Industry Pics: Midland, Cody Johnson, High Valley, Carly Pearce

Midland Makes Debut Headlining Show At Ryman Auditorium

Pictured (L-R): Ryman’s Director of Concerts, Chrissy Hall; Midland’s Jess Carson; SVP Programming & Artist Relations and Grand Ole Opry GM Sally Williams; Midland’s Mark Wystrach and Cameron Duddy. | Photo Credit: Steve Lowry

Midland made their Ryman Auditorium debut show a sold-out event on Sunday (May 5). In addition to offering their own hits including “Drinkin’ Problem,” “Burn Out,” and their current single, “Mr. Lonely,” the trio brought out Chris Isaak for a rendition of “Wicked Game,” and Brooks & Dunn for a rendering of “Boot Scootin’ Boogie,” their collaboration on Brooks & Dunn’s recent Reboot album.


Cody Johnson Brings Classic Country To Sold-Out Ryman Show

Pictured (L-R): Cumulus/WKDF Nashville’s Charlie Cook, WPOR Portland’s Jon Shannon, Cody Johnson, Warner Music Nashville’s EVP of A&R Cris Lacy, the labels EVP/GM Ben Kline (in front), the labels COO Matt Signore, and Executive Director of Country Radio Broadcasters/Country Radio Seminar RJ Curtis

Cody Johnson offered a string of classic country sounds to his sold-out Ryman Auditorium Show on Saturday (May 4). In addition to his own songs, such as his hit “On My Way To You,” he took the time to cover George Strait’s “Troubadour.”


High Valley Honored With Gold Certification Plaque From RIAA

Pictured (L-R): Justin Luffman (VP Artist Development, WMN); Ben Kline (EVP / GM, WMN); Curtis Rempel; Shane Tarleton (SVP Artist Development, WMN); Brad Rempel; Cris Lacy (EVP A&R, WMN); Sally Williams (General Manager, Grand Ole Opry / Sr. Vice President, Programming & Artist Relations, Opry Entertainment). Photo credit: Grand Ole Opry, LLC / Chris Hollo

Duo High Valley celebrated the Gold-selling success of their debut major label single “Make You Mine,” on Friday night (May 3) on the Grand Ole Opry stage. WMN executives Ben Kline (EVP / GM) and Cris Lacy (EVP A&R) surprised brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel with plaques celebrating the track’s RIAA Gold certification. “Make You Mine” has earned more than 50 million on-demand streams since its release. The duo is currently promoting their latest release “Single Man.”


Carly Pearce Leads Amazon Music Panel At Music Biz Conference

Pictured (L-R): Amazon Music Senior Music Curator Emily Cohen and Carly Pearce

During the annual Music Biz ConferenceAmazon Music and Women In Music hosted a special event at the Dream in Nashville, titled Women Who Rock.

“All I’ve ever wanted is to be a country entertainer and because of women like Dolly, Trisha, Reba, Faith, I was inspired to find my voice,” Pearce said. “Thank you to Amazon Music and Women In Music for creating this event and supporting my dreams so I can be a light to others!”

Tomorrow (May 7), Carly will appear on NBC’s TODAY to perform her latest Big Machine Records single “Closer To You” and announce the 2019 CMT Music Awards nominations. She took home Breakthrough Video of the Year for her debut “Every Little Thing.” The fan-voted show airs LIVE from Music City’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 5.


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