Los Angeles-based Entertainment PR company Different Drummer has hired Andy Peterson to open its new Nashville office. Chris Youngblood has been added to oversee digital/media strategies, while Jeneal Bernhart has been hired as manager of digital publicity.
Peterson previously served as Sr. VP and Creative Director at creative agency Propeller. He has also worked as a Sr. Marketing Director at Warner Bros. Records in Nashville, and Director of Marketing for Rocketown Records. Youngblood was formerly a Director of Communications for the non-profit organization To Write Love On Her Arms. Prior to working with Different Drummer, Bernhart was part of Los Angeles-based publicity company Ginsberg Libby, working with clients including Fox Searchlight and Magnolia Pictures.
“We are thrilled to launch this new chapter for Different Drummer. With the head- snapping shifts in audiences today, the growth of our team will allow us to stay ahead of the curve to ensure that Different Drummer remains the leader in activating aspirational audiences and cause-conscious consumers,” said Corby Pons, co-founder of Different Drummer.
“I have long admired the work of Different Drummer and am excited to lead our marketing team and establish a presence for the agency here in Nashville,” said Peterson. “We have talented, creative assets in place, which will be a great addition to our work serving studios and television networks. I’m looking forward to growing this agency and adding our ‘small batch’ marketing approach to creative products and brands.”
PHOTO (L-R): ACM Secretary Tiffany Moon, ACM Treasurer Duane Clark, ACM Parliamentarian Paul Moore, ACM Chairman of the Board Darin Murphy, ACM President Paul Barnabee, ACM Vice President Ken Tucker
The Academy of Country Music has announced its elected officers for the 2014-2015 term.
CAA’s Darin Murphy will serve as Chairman of the board. Sony Music Nashville’s Paul Barnabee has been elected president of the board, while Beats Music’s Ken Tucker has been elected Vice-President of the board. FBMM’s Duane Clark has been named Treasurer, while PGM Connections’ Paul Moore is ACM Parliamentarian and the ACM’s Tiffany Moon has been named Secretary.
The Academy of Country Music Board of Directors elections will be ratified in the fall, with new board members announced at that time.
https://musicrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/acm-board11.jpg398570Jessica Nicholsonhttps://musicrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/MusicRow-header-logo-Mar19B.pngJessica Nicholson2014-08-28 12:47:522014-08-28 12:47:52Academy of Country Music Elects Officers for 2014-2015 Term
Jeff Bridges recently celebrated his debut performance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
Pictured (L-R): Ryman GM Sally Williams, Jeff Bridges, NS2’s Brian Penix and Ryman Marketing Manager Brian Wagner. Photo: Steve Lowry/Ryman Archives
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ASCAP and BMG Chrysalis artist-songwriter Hannah Dasher was awarded the ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award, which is awarded annually to aspiring lyricists who participate in an ASCAP or ASCAP Foundation worship in the musical theater, pop, and/or country genres. Dasher is a graduate of the ASCAP Guidance from Publishers for Songwriters (GPS) Project of 2012. She is working with producer Jeff Stevens (Luke Bryan) on material for her debut album and is shopping the project to labels.
Pictured (L-R): ASCAP’s Michael Martin, Dasher, BMG Chrysalis’s Daniel Lee, and ASCAP’s LeAnn Phelan. Photo: ASCAP’s Anna White.
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ASCAP has today’s Throwback Thursday, when Country superstar Brad Paisley was an ASCAP intern. In his 2011 autobiography Diary of a Player, Paisley discussed how his time at ASCAP led to some important working relationships. “Looking back now, I know for a fact that the path I wound up taking was due to ASCAP,” said Paisley. “They would eventually send me to meetings, which led to my first publishing deal at EMI. They allowed me to actually observe the way business was done, as opposed to merely fetch coffee and make copies. And they accidentally introduced me to the most talented song guy I would ever meet, Chris DuBois.”
Pictured (L-R): Marc Driskill, Mike Owens, Luke Wooten, Jordan Brooker, Jake Gear, Chris DuBois and Freeman Wizer
Sea Gayle Music and Station West have partnered to sign songwriter-artist Jordan Brooker. Indiana native Brooker began working with producer Station West’s Luke Wooten after Wooten viewed a performance of Brooker covering a Dierks Bentley song.
