Country Artists Working Hard and Enjoying Family This Thanksgiving Weekend

Some country artists have more on their to-do lists than basting turkeys, making casseroles, and watching football this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. These artists will be busy performing and making appearances in Nashville and/or on national television. Meanwhile, others are taking full advantage of the downtime to indulge in some homemade cooking or trips to the beach.
• Lucy Hale, Cole Swindell, Meghan Trainor, Dan+Shay will all take part in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which airs at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27) on NBC.
• Lee Ann Womack will sing “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to the Dallas Cowboys game against the Philadelphia Eagles inside AT&T Stadium. The game will begin airing at 3:30 ET on FOX on Thanksgiving Day.

Kimberly Schlapman is encouraging Tweets to feed the hungry this holiday.

Kimberly Schlapman is encouraging Tweets to feed the hungry this holiday.

Miranda Lambert's Thanksgiving must-haves.

Miranda Lambert’s Thanksgiving must-haves.

• Miranda Lambert is cooking for her crew this Thanksgiving. The star posted this pic on Facebook this afternoon. She recently celebrated the opening of Redemption Ranch, a no kill animal shelter in Tishomingo, OK and 12 animals were soon adopted.
• Sam Hunt is headed to Tallahassee, FL to perform at the Friday Night Block Party, the official tailgate event for Seminole fans before home football games.
• Kip Moore is touring this weekend, playing Friday in Detroit and Saturday in Cleveland.
• Carrie Underwood is hosting Thanksgiving dinner at her house with friends. Hubby Mike Fisher will be playing for the Nashville Predators that day, so she will be watching him on TV.
• Jamie Lynn Spears is hanging with her family in Louisiana over the Thanksgiving holiday, and will also visit her in-laws with husband Jamie Watson.
Getting a head start on Christmas, Brenda Lee will take part in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s annual lighting of the museum’s 30-foot Christmas tree in Nashville, and will offer a live performance. The event takes place Friday, Nov. 28.
Ronnie Milsap will celebrate the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Deck the Hall festivities with a performance on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m.
Brett Eldredge is at the beach. He posted a video on his Facebook page today.

Brett Eldredge is at the beach. He posted a video on his Facebook page today.

Weekly Chart Report (11/26/14)

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Gibson Brands, Bob Dylan Collaborate On Limited Edition Guitars

gibson brands bob dylan guitarGibson Brands, Inc. has teamed with Bob Dylan to release two new SJ-200 Guitars, including a Bob Dylan SJ-200 Collectors Edition and the Bob Dylan SJ-200 Player’s Edition.
The Bob Dylan Autographed SJ-200 Collector’s Edition is an exact replica of Bob’s personal SJ-200, crafted from hand-selected figured Indian rosewood and AAA Sitka spruce. The headstock features the artist’s eye logo inlaid in mother-of-pearl with a Bella Voce mother-of-pearl inlay in the fret board. The double pick guards feature an inlay of abalone. Each model features a label signed by Bob Dylan and is numbered in the series on the head stock. Only 175 guitars will be made and distributed for worldwide sales.  These guitars will also include a unique limited edition hard-shell case with embroidered artist’s “eye logo.”
The SJ-200 Player’s Edition is a high-performance model based on Bob Dylan’s personal guitar. This model is constructed with Adirondack red spruce and hand-selected AAA flamed maple. The headstock features the artist’s eye logo with a Bella Voce mother-of-pearl inlay on the fret board. Double pick guards feature an engraved design, with mother-of-pearl dot inlay. This vintage-style model comes equipped with an LR Baggs™ Anthem pickup.
“After years of design and development overseen by the artist’s personal guidance, these new models represent the best in artistry and performance just as Bob Dylan represents the best in American songwriting,” Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Brands, said.“Taking elements from the historic SJ-200 line and blending them with Bob’s personal vision for a signature model, these guitars represent the best of music history.”
Instrument, music and sound company Gibson Brands is based in Nashville, Tenn.

Industry Ink: Global Songwriters Connection, KingSpirit Music, CMT Radio

global songwriters connectionGlobal Songwriters Connection will hold its holiday celebration Tuesday, Dec. 2 in Nashville’s CMA Atrium from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The CMA is located at 1 Music Circle South. Industry pros attending the event can enter to win a three-day, two-night $1,000 penthouse weekend getaway at Mt. Harbor Inn on the Lake in Dandridge, Tenn.

