Industry Ink: Absolute Publicity, Black River Entertainment, Billy Yates

Absolute Publicity Inks Deal With Jason Morton

Pictured (L-R): Jason Morton, Don Murry Grubbs (Absolute Publicity)

Copperline Music Group’s Jason Morton has signed on with Absolute Publicity for PR representation. Absolute Publicity was founded in 2009 by Don Murry Grubbs and includes clients Aaron Tippin, Craig Wayne Boyd, John Anderson, John Berry, and more.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Absolute team,” says Morton. “The vibe of our new release fits perfectly with Don and his team. We are looking forward to a great venture together.”

Grubbs adds, “Jason and his band, The Chesapeake Sons, are a talented bunch of guys. Give his new album a listen, and I think you’ll see why. Jason has a bright future ahead of him, and we’re so pleased to welcome him to our growing roster of talent.”

Morton’s debut album, Jason Morton and The Chesapeake Sons, produced by Will Edwards, is available now.


Black River Entertainment’s Brian Rhodes Named Board Member For University Of New Haven

Brian Rhodes

Black River Entertainment’s Senior Director of Artist and Brand Development Brian Rhoades is a newly named board member on the Department of Music Advisory Board at the University of New Haven.

“It is both a privilege and an honor to be invited to serve on the Board,” says Rhoades. “I look forward to pulling from my career experiences in the music industry and contributing to the Department of Music and the education of its students at the University of New Haven.”

The University of New Haven’s Department of Music Advisory Board consists of 10-12 members and members serve a three-year term, with the option to renew. The Board provides guidance and expertise on issues like developing curriculums to parallel music industry trends, building relationships with music industry partners for experiential opportunities (internships, employment opportunities, etc.), and offering recommendations regarding extra-curricular/co-curricular events and experiences to enhance programs. The Board consists of emeritus professors, alumni and leaders in the music industry.

Rhoades’ career has spanned multiple genres in the industry relocating him from Atlanta, to NYC and ultimately Nashville, with stops at Virgin Records, Columbia Records, Capitol Records, EMI Records; plus serving as VP of Promotion at both Epic Records and Reprise Records. He joined Black River Entertainment in 2011.


Songwriter Billy Yates To Debut New Branson Show In 2018

Billy Yates

Songwriter Billy Yates will debut a new show, Billy Yates Hit Songwriters In The Round, on April 6, 2018 at the Americana Theatre at 76 Country Music Boulevard in Branson. The first three shows will feature songwriters Kerry Kurt Phillips (Joe Diffie’s “Prop Me Up Beside The Jukebox,” George Strait’s “She Let Herself Go”), and Wynn Varble (Darryl Worley’s “Have You Forgotten,” Brad Paisley’s “Waitin’ On A Woman”).

Other writers set to perform during 2018 include Wil Nance, Leslie Satcher, Buddy Jewel and Jeff Bates.

In addition to his own ‘Hit Songwriters in the Round’ show, Yates will continue singing some of his favorite country classics at the Starlite Theatre in Raiding the Country Vault in 2018.

Tickets for Billy Yates’ Hit Songwriters in the Round are available at the Americana Theater box office at 417-544-8700 or online at


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