Hirings & Promotions: Skyline Music Agency, Ryman Auditorium, The Doobie Brothers, Josh Turner

Skyline Music Opens Nashville Office, Expands Team

Screen Shot 2015-12-01 at 12.28.47 PMBoutique booking agency Skyline Music has opened a new Nashville office at InDo Nashville’s music and entertainment coworking/office/event space.

“As the agency for country rock pioneers like Roger McGuinn, John Sebastian, Poco and Pure Prairie League, we’ve always done a lot of business there,” said Bruce Houghton, President of Skyline Music. “More recently some of our growing Americana roster including Darlingside, Star and Micey and Feufollet have found a great partner in Nashville’s Thirty Tigers. This, in addition to my spending more time in Nashville as part of Leadership Music’s current class, and we knew immediately that we had to be a part of the city’s exciting growth.”

As part of Skyline Music’s expansion, James Leslie has been promoted to Agent at Skyline and is based full-time in Nashville. Also, Adam Davis has joined Skyline Music as one of its three agents based in Los Angeles.

Hypebot.com, the Skyline-published music tech and new music industry site, will also house its Nashville operation at InDo.


Hirings, Promotions at Ryman Auditorium

Jason Oschwald

Jason Oschwald

Jason Oschwald has joined Ryman Auditorium as Director of Marketing. Oschwald joins the venue from a 10-year stint at Feld Entertainment where he most recently was Director of Event Marketing & Sales.  In his new role at the Ryman, Oschwald will oversee all concert and event marketing including proprietary events such as Bluegrass Nights and Sam’s Place.  He also will work closely with sponsors on activations and programming. Oschwald can be reached at [email protected]

Gary Levy, previously Senior Facility and Event Services Manager, has been promoted to Director of Operations. Part of the Ryman team since 2008, Levy joined the venue from the Florida Marlins.  Levy will focus on guiding the quality, growth and profitability of the Ryman’s daytime, event and facility operations.

David Collier has been named Senior Events Manager. A 20-year veteran with the company, Collier started his career at the Opryland Hotel in 1995. He is responsible for all private rentals of the Ryman and manages the Ryman front of house event staff.

Genevieve Laas, previously Assistant to the General Manager, has been promoted to Booking & Events Manager. Laas will book and produce both Bluegrass Nights and Sam’s Place. She also will collaborate with the team on both private & public event bookings and operations. Laas joined the Ryman from the Grand Ole Opry and has been with the company since 2012.


The Doobie Brothers Add Little Feat’s Bill Payne To Touring Band

The Doobie Brothers

The Doobie Brothers

The Doobie Brothers have added Bill Payne as resident keyboard player in their touring band. Payne is known for his own band, Little Feat, as well as performing on studio albums for artists including Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Pink Floyd, and more. He previously collaborated with The Doobie Brothers both in the studio and on the road.

Payne is still a member of Little Feat, and, while not a member of Leftover Salmon any longer, is still very much a part of their extended family and will still be sitting in with them when schedules allow.


Josh Turner’s Guitar Tech Promoted To Stage Manager

Riq Lazarus

Riq Lazarus

Riq Lazarus, formerly the guitar tech/backline manager for Josh Turner, has been promoted to the position of stage manager.

He has been with Turner’s organization for five years.


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