Industry Ink: Bobby’s Idle Hour, John Rich, UMG, Jackie Stevens

Idle Hour’s Last Stand

Dennis Robbins and John Scott Sherrill

Hit songwriters John Scott Sherrill and pal Dennis Robbins gave Bobby’s Idle Hour a proper Music Row sendoff when they played one hit after another and said a final goodbye Saturday, Jan. 5 to the Music Row honky tonk. As previously reported, the venue will close Jan. 12.

The room was packed as the duo sang hits like “Would You Go With Me,” “Get Me To The Church on Cumberland Road,” “Two of a Kind (Working on a Full House),” “Some Fools Never Learn,” and more. Sherrill has played at the famed venue every month since October as he and several of his songwriter friends grieved the news that developers plan to tear down the neighborhood bar on 16th Avenue South to make room for a planned upscale office building. The ongoing development on Music Row has been a source of contention for the past five years, during which time just under 50 Music Row studios and music industry businesses have been leveled to make way for apartments and office buildings.

 

John Rich Celebrates Triumphant Year With Redneck Riviera Whiskey

John Rich and Eastside Distilling hosted a party for distributors, retail partners, media and team at Mt. Richmore to celebrate the one year anniversary of Redneck Riviera Whiskey. Since its February 2018 launch, the whiskey has become a national brand as Rich executed a firestorm of activity including 65 in-store signings, 12 military base signings, landing in over 4500 retail outlets, and hundreds of interviews. Most importantly, the brand has provided over 40 scholarships through their partnership with Folds Of Honor.

 

Jackie Stevens Named EMI Nashville Midwest Promo Director

Jackie Stevens has joined EMI Nashville as Director, Midwest Promotion. Stevens replaces Chris Fabiani, who has been named Director, Promotion & Artist Engagement for UMG Nashville.

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Hollabaugh, a staff writer at MusicRow magazine, has over 20 years of music business experience and has written for publications including American Profile, CMA Close Up, Nashville Arts And Entertainment, The Boot and Country Weekly. She has a Broadcast Journalism and Speech Communication degree from Texas Christian University, (go Horned Frogs), and welcomes your feedback or story ideas at lhollabaugh@musicrow.com.

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