Wooten said, “Jordan and I couldn’t be more excited about the creative partnership with SeaGayle and Station West. The staff and roster at SeaGayle make a perfect fit for the fostering and showcasing of Jordan’s talents.”
“It is an exciting opportunity to get to work with both Jordan and Luke. Their individual talents are awesome, but together there is a real creative chemistry that we at Sea Gayle are thrilled to be part of”, says Sea Gayle EVP/GM Marc Driskill.
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Up-and-coming country music group Old Dominion has announced their self-titled debut EP will be released Oct. 7. The 6-track EP (full listing below) was produced by Shane McAnally and will be released through ReeSmack/Thirty Tigers.
Their current single, “Shut Me Up,” has been released to radio and is available for purchase on iTunes.
Old Dominion’s members, Matthew Ramsey, Trevor Rosen, Whit Sellers, Geoff Sprung and Brad Tursi, have written songs over the past 10 years recorded by artists including The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Tyler Farr, Craig Morgan, Jake Owen, Keith Urban, Chris Young and more.
Old Dominion is currently performing across the country with plans to join Chase Rice for select dates on his Ignite the Night Tour this fall. For more information, visit olddominionband.com. Old Dominion EP track listing:
1. “Shut Me Up”(Andrew Dorff/Ramsey/Tursi)
2. “Break Up With Him” (Ramsey/Rosen/Whit Sellers/Geoff Sprung/Tursi)
3. “Nowhere Fast” (Matthew Jenkins/Ramsey/Rosen)
4. “Beer Can In A Truck Bed” (Jenkins/Ramsey/Rosen)
5. “Wrong Turns” (Jenkins/Ramsey/Rosen)
6. “Dirt On A Road” (Ramsey/Rosen)
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Alan Jackson poses beside his 1955 Ford Thunderbird at the opening of his “Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country” exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 27, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum)
I love Alan Jackson.
If I were king, this man would already be in the Country Music Hall of Fame. In the meantime, we have “Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country,” a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. The preview party for it was held on Wednesday evening (Aug. 27), and its artifacts are dandy.
Alan’s daughters Mattie, Ali (Alexandra) and Dani Jackson gazed in fascination at his career memorabilia, costumes and souvenirs. “This stuff has been in our house for years, but it looks much better here,” Alan explained.
“I love it that the title of this exhibit is ‘Keepin’ It Country,’” said author and wife Denise Jackson, “because in every correspondence from George Jones, he’d sign it, ‘Keep It Country.’”
“It was good to get a lot of that stuff out of the house,” Alan remarked dryly. “The whole house – it was gettin’ to be embarrassin’ — I hope the fans enjoy it.”
He was droll and endearing throughout the little ceremony opening the display. CMHoF CEO Kyle Young started to praise him, but Alan interrupted with humor to encourage people to draw closer: “Come around here if you can’t see,” he suggested to the crowd from the small riser with the microphones. “It ain’t no big deal: It’s casual.”
“Twenty-five years, that’s how long Alan Jackson has been making authentically country music,” Kyle began. “With his songs…he has conquered Nashville.
“For the first time, Alan will be our Artist in Residence [at the same time his exhibit is open],” Kyle added. Watch for a series of intimate shows to take place in October in the new CMA Theater.
In a nice bit of convergence, Alan’s exhibit replaces the one devoted to Glen Campbell. Alan’s Nashville career began when Denise, then a flight attendant, approached Glen on an airliner. That led to a songwriting deal with Glen’s publishing company on Music Row, to the couple moving to Nashville, to Alan working in the TNN mailroom and to his recording contract with Arista Records.
“I moved to Nashville 30 years ago – 1985,” Alan recalled. “We came over Monteagle mountain, pulling a trailer and [carrying] a sack full of songs. It’s hard to believe I’m in this great building with so many American music legends.”
He added that, outside of his new exhibit, he already has an artifact in the museum. That would be his daddy’s old radio, which is cited in the lyrics of “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow.”
Pictured are: (L-R): Denise Jackson, Alan Jackson, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Kyle Young, Universal Music Nashville’s Mike Dungan, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Carolyn Tate at the opening of the “Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country” exhibit at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 27, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum)
His co-writer on that 1990 hit is Jim McBride, who was at the party. So were longtime producer Keith Stegall, former manager Barry Coburn and exec Tim DuBois, who first signed him as a recording artist.