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KingSpirit Music has added Mason Hale Harris has Creative Assistant. He can be reached at [email protected].
KingSpirit Music’s roster includes Kalisa Ewing, James LeBlanc and Eric Varnell.

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CMT Radio’s Cody Alan caught up with Michael W. Smith to discuss his new Christmas album, Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirt of Christmas, out now.
The album features many of country’s biggest stars including Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride and more.
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Pictured (L-R): Cody Alan, Michael W. Smith. Photo: CMT Radio

Weekly Register: Brooks Hangs Hat At No. 1

garthGarth Brooks sold 62K of Man Against Machine to stay at No. 1 in its second week, and settle in at No. 5 on the all-genre chart. His RTD total is 192K. Meanwhile, Trisha Yearwood’s Prizefighter: Hit After Hit debuted with 13K, and Cole Swindell’s Down Home Sessions EP debuted with 12.5K.
Top 5 country albums
Garth Brooks Man Against Machine 62K/192K RTD
Jason Aldean Old Boots, New Dirt 24K/ 556K RTD
Florida Georgia Line Anything Goes 18K/ 364K RTD
George Strait The Cowboy Rides Away: Live 17K/ 176K RTD
Darius Rucker Home For The Holidays 13K/ 44K RTD
The week’s biggest debut is by One Direction, whose Four flew in with sales of 387K to land at No. 1 overall. On the overall tracks chart, Taylor Swift remains at No. 1 with “Blank Space” selling 302K, 949K RTD.
Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water” sold 43K and is this week’s top selling country track. The song is from Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 which will be released Dec. 9.
Craig Wayne Boyd’s version of “You Look So Good in Love” from The Voice, is the top country debut track, selling 19K.
Top 5 country tracks
Carrie Underwood, “Something in the Water” 43K/ 466K RTD
Tim McGraw, “Shotgun Rider” 36K/ 260K RTD
Jason Aldean, “Burnin’ it Down” 23K/ 1.235M RTD
Sam Hunt, “Leave the Night On” 23K/ 809K RTD
Florida Georgia Line, “Sun Daze” 22K/ 156K RTD

Moraine Music's Artist Partnership Group Signs Gareth Dunlop

Pictured (L-R)"  Brent Maher (CEO), Gareth Dunlop, Dianna Maher (President) and Charles Yingling (Creative Director)

Pictured (L-R): Brent Maher (CEO), Gareth Dunlop, Dianna Maher (President) and Charles Yingling (Creative Director)

Gareth Dunlop is the newest signing to Moraine’s Artist Partnership Group, a division of Moraine Music. Born and raised in Belfast, Gareth Dunlop is one of the most talked about young artists from Northern Ireland and is currently signed as a writer through Moraine’s joint venture with Nettwerk One Music.
In the last month, Gareth’s track “Lay It On The King” (produced by Brent Maher) was sampled on rap superstar T.I.’s new LP Paperwork, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. In addition, Gareth’s duet with SHEL, “Hold On,” is the featured video from The Best of Me film & soundtrack. Gareth’s music can also be heard in numerous commercials (Subaru, Disney, Discover Ireland) and a wide array of television shows ranging from Fox’s Bones to ABC’s Nashville.
Moraine Music Group is one of Nashville’s independent publishers with hits spanning over 20 years. Moraine’s songs have been recorded by Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Justin Moore, The Dixie Chicks, Jonny Lang, Wynonna, Tim McGraw, Sara Evans, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and others.

