Industry Ink: TJ Martell Young Professionals, Travis Tritt, Nstyle Country, T. Graham Brown, Ronnie McDowell

TJ Martell Young Profs Gear Up For Derby Bed Race

Pictured, Back row, (L-R): Lexia Chamryk, Country Thunder; Nick Miller, WME; JD McCorkle, Billions; Nate Ritches, Morris Higham Management; co-chair Justin Cahill, CAA; Elyse Wiser, Wortman Works; Mark Turcotte, MWC Media; Tinti Moffat, T.J. Martell Foundation; Emilie Gilbert, Sony Music Nashville; Meredith White, Bubble Up; Kelsey Dewald, Do615; co-chair Nicholas Garvin, Fusion Music/Red Light Management; Kevin Quinlivan, T.J. Martell Foundation. Middle row (L-R): Kristin Wingard, APA; co-chair Liz Cost, Sony Music Nashville; Megan Thieme, Tin Roof Bars; Kindal Jumper, Soundcheck Nashville. Front row (L-R): Rudi Wilhoite, Outback Concerts; Blaire Buergler, T.J. Martell Foundation, co-chair Zach Farnum, Webster PR; Leah Nelson, T.J. Martell Foundation Photo credit: Jen Silver Photography. [Click to enlarge photo]

The T.J. Martell Foundation Young Professionals Council recently held a kickoff mixer at the Westin Nashville’s L27 Rooftop Bar for their upcoming Second Annual Downtown Derby Bed Race.

Young professionals from all walks of the music industry and other Nashville businesses were present, including CAA, APA, WME, The Billions Corporation, Soundcheck, Wortman Works, Webster PR, Sony Music Nashville, Warner Music Group, Huskins-Harris, Red Light Management, Morris Higham Management and more. 

The Downtown Derby Bed Race will be held on May 6 raising funds for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.


Travis Tritt Celebrates 25 Years As An Opry Member

Pictured (L-R): Michael Guth (Opry Entertainment), John Conlee, Travis Tritt, Bill Cody (Opry announcer/650 AM WSM), Dan Rogers (Opry Entertainment). Photo: Chris Hollo

Travis Tritt celebrated his 25th anniversary of becoming an Opry member last Tuesday night (Feb. 28). During his 30-minute set, John Conlee presented Tritt with a commemorative plaque congratulating the singer for his long-time relationship with the Opry. While standing inside the famous six-foot circle on stage, Tritt told the crowd that being a member of the Opry is the “biggest honor of my life.” Prior to his performance backstage Opry executives surprised Tritt with a cake to celebrate the historic night.


NStyle Country Fashion Series Launches March 9

NSTYLE COUNTRY, a nationally syndicated weekly TV series dedicated to reporting fashion and country music news, is set to launch at 9 p.m. every Thursday, beginning March 9.  The show offers country fans an inside view of stars getting ready for red carpets, style tips and No. 1 parties with a fashion spin. Initial airing of the series begins on The Country Network, reaching over 100 million households, and designer Johnathan Kayne has been signed to host the series.


T. Graham Brown Inks With ArtistLive Agency For Booking

AL’s Taylor Bock, Brown, AL’s Deric Brown

T. Graham Brown has signed with the Nashville-based ArtistLive Agency for booking. Brown, who will be touring in support of his Grammy-nominated album Forever Changed, recently celebrated his 200th appearance on the Grand Ole Opry.

“I’m very excited to be working with Deric Brown and Tayler Bock at ArtistLive Agency, for my booking,” said T. Graham Brown. “They’re great guys, hard workers, who really know the business and we’re looking forward to a big year and a long relationship.”


Ronnie McDowell Reopens Strawberry Manor

Ronnie McDowell is renovating and reopening Portland’s Strawberry Manor, which was originally constructed by his father in 1977. The building will serve as a museum for McDowell’s memorabilia, a store where fans can purchase McDowell’s music and paintings, and a new entertainment venue. McDowell plans to open doors this spring with a homecoming celebration. The name “Strawberry Manor” is taken from a larger-than-life wall painting done by McDowell and his late brother when the building was constructed which still remains in mint condition featured prominently when you enter the front door of the manor.


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