“I see a lot of familiar faces out there,” Alan commented. “There has been a lot of people over the years who have helped me get to where I’m at. It’s not all me.”
Alan amiably mingled with everyone, posing for pictures and chatting. The informal, intimate and convivial gathering included Mike Dungan, Gary Overton, Royce Risser, John Huie, Leslie Fram, Dixie Owen, Jerry & Ernie Williams, Alan’s band The Strayhorns, Jessie Schmidt, Andrew Kintz, Cindy Watts, Donna Nicely, Kelly Lynn Janson, Shelley Mays, Stephanie Langston and surviving GAC Nashville exec Suzanne Gordon, plus such Hall of Fame staffers as Carolyn Tate, Jay Orr and Kay Clary. Sarah Trahern was celebrating her move to 37212, with its easy access to Music Row. Big baseball fan Kay West was en route to the “Last Beer at Greer” Nashville Sounds game. (We drove by there after the party, and the traffic was insane). Jenny Bohler was back from the grand opening of the Johnny Cash birthplace home in Arkansas. Donna Hughes couldn’t resist checking out the Jackson family’s reaction to the display cases.
Alan Jackson, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Carolyn Tate, and Denise Jackson browse the new “Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ It Country” at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 27, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum)
Who could blame her? The Alan Jackson museum exhibit is one of the most visually enjoyable ever mounted at the museum. It includes more model cars (especially Thunderbirds) and motorcycles than you can estimate. Miss Mary noted the rack of shirts with ripped off sleeves, as well as the assortment of slashed jeans. I loved the stills and artifacts from the star’s videos, including the “Chattahoochie” water ski.
One groovy item is the Ford truck “desk” that was used in Alan’s first Fan Fair booth. There are a number of pieces from the star’s collection of Andy Griffith Show memorabilia. If you go this opening weekend, you can see his famed, white, 1955 T-Bird convertible temporarily parked in the museum’s lobby. (If you don’t already know this artifact’s fascinating back story, be sure and read the sign nearby.)
Remember that cool Harley motorcycle that was pictured on the jacket of his A Lot About Livin’ album? It’s there. So are his childhood red tricycle and scooter. He has played the Houston Livestock & Rodeo more than 20 times, and has the belt buckles to prove it. Original songwriting manuscripts are on display, including the one for his heart-stopping “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” of 2001.
Award statuettes are, of course, abundant. The cutest one might be the mini gold boot that Alan’s sister made for his first No. 1 record. Also don’t miss the “Daddy Gene” salute. You western-wear costume devotees will be well rewarded: There are colorful shirts, jackets and boots to die for. By the way, the jeans Alan wore to the event were not torn.
“I wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve listened to ‘Wanted’ late at night,” said Kyle, who is still single. “You think he’s singing about something he knows. But he’s singing about your life, too.
“Here’s to the first 25 years,” added Kyle in his toast to Alan. “I’ve got a feeling that, if he wants to, he has 25 more.
“And, at some point in his life, Alan is going to wind up in another part of this museum [yes, the Hall of Fame rotunda].” Amen to that.
https://musicrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/alan-jackson-carfeatured.jpg260390Bobby Karlhttps://musicrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/MusicRow-header-logo-Mar19B.pngBobby Karl2014-08-28 09:25:182014-08-28 09:25:18Bobby Karl Works 'Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country' Preview
Lee Ann Womack and John Legend will join forces for a new CMT Crossroads episode, set to air Friday, Sept. 26 at 10 p.m. ET on CMT.
“Having John and Lee Ann join us at CMT Crossroads is going to be an incredible pairing—they are both among the most respected singers in their genres,” says John Hamlin, Sr. VP Music, Events and Talent, CMT. “This has all the makings of another classic Crossroads collaboration.”
Legend released his debut album, Get Lifted, in December 2004 through Columbia Records. The album earned Legend several Grammy honors in 2006, including Best R&B Album, Best New Artist, and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. His follow-up, 2006’s Once Again, brought another Grammy for Best Male R&B Performance. His most recent breakout hit, “All of Me” spent three weeks atop Billboard‘s Hot 100 Singles Chart, with sales of more than four million in the U.S. and six million worldwide.
Womack is the recipient of the CMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year honor, as well as Album of the Year for There’s More Where That Came From, as well as Single of the Year awards for “I May Hate Myself in the Morning” and “I Hope You Dance.” She is a favored duet partner for Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, Buddy Miller, George Strait, Jim Lauderdale and more. She will release her first project for Sugar Hill Records, titled The Way I’m Livin’, on Sept. 23.
