Country Now Releases Holiday Classics On YouTube Channel


Country Now, YouTube’s dedicated country music channel, has begun to air holiday classics performed by artists such as Frankie Ballard, Sara Evans, Tracy Lawrence, Natalie Stovall and The Drive and Charlie Worsham. Viewers will also hear from Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, and Love and Theft as they reveal what they want for Christmas. The videos were mostly shot during sessions of Country Now’s “Live From Blackbird.”

Holiday content is available on the Country Now YouTube Channel, including music from Tracy Lawrence (“Cold Beer”), Sara Evans (“At Christmas”), Frankie Ballard (“Run Rudolph Run”), Natalie Stovall & The Drive (“Mary Did You Know”), Charlie Worsham (“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town“), and more.

Americana Honors & Awards Set For Australia Broadcast

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The Americana Honors & Awards will be featured on Australia’s Country Music Channel (CMC), as a special broadcast highlighting performances from this year’s event. The program will debut on CMC at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, with encore broadcasts airing each day until Nov. 30.

Stateside, ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2015 will air on PBS in the United States this week, in the Austin City Limits timeslot nationwide.

Recorded live at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium in September, The Americana Music Association’s 14th Annual Honors & Awards ceremony is a best-in-show of Americana music.

Robert Randolph featuring The Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters “Rock My Soul”
Don Henley “Praying for Rain”
Rhiannon Giddens “Waterboy” featuring Hubby Jenkins
Jason Isbell “Something More Than Free”
Lee Ann Womack “Don’t Listen to the Wind”
Shakey Graves with Esmé Patterson “Dearly Departed”
John Hiatt “Long Time Comin’”
The Lone Bellow “Then Came the Morning”
Keb’ Mo’ “How Blue Can You Get”
Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White “Over in the Glory Land”
Buddy Miller with Marc Ribot “Cold, Cold Heart”
Los Lobos “Will the Wolf Survive”

Industry Ink: The Turks, CMHoF, NMPA, Centricity Music

Turks Publishing Group Donates Turkeys

Pictured (L-R): Pat Higdon, Billy Lynn, Clay Myers, Lynn Gann & Jeff Carlton. Not pictured: Chris Oglesby, Mark Brown, Mike Sebastian, Pat Finch, Sam Ramage, and Tim Hunze.

Pictured (L-R): Pat Higdon, Billy Lynn, Clay Myers, Lynn Gann & Jeff Carlton. Not pictured: Chris Oglesby, Mark Brown, Mike Sebastian, Pat Finch, Sam Ramage, and Tim Hunze.

Music Row publisher group The Turks provided Turkeys for Nashville Rescue Mission holiday meals last week (Nov. 20) after a news story reported they were still in need of 1,000 Thanksgiving turkeys.

CMHoF Seeks Donations in #GivingTuesday

Liz Rose pictured during a recent Words & Music session with Moesha, a seventh grader from the Bronx, and classmates. Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Liz Rose pictured during a recent Words & Music session with Moesha, a seventh grader from the Bronx, and classmates. Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images

On Dec. 1, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (CMHoF) will seek donations as part of the global #GivingTuesday, an annual day of giving the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Donations are aimed at helping Fund for Youth Education, offering hundreds of music education programs throughout the year for students, locally and across the globe, including Words & Music and activities in the Taylor Swift Education Center.

Gifts of $25 and above help to provide the following opportunities:

$25: Strings for education program guitars
$50: Hands-on activities for fifty students who visit the museum
$125: Words & Music program via videoconference technology
$250: Bus transportation for seventy students
$500: Banjo or mandolin for educational programs
$1,000: Student art installation in the Taylor Swift Education Center
$2,500: Lesson guides for three hundred teachers

NMPA Honors Top Songwriters at California Event

Pictured (L-R): Justin Tranter, Lisa Loeb, and Ilsey Juber. Photo: Brian Kramer.

Pictured (L-R): Justin Tranter, Lisa Loeb, and Ilsey Juber. Photo: Brian Kramer.

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) held a songwriter showcase last week at West Hollywood’s The Sayers Club with songwriter Justin Tranter (Kelly Clarkson “Nostalgic,”, Justin Bieber “Sorry,” Selena Gomez “Good for You”), Lisa Loeb (“Stay (I Missed You),””) and Ilsey Juber (Mariah Carey “Infinity,” Pitbull “Fireball”).

NMPA Multi Platinum Awards were presented to Tranter for “Centuries” (Fall Out Boy) and “Good for You.” Loeb received an NMPA Gold Songwriting Award for her 1994 mega-hit.

