Industry Ink: Lorrie Morgan, Hazel Smith, City Winery

Pictured (L-R): Tony Conway, Lorrie Morgan, David Kiswiney

Pictured (L-R): Tony Conway, Lorrie Morgan, David Kiswiney

Lorrie Morgan has returned to booking agency Buddy Lee Attractions (BLA), the organization that was involved in launching her performing career.

BLA Senior VP David Kiswiney and CEO Donna Lee will serve as her agents.

“Lorrie Morgan is the essence of pure country music. There isn’t a better female talent out there that can deliver the truth and honesty in a country song better that Lorrie. Everyone at BLA is excited to have Lorrie back on the roster again. We feel as if she has ‘come home’, and are looking forward to a great partnership,” said Kiswiney.

Following in the footsteps of her father, Country Music Hall of Fame member George Morgan, Lorrie signed with BLA in the early phases of her career where former BLA booking agent Tony Conway booked her for 33 years before becoming her longtime and current manager at Ontourage Management.

Morgan released two albums this year, including Letting Go…Slow, and the compilation project A Picture Of Me. Upcoming performances include a stop at the Grand Ole Opry on July 8.

 

Hazel Smith To Be Honored At ‘Music Row Storytellers’

Hazel Smith

Hazel Smith

Hazel Smith will be honored during the first Music Row Storytellers event, part of an event series designed to honor those that make the music industry fascinating—the journalists, interviewers, reporters, show hosts and others who chronicle and share the stories of Music Row and its music makers.

The event will be held on Monday, Aug. 15 at Well Placed Smile (907 Gleaves St., Nashville, TN 37203). A 6 p.m. cocktail reception will be followed by a 6:30pm program honoring Smith and benefiting Music Health Alliance. The evening will be filled with smiles, laughter and stories from Hazel and surprise guests who’ve been part of her career.

Smith moved to Nashville in the late ’60s, and became a songwriter, publicist, manager and journalist. Smith coined the phrase “Outlaw Music” to describe the sound that she was hearing from then-clients Kinky Friedman, Tompall Glaser, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Hazel would go on to tell many more of Music Row’s stories as a writer for Country Music magazine, a radio reporter, and a regular columnist for CMT.com.

Tickets are available for purchase at Event Brite for $100, as well as a limited amount of reserved seating for $110.

 

City Winery Celebrates Vinyl

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Nashville venue City Winery has partnered with record club Vinyl Me, Please for Nashville’s first installation of Vinyl Me, Please’s free event series, The Spins. The event encourages record enthusiasts and music lovers to gather at select venues across the country to listen to the same featured record together.

The Nashville installment will take place Thursday, June 30 at 5 p.m. at City Winery. Special guests Duck (featuring members of local Nashville garage punk band Diarrhea Planet) will be spinning Vinyl Me, Please’s June Record of the Month, Watch Out! by Wells Fargo. The album, now available for the first time in record form, was originally released as a series of singles during the last decade of Zimbabwe’s War of Independence in the 1970s, and will also be available for purchase at the restaurant during the event.

Additionally, City Winery will be offering wine and food specials beginning at 5 p.m., and guests will receive raffle tickets for the chance to win vinyl giveaways and other special prizes.

“As an urban winery and music venue—and as a personal fan of vinyl—we’re so excited to be partnering with a great company like Vinyl Me, Please, and to launch The Spins series here in Nashville,” said David Richter, National Director of Hospitality for City Winery. “It’s unlike any event we’ve ever hosted at City Winery, but with the combination of music and wine pairings, and bringing together people who appreciate all of those things, it’s a natural fit.”

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