Kurt Patat has been named Senior Vice President of Communications for CMT it was announced today (May 27) by Brian Philips, President of CMT, to whom he will report. His appointment is effective immediately.
In this role, Patat will oversee all media relations as well as internal communications for CMT, managing publicity teams in both Santa Monica, Calif. and Nashville, Tenn., where he will divide his time. He will also direct the publicity campaigns for CMT’s original series, documentaries and tent-pole events. Additionally, Patat will be responsible for helping shape and implement consumer, business and trade press strategies in support of broader brand and Viacom Kids and Family Group priorities. In the latter capacity he will report to Viacom Kids and Family EVP of Communications Dan Martinsen.
“Kurt’s arrival heralds CMT’s elevated presence in the entertainment capitols,” says Philips. “We will be well-served by his years of hard-earned relationships and savvy music background at MTV. Kurt is the right person for CMT’s busiest era ever! “
Patat joins CMT from MTV, where he served as Vice President of Communications for MTV. In this role, he led publicity efforts for all multiplatform and music initiatives, including for MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Movie Awards, MTV Unplugged, and House of Style, as well as the launches of MTV and VH1’s programing and music apps. Starting in 2014, he added responsibility for Logo, where he managed all communications. He is a native of Chattanooga, Tenn.
Lisa Chader headed CMT’s communications team, before joining NPG PR.
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Brantley Gilbert is in the top spot on the country album chart with the just-released Platinum Edition of his current project Just As I Am. The album shot from No. 22 to No. 1, selling 28K TW and 800K RTD. The Valory Music Co. project offers five new songs including the raw title track and a remix of the two-times platinum “Bottoms Up” featuring rapper T.I. The standard release closed out 2014 as one of the Top 5 best selling country albums and earned the third highest country debut of 2014.
Black River Records newcomer Kelsea Ballerini’s debut album landed at No. 4 country, selling 13K albums and yielding 17.5K total consumption. Sales of The First Time were driven largely by her hit “Love Me Like You Mean It.”
Luke Bryan is kicking it in the top spot on the country tracks chart. He scored the top country debut and top overall debut. His new track “Kick The Dust Up” sold 127K, coming in at No. 5 overall and No. 1 country.
Gilbert’s BMLG labelmate Taylor Swift also had a good week. Her album jumped 146 percent on the Top 200, selling 91K TW. The single “Bad Blood” (a new version features Kendrick Lamar) rose 972 percent to No. 1 on the tracks chart, selling 321K TW. Her solo version sold 63K, for a combined total of 384K TW.
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Score-Com, a two-day symposium with composer and musical director Michael Bearden, will be held at Ocean Way studios June 13-14. It is part of the Filmolution events, running June 12-23. Among the artists Bearden works with is Lady Gaga. The Nashville Composers Association and Film-Com are presenting the seminar entitled “Incorporating Everything You Do as a Composer Into a Living.” Details at www.nashvillecomposers.org.
Another part of Filmolution is the sixth annual Film-Com. Nashville’s film, TV, and gaming industry conference, has been set for June 16-19. The one-stop shop presented by Mr Pro enables writers, producers, directors, actors, and other content creators to meet and connect with financiers, distribution reps, agents, and more.
This year’s participants include over fifty national and regional industry executives, including Jason Wald of Radius TWC (The Weinstein Company), Gil Adler (Producer of Valkyrie with Tom Cruise, Tales from the Crypt), Lauren Fisher (CBS Films), Kristin Wendell (Nat Geo), Sierra Cowan (Destination America / Discovery Channel), Tara Strauss (SpectreVision, owned by Elijah Wood), financiers John Hadity, Todd Remis, Chris Kelly, Steve Kaplan, Rachel Raney, Steve Hoban, and numerous others.
More information on Film-Com or tickets available here.
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Angie Crabtree Reynolds (L) Robert Reynolds. Photo: Facebook
Angie Crabtree Reynolds, who worked as Interactive Marketing Manager for the Grand Ole Opry (2002-2011) and prior to that in creative services for the CMA, passed away at her home in Nashville on May 24. The 44-year-old had been fighting cancer, a battle she had bravely won once, more than 12 years ago.
She was married to Robert Reynolds, formerly of The Mavericks.
Born on April 22, 1971 in Jackson, Miss., she graduated from Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss. before moving to Music City in 1995.
In addition to her widower, Angie is survived by her mom and dad, Sylvia and CharlesCrabtree of Tavares, Fla.; sister Lori Crabtree Plegge and brother-in-law Cliffe Plegge of Little Rock, Ark.; nephews KevinReed of Thief River Falls, MN and Brett Reed of Little Rock, Ark. and a large circle of friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held this Friday, May 29 from 4-6 p.m. at the Acuff House on the Opry Plaza near the Grand Ole Opry House (2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214).
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Mickey Guyton celebrated the release of her self-titled EP yesterday with a Twitter and Facebook chat and a stream of the album on both platforms. Guyton co-wrote two of the EP’s four tracks, including the current single, “Better Than You Left Me,” which she co-penned with Jennifer Hanson, Jenn Schott, and Nathan Chapman.
