Chris King Launches King Business & Financial Management

Chris King, who was most recently a Partner at Blue Sky Group and began his business management career at Flood, Bumstead, McCready, and McCarthy, recently launched business management firm King Business & Financial Management LLC. The company offers services to international touring artists, songwriters, producers, publishing companies, labels and more.

“My goal is to have a place where both clients and employees feel comfortable and know they’re at the right spot! Dealing with finances is such a personal relationship, and there must be a level of respect and confidence with all individuals involved.”

King can be reached at [email protected] or


Industry Ink: Luke Combs, Lewispalooza 9, SESAC, Charlie Daniels

Crocs Partners With Luke Combs For CMA Fest Crocs

Crocs has revealed a collaboration with Luke Combs for a special edition Croc shoe with unique Combs-themed Jibbitz™ charms that depict a license plate that says ‘BT LGR’ named after Combs’ fan club, a Combs guitar pick, a North Carolina sign, Combs’ face with his signature hat and red beard, and more. The Luke Combs Crocs will be sold exclusively during CMA Fest on June 6 – 9 in Nashville.

This collaboration is not the first time Crocs has partnered with a musical artist. The brand released a Croc collaboration with hip-hop artist Post Malone, as well as a KISS collection.

Fans can sign up here to receive more information about Crocs partnership with Combs.


Lewis Brice, Tin Roof Team Up For Lewispalooza 9

Lewis Brice and Tin Roof are teaming up again for their annual kick-off to CMA Fest, Lewispalooza 9, on June 4 outside of Tin Roof Demonbreun. The concert, headlined by Lewis, will feature performances by Lee Brice, John Wesley Satterfield, Stevie Monce, Jerrod Niemann, Paul McDonald, Curt Chambers, John Gurney and more special guests.

The all-ages event is free with a suggested donation at the door. All proceeds benefit Hope Song, a non-profit that helps the fight against cancer through the healing power of music. The VIP Experience includes side stage access, free food (provided by The Stillery), VIP bar access, private restrooms, meet & greet of select artists and access to Tito’s Airsteam Lounge. Advance VIP and general admission tickets are available online at


SESAC Hosts Reviver Publishing Writers Round

Pictured (L-R): Reviver’s Clay Myers, Gator Michaels; Carol-Ann Mobley; David DeVaul; Alex Kline; Aaron Goodvin; Thompson Square’s Shawna and Keifer Thompson; Reviver’s David Ross; SESAC’s Lydia Schultz, Zach Green and Shannan Hatch

SESAC hosted the Reviver Publishing artists for a writers round on Tuesday evening (May 28). The round included songs from Thompson Square’s Shawna and Keifer ThompsonDavid DeVaul, Alex Kline, and Aaron Goodvin.


Charlie Daniels’ The Journey Home Project Donates $25,000 To The Shepherd’s Men

Pictured (L-R): The Shepherd’s Men’s Nathaniel Beaver (front) and Jason Gallagher (back), The Journey Home Project’s Angela Wheeler and David Corlew, TSM’s Travis Ellis, TJHP’s Carolyn Corlew, TSM’s Walter Marques. Photo: Kaitlyn Hungerford.

Country legend Charlie Daniels‘ veterans non-profit The Journey Home Project (TJHP) recently held a special reception for The Shepherd’s Men as the team of men journeyed through Nashville during a stop on its annual Shepherd’s Run. The week-long, seven-city run raises awareness for troops with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

During the reception held at The Palm Restaurant in Nashville, Tenn. TJHP presented The Shepherd’s Men with a $25,000 check to help assist the organization with their efforts in aiding our nation’s military veterans.

“The Shepherd’s Men are relentless in their efforts to end the tragic pattern of suicide with our returning veterans,” says TJHP co-founder David Corlew. “The Journey Home Project is committed to this issue and believe we have the best possible partnership we could have to try and save precious lives, one at a time. God Bless The Shepherd’s Men and the SHARE Military Initiative and the work they continue to do.”

“Veteran suicide is something that should have been dealt with long ago by bringing awareness to the problem,” adds Daniels. “We hope to put pressure on the government to really get involved and to make sure that mainstream America is aware of this horrible tragedy.”

ASCAP Nashville Reveals Master Class Development Series

Pictured (front L-R): Big Deal Music’s Dale Bobo, ASCAP’s Kele Currier, Dave Barnes, ASCAP’s Holly Chester with April’s ASCAP Master Class participants

ASCAP Nashville has announced a new songwriter development series, ASCAP Master Class, hosted by ASCAP’s Kele Currier and Holly Chester.

