Industry Ink: Photographer Ed Rode, Black River Entertainment, Webster PR, TSA Precheck

Photographer Ed Rode To Celebrate Songwriting Legends At Bluebird Cafe

Willie Nelson by Ed Rode

Photographer Ed Rode has captured countless moments with music’s top songwriters during his 37-year career. His upcoming exhibit at the Bluebird Cafe (his second installation of his photos at the revered music venue), which opens Friday, June 2, will feature photographs from his upcoming book project Songwriters & Musicians.

Rode was the first photographer to be featured in an extended photo exhibit at the venue back in 1993. The images Rode selected for the walls of The Bluebird Cafe zoom in on many of the most beloved figures in songwriting and country music including:Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Billy Joe Shaver, Chris Stapleton, John Prine, Kris Kristofferson and more.

On Friday, June 2, 2017 beginning at 6:30 p.m., Ed Rode will officially unveil his new photography exhibit. A round featuring Tony Arata, Kendell Marvel and Danny Myrick will follow.


Black River Entertainment Hires Director of Radio Promotion SE

Theresa Ford

Black River Entertainment has hired Theresa Ford as Director of Radio Promotion SE.

Ford, a Washington, D.C. native, moved to Nashville in 1990 to begin her career in the music business. She first landed a position with RCA Records as Promotion Coordinator, where she and Wilson began working together. She also worked for several years as the Director of Regional Promotion SE for Lyric Street Records.

Reporting to SVP of Radio Promotion Mike Wilson, Ford is officially on board beginning Monday, June 12 and is based out of Greenville, SC. At that time, Ford may be reached at


Webster Public Relations Adds Deborah Allen, Lacy J. Dalton To Roster

Lacy J. Dalton, Deborah Allen

Webster Public Relations has added entertainers Lacy J. Dalton and Deborah Allen to the firm’s roster for publicity representation.

First hitting the Country Top-40 in 1979 with “Crazy Blue Eyes,” Dalton was one the most successful female vocalists of the format during the 80s with such hits as “Takin’ It Easy,” “Hillbilly Girl With The Blues,” “Black Coffee,” and the CMA-nominated anthem “16th Avenue.” During her career, she has collaborated with such Country Music Hall of Fame members as Bobby Bare, Glen Campbell, Willie Nelson, and George Jones. Her most recent recorded work was a tribute album to Hank Williams entitled Here’s To Hank. Dalton is a 2017 inductee of the North American Country Music Association International Hall of Fame.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Allen has worked with Tennessee Ernie Ford and Roy Orbison before becoming a regular on a prime-time variety series hosted by Jim Stafford. After earning a solo record deal with RCA, she recorded one of the biggest crossover hits of the 1980s with “Baby I Lied.” She also has penned songs for acts ranging from John Conlee to LeAnn Rimes, and recorded one of Prince’s compositions, “Telepathy.” Currently, Allen is hosting a short form radio and TV vignette which is airing on Fox affiliates across the country.


TSA Precheck To Bring Mobile RV To CMA Music Festival

IdentoGo’s TSA Precheck will be available to those attending CMA Music Festival next week, to enroll attendees and local residents in TSA Precheck June 8-11. The TSA Precheck will be located on 4th Ave. S. across from the Hilton Hotel and open to the public from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

For a full list of acceptable documentation for enrollment click here. Festival attendees and residents are welcome to walk-up or schedule an appointment in advance here.



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