Centricity Music Adds JJ Weeks Band

Pictured (L-R): Jon Poole, David Hart, JJ Weeks Band; Scott Brickell, Brickhouse Entertainment; Cody Preston, JJ Weeks Band; John Mays, Centricity Music; JJ Weeks; Jon Sell, Steve Ford, Chad Segura, Ben Stauffer, Centricity Music

Pictured (L-R): Jon Poole, David Hart, JJ Weeks Band; Scott Brickell, Brickhouse Entertainment; Cody Preston, JJ Weeks Band; John Mays, Centricity Music; JJ Weeks; Jon Sell, Steve Ford, Chad Segura, Ben Stauffer, Centricity Music

Centricity Music has announced the signing of Christian group, JJ Weeks Band to its artist roster. The group’s seventh album is being produced by Jonathan Smith (Tim Timmons, Mia Fieldes) and will release early April 2016, with the first single going for adds at radio in February. The Macon, Georgia-based band is comprised of lead singer/songwriter JJ Weeks, bassist David Hart, drummer Jon Poole and guitarist Cody Preston.

The group’s 2013 produced the No. 9 song “Let Them See You,” on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart and remained on Billboard’s National Audience Chart for 29 weeks. The seasoned musicians have built a loyal following of fans for 12 years, touring over 120 dates a year.

LifeNotes: Songwriting Great Ted Harris Passes

Ted Harris. Photo: Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Ted Harris. Photo: Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Ted Harris has died at age 78.

According to Hall of Fame executive director Mark Ford, Harris passed away on Sunday, Nov. 22. The Columbia Daily Herald reports that the songwriter died at his residence in Lewisburg, TN.

Among his best-known songwriting hits are Charley Pride’s “The Happiness of Having You,” Dottie West’s “Paper Mansions,” Ferlin Husky’s “Once” and the Glen Campbell/Steve Wariner duet “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.” The much-recorded country standard “Crystal Chandelier” is also a Ted Harris song. He is the most-awarded country songwriter in the history of SESAC.

Born Theodore Clifford Harris in 1937, the songwriter grew up in Lakeland, Florida. He began playing guitar at age 8 and was writing songs by age 12. After working at a local newspaper, he decided to move to Nashville at age 20.

He had no contacts in Music City, but his favorite star was Hank Snow (1914-1999), so he went to visit Snow’s publishing company, Silver Star. Snow turned the Harris-composed “Chasin’ a Rainbow” into a top-10 hit in 1959. He also recorded the songwriter’s “My Lucky Friend.”

Singer-songwriter-publisher Ted Daffan (1912-1996) became the Nashville newcomer’s mentor. Despite the encouragement of Snow and Daffan, Ted Harris worked in the grocery business during his first seven years in Nashville.

In 1965, Harris co-founded his Harbot Music Publishing company. Later that year, Carl Belew recorded “Crystal Chandelier,” which became a top-10 smash. The song was subsequently recorded by dozens of others, including Mac Wiseman, Louis Armstrong, Dickey Lee, Johnny Russell, Billie Jo Spears, Charley Pride, Warner Mack and Vic Dana, who made it a pop hit.

In 1966, Ted Harris scored with “Once,” which became a major hit for Ferlin Husky. Roy Drusky recorded “Rainbows and Roses.” Dottie West followed with 1967’s “Paper Mansions,” another big hit.

Ted Harris became one of the earliest members of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) in 1968. The following year, he won the first of four consecutive SESAC awards as Country Songwriter of the Year.

“You and Me Against the World” became a hit for Bobby Lord in 1970. This song has also been recorded by Roy Rogers, and as a duet by Jimmy Dean & Dottie West (1970) and Jack Greene & Jeannie Seely (1973).

Similarly, Harris’s song “Here I Go Again” was a hit for Bobby Wright in 1971 and was subsequently recorded by Lynn Anderson, Del Reeves and Nat Stuckey. In 1972, Ted Harris collected a still unequalled 17 SESAC awards as both a songwriter and publisher. By this time, he had become a board member of the Country Music Association (CMA).

Charley Pride took the Ted Harris song “The Happiness of Having You” up the charts in 1976. It won SESAC’s Country Song of the Year award.
“The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (Rules the World)” became a 1987 smash for Glen Campbell and Steve Wariner. It won yet another SESAC award. Harris has 87 of these.

Others who have recorded Ted Harris songs include Crystal Gayle, Leroy Van Dyke, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Charlie Rich, The Wilburn Brothers, Cal Smith, Conway Twitty, Floyd Cramer, Jerry Wallace, Ray Pillow, Kitty Wells, Wilma Burgess, Porter Wagoner, Vern Gosdin, Johnny Duncan, Charlie Louvin, Jean Shepard, Margie Singleton and Connie Smith.

