Industry Ink: BMI, Montgomery Gentry, Country Now

BMI Celebrates Third Annual Acoustic Brunch

Pictured (L-R): Alex Hall, BMI’s Josh Tomlinson, Twelve6 Entertainment’s Travis Myatt and BMI’s MaryAnn Keen. Photo: Nathan Zucker

On Wednesday (June 5), industry tastemakers gathered on the BMI Rooftop for the third annual Acoustic Brunch. The event serves as the kickoff for a marathon two weeks in Nashville centering on CMA Music Fest and Bonnaroo. The curated event kicked off with Monument recording artist Alex Hall and wrapped with Americana artist and award-winning guitarist Molly Tuttle.

Guests were treated to sponsored food and beverage from O’Charley’s, Bartles & Jaymes, High Brew Coffee, Topo Chico, Walker’s Feed Co., and Yee-Haw Brewing Company. Crown Royal was also on-site with their Purple Bag Project; the initiative invited attendees to create a care package in the signature purple Crown Royal bags for troops serving overseas. Delta Air Lines was also in attendance with a flight voucher giveaway.

Pictured (L-R): BMI’s Nina Carter and Molly Tuttle. Photo: Nathan Zucker


Eddie Montgomery Presents Check to Angie Gentry at Fan Club Party

Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry presented Angie Gentry, wife of the late MG member Troy Gentry, with a check for $2,500 to benefit The Troy Gentry Foundation at the band’s fan club party at Acme Seed & Feed earlier this week  (on June 4) kicking off CMA Music Fest Week.


Former Sounds Like Nashville Editor Launches Country Now

Newly-launched country music website Country Now is being helmed by Editor-In-Chief Lauren Black. The site will include country music news, in addition to three segments highlighting top artists (The Profile), rising stars (Country Next) and The Pupdate, which features artists of all levels being interviewed while playing with puppies that are available for adoption through Nashville-based nonprofit Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue.

“I am thrilled to announce the launch of Country Now. I believe a platform like this is needed in the country music space now more than ever,” shares Black. “Fans need a trusted place to consume content about their favorite country stars and Country Now will deliver just that.”

Black co-founded the country news site CountryMusicIsLove in 2008 and sold it seven years later to major label UMG, when it was rebranded as Sounds Like Nashville. Black continued as Editor-in-Chief for the site for two and a half years. She also recently held country music journalism roles at and


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