Each month the class will provide a small group of newcomer songwriters with the opportunity to hear from a hit songwriter and to receive feedback from a publisher. In April, songwriter Dave Barnes shared lessons learned during his career with the class alongside Big Deal Music’s Dale Bobo. May’s Master Class featured songwriter JT Harding with Warner Chappell Music’s BJ Hill.

Pictured: (front L-R): ASCAP’s Holly Chester, ASCAP’s Kele Currier, JT Harding (center), Warner Chappell Music’s BJ Hill (far right) with May’s ASCAP Master Class participants

DISClaimer: Randy Travis Is “Country Greatness” On Previously Unreleased Ballad

Randy Travis. Photo: Robert Tractenberg

Politics and comebacks are in the DisClaimer mix today.

Both John Rich and J.D. & The Straight Shot are commenting on the state of our political discourse. J.D.’s song is better.

As for comebacks, can it get any better than our Disc of the Day winner, Randy Travis? Also: It’s a good day to be Buddy Jewell. He not only cowrote Randy’s single, but has a new comeback CD of his own.

Both of today’s female entries are super efforts. Clare Bowen has the stronger song, and newcomer Emily Rose goes home with a DisCovery Award.

Writers: none listed; Producer: Josh Kaufman; Publishers: none listed; BMG
– The deep-twang production is uber cool, and the rhythmic drive is irresistible. Bowen rides atop it all with an uplifting, empowering ode for all survivors. Loved it. Can’t wait for the album.

Writers: Brett Young/Ross Copperman/Ashley Gorley; Producer: Dann Huff; Publishers: Super Big/Caliville/Big Machine/EMI Blackwood/Plain Jane/Rezolant/Sony-ATV/Round Hill Songs II/Combustion Engine/WB, ASCAP; BMLG (track)
– Very much in his breathy, dizzy-in-love personna that we’ve liked before.

Writers: Ryan Hurd/Laura Veltz/Nathan Spicer; Producer: none listed; Publishers: none listed; RCA
– Choppy and poppy, with a warmly sincere vocal presence. It ain’t very “country,” but it goes down smooth and easy. That’s wife Maren Morris on the harmony vocal.

Writers: none listed; Producer: Donnie Skaggs; Publishers: none listed; The Growing Rose
– Very promising. The sonic bed sighs with steel guitar, and her winsome delivery of the lost-my-way lyric has loads of heart. Send more.

Writers: Thomas Rhett/Julian Bunetta/Zach Skelton/Ryan Tedder; Producers: Dann Huff/Julian Bunetta/Thomas Rhett; Publishers: EMI Blackwood/Crickets on the Line/Sony-ATV/Music of Big Family/Dragon Bunny/Words & Music/Patriot Games/Write Me a Song/Downtown, BMI/ASCAP; Valory (track)
– Pleasantly disposable, breezy and jaunty, with a “beach” vibe. Your problems will all evaporate when you down a cold one, they say. “Turn your frown into a smile real quick/Ain’t nothin’ that a beer can’t fix.”

J.D. & THE STRAIGHT SHOT/The Great Divide
Writers: none listed; Producers: Marc Copley; Publishers: none listed; JD
– An acoustic, bluesy meditation on our troubled political times, embellished with hearty group harmonies on the refrains. Intriguing and atmospheric.

Writers: Buddy Jewell/Thom McHugh; Producer: none listed; Publishers: none listed; Warner
– From the first note from his throat, you know you’re in the presence of country greatness. This previously unreleased ballad drips with honky-tonk pathos and drawls with authenticity as this magnificent singer is joined by poetic fiddle, steel and piano comments. An awesome listening experience.

CALE DODDS/I Like Where This Is Going
Writers: none listed; Producers: none listed; Publishers: none listed; Warner
– Young love, complete with dancing, hugging, kissing and shacking up. Wafting and warmly winning.

BUDDY JEWELL/Taylor Went Pop
Writers: none listed; Producers: none listed; Publishers: none listed; BAM
-This is a riot. It name drops Minnie, Roy, Hank, Elvis, Cash and Roger Miller, all in the first 45 seconds. “The one thing you can count on/Is things are gonna change/Taylor went pop/Pop went country/And we’re still feeling the twang.” You’ll find it on Jewell’s long overdue new CD, Shine On.

JOHN RICH & THE FIVE/Shut Up About Politics
Writers: John Rich/Greg Gutfeld; Producers: none listed; Publishers: none listed; Redneck Riviera
– The rocking song has basically two lines, so it wears out its welcome pretty quickly. Instead of talking, he wants you to take a shot of his Redneck Riviera whiskey.

Kristian Bush Ushers In Summer With New ‘Six Pack’

Kristian Bush is releasing a new project to celebrate the summer with Summertime Six Pack on May 31. The six-song collection includes five new tracks that have never been released, along with “Flip Flops” which appeared on Bush’s Southern Gravity album in 2015.

