Industry Ink: Bill Walker, The Cains, Judy Seale, Joe O’Donnell

Bill Walker Honored As “Nashville Cat” At Hall Of Fame Program

Musical director and arranger Bill Walker was honored last weekend by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum during its quarterly “Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians” series. Walker’s early life in Australia, his TV work on projects like the Johnny Cash Show, and artists he produced through three decades from the ‘60s to the ’80s were covered during the program, which was narrated by the Hall of Fame’s Dr. John Rumble.

Pictured (L-R): David Briggs, Bergen White, Jimmy Capps, Walker, Eddie Bayers, Country Music Hall of Fame Members Charlie McCoy and Hargus “Pig” Robbins, and Steve Gibson

Pictured (L-R): David Briggs, Bergen White, Jimmy Capps, Walker, Eddie Bayers, Country Music Hall of Fame Members Charlie McCoy and Hargus “Pig” Robbins, and Steve Gibson. Photo by Rick Diamond

 

Cains Sign With Kinkead For Booking

The Cains have inked a booking agreement with Bob Kinkead and the Kinkead Entertainment Agency. The group’s new single, “Journey’s End,” is currently playing on Sirius XM’s “The Highway” and will be featured on their upcoming self-titled EP.

Pictured (L to R): Back Row – Gregory Scott, The Kinkead Entertainment Agency; Julie Devereux, The Kinkead Entertainment Agency; Logan Cain; Taylor Cain; Madison Cain.  Front Row – Paige Zuidema, The Kinkead Entertainment Agency; Bob Kinkead, The Kinkead Entertainment Agency

Pictured (L-R): Back Row–Gregory Scott, The Kinkead Entertainment Agency; Julie Devereux, Kinkead Agency; Logan Cain; Taylor Cain; Madison Cain. Front Row–Paige Zuidema, Kinkead Agency; Bob Kinkead, Kinkead Agency

O’Donnell Retires From Curb Records

After 17 years in the business as Curb’s West Coast Regional and helping achieve the label’s 300th No. 1 record, Joe O’Donnell is hanging up his hat and retiring.

“Joe’s incredible dedication to Curb Records and amazing talents helped us achieve our 300th number one record and made our 50th anniversary a very special time. He will be deeply missed, but the gifts he shared with us will always be treasured. We hope that his retirement brings him great joy and good health,” said Mike Curb, Curb Records Chairman.

“I’m such a lucky guy to have spent my career in the music business. It’s been a very interesting road from the coal regions in PA! Many thanks to all the wonderful folks I met and worked with along the way! The past 17 years seemed to have gone by in a flash! It’s been a pleasure to have been a part of Curb Records’ fifty plus years as a label,” remarked O’Donnell. He can be reached at [email protected]

Judy Seale Receives Commander’s Award For Service To Military

Judy Seale, CEO/President of Judy Seale International and founder of Stars for Stripes, a company that has co-produced more than 80 overseas tours for troops deployed overseas, was recently honored by the Department of the Army with the Commander’s Award for Public Service for her “exceptionally meritorious service in support of service members and civilians, both overseas and statewide.” The award, presented to Seale on May 4 at Fort Bragg, is the fourth-highest public service award given to a private citizen.

Pictured Below (L to R): Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson (United States Army),  and founder of Stars for Stripes, Judy Seale

Pictured (L-R): Lieutenant General Joseph Anderson (United States Army), and founder of Stars and Stripes Judy Seale

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Hollabaugh, a staff writer at MusicRow magazine, has over 20 years of music business experience and has written for publications including American Profile, CMA Close Up, Nashville Arts And Entertainment, The Boot and Country Weekly. She has a Broadcast Journalism and Speech Communication degree from Texas Christian University, (go Horned Frogs), and welcomes your feedback or story ideas at [email protected]

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