The ole/Curb Music Songcamp with Sony recording artist Ryan Griffin and RCA recording artist Josh Dorr was held March 29-30 at Elvin’s Mill in Smithville, Tenn.
Pictured (L-R): Josh Matheny of Curb Music, Jordan Davis, Matt Rogers of ole, John Ozier of ole, Kyle Jacobs of Curb Music, Dave Turnbull of ole, Andrew Petroff of ole, Matt Alderman of Curb Music, and Sony recording artist Ryan Griffin.
ASCAP hosted the AIMP’s March meeting on Wed., March 18th, with a lunchtime panel sponsored by Fifth Third Bank. The panel, entitled “Case Study: Meghan Trainor & All About That Bass,” featured a casual conversation with Kerry O’Neil and Carla Wallace of Big Yellow Dog Music, Trainor’s Nashville-based publisher.
Pictured (L-R): Kari Barnhart (Fifth Third Bank), David Ross, Carla Wallace (Big Yellow Dog), Kerry O’Neil (Big Yellow Dog), Marc Driskill (Sea Gayle/AIMP Ex. Dir), Denise Nichols (The Primacy Firm/AIMP Secretary), Brad Peterson (Fifth Third Bank). Photo: Misha Tristan
The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Music Industry Coalition (MIC) have partnered to unveil a presentation on plans for the development of a definitive, in-depth research document on the Music Row area’s history. The presentation, which is open to the public, has been set for April 2.
During the event, Doug Sloan (Metro Planning Department deputy director) will discuss the Music Row Design Plan, while Tim Walker (Metro Historical Commission executive director) will discuss assistance in designating local landmarks on Music Row.
The study aims to identify and explain the significance of 400 buildings in the Music Row area, and represents a comprehensive inventory and documentation of the Nashville area. The study will be used to inform Metro Planning Department’s recently announced Music Row Design Plan, as well as new street signage and tours to tell the history of the Music Row area. The report is slated to be completed by fall 2015.
The public hearing will take place April 2, 2015 from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at The Quonset Hut, located at 34 Music Sq. E. in Nashville.
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Pictured (L-R): Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, Richard Sterban, and Joe Bonsall). Photo: Alan Poizner/CMA
The Oak Ridge Boys (Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden, Richard Sterban) and The Browns (Jim Ed, Maxine, and Bonnie) sat down for panel discussions with Country Music Association (CMA) members Wednesday (March 25) at the Hall of Fame’s Event Hall during the 12th Annual CMA Artist Luncheon.
They talked about their craft following the announcement that they will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year, along with late guitarist Grady Martin.
“There is nothing in the world like hearing great harmony,” The Oaks’ Bonsall said. “And the only thing that’s better than that is being behind this microphone, being a part of something like this all those years, making that sound as brothers, as friends. We send it out there with all we got. We call it a power harmony.”
“I think it’s singing from our heart, singing from our soul and it’s kind of a spiritual thing sometimes,” added Golden.
The Browns, like existing Hall of Fame members The Everly Brothers and The Louvin Brothers, rely on the special bond between family members to align their voices.
“I can sing a song, put it on tape, and send it to my sisters and they will sing their part and not somebody else’s,” Jim Ed Brown said. “Bonnie would sing the third part, Maxine would sing the second part, and when you put it all together it would all fit. It was the timbre of the voices that brings us together, which is a little bit different from most groups. And that sound is part of The Browns. I don’t think anybody’s ever duplicated it.”
Pictured (L-R): Maxine, Bonnie, and Jim Ed Brown, Brenda Lee. Photo: Alan Poizner/CMA
Joshua Martin reflects on the career of his father, newly-announced Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Grady Martin. Photo: Alan Poizner/CMA
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The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions have announced another round of performers have been announced for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards. Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, plus special duets by Christina Aguilera with surprise artists as well as Nick Jonas with Dan + Shay have all been added to this year’s incredible lineup.
These artists join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Keith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and Cole Swindell.
Brooks & Dunn will take the stage in honor of the Academy’s golden anniversary, marking their first televised performance together since 2010.
The ceremony, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, will be broadcast LIVE from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 PM – 11:30PM ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
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One of Arista Nashville’s newest artists and songwriters, Cam, has been traveling the country in recent months, bringing her lilting country vocals, mature song craftsmanship, and sunny performance style to radio stations. Today (March 31), Cam released her four-song digital EP, Welcome To Cam Country, which features her single “My Mistake.” The bubbly entertainer recently visited MusicRow‘s office to offer a music preview, including the tracks “Burning House” and “Half Broke Heart.” Cam co-wrote each of the tracks on the EP.