DISClaimer: Salute the Music

Rascal Flatts. Photo: Todd Owyoung

Rascal Flatts. Photo: Todd Owyoung

It’s Veterans’ Day.
Actually the real holiday took place two weeks ago, but today’s DisClaimer column is nonetheless chock full of veteran record makers. Rascal Flatts, Garth Brooks, Larry Cordle & Alison Krauss and even The Doobie Brothers are here.
Even so, the youngsters twirled brightly in the spotlight. The two best songs of this listening session are “Bar Band,” co-written and performed by Adam Hood, and the even more creative “Time Has Wings,” co-written and performed by Chris Weaver. The latter is accompanied by a breath-taking production and earns the Chris Weaver Band a DisCovery Award. Give this record your undivided attention.
Speaking of productions, Rascal Flatts has seldom had a track as well done as “Riot” is. It earns the group a Disc of the Day.
Writers: Chris Weaver/Matt Rogers; Producer: Josh Leo; Publishers: Tygart/Canalco/Ole Red Cape, SESAC/ASCAP; American Roots
-Holy smokes! This is awesome, full of drama and meaning and soul. He grabs you by the neck from the first notes of his gritty voice. The lyric of a couple growing into middle age and staring into their past, present and future is simply brilliant. The driving track pounds with passion while Kim Carnes and Kim Keyes lend a thrilling, gospel-chorale backing. A loud, “Amen” from this corner.
LOGAN MIZE/Can’t Get Away From a Good Time
Writers: Logan Mize/Kelly Archer/Blake Chaffin; Producers: Jim Catino/Ryan Gore/Logan Mize; Publishers: Year of the Dog/Internal Combustion/Southside Independent/Year9/Atlas/Downtown DMP/Zoe and Her Friend Munkee/Songs of Parallel, ASCAP/BMI; Arista
-I loved this guy when he was an indie act. His graduation to the major leagues is a good-natured, smiling bopper with personality to spare.
Writers: none listed; Producers: Keith Stegall/Aaron Watson; Publishers: none listed; Big label (track)
-This is a consistently good artist, and his latest is his best yet. The lyric of this mid-tempo toe tapper contrasts his shortcomings with her qualities. “She’s like a Sunday morning/I’m a Saturday night/She’s like a stained-glass window/I’m a neon sign.” The conclusion/chorus is that she’s at her best wearing nothing but a smile and “that look” in her eyes. Well done.
Writers: Don Sampson/Wynn Varble; Producer: Mark Miller; Publishers: New Sea Gayle/Emma and Maddie/Warner-Tamerlane/Precious Flour, ASCAP/BMI; Pearl/RCA
-Very sentimental. The striking, idiosyncratic ballad is sung from the point of view of a baby waiting to be born, having a conversation with God.
Chris Weaver Band

Chris Weaver Band

Writers: none listed; Producer: none listed; Publishers: none listed; G-Force
-Sprightly, brightly rocking. Their pert trio harmonies are flawless, and the lickety-split tempo tune of a guy who drives the gals nuts is ear catching, too.
Writers: Jaron Boyer/Sara Haze; Producers: Jay DeMarcus/Rascal Flatts; Publishers: Peertunes/Jaron Boyer/Songs of Universal/Comp and Circumstance, SESAC; Big Machine
-The word-y lyric sometimes scans awkwardly, but the super-compelling vocals and enthralling production pull it together and bring it home. The sound of real pros at work.
Writers: Adam Hood/Pat McLaughlin; Producer: Rachel Loy; Publishers: none listed; AH (track)
-This man’s records should come with a “satisfaction guaranteed” label. He has an enviable track record as someone who always performs with class and writes with finesse. This song of a journeyman honky-tonker deserves to become an anthem of country singers everywhere. If he doesn’t have a hit with it, someone sure should.
Writers: L. Cordle; Producer: Larry Cordle; Publisher: Universal-Polygram, ASCAP; MightyCord (track)
-Cordle is a successful Music Row tunesmith who is also a regular bluegrass performer. His latest CD is All Star Duets, which finds him harmonizing with the celebrities who have made his songs famous. It is fascinating to hear Diamond Rio, Garth Brooks, Terri Clark, Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Mattea, Kenny Chesney, Travis Tritt and the like in this context. Needless to say, the sublime Krauss slips into his lilting bluegrass setting with ease. Heartily recommended, without reservation.
Writers: Jenna Jentry; Producer: Gretchen Wilson; Publisher: Jenna Jentry, BMI; 4 Entertainment
-Jentry’s self-titled EP leads off with this busy-sounding track: Too much electric guitar and a vocal that’s not clear-sounding enough.
Writers: Tom Johnston; Producers: David Lyndon Huff/Dann Huff; Publisher: Warner-Tamerlane; BMI; Arista (track)
-We got a taste of “Listen to the Music” on the CMA show with Blake and Hunter rocking with the Doobies. But the group’s Southbound CD of country collaborations has an even stronger rocker. Chris Young is performing this at his concerts and killin’ it just like he does on the album. Righteous.

Belmont Songwriter Plays To 470,000 Fans in China

Jackson Wells.

