Industry Pics: Midland, ACM, Grand Ole Opry, Dottie West Birthday Bash

Midland At The Palomino

Pictured (L-R): Jess Carson, Cameron Duddy and Mark Wystrach of Midland attend Midland LIVE at the Palomino on October 15, 2019 in North Hollywood, California. Photo: Timothy Norris/Getty Images for Big Machine Records

California’s legendary Palomino Club re-opened as a music venue–for one night only–as country trio Midland brought tight-knit harmonies and retro-yet-modern sound to 400 fans who packed out the club on Oct. 15. The trio’s Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy and Jess Carson offered music from their debut album On The Rocks, and its followup Let It Roll, which released in August.

“They told us the Dos Equis was gone near the end of the set,” marveled lead singer/guitarist Wystrach. “It’s a good thing the Titos almost held out… It’s not that you wanna be drunk to listen, but more that this kind of country deserves a few cold ones.”

PIctured (L-R): Jason Owen, Cameron Duddy, Mark Wystrach, Rob Light, Jess Carson, Jake Basden and Allison Jones attends Midland LIVE at the Palomino on October 15, 2019 in North Hollywood, California. Photo: Timothy Norris/Getty Images for Big Machine Records

 

ACM Welcomes Riley Green

Pictured (L-R): Daniel Miller, Fusion Music/Red Light Management and ACM Board Member; Riley Green; RAC Clark, Interim ACM Executive Director; Zach Sutton, Red Light Management. Photo: Michel Bourquard/Courtesy of the Academy of Country Music

The Academy of Country Music welcomed Big Machine Label Group’s Riley Green to the office while he was in Los Angeles recently. While at the Academy, Green performed his current single, “I Wish Grandpas Never Died,” along with a few other songs from his new album, Different ‘Round Here.

 

Grand Ole Opry Welcomes Former President Jimmy Carter

Pictured: Rosalynn Carter, President Jimmy Carter, Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks. Photo: Chris Hollo/Grand Ole Opry

President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter visited the Grand Ole Opry while in Nashville for a weeklong build marking the 36th year of their Habitat for Humanity Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. In a surprise moment, Opry members Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood introduced them on stage. Brooks and Yearwood have served as Habitat ambassadors for more than a decade and worked alongside the Carters at the build site.

President Carter had previously visited the Opry House as Governor of Georgia and again during his presidential term. President Richard Nixon was the first U.S. President to visit the Opry when he attended the opening night of the Grand Ole Opry House in 1974. President Nixon, who sang and played piano at the Opry that night, is the only President to have performed on the Opry stage.

Opry favorites provided the lunchtime entertainment at the Habitat build site as they performed behind the Opry mic stand for more than 300 volunteers each day Monday – Friday. More than 20 houses were built in North Nashville as part of the project.

 

Dottie West Birthday Bash Raises $28K

Jeannie Seely with Bill Anderson. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser

The third annual Dottie West Birthday Bash, held Oct. 10 at Nashville’s 3rd & Lindsley and sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms, raised more than $28,000 for the Nashville Musicians Association, with 100% of all money going to the Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund. Jeannie Seely hosted the event, which featured music from Bill Anderson and his Po Folks Band, Tim Atwood, John Berry, Buddy Cannon, Melonie Cannon, Michele Capps, Peter Cooper, Danny Davis, Steve Dorff, Erin Enderlin, Tess Frizzell, Jamey Johnson, Jon Randall, John Schneider, Jeannie Seely, Bobby Tomberlin, Dallas Wayne and Kenna West along with special guests and surprises.

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