Welcome To Cam Country was helmed by producers Jeff Bhasker (Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift) and Tyler Johnson (Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus) in numerous studios in Nashville and Los Angeles including The Castle, Blackbird Studios, and Quad Studios.
She closed the preview with her debut single, “My Mistake.” “It’s about how a lot of times in your life, in career jobs, you won’t know the right moves to make, but you have to make them anyway,” Cam said. “And those times when things don’t work out the way you’d hoped, it ends up shaping who you are and where you’re going and it ends up being for the best. It’s my reminder to myself to not try and avoid all the heartaches. They are important.”
Before securing her deal on Arista Nashville, the northern California native scored cuts on projects from Maggie Rose and Miley Cyrus, including “Maybe You’re Right,” which was on Cyrus’ 2013 album Bangerz.
Cam visits with MusicRow staff.
Cam’s fearless attitude fueled her resolution to pursue a career as a writer and an artist, in a town where many choose to be one or the other. “I remember someone asked me, ‘Are you going to be an artist or are you going to be a writer?’ I don’t really believe that you have to choose, but I said, ‘I’ll be an artist that writes my own songs.’ That’s easier said than done, so I went into an incubation period with some of my writing friends, and we wrote the best songs we could muster. It would be super easy to lean on all these amazing players and songwriters and producers to help fill in the blanks. While that’s so tempting, because it’s so good, you can also start to lose the sound that’s you and get overwhelmed by the sound that’s everybody. It’s the seesaw of learning to be yourself musically, but also remain relatable. We came up with 10 songs and then went to labels to show them who I am. Sony got it, which was incredible and it feels very lucky to have people that are behind it that way.”
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The 7th Annual T.J. Martell Honors Gala honorees. (L-R): Dr. Jeffrey Balser, the Medical Research Advancement Award; Bill Hearn and Billy Ray Hearn [not pictured], the Frances Preston Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award; Becca Stevens, the Lifetime Humanitarian Award; Steve and Judy Turner, the Spirit of Nashville Award; and Ken Levitan, the Tony Martell Outstanding Entertainment Achievement Award.
Photos: Jason Davis/Getty Images for T.J. Martell Foundation.
Glitz and glamour donned Nashville’s Omni Hotel last night (March 30) for the 7th annual T.J. Martell Nashville Honors Gala. The event brought out top music industry leaders, political figures, and artists to celebrate the accolades and more importantly, raise money for the organization’s worthwhile cause: the fight against cancer and AIDS.
While most referred to him as “Deacon” through the evening, host Charles “Chip” Esten from ABC’s Nashville greeted attendees while sharing how the disease personally affected his family, when his daughter was diagnosed with leukemia at a young age. Assuring that she is now “happy and healthy,” he reminded us why we “all come together as friends to fight.”
Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum perform at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 7th Annual Nashville Honors Gala.
The Foundation, led by CEO Laura Heatherly, announced it has raised more than $270 million to support innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS, explaining that “research takes a constant flow of money.”
The event was co-chaired by Danielle Bouharoun, Senior VP of Wells-Fargo Private Banking; Ree Buchanan, President of Wrensong Music Publishing; and George Anderson, President of Anderson Benson.
Vince Gill set the tone for the night by quoting a Texas preacher who once said, “There are drainers and re-fillers.” Gill opened the performances with “What You Give Away,” and honored Steve and Judy Turner with the Spirit of Nashville Award. His classic “Vince Gill” comedic banter included recounting his first meeting with the Turners, where during an early career photo shoot he struggled to put on tight-fitting pants and accidentally broke what appeared to be their very expensive vase. The Turners, who have had a positive impact on nearly every aspect of Nashville, accepted their award giving heartfelt thanks to the crowd and to their relationship with Gill.
Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus speak at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 7th Annual Nashville Honors Gala.
Next Billy RayHearn and Bill Hearn were honored with a performance by contemporary Christian singer Matthew West offering “Oh, Me Of Little Faith” from his upcoming album, Live Forever. Then Jimmy Bowen shared, “I’m a two-time cancer survivor” and touted Nashville as a “multi-genre Music City.” Calling theHearns “two honorable men that deserve to be honored tonight,” he bestowed on them the Frances Preston Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award for their vision, creativity and commitment in the growth and development of the Christian music industry and philanthropic efforts. An emotional Bill Hearn accepted the award sharing that his father, Billy Ray, was unable to attend due to health reasons. Bill admitted, “Everything that we’ve accomplished in our lives and in business has been a result of our families supporting one another and working together.”