Bush is joined by Dan Tyminski on one of the stand-out tracks on the project, “Everybody Needs Their Beach,” which also includes fun-filled pool-ready tracks like “Dashboard Hula Girl,” “Coppertone And Chlorine,” “Bar With A Pool In It,” and more.

Summertime Six Pack tracks:

  1. Dashboard Hula Girl
  2. Coppertone and Chlorine
  3. Bar With A Pool In It
  4. In Between Disasters
  5. Everybody Needs Their Beach (feat. Dan Tyminski)
  6. Flip Flops


Tanya Tucker, Jack Ingram, Lori McKenna, Brandy Clark Among Americana Fest Performers

Pictured (L-R, top row): Tanya Tucker, Jack Ingram; (L-R, bottom row): Lori McKenna, Brandy Clark

The Americana Music Association announced today the first 115 of close to 300 acts slated to perform at their annual Americana Fest, which runs from Sept. 10-15 in Nashville, Tenn. Among the artists part of first group announced are Tanya Tucker, Jack Ingram, Lori McKenna, Brandy ClarkAmerican AquariumAubrie SellersCaroline SpenceThe DipDrew Holcomb & The NeighborsJ.S. OndaraThe Marcus King BandRainbow GirlsKelsey Waldon, and more.

2019 Americana Fest Festival Wristbands are now available online here. Festival Wristbands allow admission into all evening showcase venues and select sanctioned special events.

List of Artists and Bands Confirmed to Showcase at Americana Fest 2019:

Ken Burns, PBS Partner With Belmont University For ‘Country Music’ Educational Initiative

(L-R): Marty Dickens, chairman of Belmont’s Board of Trustees; Ken Burns, director/producer of “Country Music”; Julie Dunfey, producer of “Country Music”; Dr. Bob Fisher, president of Belmont University; and Dayton Duncan, writer/producer of “Country Music”

Acclaimed Country Music director Ken Burns joined Belmont University President Dr. Bob Fisher yesterday (May 29) to unveil two Martin D-28 Guitars signed by 76 of the 101 country music artists interviewed for the highly anticipated eight-part, 16-hour film scheduled to premiere on PBS stations on September 15.

Among the signatures on the guitars, which will be on display in Belmont’s Gallery of Iconic Guitars, are: Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, Kris Kristofferson, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Garth Brooks and others. Thirty-seven of those who signed the guitars are Country Music Hall of Fame members and 15 have since passed away.

In addition, Burns announced a collection of educational resources prepared by PBS and the Belmont faculty that will reach middle and high school students across the country. The materials, including video and lesson plans drawn from the research that went into the film, will explore American history through country music, illustrating the extent to which this distinctly American art form reflects the times in which it evolved. Materials will cover the musical style, the genre’s history, and the workings of the music industry. Students and teachers will be able to access the collection for free on PBS Learning Media which reaches one million users each month throughout the school year.

“As with all of our films, we work with partners to help teachers and other educators share this history with students,” said Burns. “The history of country music provides an engaging, thoughtful and often soulful way to help students understand unique parts of the American story. Perhaps most importantly, from this unique art form, which was created by so-called ordinary Americans often struggling with extraordinary hardship, we see how the ‘rub’ of American cultures gives birth to country – and really gives birth to who we are as a people.”

“Belmont’s lengthy history as a magnet for young people interested in studying music, songwriting, performance, motion pictures and the entertainment industry made our sponsorship of Country Music a perfect pairing,” added Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher. “We are honored to now be able to showcase the signed guitars that serve as such a unique and visible emblem of this project, but we’re even more excited to demonstrate the talents of our faculty to high school and middle school students across the country. These men and women are experts in their fields and can lend great insights to country music’s role within, and impact on, American history.”

Derek Austin Signs Co-Pub Deal With JRM Publishing And Round Hill Music

Derek Austin has signed a worldwide co-publishing deal with JRM Publishing and Round Hill Music Nashville.

Austin grew up on a dairy farm in Minnesota and learned to play guitar and started writing his own songs during college in Washington. After college, he spent time in Alaska as an Air Traffic Controller before ultimately making the move to Nashville to pursue his real passion, music. He is currently writing songs for his first album.

Derek has already hit the ground running writing some amazing songs and I can’t wait for the world to hear them. He has an authentic and powerful voice and a story to tell. We are incredibly lucky to be working with him,” says Jimmy Robbins.

“Our partnership with Jimmy Robbins and JRM Publishing continues to flourish with the addition of Derek. We look forward to achieving even more success,” said Mark Brown, SVP & GM of Round Hill.

JRM Publishing is a boutique publishing company based out of Nashville with a diverse roster of writers including Jimmy Robbins, Eric Arjes, Derek Austin, and kyd the band. 