The project was produced by Chapman, Luke Laird, and Dan Huff. The EP also includes the tracks “Somebody Else Will,” written by Laird, Ashley Gorley, and Hillary Lindsey, and “Pretty Little Mustang,” penned by Guyton, Lindsey, and Jeremy Spillman.
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In case you haven’t noticed, the Music Row landscape is changing. Among the notable happenings is the renaming of Demonbreun Hill, a branding initiative by Nashville-based Elmington Capitol Group (ECG) which purchased the Demonbruen strip for $18 million in 2013, in addition to parcels housing Off Broadway, First Citizens Bank and Tin Roof.
Over the next decade, ECG aims to replace the buildings at the corner of McGavock Street and 16th Avenue with the likes of a 22-story structure, which would anchor a larger development. The development would include a grocery and pharmacy, hotel, retail, office and residential space, and parking garage. The project is in the early conceptual phases and goes before the Metro Planning Commission tomorrow (May 28).
The existing Demonbreun retail property is 97-percent leased, according to the Nashville Post, with some leases lasting another 10 years. According to the article, Dan McGuinness An Irish Pub is “not part of the footprint.”
ECG released new renderings of how the development could be arranged, based on designs from Dallas-based Humphreys & Partners Architects and Kimley Horn and Associates Inc.
To see what the Demonbruen strip looked like in 1999, scroll down for a photo by late photographer Alan Mayor.
Deserted Demonbreun. Photo: Alan Mayor, 1999.
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Ricky Ross Receives CMA International Country Broadcaster Award
Ricky Ross received the 2014 CMA International Country Broadcaster Award yesterday (May 26) from CMA Board Chairman Frank Bumstead, CMA Board President John Esposito, CMA Board President-elect Sally Williams, Chairman of the CMA Awards and Recognition Committee Jon Loba, and Board member Brett James at CMA’s corporate office in Nashville.
Ross, a broadcaster, singer, and songwriter who has had cuts by James Blunt and Ronan Keating to name a few, regularly visits Nashville. He presents BBC Radio Scotland’s “Another Country,” a mix of classic Country and Americana and the show has won two Sony Radio Awards.
Pictured (L-R): Frank Bumstead, Chairman of Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy and CMA Board Chairman; Sally Williams, VP of Business and Partnership Development of Ryman Auditorium and CMA Board President-elect; Brett James, CMA Award-nominated songwriter and CMA Board member; CMA International Country Broadcaster Award winner Ricky Ross; John Esposito, Pres./ CEO of Warner Music Nashville and CMA Board President; Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer; Jon Loba, EVP of BBR Music Group and Chairman of the CMA Awards and Recognition Committee. Photo: Christian Bottorff/CMA
Bob Shennan Receives CMA Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award
Another award was given out last week as Hunter Hayes presented the CMA Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award to Bob Shennan, Controller Radio 2, 6 Music, Asian Network, and Director, BBC Music.
“Bob is a tremendous ambassador for country music and the international growth of the format,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “And as a CMA Board member, he is a trusted and valued resource as we continue to explore and develop new ways to expand the format abroad.”
Shennan said, “It is a great privilege to serve on the Board of the CMA and this award is a wonderful honor. Country music is enjoying a golden age in the U.K. The BBC is here to support great music, and I am proud to do my bit.”
Hunter Hayes (r) presents BBC’s Bob Shennan with the CMA Wesley Rose International Media Achievement Award at the BBC offices in London Friday, May 22. Photo: Anthony D’Angio/CMA
International Country Music Conference Held at Belmont University
The International Country Music Conference was held last week at Belmont University. The annual conference, under co-Chairs Don Cusic and James Akenson, hosts country music scholars for three days of presentations and panel discussions. This year there were presenters from Japan, Norway, Germany, England, Canada and Australia.
The Belmont Award, given for the Best Book on country music during calendar year 2015 was presented to Barry Mazor for his book, Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music.
The Chet Flippo Award, sponsored by Rolling Stone magazine for excellence in country music journalism, was given to Jewly Hight.
Pictured (L-R): James Akenson, Barry Mazor, Jewly Hight, Rolling Stone’s Beville Dunkerley and Don Cusic.
The Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts organization is hosting their 7th Annual Arts Immersion Summer Soiree’ tonight (May 27) from 6-9 p.m. at the W. O. Smith Music School. The annual event sponsored by the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville features live music, contemporary dance, and interactive art along with local food and an open bar provided by Save Me San Francisco Wine Company, Blackstone Brewery, and Jack Daniels, who will host a Tennessee whiskey vs. Kentucky bourbon taste-off. Lyft will also offer new users a free ride, worth up to $20, with the code ARTSIMMERSION.
The event raises money to help provide free legal aid to over 2500 members of the Nashville arts and entertainment community and over $1,400,000 worth of gratis services have been provided since its creation.
Individual tickets to tonight’s event are $40 and can be purchased at the door, and both single and patron tickets can be purchased here.