Vince Gill performs at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 7th Annual Nashville Honors Gala.
Lady Antebellum flawlessly delivered “One Great Mystery” from their latest album, 747, paying tribute to Dr. Jeffrey Balser who was honored with the Medical Research Advancement Award by Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney and Jay DeMarcus, who called him “our friend.” Dr. Balser, who has pioneered research programs at the hospital and led the center’s significant expansion, graciously accepted. A graduate of Vanderbilt, he became dean of the School of Medicine in 2008.
Manager Ken Levitan was saluted by his longtime artist,Grammy winner Emmylou Harris. She looked out among the guests and observed, “This represents the true heart of Nashville.” After referring to Levitan’s energy as “legendary,” Harris shared, “Before we started working together, we were friends.” She brought out Rodney Crowell to perform the title track from their album, “Old Yellow Moon.” Opry Entertainment Group’s Steve Buchanan filled in for Irving Azoff, who missed the gala due to travel complications, presented the Tony Martell Outstanding Entertainment Achievement Award to Levitan. Buchanan said, “Ken is a very passionate music fan. He built one of the most highly regarded management companies in the world.” Levitan, who has managed the careers of such notable acts as Harris, Kings of Leon, Trisha Yearwood, Trace Adkins, and many others, spoke about his appreciation of the T.J. Martell Foundation. “It has kept its roots deep in the music business. To be recognized by T.J. Martell is beyond special,” he said. Giving a nod to his 87-year-old father in the audience, Levitan added, “He taught me you can do anything you want to do, if you put your mind to it.”
EmmyLou Harris and Rodney Crowell perform at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 7th Annual Nashville Honors Gala.
The final award of the evening went to Rev. Becca Stevens, who received the Lifetime Humanitarian Award. Her commitment to community includes ministry as an Episcopal priest in Nashville, founding Magdalene to help women who survived lives of prostitution, and starting Thistle Farms, a social enterprise of Magdalene. Keeping it in the family, Stevens’ husband and Grammy-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon and son Levi Hummon, a recent Valory Music signee, joined bluegrass virtuoso Alison Krauss for a poignant performance of Oscar-nominated “Make It Love.” Tennessee First Lady, Crissy Haslam, honored Stevens with the award. “I love that I get to accept this with my family,” proclaimed Stevens. “When we are together, we are a powerful force. Love, love, love.”
Watching proudly in the audience were notable attendees Governor Bill Haslam, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Amy Grant, Peter Frampton, John Hiatt, Chris Young, former Tennessee Titan Keith Bullock, T.J. Martell’s Tinti Moffat and numerous other industry members and philanthropic trailblazers.
Charles Esten hosts the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 7th Annual Nashville Honors Gala.
Alison Krauss, Levi Hummon, and Marcus Hummon perform at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 7th Annual Nashville Honors Gala.
Keith Bullock, T.J. Martell Foundation’s Laura Heatherly, and Chris Young attend the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 7th Annual Nashville Honors Gala.
Emmylou Harris, Tony Martell Outstanding Entertainment Achievement Award honoree Ken Levitan, and Steve Buchanan attend the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 7th Annual Nashville Honors Gala.
Bill Hearn (center) accepts the Frances Preston Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award on behalf of his father, Billy Ray Hearn, along with Matthew West (left) and Jimmy Bowen (right) at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 7th Annual Nashville Honors Gala.
Ree Guyer Buchanan, T.J. Martell Foundation’s Tinti Moffat, Jimmy Bowen, T.J. Martell Foundation’s Laura Heatherly, and Danielle Bouharoun attend the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 7th Annual Nashville Honors Gala.
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Lay offs hit CMT last week as part of the restructuring of parent company Viacom.
Craig Shelburne and Chris Parton were among the many staffers who exited CMT’s downtown Nashville headquarters.
Shelburne had been with the company since 2002 where he served as senior editor of CMT.com, editor of CMT Edge and producer for Live @ CMT and Concrete Country. He can be reached at [email protected] and 615-397-7048.
Parton joined the network in 2007 and most recently served as writer/producer for CMT.com and CMTEdge.com. Contact him at [email protected]or 585-269-9128.
According to a CMT representative, “Viacom is making changes in three of our domestic network groups, creating two new organizations. These changes are part of the process of realigning our resources to meet the new needs of the organization.” One division will focus on kids and family, and will be home to CMT, CMT Pure, Nickelodeon and TV Land. The other organization will include MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike, and Logo.
Reports from CMT indicate a “focus on more and better original programming that monetizes on all screens,” and “an ambitious and diverse programming slate that includes new original series and returning favorites.”