Ted Harris is uncommon in that he wrote almost all of his hits solo. He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1990. He retired in 2001 and sold his publishing company to Sony-ATV. But he remained active on the Nashville scene, occasionally playing at songwriter showcases and pitching his catalog’s tunes.

Ted Harris is survived by wife Jackie, by sons Bradley and Joshua and by three grandchildren.

Visitation is scheduled for today (Nov. 24) at the London Funeral Home in Lewisburg, Tennessee from 4:00-8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be on Wednesday (Nov. 25) at the East Commerce Baptist Church in Lewisburg.

Ashley Campbell Makes Grand Ole Opry Debut

Pictured (L-R): Steve Buchanan, EVP Ryman Hospitality Properties/President Opry Entertainment Group; Ashley Campbell; Vince Gill

Pictured (L-R): Steve Buchanan, EVP Ryman Hospitality Properties/President Opry Entertainment Group; Ashley Campbell; Vince Gill

Ashley Campbell performed two of her original songs during her Grand Ole Opry debut on Saturday (Nov. 21) at the Ryman Auditorium. One of those selections, “Remembering,” is inspired by her father Glen Campbell’s struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

“Thanks so much to the Opry for having me here tonight,” Campbell told the audience before playing “Better Boyfriend,” the first song of her set. “I played at the Ryman for the first time with my dad in 2011 so it is very surreal to be back here tonight playing my own music. I am so grateful for this opportunity and appreciate you being here.”

Campbell is signed to Dot Records, an imprint of the Big Machine Label Group.

Americana Music Association Launches Online Fundraising Auction

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The Americana Music Association has launched its online fundraising auction, which is now open and will run through Dec. 15.

Among the experiences available for bidding through the auction are a house concert at Rodney Crowell‘s home, a recording session with Buddy Miller, a songwriting session with Mary Gauthier, business meetings with business professionals including radio promoter Al Moss, Paradigm Talent Agency’s Jonathan Levine, and Rounder/Sugar Hill senior management Cliff O’Sullivan, Tracy Gershon, and Gary Paczosa.

The Americana Music Association relies on the financial support of the community to sustain its various projects throughout the year. Described by Emmylou Harris as a group “living on the fringe of the mainstream,” the not-for-profit has spearheaded numerous initiatives to fight for artist rights and to raise the profile of the Americana community, including involvement at the 30A festival, partnering to create the Americana Series at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, the State of the Union in partnership with the Newport Folk Festival at City Winery location nationwide, and the AmericanaFest NYC in partnership with Lincoln Center in New York City.

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MusicRow Podcast Episode 4: Who Is Fancy


Millions of people will be asking one thing after Dancing With the Stars tonight: “Who is Fancy?”

MusicRow already knows the answer. Owner/publisher Sherod Robertson sits down with the Nashville-based pop singer and songwriter Who Is Fancy in this week’s podcast episode.

Today, the Republic Records artist releases his irresistible new single, “Boys Like You,” which features pop sensations Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor.

His memorable first single, “Goodbye,” arrived earlier this year under a cloak of mystery. Without revealing its creator’s identity, the song caught fire online, with three separate videos going viral and racking up nearly 20 million cumulative streams over the course of the year. He then enjoyed a high-profile reveal on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, finally unveiling his face, as well as his undeniable charisma.

Fancy has an impressive industry powerhouse team consisting of Scott Borchetta‘s Big Machine Label Group, Dr. Luke‘s Prescription Songs, manager Scooter Braun and booking agent CAA. He just wrapped up an extremely successful string of dates supporting Grande and will be revealing tour plans and more news soon.

In this podcast episode, we talk with the artist about how he became known as Fancy, why the Arkansas native moved to Nashville to follow a dream, and the importance of being true to yourself and finding your purpose within.

Who Is Fancy will be joined by Grande and Trainor to perform “Boys Like You” tonight (Nov. 23) on Dancing With The Stars two-night finale at 7pm CST on ABC .

Sponsored by SunTrust Bank’s Sports & Entertainment Group, this episode of the MusicRow podcast is the third in a series. All of the MusicRow podcasts are available on iTunes.

Click here to listen to episodes online.

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About the MusicRow podcast:
From Nashville’s leading music industry trade publication, The MusicRow Podcast features in-depth conversations with artists and the key industry members behind their music. Hosted by MusicRow Magazine Publisher Sherod Robertson, the series offers unique perspectives from iconic legends and rising talent to key decision makers and gatekeepers in the Nashville music industry.