Sandbox’s Jason Owen, Bravado’s Sam Easley Welcome Baby
Sandbox Entertainment President Jason Owen and Bravado/Nashville Director of A&R Sam Easley are excited to announce the birth of their first child, Leo Easley Owen. Baby Leo made his debut yesterday (May 26) in California and measured 8 pounds, 10 ounces and 21 inches. Both parents and baby are doing well.
Ashlyne Huff Revelette Celebrates Book Release
Ashlyne Huff Revelette, daughter of producer Dann Huff, is celebrating the release of her first novel Falling Stars on June 1 in Nashville at Jonathan’s Grille in Green Hills. Ashlyne and her dad will perform with two other writers at an in-the-round during the book launch party from 6:30-8 p.m.
The fictional novel follows the story of once-famous country artist Lily Black as she returns to Nashville and tries to regain the fame amidst a changing, new, backstabbing musical world.
Belmont University Polls Employers On Expectations
Belmont University has compiled a survey for music business employers in order to help university entertainment industry programs tailor their curriculums to better serve students and employers. A link to the survey can be found here.
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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a performance by songwriters Ashley Gorley and Rodney Clawson on Saturday, May 23, in support of the new Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary exhibition. Gorley, 2014 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, and Clawson, 2014 BMI Songwriter of the Year, performed a number of their hits, including several No. 1s recorded by Bryan.
Pictured (L-R): Ashley Gorley, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Abi Tapia, and Rodney Clawson. Photo: Terry Wyatt, Getty Images
Earlier this month, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum welcomed the family of Grady Martin to the CMA Theater for a luncheon celebrating the announcement of Martin’s Hall of Fame induction. Museum staffers and the family discussed the upcoming fall Medallion Ceremony and the legacy of Martin, who was a member of the legendary “A-Team” and played on hundreds of records throughout his career.
Pictured (L-R): Sue and Joshua Martin, and Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Director and CEO Kyle Young. Photo: Amanda Richard
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Leslie Cohea has joined Sandbox Entertainment’s management/marketing team. In her new position, Cohea will oversee touring aspects for all Sandbox clients, including routing, ticketing, and budgeting.
Cohea comes to Sandbox from AEG Live/The Messina Group in Nashville, where she spent the last decade working in touring and concert promotion with artists ranging from Paul McCartney and Mumford & Sons to Keith Urban and Little Big Town.
“I have had the pleasure of watching Leslie excel in her field while with AEG Live/The Messina Group,” said Sandbox President/CEO Jason Owen. “We are thrilled to have such an amazing person and asset join the Sandbox family. Touring is one of the most important parts of an artist’s career and having her expertise in-house is invaluable.”
“I’m so excited to join Jason Owen and his team at Sandbox,” said Cohea. “They have become visionaries in the industry and I can’t wait to dive in headfirst and work closely with their impressive roster of clients. AEG Live/The Messina Group gave me an incredible foundation of knowledge and experience over the past 10 years that I wouldn’t trade for anything. I can’t thank my mentors and friends, especially Ali Harnell, enough for all that they taught me along the way.”
Big Yellow Dog Music Grows Film & TV Sync Department
Devon DeVries, VP of Creative Film & TV A&R at Big Yellow Dog Music, announces hiring of Alex Stefano as Film & TV Manager. Stefano, a classically trained pianist, is a recent Belmont University graduate whose work experience includes peermusic Nashville, L.A.-based Chop Shop Music Supervision and Lighting Director at Belmont’s School of Music.
“Alex is smart, talented and understands the value of driving creative excellence,” says Devries. “I am excited to have her on the team.”
Big Yellow Dog has been enjoying whirlwind success lately, including that of BYD songwriter, Meghan Trainor who recently earned two Billboard Music Awards, Top Hot 100 Song and Top Digital Song.
Elice Cuff Joins The GreenRoom
Elice Cuff has joined The GreenRoom as a publicist with the company representing an impressive roster of artists including Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Kix Brooks, Lady Antebellum, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett and Rascal Flatts.
Cuff’s prior music industry stints include her experience at Sweet Talk Publicity and CMT.
Creative Trust Music Group Promotes Mattingly to General Manager
Creative Trust announces promotion of Mark Mattingly to General Manager of Creative Trust Music Group. Mattingly joined the company in 2011 as Live Events Manager whose roster includes Steven Curtis Chapman, Brandon Heath, Citizen Way, Laura Story and I Am They, among others.
“Mark’s move to this prominent role in the overall career direction of our artists is no surprise to anyone who works closely with him. He’s an incredible asset to our roster of artists,” remarks Creative Trust Managing Partner Jim Houser.
“It is a privilege for us to have Mark take on this important leadership role at Creative Trust. He has proven himself as a highly motivated professional manager, integral to our team and the clients we serve,” adds Creative Trust President and Founder Dan Raines.
Additionally, Rachel Pinkerton has been promoted to the role of Associate Brand Manger. In her new role, she will continue her day-to-day artist and branding responsibilities working closely with Creative Trust’s brand managers on logistics, artist merchandise and other facets that enable the company’s artists to tour and minister around the world. Pinkerton is a graduate of Baylor University with a B.A. in Music and Entertainment Marketing.
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