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During this year’s CMA Music Festival, Orange Grove, Texas, native Chase Bryant impressed Country audiences with his blend of country sounds, guitar skills, and retro rockabilly charm. His talent comes effortlessly, passed down through the generations.
His grandfather played piano for Roy Orbison‘s first two bands, The Wink Westerners and the Teen Kings, and also played for Waylon Jennings. Bryant’s uncles co-founded the ’90s Country group Ricochet (known for the hit, “Daddy’s Money”). Now, as an artist signed to Red Bow Records, Bryant is getting his own chance to shine. He visited the MusicRow offices recently to perform songs from his upcoming debut album.
Approximately four years ago, Bryant made the move to Nashville, where his solid voice, guitar work and songwriting skills caught the attention of Neal Spielberg and Gene Dries of Spielberg/Dries Management. Family history came full circle when Bryant was introduced to Still Working Music’s Barbara Orbison (and wife of Roy Orbison). He was signed to a deal immediately, and is the last artist the late Barbara Orbison signed to the company, prior to her passing in 2011.
Bryant shared how he came to the attention of Broken Bow Label Group president Benny Brown. “I was writing songs and cutting demos with Derek George, and he became one of my best friends in this town. Benny heard those demos and loved what he heard. He said, ‘Let’s take those into the studio and make it into a full album.'” Bryant will have co-producing credit on the project, alongside George.
Bryant’s songwriting collaborations include co-writes with Travis Hill, Jesse Frasure, Jim McCormick, and Tommy Lee James (“He’s the reason I know how to make songs,” says Bryant).
During his visit, the multi-talented Byrant gave an impassioned acoustic performance of songs such as “Change Your Name” and “Take It On Back,” which is climbing MusicRow‘s CountryBreakout chart. Bryant co-wrote the single with Tommy Lee James and Dylan Altman.
In recent months, this rising artist’s life has been a whirlwind of traveling, recording and performing. He recently made his debut on the famed Grand Ole Opry, and completed a 13-week radio tour. “Lots of Chipotle, Marriotts and Southwest,” quipped Bryant. “Seriously, it’s been cool to figure out how all the different parts of this industry work, and to get to meet great people.”
Bryant will soon hit the road as an opening act on the second leg of Brantley Gilbert‘s upcoming Let It Ride tour. “I’m getting ready to start rehearsals. I can’t wait to get out there,” says Bryant.
Sony Music Nashville has reached an agreement to relocate its Nashville staff members in 2016 into the new Gulch tower, 1201 Demonbreun. John Eakin, Manager of Eakin Partners says, “We are super excited to have a high profile tenant like Sony to be one of our initial lead tenants.”
Construction of the building started at the beginning of August and is scheduled to be complete in October 2016. The new structure will consist of 15 stories and offer panoramic views of downtown Nashville. With parking becoming such a hot commodity, this development provides 940 parking spaces and a green roof amenity deck on the sixth floor. This feature will provide additional event space for tenants.
The office building will feature a two-story lobby, floor-to-ceiling glass, an energy-efficient design, and a virtually column-free floor plan. Typical floors are approximately 26,000 rentable square feet. Planned amenities for the building include a bank branch, a restaurant and a fitness facility.
Previously reported, Vanderbilt University paid $12.1 million in July to acquire Sony Music Nashville’s current headquarters on Music Row located at 1400 18th Avenue S. William Morris Endeavor Nashvilleannounced earlier this year it will relocate its approximately 80 Nashville staff members into the same new Gulch tower in 2016.
Eakin Partners Commercial Real Estate will manage and lease the building.
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Pictured (L-R): Mark Mason (BMI), Leslie Roberts (BMI), Tammi Kidd Hutton, AJ Burton (Nettwerk)
Songwriter Tammi Kidd Hutton has signed with Nettwerk One Music, which also represents Jessie Jo Dillon, Neil Mason, Mike Fiorentino, Austin Jenckes and Archertown. Her compositions have been recorded by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Joe Nichols, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, Chris Cagle, and others.
Nettwerk’s AJ Burton says, “After meeting with Tammi and listening to her songs, I immediately knew she was someone I wanted to work with! I’m honored she’s entrusted myself and the Nettwerk staff with her songs.”
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