BBR Music Group Hosts 6th Annual CMA Pre-Party

Trace Adkins performs at the 6th Annual Broken Bow Label Group CMA Pre-Party. Photo:

Trace Adkins performs at the 6th Annual Broken Bow Label Group CMA Pre-Party. Photo:

BBR Music Group Executive VP Jon Loba welcomed a capacity crowd to Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe last night (Nov. 3) for the label group’s 6th Annual Pre-CMA Party. After thanking BBR owner/CEO Benny Brown, Loba invited event host, radio personality the AntMan, to kick off the evening.

Trace Adkins, Granger Smith, Chase Bryant, Jackie LeeCraig Campbell, and many more artists on the BBR roster performed at the invitation-only party. In addition, Parmalee accepted plaques celebrating the platinum-certified single, “Carolina,” which the label’s Rick Shedd revealed, “Benny signed [Parmalee] because of this song.” Shedd also offered thanks to partners U.S. Bank and RED Distribution.

Pictured (L-R): Josh McSwain, Parmalee; Jon Loba, BBR; Parmalee's Matt Thomas, Scott Thomas; Benny Brown, BBR; Barry Know, Parmalee; Rick Shedd, BBR. Photo:

Pictured (L-R): Josh McSwain, Parmalee; Jon Loba, BBR; Parmalee’s Matt Thomas, Scott Thomas; Benny Brown, BBR; Barry Knox, Parmalee; Rick Shedd, BBR. Photo:

New to the label, Adkins rounded out the evening with his own seven-person band, performing titles including “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk,” which he said was inspired by a woman at the Wildhorse Saloon. He also sang his first single, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, “There’s a Girl in Texas,” in addition to “You’re Gonna Miss This,” and a new title, “Jesus and Jones.” Adkins also featured backup singer Marion Grace on a cover of Paul Young’s “Everytime You Go Away.”

Jackie Lee.

Jackie Lee

Get ready for the voice of Jackie Lee — this man can sing! Lee performed “Reminders of You” and “Leave the Light On.” Runaway June and Brooke Eden also made appearances, while newcomer Adam Craig brought an impressive voice to “It’s All Good.” Craig is a songwriter on Jason Aldean’s “Church Pew or Barstool” and Parmalee’s “Close Your Eyes.”

Lindsay Ell, who was announced earlier in the day to join CMT’s Next Women of Country Tour 2016, energetically performed her latest single “By The Way” and “All Alright.”

Young Georgia native Jordan Rager rocked the stage with his single “Feels Like One of Them,” “She Digs Dirt,” and a Randy Montana title, “Young In This Town.”

Former Bigger Picture artist Craig Campbell offered new titles “W-I-Double-N-E-BA-GO” and “Outskirts of Heaven,” along with an innuendo-filled “Fish.”

Craig Campbell

Craig Campbell

Chase Bryant displayed why he was invited on the road with Tim McGraw when he performed “Little Bit Of You,” “Change Your Name,” and “Take It On Back,” a song for which he was awarded earlier in the evening at BMI’s 2015 Country Awards.

Chase Bryant

Chase Bryant

Country heartbreaker Granger Smith brought his latest single “Backroad Song” and “Tailgate Town” before channeling his alter ego, YouTube viral sensation Earl Dibbles Jr. on the parody title “City Boy Stuck.”

Granger Smith

Granger Smith


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