Industry Ink: NSAI, Music Biz, Hank Cochran Pen Fund, Goodbye June

NSAI To Host Songwriters In The Round At Music Biz 2017

Rhett Akins, Rivers Rutherford

The Music Business Association has teamed with the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) to host the NSAI Songwriters in the Round live performance event on May 18 at 2:30 p.m. CT as part of the Music Biz 2017 convention at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville.

The event, which will celebrate the NSAI’s 50th anniversary, will feature singer/songwriters Rhett Akins and Rivers Rutherford, who have written 34 chart-topping songs between them.

“We are thrilled to honor the NSAI after 50 incredible years by shining a spotlight on Rhett and Rivers, two of their finest songwriters,” said James Donio, President of Music Biz. “Their performances are sure to inspire and entertain all of our Music Biz 2017 attendees, especially the songwriters who aspire to achieve the same level of success these two have earned with the NSAI’s help.”

“Rhett Akins and Rivers Rutherford could not be better songwriter representatives for the NSAI at Music Biz 2017,” said Bart Herbison, Executive Director of the NSAI. “We value our partnership with the Music Business Association, so we are bringing our very best to this songwriters’ round. After all, we want to show off a little bit during NSAI’s 50th Anniversary year!”


Buddy Cannon, Dean Dillon, More To Perform Benefit Concert For Hank Cochran Pen Fund

Pictured (clockwise from top left): Buddy Cannon, Dean Dillon, Waylon Payne, Dean Miller.

Buddy Cannon, Dean Dillon, Dean Miller and Waylon Payne will take part in a concert to benefit The Hank Cochran Pen Fund. The event is slated for April 25 at Nashville venue 3rd & Lindsley. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 day of show. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the music kicks off at 8 p.m.

“These guys all know each other really well,” says Booth Calder Cochran, Cochran’s daughter and co-founder of THCPF. “They’re nuts … in a good way, and there is no telling where this night will take us.”


Nashville Band Goodbye June Sets Album Release Show For May 5

Nashville band Goodbye June has announced a hometown show in celebration of their upcoming album Magic Valley (Interscope). The show is set for May 5, beginning at 9 p.m. at The Basement East. Tickets are available at

In 2012, Goodbye June inked a deal with Nashville-based record label Cotton Valley Music, which eventually paved the way for their signing to Interscope Records in early 2016.  The band released their debut EP,  Danger In The Morning  (Cotton Valley Music/Interscope Records), in the Fall of 2016.

Goodbye June’s music has been featured in the Madden 17 video game, NFL, ESPN, Showtime, WWE and more.


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