Industry Pics: SOLID, Taylor Swift, BMI, Rounder Records, Marshall Tucker Band

SOLID Session: The Team Behind Luke Bryan

Pictured (L-R): Cait Murphy (SOLID, KP Entertainment) , SOLID President, Basak Kizilisik; Partner at WME, Jay Williams; President at KP Entertainment, Kerri Edwards; and CEO of UMG Nashville, Mike Dungan. Photo: Avery King |

Music industry organization SOLID (Society of Leaders in Development) hosted “The Team Behind the Artist, Luke Bryan,” an informational session with music industry leaders Kerri Edwards (Manager/President, KP Entertainment and founding SOLID member), Jay Williams (Agent/Co-Head/Partner, WME), and Mike Dungan (Chairman/CEO, UMG Nashville) that were key to country music superstar Luke Bryan’s success last night at Nashville’s Topgolf location.


Taylor Swift Surprises Nashville Target Shoppers

Following the release of the pop star’s latest studio album, Reputation, on Friday (Nov. 10), Taylor Swift surprised shoppers at Nashville’s White Bridge Target store. Swift continued her tradition of stopping in at a Target store after an album release. Swift captured the trip with a series of videos on her Instagram story.

According to Nielsen Soundscan, the album has already sold more than 1 million copies in the United States.


BMI Showcases “8 Off 8th”

Pictured (L-R): BMI’s Josh Tomlinson poses with “8 Off 8th” performers Maddie Larkin, Emily Hackett and Taylor Edwards. Photo: Rachel Deeb

BMI wrapped up a year of BMI-curated “8 Off 8th” showcases with a talented lineup of up-and-coming female songwriters at Mercy Lounge. The final show of the year included powerhouse performances from Krysten Simone, Lara Johnston, Baylor Wilson, Taylor Edwards, Emily Hackett, Maddie Larkin, Catie Offerman and Heather Bond. Stay tuned for more details on BMI’s “8 Off 8th” plans for 2018.


Chris Hillman Celebrates Album Release With Rounder Records

Pictured (L-R): Connie Pappas Hillman (manager), Adam Jones (Rounder Records), Matt Miller (Rounder Records), Gary Paczosa (Rounder Records), Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, Eliza Levy (Rounder Records), Ayappa Biddanda (Concord Music), Jess Jocoy (Rounder Records), John Jorgenson, Ashley Moyer (Rounder Records)

Chris Hillman released his new album Bidin’ My Time in September. During a recent stop at City Winery in Nashville he met with his label Rounder Records to celebrate the effort.


Marshall Tucker Band Plays For Georgia Jam Series

Pictured (L-R): Doug Gray, Jaimoe, Charlie Brusco, (Red Light), and Darren Hagen (Red Light) backstage at Atlanta’s Georgia Jam Concert at the Variety Playhouse

The Marshall Tucker Band (MTB) recently performed as part of the revived Georgia Jam concert series where they were joined by Allman Brothers original member Jaimoe (Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band) for standing room only shows at Macon’s Capitol Cox Theatre and Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse. In Macon, the MTB was honored for their impact on the local music scene, while Jaimoe was presented with the Harriett Tubman Medal of Freedom. At Grant’s Lounge, Doug Gray was presented with a plaque commemorating the band’s history in Macon.

Pictured (L-R): Wes Griffith (Moonhanger Group), Doug Gray,  Ed Grant Jr. (Moonhanger Group)


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