Alan Jackson, Ply Gem Industries Assist Habitat For Humanity


Alan Jackson is partnering with Ply Gem Industries as the ambassador for their “Home for Good Project” to build more than 300 homes across the U.S. with Habitat for Humanity.

As ambassador, Jackson will help raise awareness through his fan base, social media following and support in a local Builders Blitz event in Nashville, scheduled to coincide with the 2016 CMA Music Festival in June.

The “Home for Good Project” is grounded in his song, “You Can Always Come Home,” from his latest album, Angels & Alcohol. The song will be played throughout the program to remind individuals the importance of having a place to call home.

“I’m honored to partner with Ply Gem and Habitat for Humanity on their goal to build 300 homes,” shared Jackson. “Everyone deserves a place they can call home.”

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to put Ply Gem’s products, including performance siding, windows, stone and trim, to support families and communities across the country. Projects of this magnitude, demonstrating unity and passion toward an incredible cause, will no doubt be successful and change lives,” says Gary E. Robinette, Chairman and CEO, Ply Gem. “We are motivated by Habitat for Humanity’s mission of bringing people together to build in partnership and are proud of our alignment with country music icon Alan Jackson. His personal motivation to communicate what home means through his music is now the foundation for the “Home for Good Project.”

“We are grateful to Ply Gem and Alan Jackson for their commitment to raise awareness and make Builder Blitz a success,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “In addition to providing home exterior products for Builders Blitz, Ply Gem’s communications efforts well in advance of the event will help connect more people to our mission of providing a foundation for families to build strength, stability and independence.”

The “Home for Good Project” is a multi-year initiative that includes a donation of over $1 million worth of exterior building products and funds for Habitat for Humanity to use to help families build more than 300 homes throughout the year.

Chris Carmack To Release Debut EP on Dec. 11


Fans of Nashville are familiar with Chris Carmack for his portrayal as Will Lexington on the ABC drama. Now, Carmack is prepping to share his own music with the world.

His debut EP, Pieces of You, is set for release on Dec. 11. The multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician and actor’s project was produced by Phoenix Mendoza and Ben Fowler. Pieces of You includes five songs penned solely by Carmack.

Carmack has released two songs from the project, including the title track and “Being Alone.” He has also taken part in several events in Music City the past few months, including the Opry’s 90th Birthday Bash, the 2015 CMA Music Festival, and the CMA Songwriter Series, in a songwriters round that featured his male costars Will Chase (Luke Wheeler), Charles Esten (Deacon Clayborne), Jonathan Jackson (Avery Barkley), and Sam Palladio (Gunnar Scott), performing alongside Nashville guest star Mark Collie (Frankie), musician Colin Linden, and Nashville songwriters Trent DabbsChris Gelbuda, Travis Meadows, and Jonathan Singleton.

A native of Washington D.C., Carmack studied at NYU’s Tisch Adler Conservatory before heading out to Los Angeles where he helped launch the theatrical production of The Day I Stood Still. Carmack would spend his off-time practicing guitar, which would later come in handy for his role on Nashville. His performance in The Day I Stood Still attracted the attention of producers from the drama The O.C., who cast him as “Luke Ward” in the series in 2003.

After completing his work on the show, Carmack returned to the stage in NY at the Roundabout Theatre Company, where he took on the role of “Sloane” in Entertaining Mr. Sloane, alongside Alec Baldwin and Jan Maxwell. He also performed in London, playing John Buchanan in Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke.

Country Radio Seminar 2016 To Feature Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw.

Tim McGraw.

Tim McGraw has been announced as a featured guest speaker at the 2016 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. His program, Transcending / Evolving with Tim McGraw, will provide attendees with knowledge on how to rethink what you do, how you do it, and how to prioritize what’s important with your eye on the prize of a long career.

McGraw has had hit records for 21 years, which is a major accomplishment considering all of the changes within the industry in the last two decades. McGraw will share his insights and experiences on how he has evolved his career and stayed a relevant member of the country music industry.

CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne comments, “CRS strives to highlight the realities and potential of our careers, industry, and personal lives. Tim McGraw’s incredible career, talent, and life experience is one we can all learn large lessons from. He truly displays the significant impact one person can have, so much as an entertainer, singer, artist, actor, husband, father, humanitarian, great friend, and all of this at the highest level. This opportunity to hear Tim speak provides CRS attendees a true experience that is non-traditional and a rare CRS learning opportunity for us all!”

Country Radio Seminar will be held Monday, Feb. 8, through Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Omni Nashville. For more information, visit