The reorganization also includes the departure of Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks Music & Logo Group (MTV, CMT, VH1), after almost three decades with the company.
Last week Ad Age pointed to a state Department of Labor notice that said Viacom will cut 264 employees in New York City.
Philippe Dauman is president/CEO of Viacom. According to The Wrap, his 2014 compensation totaled $44.3 million.
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Pictured (L-R): John Strohm, Loeb and Loeb; Kim Buie, Vice President of A&R at New West Records; Bryan Simpson of The Whistles And The Bells; John Allen, President of New West Records; Santo Pullella, management.
New West Records announced the signing of Nashville’s The Whistles and The Bells, the redirection of artist Bryan Simpson, formerly of Cadillac Sky.
The Whistles and The Bells is managed by Santo Pullella and represented by attorney John Strohm.
New West Records will be re-releasing the self-titled debut album, which was engineered by Vance Powell (Jack White, Jars of Clay, Chris Thile).
With offices in Burbank, Calif., Athens, Ga., and Nashville, New West offers releases from artists including Buddy Miller, Delbert McClinton, Patty Griffin, Steve Earl and is home to artists including Buddy & Julie Miller, Corb Lund, John Hiatt, and more.
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Pictured at the 2014 Grammy Block Party, Grammy-winning artists Kacey Musgraves and Jim Lauderdale. Photo: Frederick Breedon.
The Grammy Block Party is moving from its longtime location on Music Row to downtown Nashville, finding a new home at Cumberland Park on the riverfront. The 17th annual fest is set for Tuesday, May 12 at 4 p.m.
For many years the lively event including performances, food and fun, was held at Owen Bradley Park near the Music Row roundabout.
Performers have not been announced for this year. The invitation-only party is for Recording Academy members and their guests, and is not open to the public.
Last year welcomed performances by Jim Lauderdale, Martina McBride, Kacey Musgraves, Chris Young, For King and Country, and Vintage Trouble.
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Nashville jazz chanteuse, songwriter, radio personality and film, stage and television actor J. Karen Thomas has died at age 50.
She passed away on Thursday morning, March 26. Thomas had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma in January and had been undergoing treatment since then.
She was known to many for her role as “Audrey Carlisle,” the wife of “Mayor Coleman Carlisle” (Robert Wisdom) during the first season of the ABC-TV series Nashville (2012).
J. Karen Thomas was a vital member of Music City’s theatrical community. She was in the Nashville Repertory Theatre’s 2014 production of the musical Company. In 2013, she won the Circle Award as Best Supporting Actress for portraying “Shug Avery” in The Color Purple Musical.
The local jazz community mourns her passing as well. Thomas’s recordings include Love Just Happens (2013) and J. Karen Live! (2014). She received jazz radio airplay with her 2014 holiday song “Three Words at Christmas.” She has also sung with the Nashville swing band The Time Jumpers.
Thomas was a Nashville native who graduated from Maplewood High and the University of Memphis. Following some theater work in Atlanta, she moved to Los Angeles in 1996 and established herself as an actor with more than 40 guest-starring television roles. Her credits include Criminal Minds, ER, DropDead Diva, Ellen, Judging Amy, Charmed, The Jamie Foxx Show, Savannah, That’s Life, Chicago Hope and Army Wives. Her film work included parts in Mutiny (1999), The Tempest (2001), Written in Blood (2002) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (2003), Woman Thou Art Loosed (2004, a mini series) and Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007).
As a singer, she performed at the Cannes Film Festival, on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and at Disney Sea in Tokyo.
While on the West Coast she met her life partner, fellow actor Colette Divine. They moved back to Thomas’s home town six years ago. Since then, Thomas has acted opposite the late Robin Williams in the film Boulevard and opposite Ashley Judd in The Identical. Both of these features were screened at the Nashville Film Festival. She and Divine both appeared in the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?
Thomas was also a former disc jockey for Nashville’s Y-107.
She was an active community volunteer. Among the organizations she supported were TreePeople, GLAAD, the Nashville Film Festival, the Belcourt Theatre, Artists for a World without HIV, Plug In America and various Screen Actors Guild (SAG) initiatives.
She is survived by her life partner Colette Divine, by brothers Frank and George and by nephews and nieces.
A celebration of her life and tribute/benefit concert will be held on Friday, April 17 at 7 p.m. On Saturday, April 18, at 1:45 p.m. there will be an AKA Ivy Beyond the Wall Ceremony, followed by a 2 p.m. memorial service. All of these events will be at the Center for Spiritual Living, 6705 Charlotte Pike, Nashville 37209.
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