Jackson Wells

Belmont junior Jackson Wells has experienced an increasing fanbase in China. In August, the New York native found himself performing as a headliner at a Chengdu festival, playing to more than 470,000 fans over three nights.
Wells, whose family recently moved from California to Liepers Fork, Tenn., first performed at China’s International Youth Music Festival in 2012 while overseas tutoring. That year the pop artist played in front of about 5,000 people. Return trips has seen his audience rise exponentially, including on YouTube, where three music videos have garnered more than 1.8 million views internationally.
“After taking eight years of Spanish in school, I just found myself getting tired of it and started developing a real interest in Chinese,” said Wells, who began studying Mandarin in high school and is also minoring now in Chinese at Belmont. “The fans all sing along to my songs in English, but I’m now recording a five-song EP in Chinese. It’s the least we could do to show that nation’s people our gratitude and respect–they have given me a career in China.”
For promotion, Wells is working with three university students in China while partnering with three Belmont students on a class project to think of further ways to promote his accomplishments overseas.
Wells travels again to China soon to perform at an environmental event organized by actor/former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The outing, which has already sold out to a crowd of 18,000, will be broadcast on the two largest public and private TV networks in China.
Wells has also performed in the United States at L.A.’s House of Blues, Universal Studios CityWalk and Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe and Mercy Lounge. He was the also the featured artist at a Nashville Predators game in March.
Wells began writing songs at the age of 14. His sophomore EP, Inescapable, released in January 2013 while his first full-length independent album, Picture of Life, came in January 2014 as a collaboration with Grammy-award winning producer Bill Cuomo and Beeb Birtles, founding member of Little River Band.
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Fourth Annual Beard Bash Will Celebrate No Shave November

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2014 Chairman of the Beard Dave Haywood posted this No Shave November photo update from Cozumel. Click to donate.

No Shave November’s music industry participants will celebrate their hairy faces, and fundraising efforts for St. Jude, at the Fourth annual Beard Bash. The event is set for Monday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Row Kitchen & Pub, and will be hosted by WUSY/Chattanooga’s Gator Harrison and Styckman.
Awards to be presented during the 2014 Beard Bash include Radio Fundrazors (Top Radio Fundraisers), Label Fundrazors (Top Label Fundraisers), Ofurall Fundrazor (Top Fundraising Individual), Herd It On The Radio  (Largest Radio Station Team), Look For The Label Union  (Largest Record Label Team), The Beard Al Yankovic Award (Best Beard Parody), MVB — Most Valuable Beard (Individual Who Does The Most) and Scraggle Rock (Worst Beard).
No Shave November participants stop shaving for a month and donate the money saved to St. Jude’s. In 2013, NSN raised an impressive $220,000 for the organization, with $396,000 raised over the past three years.
Supporters are still encouraged to help the children of St. Jude by donating at or by texting LIFE to 50333, to donate $10.

Dustin Lynch Celebrates First Chart-Topper With "Where It's At"

Pictured (L-R, front row): ASCAP co-writers Matt Jenkins and Zach Crowell, Dustin Lynch, SESAC co-writer Cary Barlowe, producer Mickey Jack Cones. (back row): Major Bob Music's Jesse Frasure, ASCAP's Robert Filhart, Broken Bow's Jon Loba, SESAC's John Mullins, Tape Room Music's Ashley Gorley, Combustion Music's Chris Van Belkom and Chris Farren, and Warner/Chappell Music Publishing's Ryan Beuschel. Photo: Ed Rode.

Pictured (L-R, front row): ASCAP co-writers Matt Jenkins and Zach Crowell, Dustin Lynch, SESAC co-writer Cary Barlowe, producer Mickey Jack Cones. (back row): Major Bob Music’s Jesse Frasure, ASCAP’s Robert Filhart, Broken Bow’s Jon Loba, SESAC’s John Mullins, Tape Room Music’s Ashley Gorley, Combustion Music’s Chris Van Belkom and Chris Farren, and Warner/Chappell Music Publishing’s Ryan Beuschel. Photo: Ed Rode.

Music industry members celebrated with ASCAP, SESAC and Broken Bow Records recently to commemorate BBR artist Dustin Lynch‘s first chart-topping song, “Where It’s At.” The song also marks the first chart-toppers for ASCAP co-writers Zach Crowell and Matt Jenkins, while SESAC co-writer Cary Barlowe notches his second Country chart-topper. The event was held Monday (Nov. 24) at the Country Music Association offices in Nashville.
Among those on hand to celebrate were the song’s producer Mickey Jack Cones, and publishers Combustion Music, Major Bob Music, Ashley Gorley‘s Tape Room Music, and Warner/Chappell Music Publishing.