Round Hill Music Nashville has celebrated over 25 No. 1 songs since opening its doors in 2014. Its roster of writers includes Eric Arjes, Derek Austin, Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley,  Wade Kirby, kyd the band, Danny Myrick, Katie Pruitt, and Jimmy Robbins. Through its partnership with Big Loud Shirt, Round Hill also represents Craig Wiseman, Rodney Clawson, Matt Dragstrem, Joey Moi, Jamie Moore, and Chris Tompkins. Other notable catalogs include those of Bob DiPiero, Florida Georgia Line, Josh Kear, and Marti Frederiksen.

Back row (L-R): Josh Saxe, Round Hill A&R, Mark Brown, Round Hill A&R, Jimmy Robbins, Sarah Robbins, JRM Publishing.  Front row (L-R): Matthew Beckett, Legal counsel, Chip Petree, Legal counsel, Derek Austin

Grammy Music Education Coalition, NAMM Host Nashville Music Tech Conference

The Grammy Music Education Coalition (GMEC) with funding from The NAMM Foundation is supporting the Metro Nashville Public Schools Music Technology Conference, a two-day gathering May 30-31 at Martin Luther King Magnet High School that offers relevant music education training, tools, recording technology equipment, sessions, and workshops for over 100 teachers.

Keynote speaker Professor Beverly Keel of Middle Tennessee State University’s Department of Recording Industry kicked off the conference today to engage teachers in an interactive discussion on preparing students for careers in music through 21st century trends and technology.

Following the keynote presentation, the Music Technology Conference will feature panel discussions and sessions on the basics of sound systems, student assessment software, Quaver Curriculum, technology for instrumental ensembles, best practices, and more from Belmont University speakers, as well as organizations like MusicFirst, Quaver Music, Romeo Music, and others. Teachers will get the chance to learn from individuals in the music industry how to incorporate these topics in their classrooms.

The conference builds off the work that GMEC has done in Nashville schools, such as helping fund a new recording studio. GMEC with The NAMM Foundation is also investing in Philadelphia schools with programs like DASH (Destined To Achieve Successful Heights) which brings innovative classes such as songwriting, music production, music business, publishing, and more to Philadelphia schools.

Music Technology Conference Topics:
  • Preparing Students for a Career in Music
  • Sound System and Recording Technology Basics
  • Free Web-Based Music Applications
  • MusicFirst Tech-Based Learning Management System
  • Educating the “Next Musician”
  • Digital and Online Assessments in the Music Classroom
  • K-12 Best Practices in Music Technology
  • Teaching Music in the Cloud
  • Quaver Music Curriculum
  • Technology in the Instrumental Music Classroom
  • Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations
  • Digital Learning Spaces in the Music Classroom

Warner Chappell Music Acquires Gene Autry Music Group

Gene Autry. Photo: Gene Autry Estate

Warner Chappell Music has acquired the four publishing companies comprising the Gene Autry Music Group. Together, these catalogues contain more than 1,500 songs, including classics such as Autry’s signature song, “Back In The Saddle Again,” and the holiday favorite, “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane),” as well as “Just Walkin’ In The Rain” and “You Belong To Me.” In addition, Warner Chappell Music will be administering many of the Autry estate’s master recordings to facilitate one-stop synchronization licensing.

Gene Autry is an icon in American culture and a pioneer in the evolution of both country and pop music,” said Warner Chappell Music Co-Chair & CEO, Guy Moot, and Co-Chair & COO, Carianne Marshall. “He was not only an incredibly gifted and prolific songwriter, but he assembled an extraordinary publishing catalogue filled with timeless classics and undiscovered gems. We are honored and privileged to be the stewards of this outstanding body of work and help preserve and enhance Gene Autry’s monumental legacy.”

Autry’s 70-year career encompassed work in radio, film, television, and live performances, including rodeo. He recorded over 640 songs, including more than 300 which he wrote or co-wrote, selling more than 100 million records. Autry has been honored by both the Country Music Hall of Fame and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Autry also starred in 93 feature films and 91 television episodes of The Gene Autry Show. His popular Melody Ranch weekly radio show ran for 16 years. As Chairman of the Board of a broadcasting and business empire, he owned a string of radio and television stations across the country, along with hotels and other business interests. He was the original and long-time owner of the California Angels Major League Baseball team. In 1988, he founded the Autry Museum of the American West, located in Griffith Park, Los Angeles.

“The Gene Autry Music Group has a long association with Warner Chappell Music,” said Autry’s widow, Jackie Autry. “I’m delighted that Gene’s songs and music catalogues have found a good home with them. I know the music will be treasured and respected for years to come.”