Industry Ink: International Country Music Conference, Drake White, So Much Moore Media

ICMC Hosts Annual Honors

Pictured (L-R): ICMC co-host James Akenson, Brian Ward, Belmont University’s Don Cusic

The annual International Country Music Conference (ICMC) awards lunch, held Friday (May 31), honored Brian Ward and Patrick Huber with the Belmont Award for the best book on country music, for A&R Pioneers (CMF Vanderbilt). The Chet Flippo Award for the best journalism article went to The Washington Post‘s Emily Yahr, for her feature “How Country Music Has–And Hasn’t–Addressed The #MeToo Movement In A Difficult Year.”

Pictured (L-R): Belmont University’s Don Cusic, Holly George-Warren, The Washington Post‘s Emily Yahr, and Rolling Stone Country’s Jon Freeman


So Much Moore Media Expands Roster

Martha Moore‘s so much MOORE media has added singer-songwriter Brinn Black and rock/Americana artist Bobby Messano to its roster. Black recently released the new single “72’s,” while Messano will release his ninth album, Lemonade, in July via Fishhead Records/WB.


Drake White Announces Partnerships With Three Outdoors Lifestyle Brands

Drake White. Photo: John Shearer

Singer-songwriter Drake White has partnered with several outdoors-themed lifestyle brands, including Traeger Grills (a line of pellet grills), Nebraska Star Beef (which produces Lucky Beef Jerky) and Federal (which produces ammunition and products for several styles of shooting sports).

“I’ve always loved an adventure and desired a fireside-type culture incorporated into my brand,” says White.  “These new partners speak the same language and believe in the same carpe diem lifestyle as I do so it’s a perfect match!”

The hard-touring frontman will hit the road with Zac Brown Band this June, sharing a handful of shows with the country group before reuniting in October for a one-off in Florida.


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