earlier this year.
Industry Awards winners will include Brian O’Connell of Live Nation, Nicole More of Neste Event Marketing, as well as Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater (Austin, Texas), Billy Bob’s Texas (Forth Worth), Bridgestone Arena (Nashville), Grand Ole Opry House (Nashville), Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, Conn.), and Mohegan Sun Wolf Den (Uncasville, Conn.). Shane McAnally will be honored as Songwriter of the Year. Merle Haggard was presented with the ACM Crystal Award for his 50 years in Country music during the 49th annual ACM Awards.
Tickets are priced at $40.00 and will go on sale Friday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. ET. ACM Professional and A-list members can purchase tickets through a special pre-sale beginning at 10 a.m. CT on Wednesday, July 30, available at the Ryman box office and at ticketmaster.com. Country fans can sign up for the ACM A-list free at acmcountry.com.
Mercury Nashville artist Scotty McCreery visited William Morris Endeavor with a group of ACM Lifting Lives series participants from the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. The day began with a performance at Nashville’s Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. The group then hopped on McCreery’s tour bus to ride to the WME offices. They were joined by WME Nashville co-head Rob Beckham and Lytle Management Group president John Lytle for a discussion on the music business.
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Sony Music Nashville’s Carrie Underwood helped unveil the new video boards at EverBank Field this past Saturday, July 26. The new video boards are the largest in the world, measuring 60 feet high by 362 feet wide.
Pictured (L-R): Carrie Underwood and WQIK/Jacksonville PD Cindy Spicer
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Digital Marketing and web development company BubbleUp has added Davis Mallory to its sales team. He joins BubbleUp from UMG’s Astralworks, where he was involved in digital marketing campaigns and project management for artists including Kylie Minogue, Empire of the Sun, David Guetta, and Swedish House Mafia.
Headquartered in Woodlands, Texas, BubbleUp has had a 10-year presence in Nashville.
“Nashville will remain a focus as BubbleUp continues its relationships with current artists such as Luke Bryan and Zac Brown Band”
Prior to Astralwerks, Mallory, a graduate of Florida’s Stetson University, served as a business development representative for IBM Cognos business affiliate Brightstar Partners.
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Arista Nashville’s Brad Paisley welcomed a select group of radio and industry to Southern California on July 23 for an exclusive listening event previewing his upcoming August 25 album, Moonshine in the Trunk.
Pictured (L-R, front row): Arista Nashville’s Jeri Cooper and Lauren Thomas, Paisley, Sony Music SYNCHSHOP’s Michelle Belcher and Delly Ramin, Sony Television’s Tony Scudellari, independent music supervisor Frankie Pine, ABC-TV’s Dawn Soler, and Sony Music Nashville’s Sarah Westbrook. (Center row): Danny Montana (WIL), Jules Riley (KVOO), Tonya Campos (KKGO), Lesly Tyson (Arista), Becky Brenner (Albright & O’Malley & Brenner), Gary Overton (Sony), Erik Johnson (KXKT), Ali O’Connell (Arista), Michele Chase (WGNE), Tina Ferguson (KRTY), Paul Barnabee (Sony), Adam Smith (VEVO), Anne Helton (Country Aircheck), and Tim Richards (KMLE). (Back row): Sony’s Allen Brown, Paisley band member and album associate producer Kendal Marcy, John Sigler (Arista), Eddie Haskell (KYGO), Nate Deaton (KRTY), Brandon O’Brien (WUSH), Andy Elliott (Arista), Steve Geofferies (KNIX), Dave Daniels (KSNI), Whitney Allen (The Big Time with Whitney Allen) and partner Gerrit, Jon Watkins (KEGA), Paisley’s album co-producer Luke Wooten, Jay Daniels (KXLY), Mike O’Malley (Albright & O’Malley & Brenner), Bob Foglia (Sony), RJ Curtis (All Access), Lon Helton (Country Aircheck), and Joe Patrick (Tunecom). Photo: Ben Enos
Rounder Records has announced its first signing since relocating to Nashville earlier this year. Trigger Hippy, founded by Black Crowes drummer and Nashville resident Steve Gorman, features dual vocals from Joan Osborne and Black Crowes member Jackie Greene. Nashville guitarist and session player Tom Bukovac (who co-produced the album with the band) and bassist Nick Govrik round out out Trigger Hippy. The band was signed by industry veteran Tracy Gershon.
The band’s debut album will debut Sept. 30 on Rounder. The band is slated for a show at Nashville’s 3rd & Lindsley on Aug. 3.
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ASCAP‘s upcoming showcase ASCAP Presents at the Bluebird Cafe will take place Wednesday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe. The showcase will feature Steven Clawson, Brandon Hamilton, Allison Veltz, and Emily Weisband. The show is currently sold out, though 10 bar seats (21+ only) and 14 church pew seats (all ages) are available on a first-come basis when the doors open at 5 p.m. on Aug. 6. For more information, visit bluebirdcafe.com.
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Singer-songwriter Risa Binder will perform songs from her EP Nashville at Nashville’s Cabana on Tuesday, Aug. 5.
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A new monthly concert series, The Stomp, is coming to Nashville. Every second Thursday of the month, rising women in Country music will perform on the top floor of Soulshine Pizza Factory. Sponsored by Tarter Farm & Ranch Equipment, Boot Daddy, and partnering with The Big 98 WSIX, The Stomp will launch Thursday, Sept. 11, and will feature performances from Angie Johnson, Hailey Steele and Lyndsey Highlander.
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Wes Vause has been named Sr. VP, Publicity, WMN, effective October 2014. Vause will oversee all publicity for Warner Music Group’s Country and Christian divisions, which include Atlantic, Elektra, Warner Bros., LoudMouth, and Word Entertainment.
He joins from Sony Music Nashville, where he was VP, Media. He is based in Nashville, and will report to John Esposito, President and CEO, WMN.
“Wes is a veteran publicist and artist champion who’s had a big hand in helping many top talents develop into superstars,” said Esposito. “Passionate and enterprising, I look forward to Wes helping us continue to break extraordinary artists and build long-term careers.”
Vause joined Sony Music Nashville in 2000 as Director of Media and climbed the ranks to Vice President. Over the course of his 14 year tenure at Sony, Vause helped grow the career of Kenny Chesney. Vause has also been instrumental in the success of Miranda Lambert, among many others.
Prior to Sony, Vause held positions at Asylum and Polydor Records. Vause is a member of the Country Music Association, as well as the Academy of Country Music, and is an alumnus of Leadership Music, Class of 2010. Vause graduated from Belmont University with a degree in Music Business, and currently resides in Nashville, TN.
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